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  1. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    My review of Rich and Carson Halley's new CD The Wild, sax and drum duets.
  2. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    And here's a review of Ms. Fujii's Orchestra Tokyo recording, Peace.
  3. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Invisible Hand from Satoko Fujii is a beautiful solo recording of contrasts. My review is up on my blog at
  4. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    I came out of my self-imposed "blog retirement" because I was so impressed with Mary Halvorson's new CD, Away With You, that the words came easily.
  5. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Finishing up a series on my blog with a look at Houston bassist Damon Smith and his label, Balance Point Acoustics.
  6. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    I'm finishing up my blog with a series of my favorite things. This time around I pay tribute to Stefano Giust's label, Setola Di Maiale. Adventurous, challenging music in a variety of settings and styles, held together by Giust's curation and his graphic design skills.
  7. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Next in my blog series of "My Favorite Things" is Pi Recordings, with a capsule review of Dan Weiss' Sixteen: Drummer's Suite.
  8. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    I'm taking a pause from writing reviews on my blog at, but I'm ending with a series of "My Favorite Things", the labels and recordings I've gravitated to over the past few months. First up is Leo Records: Here are 4 really nice recent releases from that label: Simon Nabatov / Mark Dresser / Dominik Mahnig - Equal Poise Sarah Bernstein Quartet (with Kris Davis) - Still/free Kaufmann, Gratkowski, de Joode - Oblengths Uwe Oberg / Silke Eberhardt - Turns
  9. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Currently listening to disc 3 of 3 Nights at Café Oto, and all I can say is – awesome. And I’m not even the biggest free improv fan out there, normally I like a balance between composition and improvisation. But all 3 group aggregations kill, and it’s a revelation to hear Eddie Prevost in this context.
  10. Pre-ordered through Amazon. Thanks for the heads-up!
  11. After all, who can't use more monotony in their life?
  12. Ornette Coleman, New Vocabulary

    I've always received first rate, friendly service from DMG, FWIW.
  13. Ran Blake - Ghost Tones

    I've reviewed Ghost Tones on my blog improvised. Here's an excerpt: "The words I thought of when listening to Ghost Tones was “fever dream”. Through various solo, duo and group performances, a languid mood is sustained, mixed with Mr. Blake’s trademark Noir sensibilities. There are some subtle electronic touches that appear, and even though there are contributions from thirteen musicians sprinkled through the CD, a consistent tone and mood carries through all seventeen tracks. Ghost Tones plays as one continual piece, taking the listener through a time capsule of various aspects of Mr. Russell’s music and Mr. Blake’s signature conception. The CD begins and ends with Ran alone, with two gorgeous versions of Autumn in New York, beautiful harmonies capturing the perfect fall day in the city with a touch of sentiment and regret." You can read the full review on improvised.