New Release Review: Toxic: Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/William Parker – This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People (ESP-Disk’)

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The following is an excerpt from an article I wrote for All About Jazz:

Polish multi-instrumentalist Mat Walerian is on the verge of reserving his seat in the pantheon of groundbreaking hornmen who recorded for the late Bernard Stollman’s storied ESP-Disk’ label. Continue reading “New Release Review: Toxic: Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/William Parker – This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People (ESP-Disk’)”

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New Release Review: Woodlander – Calvins Toboggan (QFTF)

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The following is an excerpt from an article I wrote for All About Jazz:

Woodlander is an intriguing jazz combo out of Europe dedicated to breathing life into the original compositions of its founder, Swiss pianist Luzius Schuler. A trio marked by its sparseness, Woodlander is rounded off with trumpeter Mats Spillmann and drummer Jonas Ruther, both of whom recently collaborated with Schuler on Lucerne Jazz Orchestra’s Oaktree (QFTF) Continue reading “New Release Review: Woodlander – Calvins Toboggan (QFTF)”

New Release Review: Matt Holman – “The Tenth Muse” (New Focus Recordings)

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The following is an excerpt from a recent article I wrote for All About Jazz:

New York City-based trumpeter and composer Matt Holman cut his teeth performing and recording with distinguished musicians such as Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, and Darcy James Argue before displaying his personal aesthetic Continue reading “New Release Review: Matt Holman – “The Tenth Muse” (New Focus Recordings)”