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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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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Matt Lavelle & Reggie Sylvester: Retrograde Review

In my never-ending quest to find interesting and moody jazz that isn’t made by a piano / bass / drum trio, or some other equally common combination, I present Retrograde (CD, digital) a free jazz duo collection ...CONTINUE

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Matthew Shipp, Mat Walerian, William Parker: This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People Review

Having recorded one live album on their own (2015’s excellent Live At Okuden) and a second live album as a trio with drummer Hamid Drake (2016’s also excellent Live At Okuden), the jazz duo of pianist, organist Matthew ...CONTINUE

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