Sep
29
2016

Mara!

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Foundry 616, September 3 7.5/10 Few players can sit on one chord and lend the music such momentum as Lloyd Swanton does. This makes the Necks’ bassist invaluable in Mara!, because the band’s favoured music, primarily drawing on that of Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece, tends to place more emphasis on complex rhythms and snaking melodies […]

Sep
28
2016

Bill Evans album

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SOME OTHER TIME (Resonance/Birdland) 9/10 Imagine finding a bottle of 1968 Grange under your house. This album is a greater coup. A ’68 Montreux Jazz Festival recording of pianist Bill Evans’ trio with bassist Eddie Gomez and new drummer Jack DeJohnette was always thought to be their only album together. In fact five days later […]

Sep
27
2016

Urban Gypsies Quartet album

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SAMSARA (www.urbangypsies.org/) 7/10 What other band would even contemplate performing both Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir and Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango on the same album? Such juxtapositions could easily seem somewhat arch, but the Urban Gypsies Quartet makes it seem almost inevitable, so seamlessly does it blend genres, anyway. Elements of flamenco, jazz, Gypsy music, tango and other […]

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