The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969” Review

 

Released in 1990 as part of the Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix Story boxed set, the concert presented on The L.A. Forum Concert has long been the best live recording of The Jimi Hendrix Experience from their Electric Ladyland tour. ...CONTINUE

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Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp’s “Fruition” Review

 

Free jazz-adjacent saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp are both so prolific that they sometimes don’t give their songs proper titles. On 2020’s Amalgam, for instance, the songs were called “Part 1,” “Part 2,” etc., while the ...CONTINUE

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Ben Sidran “Solid State” Review

 

Not every artist is willing (or able) to try something new 60-something years into their career. But that’s exactly what jazz pianist and singer Ben Sidran is doing on Swing State (CD, digital), the first instrumental album of ...CONTINUE

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Matthew Shipp Trio’s “World Construct” Review

 

Like his frequent collaborator Ivo Perelman, jazz pianist Matthew Shipp is almost as known for being prolific as he is for being expressive and versatile. In fact, if the website Discogs is accurate, Shipp has appeared on nearly a ...CONTINUE

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Primus’ “Conspiranoid” Review

 

Given that they’re currently on a tour in which they’re playing Rush’s A Farewell To Kings album in its entirety, you’d be forgiven for expecting that any new Primus song would be Rush-like. But in listening to their new ...CONTINUE

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(D)IVO Saxophone Quartet’s “(D)IVO” Review

 

Back in November I was introduced to the idea of a jazz quartet being all sax players when I heard (and reviewed) the album The Circumference Of Reason by the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. Which is good because, without it, ...CONTINUE

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ROVA Saxophone Quartet’s “The Circumference Of Reason” Review

 

In my never-ending quest to find jazz groups of atypical instrumentation and configuration, it never occurred to me that one possibility might be a quartet where four people play the same kind if instrument. Which may be why — ...CONTINUE

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Ivo Perelman’s “Brass And Ivory Tales” Review

 

Throughout his career, saxophonist Ivo Perelman has worked with many different musicians, in many different configurations. But some of his best work has come when he’s teamed up with a piano player, be it Karl Berger (2014’s Reverie, ...CONTINUE

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East Axis’ “Cool With That” Review

 

While many jazz bands take their names from their leaders and number of members — like, for example, The Miles Davis Quintet or The Red Garland Trio — there have been such exceptions as Return To Forever. But pianist ...CONTINUE

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