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May
4
2018

Jonathan Zwartz album

Animarum Album front

ANIMARUM (Planet/MGM) 8/10 You sense again the fastidious distillation of ideas that was a hallmark of Jonathan Zwartz’s two previous albums as leader, The Sea and The Remembering & Forgetting of the Air. Something of the same introversion that imbued those records with such soothing, reflective music is at work, too, but this time the […]

Apr
26
2018

Mucho Mambo

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ORGANICO (http://www.muchomambo.com/) 7/10 It’s a quite particular form of excitement generated at the intersection where the precision and energy of multi-member percussion sections collide. Multiple percussionists are found in spectacularly diverse contexts, from the minimalism of Steve Reich to South India’s Carnatic music; from the Middle-East to the profusion of percussion textures populating sub-Saharan Africa. […]

Apr
18
2018

Showa 44 album

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KAIHOGYO (Kimnara) 8/10 Showa 44’s Simon Barker and Carl Dewhurst are not just among the world’s finest improvisers, they are also obsessive runners of the barefoot, long-distance variety. This information is far from tangential to their latest offering, because they recorded themselves running in the studio to form a rhythmic bed for two of the […]

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