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This Norwegian piano-violin-trumpet-drums quartet pursues crossover classical/jazz iterations, amid a chamber-like aura. Pianist Christian Wallumrod directs the band thru f…
Electric guitarist Terje Rypdal has long been at the forefront of Scandinavia’s fusion and avant-garde scenes - that’s him playing on George Russell’s late 60s recordings, …
There’s a lot of musicians out there who’ve played w/ darn near everyone yet never graduated to the Big Leagues of "name recognition" - never mind being a million-seller-ty…
Stravinsky? Wasn’t he a.... classical-type guy? Well, yes, but like Scott Joplin, Ellington, Gershwin and Parker - not coincidentally his contemporaries - he was (to borrow…
A sequel to DJ Spooky's Thirsty Ear recording OPTOMETRY is DUBTOMETRY, a new Thirsty Ear release. Whereas the first is a means to formally introduce the spinning turntablis…
Not so long ago, the UK’s multi-reedsperson John Surman and the USA’s great drummer Jack DeJohnette collaborated on freely improvised (yet marvelously cohesive) duets on/fo…
As a new listener to jazz music, I was looking for a CD with a number of artist's on it so as to better familiarize myself with their works. I picked out this CD because it…
True jazz enthusiasts are purist by nature. So most of them entertain remakes and tribute documents with a certain amount of trepidation. But enthusiasts and or purists ali…
Paul Horn has a formidable resume: how many musicians have played with Chico Hamilton, The Beach Boys and Miles Davis? (Horn also did the theme for the Three Stooges…
Neil Rolnick is one of these guys who plays on both sides of the street: he’s a composer (as in, one who composes while others perform, as in the "contemporary classical" s…