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Reviews of Musicians Who Are Stretching Boundaries

Read my reviews of concerts and albums involving musicians who are stretching the boundaries of jazz.

Album Review: 'The Key is in the Window' by Aaron Shragge and Ben Monder
A review of 'The Key is in the Window,' an album featuring Aaron Shragge on his custom-built "dragonmouth" trumpet and shakuhachi flute, and Ben Monder on electric guitar.

Concert Review: Mary Halvorson Quintet at Roulette
Review of guitarist Mary Halvorson's Quintet at Roulette on March 18th, 2010.

Album Review: Frank Carlberg's 'Uncivilized Ruminations'
A review of pianist Frank Carlberg's CD 'Uncivilized Ruminations,' featuring music set to poems of various writers.

Concert Review: The Gay Disco Trio at Cornelia Street Café
There is nothing ostensibly gay or disco about the Gay Disco Trio, a group led by saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo and consisting of bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Jim Black. The trio’s name is derived from the last track of their 2008 CD 'Skadra Degis' (Skirl Records). “Gay Disco” is a sardonic and explosive piece propelled by a faintly disco-like beat.

Concert Review: The Colin Vallon Trio
A review of the Colin Vallon Trio at the Rubin Museum of Art on May 20th, 2011.

Album Review: Nels Cline's 'Coward'
Review of 'Coward' by guitarist Nels Cline.

Concert Review: Tiny Resistors and the Mary Halvorson Trio
A review of a double-bill featuring Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors and Mary Halvorson Trio presented by Undead Jazz Fest, May 18th, 2011.

Concert Review: Tim Berne and Craig Taborn Duo
Review of the Tim Berne and Craig Taborn duo at the Rubin Museum of Art.

The Spontaneous Construction Series at the Blue Note
A glimpse at the Spontaneous Contstruction Series, every Friday at midnight at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Manhattan.

Album Review: Jeff Gauthier's 'House of Return'
Review of Jeff Gauthier's 'House of Return.'

Concert Preview: Guitarist Elliot Sharp's 60th Birthday Celebration
Guitarist Elliot Sharp's 60th birthday celebration at Issue Project Room.

Album Review: The Bad Plus - 'For All I Care
The Bad Plus’ 'For All I Care' is a widely appealing project that represents a new stage in the development of the controversial trio. When they burst onto the scene in 2001, The Bad Plus detonated notions of what a piano trio could sound like by combining what turned out to be two volatile elements: a pounding rock sensibility and calculated, intricate improvisation more akin to jazz.

Album Review: 'HNH' by the Hertenstein/Niggenkemper/Heberer Trio
A review of the album 'HNH' by the Hertenstein/Niggenkemper/Heberer trio.

Album Review: Aaron Parks - 'Invisible Cinema'
Aaron Parks' Invisible Cinema shows that the 24-year-old pianist has the maturity to lead. His résumé as a sideman boasts a long stint with Terence Blanchard and tours with Kurt Rosenwinkel, and his Blue Note debut as a leader demonstrates his broad experience and fresh approach.

Album Review: 'It Would Be Easier If' by Ken Thomson's Slow/Fast
A review of 'It Would Be Easier If' by saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Ken Thomson and his band Slow/Fast.

Album Review: Rudresh Mahanthappa's 'Kinsmen'
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Kinsmen is the alto saxophonist’s deepest exploration yet of Indian music.

Concert Review: Giuseppi Logan Quartet
Alto saxophonist Giuseppi Logan performed with his quartet as part of an ESP-Disk' Album release party on Thursday, January 20th, 2011.

Concert Review: Giuseppi Logan Quartet
Alto saxophonist Giuseppi Logan performed with his quartet as part of an ESP-Disk' Album release party on Thursday, January 20th, 2011.

Concert Review: Undead JazzFest 2011 - Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman Duo
A review of the Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman Duo at the 2011 Undead JazzFest, from a show at Littlefield in Brooklyn on Saturday, June 25th.

Concert Review: Nate Wooley Quintet
A review of trumpeter Nate Wooley's quintet live at the Stone in Manhattan on July 15th, 2011.

Concert Review: Bassist Zack Lober's Ancestry Project
A review of bassist Zack Lober's Ancestry Project featuring Dave Binney, Dan Weiss, John Escreet, and Chet Doxas.

Album Review: 'Conversational Music' by Julian Priester and Aaron Alexander
A review of 'Conversational Music,' a duo album recorded by trombonist Julian Priester and drummer Aaron Alexander.

Album Review: Kurt Rosenwinkel's 'The Remedy'
With Kurt Rosenwinkel's The Remedy: Live at the Village Vanguard, the guitarist proves why he is one of the contemporary masters of jazz.

Concert Review: Darius Jones Trio at Littlefield
A review of saxophonist Darius Jones' trio at Littlefield in Brooklyn on Saturday, June 25th. It was part of the 2011 Undead JazzFest.

Concert Review: The Bill Frisell Quartet at the Village Vanguard
A review of guitarist Bill Frisell's performance with his quartet at New York City's Village Vanguard on Friday, April 29th, 2011.

Concert Review: Triptet at the Stone
A review of the Seattle-based trio Triptet, live at the Stone in New York City on May 7th, 2011.

Concert Review: Stained Radiance at the NYC Winter JazzFest
On Saturday, January 8th, 2011, guitarist Nels Cline and painter Norton Wisdom performed at the NYC Winter JazzFest.

Concert Review: Andrew D'Angelo Big Band
A review of a performance by the Andrew D'Angelo Big Band at 45 Bleeker in Manhattan, on Friday, May 28th, 2010.

Concert Review: Barry Altschul Quintet at University of the Streets
A review of drummer Barry Altschul's January 8th, 2011 performance at University of the Streets in Manhattan.

Concert Review: Josh Sinton's Ideal Bread at Cornelia Street Café
Ideal Bread, a band led by baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton, and dedicated to interpreting and paying tribute to Steve Lacy, performed at Cornelia Street Café.

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