New Matthew Shipp Coming Out on Thirsty Ear

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From Thirsty Ear Recordings:

Release Date: January 27th, 2009 CD

Matthew Shipp has reached the Holy Grail of jazz, in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument, and he’s one of the few that can claim such an achievement.

He has returned with his Piano Vortex trio (respectively, Whit Dickey on Drums, and Joe Morris on Bass), to deliver HARMONIC DISORDER- a new set of tracks, including two standards : There Will Never Be Another You” and “Someday My Prince Will Come”. The Disc hits shelves January 27, 2009.

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Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Sakoto Fujii Ma-do – Heat Wave
By clifford ? December 4, 2008 ? Post a comment
Not Two 806-2
Heat Wave is the latest in a series of quartet recordings co-led by Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and usually featuring her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura. It is the second release for Fujii and Tamura on Poland’s Not Two, following a 2007 duet release. Ma-Do differs from her other quartets mainly in […]

Joe Morris Bass Quartet – High Definition
By derek ? December 2, 2008 ? Post a comment
Joe Morris’ current quartet is essentially the Steve Lantner Quartet with Taylor Ho Bynum in place of Lantner, but the leader’s force of personality cuts such a casual summation off at the knees. A transparent band name abolishes any lingering doubt as to leader or his choice of instrument. An avoidance of obfuscation governs the […]

Makaya Ntshoko & the New Tsotsis – Happy House
By derek ? December 2, 2008 ? Post a comment
Makaya Ntshoko may not garner the name recognition of his countryman and colleague, Louis Moholo-Moholo, but the pair does share distinction as members of the ever-dwindling expatriate community with roots in the Blue Notes. This year has been unusually bountiful in terms of releases revolving on that South African axis. The Ogun Blue Notes box […]

Vincent Gardner – Vin-Slidin’
By derek ? December 2, 2008 ? Post a comment
Anguish can sometimes accompany influence as a musician seeks to establish his or her sound. Going against that grain, trombonist Vincent Gardner seems perfectly at ease with the sources of his musical vocabulary. From the opening rendering of Nat Adderley’s “Teaneck” and forward, there are moments where he sounds nearly the doppelganger of J.J. Johnson, […]

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AUM Fidelity to Release David S. Ware Album

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From Improvised Communications:

AUM Fidelity is proud to announce the January 27th release of Shakti (AUM052), eminent saxophonist/composer David S. Ware’s fifth album for the label and his first studio recording since 2003. This release marks the recorded debut of Ware’s new working ensemble, his first since the disbanding of the long-lived and prolific David S. Ware Quartet (1989-2006). Shakti presents a distinctive selection of Ware compositions written specifically for this ensemble, as well as a new interpolation of “Antidromic” from 1997’s Wisdom of Uncertainty (AUM001). The group, which has solidified both its sound and its line-up through various performances over the past year and a half, features guitarist Joe Morris, bassist William Parker and drummer Warren Smith.

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