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Nicole Mitchell Creates a Gracious Blend of Improvisation and Structure on 'Maroon Cloud'

Jazz composer and flute virtuoso Nicole Mitchell has assembled a new quartet that makes beautiful but daring music with great transparency.

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Yoko Ono: Antony & Yoko / Yoko Ono & John Zorn

With a pair of singles, Yoko Ono furthers her case for artistic relevance as a proponent of fringe music that, like much of her back catalogue, was never intended for mass consumption.

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Zion80: Adramelech: Book of Angels Volume 22

There’s nothing not to recommend about this release, which offers further evidence that virtually everything Jon Madof touches turns to sonic gold.

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John Zorn: Myth and Mythopoeia

Myth and Mythopoeia holds the course for John Zorn's career -- presenting music that is as difficult to hear as it is rewarding to absorb. There's also one track here that can be preserved for the ages.

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John Zorn: Fragmentations, Prayers and Interjections

A 46-minute experiment and an anticipation of more things to come rarely -- very rarely -- are so beautifully crafted.

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Aram Bajakian: Aram Bajakian's Kef

Kef is postmodern chamber jazz that swings proficiently with an always-apparent – and quite convincing – Eastern vibe.

Sean Murphy
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Pitom: Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes

By the end of Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes you should be exhausted by the experience, but you mostly feel rejuvenated, aware that something meaningful has happened.

Sean Murphy
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The Shape of Jazz That Came...

The awake, aware folks who make and receive these offerings celebrate an ever-evolving music that resists boundaries, the sort capable of communication that transcends language and explanation.

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John Zorn: In Search of the Miraculous

Avant-garde extraordinaire and veteran weirdo John Zorn has once again defied expectations after years of offending the status quo, with an album of polite, forgettable piano jazz.

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August Left Our World a Poorer Place x2

Remembering Joe Maneri and Rashied Ali

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“Radical Jewish Culture” Redux

Yoshie Fruchter convincingly distills the essence of jazz improvisation into his rock-meets-klezmer workouts.

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John Zorn by John Brackett

One must be willing to risk being consumed by the dark, cabalistic world Zorn has created around his art.

Michael Patrick Brady
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DIY: Takahiko Iimura

Takahiko Iimura read about the American underground film movement and began making experimental works based only on what he'd read. Soon he was a leading experimental filmmaker.

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Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

We're given the legacy of one of the 20th century’s most influential avant-garde filmmakers and artists, but also the sad, thin-skinned ego of a societal outcast.

Marc Calderaro
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The Microscopic Septet: Seven Men in Neckties/Surrealistic Swing

Possibly the most vital jazz group of the 1980s, in retrospect.

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