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Concert Review: Carla Bley and Ethan Iverson at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival

There are any number of Northern California jazz festivals that have been around longer than the one in Healdsburg, but none save the granddaddy of them all in Monterey has a history thicker with interconnected relationships. The Wine Country web emanates from festival founder and guiding spirit Jessica Felix, whose longstanding friendships with jazz artists … Read More “Concert Review: Carla Bley and Ethan Iverson at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival”

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Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte: You Don’t Know The Life (RareNoise)

The mission statement of the RareNoise label is “to detect and amplify contemporary trends in progressive music.” Since 2008 it has been prolific in the production of confrontational records with a bias toward electronics, groove, and the jumbling of genres. Jamie Saft looms large on the label. You Don’t Know the Life is Saft’s 18th … Read More “Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte: You Don’t Know The Life (RareNoise)”

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Steve Kuhn Trio: To and From the Heart (Sunnyside)

We don’t necessarily need a reminder about pianist Steve Kuhn’s eminence in the trio domain; his work in that realm has been well-documented and greatly respected. It is, however, always a pleasure to receive a gift such as this. To and From the Heart capitalizes on the creative rapport that Kuhn has developed with bassist … Read More “Steve Kuhn Trio: To and From the Heart (Sunnyside)”

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Mike McGinnis: Singular Awakening (Sunnyside)

So much of Singular Awakening is so splendid that complaining about its sequencing seems petty. It is necessary, though. The album doesn’t begin as advertised: Multireedist Mike McGinnis’ liners suggest that it’s all improvised, but it features a composition by each of his trio mates, bassist Steve Swallow and pianist Art Lande, at either end. … Read More “Mike McGinnis: Singular Awakening (Sunnyside)”

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Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Andando El Tiempo

Tough as it is to believe Carla Bley is now 80 years old, it’s not hard at all to hear that her questing spirit is undiminished on this album of new work. With saxophonist Andy Sheppard and bassist Steve Swallow-her go-to musical partners of 20 years-by her side, Bley continues to navigate through knotty chord … Read More “Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Andando El Tiempo”

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Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte: The New Standard

On the surface, Strange Bedfellows seems like an appropriate name for this trio. Keyboardist Jamie Saft and drummer Bobby Previte, both fiercely eclectic yet technically gifted player-composers, have collaborated before, in settings as far out as the improvised-extreme-metal group Beta Popes. (Saft played guitar there.) Veteran bassist Steve Swallow might seem like an odd piece … Read More “Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte: The New Standard”

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