Hafez Modirzadeh, Miguel A. Ruiz, Camino al Desván, Mecánica Popular, Finis Africae, Orfeón Gagarin, Victor Nubla, Javier Segura, Jabir, Esplendor Geométrico, Luis Delgado, Mataparda, Suso Saiz, Eli Gras, and Ben Monder, Tony Malaby, & Tom Rainey

Artist: Hafez Modirzadeh

Title: Facets

Label: Pi Recordings

Release Date: 03/05/21

Personnel: Hafez Modirzadeh – tenor saxophone (2-5, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17); Kris Davis – piano (3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 16); Tyshawn Sorey – piano (2, 5, 8, 10, 14, 17); Craig Taborn – piano (1, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18)

Impression: In a series of totally riveting pan-chromatic duets, Dr. Modirzadeh and company deliver the equivalent of a sound-fantasy of mine: Steve Lacy meets La Monte Young uptown.

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Artist: Various

Title: La Ola Interior: Spanish Ambient & Acid Exoticism 1983-1990

Label: Bongo Joe

Release Date: 03/05/21

Personnel: Miguel A. Ruiz, Camino al Desván, Mecánica Popular, Finis Africae, Orfeón Gagarin, Victor Nubla, Javier Segura, Jabir, Esplendor Geométrico, Luis Delgado, Mataparda, Suso Saiz, and Eli Gras

Impression: If you’ve been revisiting ethno-trance music of the late 80s/ early 90s (Steve Roach, Rapoon, Jorge Reyes, etc) during lockdown like me, the release of this collection of mostly underappreciated Spanish artists of imaginary-global-ambience is cause for great excitement.

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Artist: Ben Monder Tony Malaby & Tom Rainey

Title: Live at The 55 Bar

Label: Sunnyside Records

Release Date: 02/26/21

Personnel: Ben Monder – guitar; Tony Malaby – saxophone; Tom Rainey – drums

Impression: Just days before COVID-19 took the reins of the foreseeable future, Monder’s trio arrived at NYC’s venerable 55 Bar as a volatile powder keg, and proceeded to pummel with the ferocity of an unhinged basement power electronics gig…and I’m grateful it was documented for us to hear.

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