Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Richard Barbieri :: Planets + Persona (Kscope)

A strong piece of sonic beauty that doesn’t attach itself exclusively to any time or genre. Ambient, jazz, electronica, classical, darkness and light, it’s all there somewhere, woven meticulously and fluidly into a deep explorative voyage. Although the progressive rock reincarnation solo projects of Porcupine Tree’s front man and creative engine, Steven Wilson, get most […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 10

In the true dichotomy that is the tape release world, we’ve continued to trawl the digital world to search out some of the finest tape releases for your ears. Despite a fair degree of searching it feels like we are only just touching the surface of the DIY tape world. Presented here is a small […]

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Two on the Radar :: Phoenician Blinds and L.U.C.A.

Exhilarating, vividly atmospheric fusion of jazz, afrobeat, rock and hip hop from new promising London-based quartet Phoenician Blinds, and a cosmic cinematic mélange of electronica, folk and bizarreness from Italy’s Francesco De Bellis a.k.a. L.u.c.a. Phoenician Blinds :: Elephantine (Self-Released) Although heavily influenced by legendary, luminary phenomenon Esbjorn Svensson Trio, versatile pianist and producer Robert […]

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Day For Night 2016 :: December 17-18 (Houston, TX)

Day For Night, though only in its second year, is presenting a world-class lineup of forward-looking music and visual art. Organized by Free Press Houston and Work-Order, the festival offers a weekend of live music on four stages (both indoor and outdoor) and a large array of visual art installations. As its two biggest headliners […]

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Two on the Radar :: Amiina and Ryan Teague

Two albums from two different corners of the musical spectrum offer a true sense of a story for us to immerse in. Amiina :: Fantômas (Mengi) Amiina is well known for its work with Sigur Rós but also for its full length solo outputs and EPs. Originally a string quartet, formed by four girls (Edda […]

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Not just jazz :: Soulful rejuvenations

Azymuth and Yussef Kamaal bring jazz-funk back to the forefront, and The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and Papa Chango summon the old spirits of afrobeat, ethio-jazz and soul to perform outrageous new choreographies. Azymuth :: Fênix (Far Out) When it comes to the catalog of Brazil-based trio, Azymuth, you can’t go wrong. What they do […]

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Not just jazz :: 4 More

The second installment of Igloo Magazine’s Not just jazz series, a succinct coverage of four more albums that push, stretch and merge musical boundaries and defy the one label categorization respectfully yet fiercely. Shabaka and the Ancestors :: Wisdom of Elders (Brownswood) Saxophonist, bandleader and composer Shabaka Hutchings strikes again with his latest project, Shabaka […]

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Double Review :: Renegades Of Jazz / Manuel Volpe & Rhabdomantic Orchestra (Agogo)

Two beautifully eclectic albums which craftily assemble a myriad of influences into a unique sensory experience. Afrobeat, funk and jazz, electronica, traditional music and dub, collide to break down genre barriers Agogo style. Renegades Of Jazz :: Moyo Wangu David Hanke (a.k.a. Renegades Of Jazz) strikes again with a brand new album on the mighty […]

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Not just jazz

A succinct coverage of four boundary pushers, most likely filed under jazz at record stores and online music shops. Four albums that distinctly and assertively generate jazz elements but also combine beats, pieces and flavors from so many corners of the vast musical spectrum in the most exciting and refreshing ways, that it would simply […]

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Krishna :: Ascend to Nothing (Silken Tofu)

While free jazz, metal and electronic squigglism are all components, the relentlessly massed power drone of Ascend to Nothing might also aspire to something more, an extroverted, aggregate minimalism that shuts off your brain to massage the black bile out of it. Krishna is a trio collaboration between Drvg Cvltvre—the “doomed-out psychic house” of techno experimentalist Vincent Koreman—and sax and […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Naima

“Although there are never any defining labels, we have sometimes been taken for a post-jazz band. The definitive idea would be to take the jazz trio into other domains.” Soulful deliverance Although it took shape during difficult times of loss, Bye, the new album of Valencia-based trio, Naima, is full of life, color and uplifting […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: The Comet is Coming

“As a band I think we try to directly interact with the universe’s parameters of space, time, matter and energy. Each track is a new experiment that feels ritualistic for us. We experiment with our bodies and minds as well as technology old and new.” A force to be reckoned with Is it a locomotive? […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Vula Viel

“Recording and mixing was great fun, but it’s playing live that has taken this music out of Ghana and theory and into London and pumping reality. Every single gig we’ve ever played has been a swirling wave of power and energy. Having worked on the content and rehearsed for so long, when we started playing […]

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Modus :: Quattro & Piano Chain / The Garden Of Sinus (Wo-Land/Marmo)

In parts its bumpy, even jarring, at other moments it’s as smooth as silk. One thing you can be sure of, it’s always different and always original. I don’t enjoy flying. I never have. It’s irrational. It’s silly. It’s juvenile. But there it is. I try to take my mind off my location, some 36,000 […]

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Fjordne :: Moonlit Invocations (White Paddy Mountain)

Moonlit Invocations is modernist art, a Cubist canvas on a cocktail napkin. Fjordne (Fujimoto Shunichiro, also known as “FjS”) first came to my attention with The Setting Sun in its magnificent art edition designed by musician/graphic artist April Lee, a recording about “listening to touching,” as I wrote, of strings and piano keys, music that “wants to be […]

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Five questions with Joe Acheson

The man behind Hidden Orchestra talks about his latest work, Reorchestrations—an eclectic suite of seven tracks by experimental/classical/folk musicians, brilliantly re-orchestrated by Acheson. Across a space of thirty-four minutes the mind-stirring manipulation, cunning morphing and sharp groove of Hidden Orchestra assertively reinterpret effective works by some of Acheson’s peers and collaborators. What was it about […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Siri Karlsson

“Since the start people have been telling us about the visions they get when they listen to our music. Music at its best is some sort of escapism or release of the mind. It seems that our music summons up all kinds of images, landscapes and emotions into people’s minds and hearts, ours, but still […]

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Zen Land :: Zen Land (Warped)

The musical strength of Zen Land lies in the fascinating and original use of transporting colorful raga-like patterns in a jazzy mood combined to powerful textured electronics and softly driven ambiences. Zen Land is a high standard musical collective which features a bunch of well known artists from the international independent scene. Michael Zentner is […]

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Badun :: s.o.t.s. Respace (Schematic Music Co.)

s.o.t.s. Respace attempts to resign, revisit, re-appropriate, or leave unresolved the stuff we set aside for the taking, forming and forcing new connections and associations along the way, scavenging for and scattering the detritus of life, just an ordinary day. Ornamental, divorced almost entirely from purpose but nevertheless alive with intent, the modern-day remix is […]

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PIANO INTERRUPTED :: Past / Present / Denovali (Igloo Mix)

Igloo Magazine is delighted to treat its readers with a very special mix from the innovative duo Piano Interrupted (Tom Hodge and Franz Kirmann). Just a few weeks ago, Denovali has released Piano Interrupted‘s The Unified Field Reconstructed—a remix album containing seven colorful reconstructions of some of the tracks from the duo’s brilliant second album, […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Schnellertollermeier

“A small, completely harmonic and quiet part in the right place can have a much bigger impact if something really sharp and harsh or brutal or completely abstract happened before, and vice versa.” One compact organism You probably won’t hear a Schnellertollermeier track on the radio; the Swiss trio’s name bluntly shouts no commercial potential, […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Shalosh

“Shalosh’s style is open for interpretation, we combine the musical character of each one of us, and that makes our music edgy and unpredictable. Rock, jazz, progressive, electronic, groove, world music, we let the audience decide what to name it.” Deeply connected The alias, Shalosh (three in Hebrew), perfectly represents what the special union of […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Ambient Jazz Ensemble

“The album evolved over a few years. I instinctively loved the marriage of jazz and ambient electronica, and sketched a few ideas whenever I could. This culminated in a 3-month phase when it became the focus of my attention. I scored horns, piano, bass and string parts, but the key players were given the freedom […]

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Spin Marvel :: Infolding (RareNoise)

A mind-bending and skull-cracking hour of dreamy, hazy ambient drifts, explosive free jazz explorations and bursts of electronic esoterica. From day one the people over at RareNoise have set a goal for themselves: putting out outrageous, genre-bending, innovative music. So far, they have been delivering the goods. With the latest offering by the London-based multifaceted […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Daniel Herskedal

“People say to me I should make music for movies. I’m happy that’s what people think, because hopefully that means they listen carefully, and imagine pictures and stories in reaction. That’s often what music is for me—telling stories, the deepest ones you have, without using any words.” Telling stories, depicting landscapes Daniel Herskedal is a […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: The Kandinsky Effect

“While musically stretching can be risky, the nature of our improvisation is that the soloist is the climber, and the rest of the band is the rope. We always get pulled back in. Sometimes it’s the recovery that is the most fun and interesting—especially from the audience perspective. That’s what makes it a different show […]

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Nelson Foltz and Tom Lynn :: Departure (Self-Released)

Departure is another of those records that may not leap out and grab the listener on first playback. By the twentieth minute, its seeped into your veins, with a number of brilliant musical touches becoming apparent to help it reach under the skin. Engaging the emotions with the sheer spectacle of ambiance. Departure is another of […]

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Drop Logik :: Phase Lift EP (Plastic Sound Supply)

Nestled between cohesive electronics, hip-hop, glitch, jazz and bass lies this vaporous extended player making its way into a meandering calm stream. Magnetic waves spinning through patches of space, Drop Logik (aka Colorado’s Chad Dixon) delivers dub-slivered glitch and downbeat groove slabs on the Phase Lift EP. A silky smooth and acrobatic rhythmic tone shimmies […]

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Erik Truffaz & Murcof :: Being Human Being (Mundo)

Exotic, incendiary, outrageous. Truffaz’s intoxicating brass sorcery looms above and flows through Murcof’s surging, spiraling and throbbing ocean of electronic abstraction. The sonic love affair between Swiss-born French Blue Note veteran jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz and Mexican ambient electronica artist Murcof, had already produced unique results before. In 2008 they released their debut collaborative effort, […]

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