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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

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A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

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Article: Album Review

David Virelles: Nuna

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Cuban-born pianist/composer David Virelles has never been far from the top of the jazz profession in his recording career. His initial appearance as a sideman was with Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett on her 2001 Blue Note release Alma de Santiago. Early in his career he studied with Henry Threadgill and played with Steve Coleman, Chris ...

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Article: Album Review

Ches Smith: Interpret It Well

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Ches Smith's extraordinary Path of Seven Colors (Pyroclastic Records, 2021) was a breakout recording that placed the drummer/composer at the top of many year-end lists. His sophomore outing on Kris Davis' label bears little similarity to his Pyroclastic debut beyond the artist's knack for discovering unexplored terrain. Interpret It Well reunites the trio of pianist Craig ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Bisio Quartet: MBefore

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In the dark days of Covid and the lingering return to normality, only a handful of musicians managed to be prolific. Fewer remained relevant. Bassist & composer Michael Bisio is among the more productive artists, with half a dozen releases during the pandemic. Add to that collection MBefore, with the bassist's new namesake quartet. The album ...

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Article: Album Review

David Bindman/Stefan Bauer/Michael Sarin: Relative Motion

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Reed player and composer David Bindman is most recognized for his decades in Royal Hartigan's Blood Drum Spirit group. Bindman has led a namesake sextet and ensemble and was a member of the Brooklyn Saxophone Quartet along with the late Fred Ho. The Relative Motion trio is a new collaboration with Stefan Bauer on marimba, and ...

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Article: Album Review

L'Ensemble du Diable: The Post-Pluto Universe

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L'Ensemble du Diable took a critical drubbing with the release of their previous album, A Jazz Tribute to Dr. Suess (Bad Business Records, 2019). The drastic departure from Doom Jazz to doomed jazz didn't sit well with critics or fans and it shook the foundation of the ensemble. Upon learning that the New York Herald Tribune ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga

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The Roots of Indo-JazzJazz and Indian ragas share common ground in their traditional use of improvisation. They are often talked about in compatible terms, but Ravi Shankar, for one, did not believe that ragas could be compared to jazz improvisation. Spontaneous creation in jazz differs from the complex rhythmic structural patterns of Indian improvisation. Shankar became ...

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Article: Album Review

Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Disasters Vol. 1

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing has a way of making great music sound accidental. So Disasters Vol. 1 is as suitable a name for this collection as it would be for any of their fourteen albums. In past versions, they have boasted big names such as Jon Irabagon, Peter Evans, and rising talents like guitarist ...

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Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda: Thread Of Light

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When pianist Satoko Fujii and bassist Joe Fonda first recorded together in 2016 on Duet, it was a shot in the dark. Neither was familiar with the other's music. Nevertheless, that album generated outstanding synergy between these two master improvisers. So much so, that in a few short years they have recorded five albums together, occasionally ...

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Article: Album Review

Adam Berenson: Homages and Worlds

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Adam Berenson's Assemblages (Dream Play Records, 2021), a trio outing with bassist Scott Barnum and drummer Bob Moses, was the pianist/composer's return to an acoustic piano trio setting. But Berenson is a restless pioneer who plants a flag and moves on to new territory. Never far from his collection of electronics and synthesizers, he found a ...


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