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Liberty Ellman's 'Last Desert' Is Unafraid to Charm You and Challenge You

Guitarist Liberty Ellman's compositions for this brilliant sextet on Last Desert demand that you pay careful attention, but not that you tolerate harsh tonalities.

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Liberty Ellman: Radiate

Liberty Ellman's first album in nine years makes the case that he should be composing and recording more often.

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Bassist Stephan Crump, from Pop to Avant-Garde and Back Again

Bassist Stephan Crump makes pop with his wife Jen Chapin, experimental improvisation with guitarist Mary Halvorson, and he's a great mainstream player, too. What can't he do well?

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Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando

Pianist Vijay Iyer gave us jazz masterpieces in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Looks like this will be his year yet again.

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Stephan Crump: Rosetta

Not loud, not simple, not rebarbative, not monotonous, not short on linear, harmonic or textural imagination.

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Liberty Ellman: Ophiuchus Butterfly

A unique guitarist from the young New York scene plays funky, angular music with a sextet grounded in tuba and reeds.


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