Caterpillar Quartet’s Threads Review

 

On their debut album, Threads (MP3, cassette), the Caterpillar Quartet play jazz both free and traditionally with equal skill. But while they’re clearly good at playing jazz in either style, it’s how this album presents the two ...CONTINUE

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Ambrose Akinmusire’s on the tender spot of every calloused moment Review

 

Though he had recorded with them before (albeit always with other people), 2017’s A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard marked the true debut of Ambrose Akinmusire’s impressive jazz quartet, the most interesting new jazz combo since ...CONTINUE

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Jimi Hendrix: Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts Review

 

Along with expansive anniversary boxed sets, the most welcome recent trend in album reissues is to reconfigure live albums so they present the concert whole, uncut, as they happened. Which is what fans of Jimi Hendrix’s 1970 concert collection ...CONTINUE

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Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Bobby Kapp: Ineffable Joy Review

 

Sometimes jazz can be really incestuous. Just consider the careers of tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman, pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist William Parker, and drummer Bobby Kapp. Over the years, Perelman and Shipp have made around three dozen albums together; Shipp ...CONTINUE

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The Cult: Sonic Temple 30 Review

 

Like Metallica, R.E.M., and so many other bands who hit their stride in the ’80s, The Cult have been systematically reissuing their classic albums in grand style. The latest of which, 1989’s Sonic Temple, is being celebrated with ...CONTINUE

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Louis Sclavis: Characters On A Wall Review

 

After recording two great albums of dark, moody, clarinet-centric jazz — 2007’s Currents and 2011’s Post Scriptum — the Wolfert Brederode Quartet either called it quits or decided to take an extended vacation or did something because they haven’t ...CONTINUE

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Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet’s Metamodal Review

In my never ending quest to find jazz that is beautiful and moody but also unlike anything I already own, I present the Metamodal (CD, digital), the second album by the Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet, on which the ...CONTINUE

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