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LYUBOMIR DENEV - Lyubomir Denev Jazz Trio And Petko Tomanov Fusion | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Third Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - The Peel Sessions Fusion | review permalink
KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA - Astigmatic Post Bop | review permalink
SOFT HEAP / SOFT HEAD - Rogue Element (as Soft Head) Fusion | review permalink
ROBERT WYATT - Rock Bottom Pop/Art Song/Folk | review permalink
KAZUTOKI UMEZU - Eclecticism Eclectic Fusion | review permalink
JAN GARBAREK - Afric Pepperbird Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
DAVID TORN - Polytown Nu Jazz | review permalink
MASADA - 50⁴ (Electric Masada) Eclectic Fusion | review permalink
ANTHONY BRAXTON - Dortmund (Quartet) 1976 Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
MATANA ROBERTS - Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
FIRE! - Fire! Orchestra : Exit! Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
MAL WALDRON - Reminicent Suite (with Terumasa Hino) Post Bop | review permalink
JOE MCPHEE - Nation Time (Live at Vassar College) Fusion | review permalink
WILDFLOWERS - Wildflowers 1: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
MAL WALDRON - What It Is Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
SEI MIGUEL - Salvation Modes Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
WADADA LEO SMITH - Wadada Leo Smith & Bill Laswell ‎: The Stone Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
ADAM LANE - Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra ‎: Live In Ljubljana Progressive Big Band | review permalink

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Jazz Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Avant-Garde Jazz 260 3.66
2 Post Bop 87 3.56
3 Fusion 76 3.40
4 Eclectic Fusion 59 3.67
5 21st Century Modern 40 3.75
6 Nu Jazz 36 3.65
7 Jazz Related Rock 32 3.30
8 World Fusion 30 3.15
9 RnB 24 3.35
10 Jazz Related Improv/Composition 23 3.54
11 Hard Bop 21 3.40
12 Post-Fusion Contemporary 15 3.17
13 Progressive Big Band 15 3.83
14 Third Stream 15 3.53
15 Pop/Art Song/Folk 11 2.86
16 Vocal Jazz 10 3.15
17 Funk 10 3.35
18 African Fusion 10 3.70
19 Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 7 3.29
20 Funk Jazz 4 3.38
21 Jazz Related Soundtracks 4 3.25
22 Soul Jazz 4 3.50
23 Cool Jazz 2 3.50
24 Exotica 2 3.00
25 Big Band 2 2.75
26 Blues 1 2.00
27 Afro-Cuban Jazz 1 3.50
28 Acid Jazz 1 3.00
29 Jump Blues 1 3.50
30 Latin Jazz 1 3.50

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M-BASE COLLECTIVE Anatomy Of A Groove

Album · 1992 · Eclectic Fusion
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M-Base, in a musical sense, was a development of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time ideas from the early 90s. Not a band per se, M-Base Collective was a loose formation of Brooklyn based artists led by alto saxophonists Steve Coleman and Greg Osby. Some other future well-known artists participated as well, partially guitarist David Gilmore and vocalist Cassandra Wilson.

Perfectly recorded (and surprisingly released in Japan only by domestic DIW label), "Anatomy of a Groove" represents M-Base music at its best. Groovy, funky, precisely played, creative but well-framed, it sounds fresh and unexpected, especially taking into account that the 90s weren't the most inspiring time for jazz. Comparing to Steve Coleman's later and better known work, the music here on "Anatomy of a Groove" is less mechanical, more playful (partially thanks to Cassandra Wilson's wordless vocalize) and in general can be even tagged as "slick" and "stylish". The interplay between musicians is just amazing.

For sure, it still is a music for an acquired taste. Similar to other genres based on rhythmic structures and repetitive construction (as in funk or funk jazz), for some it can sound pointless or undirected. For genre fans, it's a true gem though.

WHIT DICKEY Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp : Vessel In Orbit

Album · 2017 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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New Millennium, partially the second decade, in creative jazz is very much a drummer's time. For long time drummers were known mostly as collaborators no leaders with few exemptions. During last decade or more we experienced a peak of drummers as leaders on a world jazz scenes(as rule - drummers-composers). Many of them are responsible for most interesting jazz coming from last two decades. Whit Dickey is one of them.

Seasoned New-York-based drummer Whit Dickey was better known as Matthew Shipp and David S. Ware bands member. In 1998 he started leader's career. "Vessel In Orbit" is his return to AUM Fidelity, the label, responsible for his debut as leader, and his first new band almost for a decade. Dickey trio with his old collaborator pianist Matthew and violist Mat Maneri plays complex music, demonstrating almost intuitive interplay between members.

The music is dark, free, not too loud and well organized. Compositions are credited to all trio members, still central album's part sounds more like improvisation. There are some chaos, and some beauty in album's music, and looking from six years(and some more excellent Dickey albums, released later)distance, one can see where Dickey's glorious period started. Very soon the drummer will concentrate on more composed music and will release several albums(with different small bands)which will push him on the forefront of todays creative jazz scene.

ARUÁN ORTIZ Serranias : Sketchbook for Piano Trio

Album · 2023 · 21st Century Modern
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Cuban-American pianist Aruan Ortiz, on his new album, demonstrates similar qualities as almost any other leading Cuban jazz pianist of his generation - precise techniques and strong feel of classical music education. Leading an acoustic trio, he bravely mixes Caribbean themes with European non-jazz tradition and New York avant-garde jazz experience.

The music on "Serranias..." is complex, but with clear lines, Aruan plays as if he is a surgeon, the piano keys are his scalpel. It is him pushing the supportive capable rhythm section ahead. High energy muscular compositions shout "take no prisoners", this music is obviously not for the faint-hearted. Still...

As many other fans, I really like Cuban pianists for their very special emotional vibe, a combination of passion and soul. "Serranias...", besides of cold-calculated energy and great techniques, offers lot of passion too, but what about soul?

PHAROAH SANDERS Tauhid

Album · 1967 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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From a distance of 50+ years, Pharoah Sander's second studio album (and his Impulse! debut) sounds a bit different than it did some decades ago. Sanders made his name working with John Coltrane on his avant-garde jazz albums, but it's Alice Coltrane's "astral jazz" which sounds much closer to the music on "Tauhid".

Just three songs, of which "Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt", the opener, lasts more than 16 minutes. Long slow-tempo piano/guitar intro sounded great in spiritual jazz meditative fashion of the time, but today is obviously too long. Sanders' sax starts after 9th minute only and it sounds mellow and relaxed, far from his signature explosive free jazz soloing. There are lot of tunes snippets on this song (sometimes recalling Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"), and even more - Eastern rhythms. The other two songs (vinyl edition side B) are a bit more energetic, both contain extravagant world rhythms. To be precise, there are only a few moments of Sander's more energetic, almost harsh sax soloing on all three tracks. At the same time, there are some of his flute soloing as well, which is an acquired taste mostly.

Sanders will develop "spiritual jazz" on his later releases, often moving towards post-bop or even r'n'b. "Tauhid" sometimes had almost cult status as his impressive solo beginning. It still is his important work, showing from where his music came.

MÁRIO COSTA Mário Costa, Cuong Vu, Beno​î​t Delbecq, Bruno Chevillon : Chromosome

Album · 2023 · 21st Century Modern
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Modern Portuguese jazz took the European scene by storm at the very beginning of the new Millennium, in big part with a support of the domestic label Clean Feed Records, established in 2001. For a decade or more, Portuguese jazz musicians were responsible for many of the most inventive, fresh and fearless recordings in Europe, now this wave descends though. Then, it's really great to see a country's young generation artists who sounds as if they could rebuild the high reputation of contemporary Portuguese jazz again.

Portuguese drummer Mário Costa just released his first studio albums as leader, and "Chromosome" is a really strong one. Mário is not a newbie on the European jazz scene, for some years he collaborated with leading continental artists such as Émile Parisien, Joachim Kuhn, Michel Portal, Vincent Peirani and others. In 2018 Mário released his first (live) album as leader with Frenchmen guitarist Marc Ducret and pianist Benoît Delbecq. This new work, "Chromosome", is recorded by a quartet with the same Delbecq, plus Vietnamese-American trumpeter Cuong Vu and French veteran acoustic bassist Bruno Chevillon.

Different from Mário's more free debut, "Chromosome" contains tightly composed modern sounding music, bright and elegant, played by highest class professionals. Some compositions are dreamy, as "Adamastor", with Vu's trumpet solos flying over Delbecq's acoustic piano, with slowly growing tension and drumming intensity. Other, as "Chromosome", are almost funky, with complex, but still elegant, rhythms and light electronic loops filling the space here and there. "Moonwalk" contains tender trumpet and double-bass dueling, framed by drummer's unorthodox rhythmic constructions.

The entire album is full of different tunes, different tempos, which sometimes change even in the same song, and very volatile interplay between quartet members. Throughout the album, the music changes unexpectedly, but never disappoints. At the end there is a feeling like one just watched a stylish and clever art movie.

Very promising release in many sences.

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