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JAN GARBAREK - Afric Pepperbird Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
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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
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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 266 3.66
2 Post Bop 88 3.56
3 Fusion 76 3.40
4 Eclectic Fusion 61 3.65
5 21st Century Modern 44 3.76
6 Nu Jazz 38 3.66
7 Jazz Related Rock 32 3.30
8 World Fusion 30 3.15
9 Jazz Related Improv/Composition 25 3.58
10 RnB 24 3.35
11 Hard Bop 21 3.40
12 Post-Fusion Contemporary 15 3.30
13 Progressive Big Band 15 3.77
14 Third Stream 15 3.53
15 Pop/Art Song/Folk 11 2.86
16 African Fusion 11 3.68
17 Funk 10 3.35
18 Vocal Jazz 10 3.15
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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MARION BROWN Marion Brown Quartet

Album · 1966 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Marion Brown Quartet is a debut album of American free jazz alto sax player, recorded in 1965 - same year, when Brown participated on John Coltrane's one of the most noticeable avant-garde album,"Ascension".

The album contains just three longish compositions, all played very much in a fashion of time and the ESP Disk label aesthetics. Still, differently from noisy, aggressive and chaotic free jazz, which is almost a trademark of the mid-60s, Marion's music is quite well organized and is spiritual and even lyrical in moments. Playing with such strong collaborates as bassist Reggie Johnson, drummer Rashied Ali and sax player Benny Maupin among others, Marion is an obvious leader of this session. His free and lyrically-colored sax soloing is in formation period, but one can hear a lot of Brown's future characteristic sound.

Of three album songs, one is recorded with bassist Ronnie Boykins (two rest - with Reggie Johnson on bass), and on one more sax player Benny Maupin changes trumpeter Alan Shorter. Generally, it doesn't make a big difference in quite relaxed and acoustically warm album's sound. With obvious leader, there are enough space for each participant in album's music.

It's interesting to note, that on many later album reissues track "Exhibition" was replaced by "Mephistopheles" recorded at the same session with Alan Shorter but without Bennie Maupin. Covers of many these reissues use the original track listing, what can be confusing. 2005 CD reissue contains both tracks(four songs in all).

Very much a characteristic evidence of its time, this album preserves the spirit of early free jazz era quite well and can be recommended for everyone interested in better examples of late 60s free jazz as well as fans of Marion Brown music, he sounds good here.

CLAUDIO MILANO (NICHELODEON) ManifestAzioni live 2011​-​2023

Live album · 2023 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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Vocalist/voice artist Claudio Milano is a stand-alone figure on the Italian music scene. A singer with wide-range operatic vocals, Claudio works on a fragile soil mixing classical music, free improvisation, Italian tradition and progressive rock aesthetics. Knowing Claudio almost for two decades, I still can't stop wondering about his ability to disappear for years and then return on the scene as a Phenix back again.

Newest Claudio release - double-CD album "ManifestAzioni live 2011​-​2023" contains previously unreleased live music from the last twelve years, recorded by Claudio's different projects and collaborations.

The double set opens with very eloquent music - true rock song, recorded by legendary Rock Progressivo Italiano band Area descendants, Area Open Project, with Claudio responsible for the vocals. In the early 70s, Area was a very popular band led by Greek-Egyptian vocalist Demetrio Stratos, renown by his theatrical vocals and unusual voice improvisations. Claudio obviously pays respect to Stratos, one of his big influences. An excellent piece for fans of progressive rock with original Area bassist Ares Tavolazzi on board.

Six set's tracks come from I Sincopatici - Milanese keys/bass/drums trio, accompanying Claudio singing the songs based on Dante Alighieri's poetry. Six more tracks are recorded with "border music" band Strepitz, with feel-able folklore influences and rock arrangements (Area's original guitarist Paolo Tofani's three-necks guitar soloing on "Aghe Aghe benedete" is impressive).

There are pieces on this set coming from some of Milano's own projects from the previous decade (multimedia NichelOdeon and duo with sounds artist Marco Tuppo InSonar) as well.

Second set's disc opens with a vocal-only composition, based on controversial Bulgarian author Nikolay Rainov (who studied Theology in Russia) "Il Diavolo Creatore". "Pan’s Pot" is a duet with voice artist Arrington De Dionyso and "SenseNonSex" is a vocal duet with Giulia Zaniboni.

Being of very eclectic origin, this album's material fits together quite well, especially on CD 1. With great recording quality considering its a collection of different periods archival recordings, and feel-able Italian progressive rock tradition, this release is probably a bit more framed than many of Claudio's previous works. Those already familiar with Claudio Milano's art will no doubt enjoy this, and probably it will attract some new listeners as well.

VIJAY IYER Memorophilia

Album · 1995 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Albany-born son of Indian Tamil immigrants, Vijay Iyer is with no doubt one of the most celebrated jazz pianists of mid-generation. Starting from the beginning of a New Millennium, his music attracts lot of attention from music critics and listeners both. His early works are less known, and them as a rule have their moments.

"Memorophilia", released in 1994, is Iyer's debut as leader. It was recorded in studio with three different bands, and contains one solo piano track as well. Five of the nine songs come from an all-acoustic trio with bassist Jeff Brock and drummer Brad Hargreaves. The trio's groovy, barenaked songs work pretty well, the album's opener "Relativist's Waltz", recorded by the trio with participation from M-Bass ideologist sax player Steve Coleman, is absolute killer (Coleman participates on one more trio song, "Off The Top", as well).

Two of the album's songs come from Spirit Complex - a more abstract sounding quintet, containing one of the AAMC leaders in trombonist George Lewis and Asian Improv label owner tenor Francis Wong. Both pieces are much freer, than those recorded by the trio, with a lot of trombone improvisation and screaming sax soloing. Poisonous Prophets is a quartet, including the same drummer as Spirit Complex (Elliot Humberto Kavee) and renown electric guitarist Liberty Ellman, among others. The quartet's song is an electric funk with obvious M-Base touch. Iyer's solo piano piece - "Algebra" - is a quite complex blues-based composition.

Compiled with musical compositions of quite different aesthetic, "Memorophilia" sounds surprisingly well as a whole album. Even if on some compositions, the more experienced musicians leave Iyer a bit in a shade, this album is an interesting evidence where from Iyer's current music roots are coming.


Album · 2023 · Nu Jazz
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"Aether" is this Italian quartet's self-titled debut album. The band themselves state that their influences are King Crimson, ambient music and Nordic guitar jazz. Heavily based on synth/Rhodes sound, for my ears they sound more closer to mid-late 70s English prog band Camel. After the 70s, Camel lost the brilliant songwriting of their earlier music and switched towards a more synth-based sound.

Aether takes from Nordic guitar jazz its ambient sound, but leaves aside strong folkish component and icy cool aesthetics. The album's sound is warm and soft, almost polished and resonates pretty well with Italian prog bands of the 70s. Some added rockish guitar soloing doesn't generate a lot of fire and obviously is more of a decorative origin. On the more rock-like pieces, like "Pressure", "Moving Away" or "Crimson Fondant", Aether sounds like one of the many bands from the mid-late 70s.

Invoking some strong elements from a few different musical scenes, the band does inherit some known problems coming from the past as well. The lack of memorable compositions combined with a very comfortable sound can be a problem for some listeners coming from a rock background. Ambient elements, extracted from Nordic jazz don't work all that well separated from strong regional aesthetics and jazz improvisation as well as partially different techniques.

Impressive debut, taking more risks and searching for more expression of one's own face possibly will be an improvement.

KAJA DRAKSLER Kaja Draksler Octet : Out For Stars

Album · 2020 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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Pianist Kaja Draksler, who left her home in Slovenia for jazz studies in Amsterdam, was lucky enough to be noticed at a very early stage in her musical career, partially because of her active live activities and participation in different cross-genre projects. "Out For Stars" is her ambitious work, based on poems by Robert Frost.

"Out for Stars" features a multi-national team of Amsterdam-based musicians and includes such various artists as Dutch reeds veteran Ab Baars, rising Argentinian female sax player Ada Rave, Icelandic singer Björk Níelsdóttir and Latvian vocalist Laura Polence among others. Musically, the album contains a dark mix of piano and reeds free jazz dissonance, pastoral vocals, chamber strings, poetic balladry, Nordic spacey sound and romantic melodicism of the past all presented in almost ideal order, without even a trace of chaos.

Possibly, not a music one will listen to very often, but a great example of successful contemporary post-modernist music, strongly rooted in a tradition.

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