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Kyle Gann
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Free Albums Galore profiles some free MP3 releases from Kyle Gann.

The Earshot Jazz Fest has an online ballot in which all can vote for achievers in Seattle’s jazz scene.

Jazz Continuum has a blog post questioning how albums get chosen for all those “year end” lists.

David S. Ware‘s kidney transplant recovery is featured.

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All About Jazz Reviews

Drummer Whit Dickey performing at the world pr...
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Recent reviews from All About Jazz:

Anthony Coleman
Freakish (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Warren Allen

Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown
Varmint (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

David S. Ware
David S. Ware Quartet: Live in Vilnius
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Jon Irabagon
The Observer (Concord Music Group)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Whit Dickey / Daniel Carter / Eri Yamamoto
Emergence (Not Two Records)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Josh Berman
Old Idea (Delmark Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

Fred Anderson
21st Century Chase (Delmark Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

David S. Ware
Shakti (AUM Fidelity)
Reviewed by Russ Musto

Darius Jones
Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity)
Reviewed by Andrey Henkin

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David S. Ware Update

The Chicago Reader discusses Ware’s recent release as well as his kidney operation.

In January powerhouse saxophonist David S. Ware released Shakti (Aum Fidelity), his 23rd album as a bandleader, recorded in May 2008 following a European tour. It was his first new studio disc since 2003, and on it he debuted a superb group with guitarist Joe Morris, drummer Warren Smith, and longtime bassist William Parker. Though Ware’s muscular tone and rigorous style of post-Sonny Rollins motific exploration remained intact, the band as a whole sounded markedly different than the quartet he’d led for the previous 17 years.

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear:

Sun Ra – Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold
Pat Thomas – Plays the music of Derek Bailey and Thelonious Monk
Okkyung Lee, Peter Evans, Steve Beresford – Check for Monsters
David S. Ware – Shakti
Jamie Saft – Black Shabbis

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Riti Records

Aum Fidelity is now distributing releases from Riti. Some newish releases below.

RITI CD10 – JOE MORRIS / JOHN VOIGT / TOM PLSEK ..MVP LSD . Album Reviews
RITI CD9 – DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET ..Don’t Go It Alone
RITI CD8 – STONE HOUSE ..Likewise

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Flow Trio – Rejuvenation (ESP, 2009) ****

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
David S. Ware – Shakti (AUM Fidelity, 2009) ****½

Monday, January 19, 2009
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Apti (Innova, 2008) ****

Sunday, January 18, 2009
Erik Truffaz – Benares (EMI, 2008) ****

Saturday, January 17, 2009
Dennis González & Faruk Z. Bey – Hymn For Tomasz Stanko (Qbico, 2009) *****

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