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Hard Rubber Orchestra: Suite for Hard Rubber Orchestra (Justin Time) / Ingrid Jensen & Steve Treseler: Invisible Sounds (Whirlwind)

For most of his career, Canadian-born, British-based Kenny Wheeler was known chiefly as a trumpeter and bandleader. His was hardly the typical jazz trajectory—how many other jazz musicians have a list of collaborators that includes John Dankworth, Anthony Braxton, Lee Konitz, Joni Mitchell, Bill Bruford, and David Sylvian?—nor was his approach to composition and improvisation … Read More “Hard Rubber Orchestra: Suite for Hard Rubber Orchestra (Justin Time) / Ingrid Jensen & Steve Treseler: Invisible Sounds (Whirlwind)”

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Norma Winstone: Descansado: Songs for Films (ECM)

If there is a voice that aptly defines the ECM aesthetic, it is surely Norma Winstone: slight yet sinewy, silken yet stalwart, ideal for etching the sort of minimalist masterworks that are the label’s stock-in-trade. Here, alongside her regular trio-mates, pianist Glauco Venier and multireedist Klaus Gesing, augmented by percussionist Helge Andreas Norbakken and cellist … Read More “Norma Winstone: Descansado: Songs for Films (ECM)”

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Norma Winstone: Stories Yet to Tell

Combining the intense quietude and acute storytelling skills that are her signatures, Norma Winstone’s latest, uniting her for a third time with clarinetist/saxophonist Klaus Gesing and pianist Glauco Venier, suggests a series of faded tableux vivants. Only one of the dozen selections, Dori Caymmi and Alan and Marilyn Bergman’s “Like a Lover,” unfurled like a … Read More “Norma Winstone: Stories Yet to Tell”

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