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Curlew – A Beautiful Western Saddle (1993, 2010 reissue CD+DVD)

Curlew – A Beautiful Western Saddle (1993, 2010 reissue CD+DVD)

by Pico Before there was Sonic Youth, before there was Radiohead, Material, The Flaming Lips or the Animal Collective, there was Curlew. Founded by saxophonist/composer George Cartwright in 1979, Curlew soon became an incubator for just about every important name in the the New York downtown experimental music scene that thrived in the 80s and 90s. Kenny Wollesen, Fred Frith,Read More

James Moody – 4B (2010)

James Moody – 4B (2010)

by Pico Like the proverbial fine wine, James Moody only gets mellower and better with age. A seasoned saxophone and flute veteran who was in Dizzy Gillespie’s original big band of the later 1940’s and most famously the author of everyone’s favorite vocalese jazz tune “Moody’s Mood For Love,” (with the lyrics later added by Eddie Jefferson), Moody is oneRead More

Erik Friedlander – Alchemy (2010)

Erik Friedlander – Alchemy (2010)

Earlier this week, Erik Friedlander released his 12th album, in his fiftieth year on earth. Those facts may not be so important to you, but the music that marks both events just might. Especially if you like the army of sounds, both familiar and strange, that Friedlander wrests from a cello. Alchemy, as he calls this new record, is reallyRead More

Ted Hearne – Katrina Ballads (2010)

In the late 1970s, Chanel, Inc. took a bold step in advertising for their flagship fragrance, Chanel No. 5. Employing a cool bland of arthouse elan and surreal literary images, the campaign set a new standard for advertising creativity. The Ridley Scott-directed “Share the Fantasy” ad — “I am made of blue sky and golden light…and I will feel thisRead More

Michael Dease – Grace (2010)

Michael Dease – Grace (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Curtis Fuller, one of the greatest living trombone players of all time declared “I predict that Michael Dease will become one of the world’s great trombone masters.” And when you hear Dease’s fluid, lush style, it’s not hard to see the young phenom as the legitimate successor to Fuller. Yet, Dease, who will turn 28 laterRead More

The Claudia Quintet + Gary Versace – Royal Toast (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron The Claudia Quintet is an ensemble that goes by its own set of rules. With its slightly weird combination of vibes, accordion, sax, double-bass and drums, and songs that don’t follow the script of how songs go (but avoids skronkery and dissonance), the five piece band is an anomaly of an anomaly. It all comes fromRead More

The Friday Morning Listen: Peter Wolf – Midnight Souvenirs (2010)

The Friday Morning Listen: Peter Wolf – Midnight Souvenirs (2010)

by Mark Saleski There’s no doubt that I bring up this topic too often, but sometimes I just can’t help it. Let’s talk about the future. Specifically, one in which all of the physical objects of entertainment have been replaced by their digital counterparts. This worries me, though not for the reasons you might think. It will affect me inRead More

The Either Orchestra – Mood Music for Time Travellers (2010)

The Either Orchestra – Mood Music for Time Travellers (2010)

by Mark Saleski I’m going to begin by saying something that will probably horrify many a jazz lover: I never liked Duke Ellington or Count Basie all that much. It’s true. I know that a jazz writer shouldn’t be admitting to such things but sometimes you have to stick with honesty. OK, and while I’m at it? I got annoyedRead More

One Track Mind: Curtis Fuller – "Alamode" (2010)

One Track Mind: Curtis Fuller – "Alamode" (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron A guy who has helped to pioneer a fluid yet supple sound for the trombone, participated in so many classic records and performed as a member of so many prominent jazz ensembles should be a first ballot entry into the jazz Hall of Fame, if such a thing were to exist. But the only trombonist toRead More

Gamelan Madu Sari – Hive (2010)

Gamelan Madu Sari – Hive (2010)

By Mark Saleski What do you think of when encountering the words “world music”? Squeaky vocals in unknown languages? Lots of drums? Brightly colored CD covers on display near the checkout at Starbucks? It’s a sad fact that the way music is marketed has forced many kinds of music into more “manageable” categories, “world music” being the most generic (andRead More

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