Haley Heynderickx: I Need To Start A Garden [Album Review]
Mar06

Haley Heynderickx: I Need To Start A Garden [Album Review]

Haley Heynderickx I Need To Start A Garden Mama Bird Recording Co [2018] Fire Note Says: A striking debut album from singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx. Album Review: Portland-based singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx seems to have a strong understanding of the power of small details to make (or break) a musical performance. All eight of the songs on her debut album I Need to Start a Garden are so well realized that it feels as if...

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Roots Magic: Last Kind Words [Album Review]
Mar01

Roots Magic: Last Kind Words [Album Review]

Roots Magic Last Kind Words Clean Feed Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Roots Magic delivers hard-hitting interpretations of delta blues and free jazz classics. Album Review: Roots Magic is a quartet of Italian musicians: Alberto Popolla on clarinet and bass clarinet, Errico De Fabritiis on alto & baritone saxophone, Gianfranco Tedeschi on bass, and Fabrizio Spera on drums. Their second release on Clean Feed records continues the...

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Bill MacKay: Esker [Album Review]
Feb26

Bill MacKay: Esker [Album Review]

Bill MacKay Esker Drag City Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Bill MacKay covers a lot of ground on Esker. Album Review: The so-called “American Primitive” genre of solo instrumental steel-string acoustic guitar music generally is traced back to the recordings of John Fahey and other artists released on his Takoma Records label in the 1950s and 1960s. American Primitive and related guitar-based instrumental music has experienced a great...

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The Angelica Sanchez Trio: Float The Edge [Album Review]
Feb02

The Angelica Sanchez Trio: Float The Edge [Album Review]

The Angelica Sanchez Trio Float The Edge Clean Feed Records [2017] Fire Note Says: The Angelica Sanchez Trio’s 2017 release should not be missed. Album Review: If there is a downside to the abundance of incredible musicians currently working and recording in jazz and improvised music, it’s that it can be hard to keep up. In a textbook example, your correspondent nearly missed the Angelica Sanchez Trio’s Float the...

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The Bad Plus: Never Stop II [Album Review]
Jan22

The Bad Plus: Never Stop II [Album Review]

The Bad Plus Never Stop II Legbreaker Records [2018] Fire Note Says: The Bad Plus has its first lineup change in 18 years, and doesn’t drop a step. Album Review: With Never Stop II, released just 19 days after original pianist Ethan Iverson’s last performance as a member of the band, The Bad Plus has delivered a clear message that its unique take on the jazz piano trio is here to stay. For longtime fans, this record will...

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