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Calendar, Night&Day Afro-Cuban-American


The latest album from Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Avatar, is like some of the most outstanding albums in Blue Note’s illustrious catalogue. Not “sounds like,” in the manner of some young jazz musicians presenting fine yet ultimately “retro” sounds recalling…
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Music, Reviewed Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

In 2006, jazz pianist Andrew Hill recounted to writer Ben Ratliff something Charlie Parker himself had once told the young pianist: "I look at melody as rhythm." Such was the metronymic outlook that informed Hill's career, some five decades' worth…
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Music, Reviewed Andrew Hill/Nels Cline

Andrew Hill/Nels Cline

Pianist-composer Andrew Hill has been actively extending the jazz tradition on nearly three dozen recordings since 1960. It may be Wilco guitarist Nels Cline's latest disc that invigorates Hill's cachet among younger-generation fans of adventurous music, though. Cline's New Monastery…
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Music, Reviewed Vijay Iyer

Vijay Iyer

Where some see jazz as a bop style that must be preserved, Vijay Iyer sees the form as a tradition of African-American experimentalism, open to and reshaped by the world's sounds. In the piano work of Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Brilliant Minds

Brilliant Minds

From a solo violin suite scored by poet Ezra Pound to a ritualistic coupling of percussion and dance by Korean composer Hi Kyung Kim, the Other Minds Festival VII promises a stunning collection of aural adventures that you won't find…
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