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Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends (ECM)

The musical bond between trumpeter Ralph Alessi and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is arguably developing into a rapport on par with the highest echelon of trumpet/tenor combinations. Not merely a strong frontline, they’re a unit that creates something greater than the sum of its parts. That power can be heard in “Iram Issela.” After Coltrane’s solo … Read More “Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends (ECM)”

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Ralph Alessi: Quiver

Like its 2013 predecessor, Baida, trumpeter-composer Ralph Alessi’s second ECM release as a leader is a quartet album. The pianist has changed (Gary Versace replacing Jason Moran), but the other players-bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits-remain the same. So does the mood: questing, meditative, bittersweet. With his trumpet playing, which frequently brings to mind … Read More “Ralph Alessi: Quiver”

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Ralph Alessi: This Against That

“Clown Painting,” the industrial groan that opens Wiry Strong, announces that trumpeter Ralph Alessi and his This Against That quintet aren’t sugar-coating their third album. But most of the album has far more melody and form (though similarly outré motifs occur in short bursts throughout), and if it still challenges the ear and defies convention, … Read More “Ralph Alessi: This Against That”

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