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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Ivo Perelman, Matthew Shipp: Special Edition Box Review

 

They say that keeping things fresh is the key to a good relationship. But that advice doesn’t just apply to romance. Since 1997, jazz saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp have recorded more than three dozen albums together; ...CONTINUE

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Ivo Perelman, Gordon Grdina, and Hamin Honari’s The Purity Of Desire Review

 

In the hands of people who are truly skilled or creative, the same ingredients can yield very different results. Just ask anyone who’s eaten Mexican food. Or Italian food. Or…well, you get the idea. It’s something I thought of ...CONTINUE

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Robert Plant: Digging Deep: Subterranea Review

 

As with many musician’s career retrospectives, listening to Robert Plant’s new compilation Digging Deep: Subterranea (CD, digital) had me wondering just who this collection was for. It’s not a complete greatest hits set, while the three ...CONTINUE

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Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp’s Amalgam Review

 

Whether it’s together or with other people, saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp have always displayed an ability to play different forms of acoustic jazz, be it more traditionally structured, free form, or somewhere in between, and often ...CONTINUE

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Ivo Perelman & Arcado String Trio’s Deep Resonance Review

 

Having heard plenty of jazz groups that consist of a piano player, a bassist, and a drummer, both with and without some combination of a saxophonist and / a trumpet player, I constantly find myself drawn to jazz that ...CONTINUE

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