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Michael and Peter Formanek, Dyads *** (3 star rating)

Bassist Michael Formanek, a significant presence within Thumbscrew, here with his saxophone and clarinet-playing son Peter on a fine series of duos recorded in a New Jersey studio at the end of 2019. The attractive pieces were written singly or …

Published: 1 Mar 2021. Updated: 31 days.

Bassist Michael Formanek, a significant presence within Thumbscrew, here with his saxophone and clarinet-playing son Peter on a fine series of duos recorded in a New Jersey studio at the end of 2019. The attractive pieces were written singly or together. I enjoyed Peter's clarinet passages most of all. SG. Released by Out of Your Head Records.

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Adrian Younge, The American Negro **** (4 star rating)

Review: An extraordinary achievement by pianist/multi-instrumentalist/auteur Adrian Younge. I could pick any number of tracks here to highlight. I'm going for Sam Dew on 'Light on the Horizon' as one point of entry and also to mention Moonlight …

Published: 1 Mar 2021. Updated: 31 days.

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Review: An extraordinary achievement by pianist/multi-instrumentalist/auteur Adrian Younge. I could pick any number of tracks here to highlight. I'm going for Sam Dew on 'Light on the Horizon' as one point of entry and also to mention Moonlight Fools brand new from Dew also a must for different reasons that draws on classic Gamble and Huff and so much more. The American Negro overall is uncompromising, intellectual, full of candour in words and music. The big takeaway I glean from the record is that racism isn't just for the past it's still around however uncomfortable that is for those who think, whether deluded or not, that it has been eradicated. In terms of message music jazz has always been the messenger even to the point of changing its stylistic means of communication or being strict to its traditions or even not. And this is today's express delivery and big sky thinking via a blissed out soul/orchestral lens and formidable groove to take the music forward. Stephen Graham

Out now on Jazz is Dead. Adrian Younge, top. Photo: via Bandcamp