The plan, this weekend, if all goes well, is to review Sanguine Hum's wonderful collection of older unreleased/limited release material double-disc set, What We Ask Is Where We Begin.  While by no means copying the style of groups like Hatfield and the North, Caravan and National Health, fans of the Canterbury sound of the 1970s will find much to love about Sanguine Hum.

The plan, this weekend, if all goes well, is to review Sanguine Hum's wonderful collection of older unreleased/limited release material double-disc set, What We Ask Is Where We Begin. While by no means copying the style of groups like Hatfield and the North, Caravan and National Health, fans of the Canterbury sound of the 1970s will find much to love about Sanguine Hum.

Currently listening to (again!) Security Project Live 1, a remarkable project that finally places the music of Peter Gabriel where it belongs: as repertoire. With Trey Gunn, Jerry Marotta, Brian Cummins, David Jameson and Michael Cozzi, this is absolutely NOT a tribute band, though it could be argued they certainly are paying homage to one of the most important crossover progressive artists of the past 45 years.  Review to come. Meanwhile: http://music.securityprojectband.com/album/live-1

Currently listening to (again!) Security Project Live 1, a remarkable project that finally places the music of Peter Gabriel where it belongs: as repertoire. With Trey Gunn, Jerry Marotta, Brian Cummins, David Jameson and Michael Cozzi, this is absolutely NOT a tribute band, though it could be argued they certainly are paying homage to one of the most important crossover progressive artists of the past 45 years. Review to come. Meanwhile: http://music.securityprojectband.com/album/live-1

My review of Aaron Parks' long overdue second album - his first for ECM - Arborescence, today at All About Jazz:

My review of Aaron Parks' long overdue second album - his first for ECM - Arborescence, today at All About Jazz:

Writing up Alex Cline's Oceans of Vows, an ambitious two-disc set based upon  Buddhist texts, with a 14-piece group including, alongside Cline, violinist Jeff Gauthier, guitarists GE Stinson and (twin brother) Nels Cline, percussionist Brad Dutz, keyboardist Wayne Peet and cellist Maggie Parkins.  I'll post again when the review runs.

Writing up Alex Cline's Oceans of Vows, an ambitious two-disc set based upon Buddhist texts, with a 14-piece group including, alongside Cline, violinist Jeff Gauthier, guitarists GE Stinson and (twin brother) Nels Cline, percussionist Brad Dutz, keyboardist Wayne Peet and cellist Maggie Parkins. I'll post again when the review runs.

About 2/3 of my way through reviewing Nik Bärtsch's first album with his early group Mobile, to be released on ECM. Continuum explores similar territory as the Swiss pianist does with his more funkified Ronin, but this time in more chamber territory. Without a conventional rhythm section, Mobile may actually cover a broader musical spectrum - temporally, texturally, rhythmically and melodically - than Ronin.   Review won't run until the week leading up to its April 22 release.

About 2/3 of my way through reviewing Nik Bärtsch's first album with his early group Mobile, to be released on ECM. Continuum explores similar territory as the Swiss pianist does with his more funkified Ronin, but this time in more chamber territory. Without a conventional rhythm section, Mobile may actually cover a broader musical spectrum - temporally, texturally, rhythmically and melodically - than Ronin. Review won't run until the week leading up to its April 22 release.

Reviewing Scottish National Jazz Orchestra's hard-swinging American Adventure, today @ All About Jazz.

Reviewing Scottish National Jazz Orchestra's hard-swinging American Adventure, today @ All About Jazz.

Everyday is Christmas when it comes to getting the mail, but some days are even more special...like today, when I received my copy of ECM's Old & New Masters Edition box set by American drummer Peter Erskine's sublime '90s trio, with British pianist John Taylor (sadly, deceased as of last year) and Swedish bassist Palle Danielsson: As It Was.     This is music  that matters: profound; ranging from playfully open and sparingly lyrical to knottily complex.  ...and my liners aren't half bad…

Everyday is Christmas when it comes to getting the mail, but some days are even more special...like today, when I received my copy of ECM's Old & New Masters Edition box set by American drummer Peter Erskine's sublime '90s trio, with British pianist John Taylor (sadly, deceased as of last year) and Swedish bassist Palle Danielsson: As It Was. This is music that matters: profound; ranging from playfully open and sparingly lyrical to knottily complex. ...and my liners aren't half bad…

Managed to write a review yesterday of Arvo Pärt's Musica Selecta: A Sequence by Manfred Eicher. For any who don't know this wonderful compose, it's the perfect starting point as, beyond having 18 pieces from 12 albums, plus one previously unreleased track, spread over two discs and 142 minutes, it's been selected and sequenced by Eicher, by my books the most astute producer on the planet when it comes to many things but particularly ordering pieces into a sequence that really tells a story.

Managed to write a review yesterday of Arvo Pärt's Musica Selecta: A Sequence by Manfred Eicher. For any who don't know this wonderful compose, it's the perfect starting point as, beyond having 18 pieces from 12 albums, plus one previously unreleased track, spread over two discs and 142 minutes, it's been selected and sequenced by Eicher, by my books the most astute producer on the planet when it comes to many things but particularly ordering pieces into a sequence that really tells a story.

My review of pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs' Bloodlife, today at All About Jazz: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=47165&width=768#.U05oMye9KSN

My review of pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs' Bloodlife, today at All About Jazz : http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=47165&width=768#.U05oMye9KSN

My review of violinist Zach Brock's Purple, today All About Jazz: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=47075&width=768#.U0P07ie9KSN

My review of violinist Zach Brock's Purple, today All About Jazz : http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=47075&width=768#.U0P07ie9KSN

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