Innova Recordings Profiled

From All About Jazz:

Minnesota’s Innova Records is one of the more prolific and longer-standing independent labels working in the US. An extension of the St. Paul-based American Composers Forum, Innova has been issuing a healthy number of discs in a surprising array of styles since 1982. Formal and quirky composed works sit alongside extended improv and teenager radio dramas in the label’s catalogue of over 700 titles. But as with any healthy eclecticism, it isn’t the point but a byproduct of people following their instincts.

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Cornelius Dufallo Sings the Fiddle Electric at the Stone


As a member of the enterprising new-music ensembles Ne(x)tworks and Ethel, the violinist Cornelius Dufallo runs into plenty of composers. He has coaxed new solo works from some and taken up older scores by others. He is also a composer himself: “Dream Streets,” his new CD (for Innova), is devoted to his own imaginative works for violin and electronics.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

Fred Anderson
Staying in the Game (Engine Studios)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

14-Jul-09 Mark Alban Lotz and Lotz of Music
Bite! (LopLop Records)
Reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

14-Jul-09 Tortoise
Beacons Of Ancestorship (Thrill Jockey)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

14-Jul-09 Phosphor
II (Potlatch Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

13-Jul-09 Kirk Knuffke / Federico Ughi / Chris Welcome
Garden Of Gifts (577 Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

12-Jul-09 Andy Milne / Benoit Delbecq
Where is Pannonica? (Songlines Recordings)
Reviewed by George Kanzler

11-Jul-09 Multiple Artists
Globe Unity – Italy: Gianni Basso/Renato Sellani, Norberto Tamburrino & Giorgio Gaslini
Reviewed by Fred Bouchard

10-Jul-09 Joe Morris / Petr Cancura / Luther Gray
Wildlife (AUM Fidelity)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

10-Jul-09 George Cartwright
Send Help (Innova Recordings)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

09-Jul-09 Trio 3 Geri Allen
At This Time (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Chris May

09-Jul-09 The Thirteenth Assembly
(un)sentimental (Important Music)
Reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

08-Jul-09 Warren Smith
Old News Borrowed Blues (Engine Studios)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: A Passage to India

Rudresh Mahanthappa
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Mahanthappa is profiled in the New Yorker.

Jazz musicians have two fundamental goals: creating music that keeps listeners wondering what’s next, and finding a novel context within which to explore old truths. (There are no new truths.) Whenever a musician achieves this synthesis, usually after years of apprenticeship and exploration, a rumble echoes through the jazz world. Such a rumble was heard last fall, when the thirty-seven-year-old alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa released an astonishing album, “Kinsmen,” on a small New York-based label (Pi), quickly followed by another no less astonishing, “Apti,” on a small Minnesota-based label (Innova). The breakthrough had been a long time coming, and, curiously enough, it justifies ethnic assumptions that Mahanthappa had for much of his career been working to escape.

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All About Jazz Reviews

Cover of
Cover of Four Films

From All About Jazz:

05-Dec-08 Joe Morris Bass Quartet
High Definition (Hatology)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

05-Dec-08 Sean Noonan
Being Brewed By Noon (Innova Recordings)
Reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

05-Dec-08 Satoko Fujii Orchestra Nagoya
Sanrei (Bakamo Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

05-Dec-08 Mark Dresser / Ed Harkins / Steven Schick
House of Mirrors (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Stuart Broomer

04-Dec-08 Mostly Other People Do The Killing
This Is Our Moosic (Hot Cup Records)
Reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

04-Dec-08 Trevor Dunn
Four Films (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Martin Longley

03-Dec-08 Townhouse Orchestra
Belle Ville (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

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All About Jazz Reviews

Erik Friedlander at Joe's Pub, 7/17/07.
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From All About Jazz:

Erik Friedlander
Broken Arm Trio (Skipstone Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

22-Oct-08 John Zorn
Filmworks XX: Sholem Aleichem (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Warren Allen

21-Oct-08 Mary Halvorson Trio
Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

20-Oct-08 Adam Niewood and his Rabble Rousers
Epic Journey Volumes I and II (Innova Recordings)
Reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

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