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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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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Matthew Shipp Trio: Signature Review

After briefly reuniting with his previous threesome for the album Sonic Fiction — on which they were joined by sax and clarinet player Mat Walerian — jazz pianist Matthew Shipp has once again assembled his current trio for their third ...CONTINUE

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Dexter Gordon Quartet: Espace Cardin 1977 Review

Most reunions tend to be nostalgia trips. Old friends reminisce, reformed rock bands play their big hits, while former classmates laugh about that time you did that thing. But while iconic jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon held a bit of a ...CONTINUE

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Thelonious Monk: Mønk Review

Though they were not his most prolific quartet, jazz pianist Thelonious Monk did some of his best work when he played with tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, double bassist John Orr, and drummer Frankie Dunlop. Now, fans of this fabulous foursome ...CONTINUE

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