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GoGo Penguin, v2.0, Gondwana

From 2014. Opening v2.0 gently with the heartbeat of ‘Murmuration’, GoGo Penguin drummer Rob Turner languidly nudging the band forward, pianist Chris Illingworth enveloping the listener in a cocoon of...

Published: 14 Nov 2019. Updated: 71 minutes.

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Ben Monder, Amorphae, ECM

From 2016. A stimulating departure for the guitarist, who is on the late David Bowie’s album Blackstar, and whose playing credits over three decades span work with Jack McDuff, Marc...

Published: 14 Nov 2019. Updated: 3 hours.

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Christian McBride, Christian McBride's New Jawn, Mack Avenue

From 2018. All the Ps. Oh. Add perfection if you like. DePending on where you are coming from. On New Jawn, “jawn” is Philly slang apparently for a “Person, Place...

Published: 13 Nov 2019. Updated: 16 hours.

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Vijay Iyer trio, Break Stuff, ECM

From 2015. A working trio for 11 years Iyer here once again recording with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore. This Manfred Eicher-produced affair recorded in New York in...

Published: 13 Nov 2019. Updated: 17 hours.

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Phronesis, Life To Everything, Edition

From 2014. Recorded live in the Cockpit theatre at Jez Nelson’s Jazz in the Round over the course of two nights of the 2013 London Jazz Festival, the artwork to...

Published: 13 Nov 2019. Updated: 17 hours.

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Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran, Hagar’s Song, ECM

From 2013. Sometimes with instrumental jazz it’s like non-fiction: the facts, the history, the issues all there contained in the music in the notes on the page. The vocals variety...

Published: 13 Nov 2019. Updated: 18 hours.

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