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Elina Duni CD

Matane Malit (ECM)  Listening to someone sing in a foreign language is among the great joys of music. Perhaps it is because I am rubbish at catching the words as they tumble past when sung that I almost find myself more easily swept away by their sound than their meaning. Besides, much meaning may be […]


John McLaughlin CD

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  Now Here This (Abstract Logix/Planet)  Some artists tend to pare back their music’s freneticism as they age. John McLaughlin prefers to continue letting rip. The guitarist who was in on the ground floor of combining jazz and rock still relishes unleashing torrents of notes against backdrops studded with rhythmic barbs.  This version of the […]


Paul Motian CD

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On Broadway (W&W/Birdland) Each of these five albums shone when it appeared. Now assembled into a set they represent the pinnacle of the last 25 years of US jazz.  For at least a decade before Paul Motian’s death in 2011 the great drummer/composer/band-leader was the beacon for what jazz could be in its post-free, post-fusion […]