Apr
11
2017

Don Friedman album

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STRENGTH AND SANITY (Newvelle) 8.5/10 For some of us Booker Little was as great a jazz trumpeter as any. That this sentiment is not more widely shared is down to the fact that Little was dead in 1961 at just 23. He didn’t have much time, but with what he did he created a stunning […]

Apr
10
2017

Alfredo Rodriguez

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The Basement, March 12 8/10 If improvisation is not a dialogue it is merely craft with no art. Even in a solo performance multiple layers of dialogue are in play, most obviously between the performer and the audience, the instrument and the song or improvising vehicle. But when the music is of an especially high […]

Apr
6
2017

Tim Rollinson album

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NITTY GRITTY (Mixed-Up Music) 7.5/10 Tim Rollinson has rare control over the aesthetics of his guitar sound. When he applies distortion it doesn’t so much dirty up the sound as give it an edge and make it glint. When the sound is cleaner it’s never antiseptic, but has a warmth and fullness to draw you […]

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