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Lajos Dudas: Return to the Future

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Hungarian/German clarinetist Lajos Dudas has had his long career celebrated by the Vimeo video Ein Künstlerportrait, along with the accompanying Munich Concert video. This album follows with a career retrospective from 1979 to 2013, focusing primarily on his original music, in a variety of settings. Dudas calls it “the ultimate summary," a “selection of notable and timeless live and studio recordings with different musicians at different places." Half of the recordings are live, and the ensembles are primarily ...

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Christopher Hollyday: Telepathy

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Born into a musical family in 1970, with a father who was crazy about bebop, there was little doubt where Christopher Hollyday would be going in life. He began playing alto saxophone when he was nine. His older brother Richard played trumpet and they played together in the Boston area for two years, causing the New York Times, to write: “At times they sounded as though Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie had been reunited." Aged just 18, ...

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Young Jesus: The Whole Thing Is Just There

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Young Jesus' sophomore release with Nebraska label Saddle Creek, The Whole Thing Is Just There, is an experimental, improvisational and accessible indie rock trip. The Los Angeles-based art rock quartet of singer and guitarist John Rossiter, keyboardist Eric Shevrin, bassist Marcel Borbon and drummer Kern Haug have been releasing music inspired by Rossiter's Chicago post-rock roots ever since their first independently released singles in 2010. The band's many influences shine through on The Whole Thing, from Shevrin's appreciation of experimentation ...

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Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers: Haydn: Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 87, Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante

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A curious gathering of potent spirits has been brewing over the last decade in Boston, Massachusetts. First, in 2008, Harry Christophers replaced Grant Llewellyn as (who, in turn, had replaced Sir Christopher Hogwood) artistic director of the Handle and Haydn Society, who in 2015, celebrated its bicentennial. Christophers is noted for being the founder and conductor of the British choir and period-instrument ensemble The Sixteen, with whom he inaugurated the CORO Record label. Second, violinist Aisslin Nosky was named Concertmaster ...

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Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: Rogue Star

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Experimental San Francisco Bay Area record label Edgetone Records states, this band “reflects the influences which make up their collective interest in storytelling, exploring expanded borders, and discovery." No doubt, this red hot ensemble doesn't stay content following a one-dimensional musical path, as they branch out on a recurring basis via these fluid and manifold works. The sextet features the dual bass attack of Max Judelson and Safa Shokari. In effect, the ensemble abides by a flexible but ...

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Sam Dillon: Out in the Open

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One thing that must be said for Cory Weeds, the head man at Canada's Cellar Live Records: he knows talent when he sees and hears it. Tenor saxophonist Sam Dillon, who leads an excellent quartet on Out in the Open, his debut recording for Cellar Live, is a case in point. While Dillon is essentially unknown at present outside his New York City base, this laudable album should if nothing else help to widen his audience and enhance his visibility. ...

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Ingrid Laubrock: Contemporary Chaos Practices

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From the first startling attack of Contemporary Chaos Practices, Ingrid Laubrock lets the listener know she wants your attention. And the music is certainly attention-grabbing. Or would startling, fascinating, and incredible be better words? For nothing quite sets the table for what the listener will experience on this album. It is as if heaven and earth have been distilled into a musical tome that seeks, justifiably, to confront the anxiety and irrationality that darkens contemporary times. German composer ...

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Eriksson Kaner: Changed Beings

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This download-only single is the calling card of London-based pianist / composer Eriksson Kaner--and it is a most welcome one. The track is Kaner's first step towards building a profile on the city's jazz scene after five years' study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Kaner's older brother, trumpeter Axel Kaner-Lidstrom, has already made a strong impression in the capital with the Sun Ra-inspired Where Pathways Meet and as a guest soloist on spiritual-jazz septet Maisha's sublime ...

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Jonas Cambien Trio: We Must Mustn't We

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Why change a winning formula? Norwegian-based Belgian pianist Jonas Cambien maintains his run of success with We Must Mustn't We, the follow-up to the excellent A Zoology of the Future (Clean Feed, 2016) by the same trio, comprising reedman André Roligheten and drummer Andreas Wildhagen. Cambien presents the same distinctive mixture of lurching rhythms, unusual saxophone timbres and imaginative percussive textures across a program of 12 cuts. They sound like no-one else. Most of the tracks are short ...

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Dialectical Imagination: Two Infinitudes; The One You "see" and the One That Is You.

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Improvising artists, Eli Wallace (piano) and Rob Pumpelly (drums) recorded this outing for legendary UK-based jazz/avant-garde/free-improv record label, Leo Records. But they've been involved with free-jazz and other jazz activities for San Francisco Bay Area's, Edgetone Records amid various projects and encounters. Indeed, the band moniker, Dialectical Imagination, is significant from an opposing forces standpoint. Yet for the most part the musicians are a team via these four galvanizing semi free-form jaunts. Besides the torrential currents, Wallace shrewdly ...