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Howard Riley in a very Monkish mode – working here in a live solo setting, on a host of tracks that are either Monk classics from the postwar years, Thelonious-styled takes on standards, or a few of Riley's own great compositions! The set's got a sensitivity that we don't always hear from ... CD
Seminal recordings from Jemeel Moondoc's important Muntu ensemble – a group who worked with amazing energy in the avant scene of the late 70s – easily offering up some of the greatest performances from the members involved! There's a mixture of structure and freedom to these tracks ... CD
Amazing sounds from pianist Howard Riley – easily one of the most compelling talents of his generation on the piano, presented here in a set that really lets you dig into his music! The tracks here are all from a series of "short stories" – spontaneous piano inventions that ... CD
Andrew Lamb/Tom Abbs/Michael Wimberley/Guillermo B
Andrew Lamb is billed as "The Black Lamb" here – a nice nickname, given the earthy quality of the set! The group's got two percussionists at its core – Michael Wimberly and Guillermo E Brown – both players with different energies that help expand the roots of the record ... CD
An album that may be worth it for just one track alone – although the whole thing is pretty darn great all the way through! We love the work that Slide Hampton cut overseas in the 70s – and this album's no exception, as it features this majestic 16 minute reading of Hampton's "To ... CD
One of the strongest albums from the Leaders sextet – an ensemble that features 6 of America's best left-of-center players of the time – all of them leaders of their own groups, putting aside ego to come together beautifully here! The set features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Arthur Blythe ... CD