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Satoko Fujii Four: Live in Japan

Pianist and composer Satoko Fujii has released over 20 albums in the past decade, and Live in Japan 2004 is one of her best. Teamed with trumpeter (and husband) Natsuki Tamura, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black, Fujii crafts ripe compositions that drift from structured melody to open-ended abstraction. The centerpiece, the 36-minute “Illusion … Read More “Satoko Fujii Four: Live in Japan”

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Steve Dalachinsky and Matthew Shipp: Phenomena of Interference

New York City poet Steve Dalachinsky has performed his verse for decades, collaborating with downtown legends like William Parker, Daniel Carter and Vernon Reid. But his recorded output is sparse: Phenomena of Interference is only his third album and his first since 2002. It’s also his best. Dalachinsky delivers sharp, puncturing verse in a wide … Read More “Steve Dalachinsky and Matthew Shipp: Phenomena of Interference”

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Jay Rosen: Songs for Samuel

After appearances on 39 CIMP titles in the last 10 years, drummer Jay Rosen poses alone for snapshot No. 40. Songs for Samuel offers 12 exploratory solo pieces in honor of Rosen’s father, who passed away three months before the album was recorded. Rosen sprinkles in a few accoutrements (xylophone, organ pipes and even propeller), … Read More “Jay Rosen: Songs for Samuel”

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Roscoe Mitchell and Tatsu Aoki: First Look/Chicago Duos

Bassist Tatsu Aoki is a Chicago jazz veteran, having appeared on 70 albums as a sideman and another 30 as a leader. On First Look, AACM legend Roscoe Mitchell joins Aoki in a masterful series of sound explorations. Both musicians roam comfortably around the tonal spectrum: Mitchell moves from sliding sax and breathy flute to … Read More “Roscoe Mitchell and Tatsu Aoki: First Look/Chicago Duos”

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Natural History: Fur

Through more than two decades of tireless activity, Joe Morris has become free jazz’s preeminent guitarist. In 2000 he added acoustic bass to his arsenal, and he plays it exclusively in Natural History, his trio with saxophonist Joe Sexton and drummer Croix Galipault–both 30 years younger than Morris. Any notions that Morris chose his partners … Read More “Natural History: Fur”

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Klaus Suonsaari: Live in Helsinki

Klaus Suonsaari is a Finnish drummer and composer with a strong grounding in many styles, from bop to orchestral to free jazz. On Live in Helsinki, a stunning set pristinely recorded by the Finnish Broadcasting Company, he leads his trio through a broad range of sounds, with emphasis on high-energy exploration. There are stretches of … Read More “Klaus Suonsaari: Live in Helsinki”

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Trio X: The Sugar Hill Suite

Here are three more excellent albums from the tireless mind of Joe McPhee. The multi-faceted horn master recently turned 66, but his creative vault remains bottomless. Two sets by his group Trio-X (with bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen) come from a three-day session at CIMP’s Spirit Room in October 2004. The Sugar Hill … Read More “Trio X: The Sugar Hill Suite”

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Trio X: The Sugar Hill Suite

Here are three more excellent albums from the tireless mind of Joe McPhee. The multi-faceted horn master recently turned 66, but his creative vault remains bottomless. Two sets by his group Trio-X (with bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen) come from a three-day session at CIMP’s Spirit Room in October 2004. The Sugar Hill … Read More “Trio X: The Sugar Hill Suite”

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