Autor: Geno Thackara

: 440 Keys: A Batch of Piano Delights

It’s always a pleasure to be reminded what a range of sounds just one instrument can produce. The same 88 keys can be used in endlessly different ways in different inventive hands, and this batch of recordings has several masterful performers taking that starting point toward quite eclectic …

Nypan: Stereotomic

You have to give people a chance to miss you sometimes. m: Oyvind Nypan certainly seems to understand the idea of spacing visits apart in order to have something to bring back to the table each time. His second Losen Records outing took four years to follow on …

Reverend Chris: @etude

Christopher Marsceill may be based in northwest jny: Philadelphia, but a casual listener could just as easily believe it was jny: Nashville or jny: New Orleans–not just because he goes by m: Reverend Chris in polite company and otherwise, but because he and his amiable High… Source: …

Dayna Stephens: Gratitude

m: Dayna Stephens is happy to be here. It’s not just in the obvious “Hello Clevelaaaand!” sense you’d get from any visiting performer saying hello to a crowd (not that that’s a bad thing), but a heartfelt conviction. After a battle with a rare kidney disease and a …

Dominic Miller: Silent Light

m: Dominic Miller is a guitarist you’ve undoubtedly heard somewhere or other, whether you’ve knowingly heard of him or not. A life circling the globe (from Argentina to England and currently France) has let him absorb folk, Baroque and Latin American sensibilities, among other things, whi… Source: …

Joe Fiedler: Like, Strange

It’s not always easy for musicians to know what to call their own stuff, especially the kind of players who prefer not to settle into one cozy niche. m: Joe Fiedler certainly makes it difficult, being a fan of things from classic swing to avant-garde–some of which use …

Tom Kennedy: Points of View

m: Tom Kennedy is one of those behind-the-scenes players who’s been all over the place in the jazz world. His bass is adaptable to just about any context, simple or tricky; he’s been recruited for a solid low end by players from crooner m: Tania Maria to prog …

EchoTest: From Two Balconies

When is a bass duo not a bass duo? For m: Julie Slick and m: Marco Machera, the general answer is “whenever we want.” Technically they’re both electric bassists foremost, but that’s far from the only tool in their box. The bottom end was prominent when they first …

Richard Barbieri: Planets + Persona

Keyboards often play a supporting part in many ensembles, but Richard Barbieri still takes the idea farther than most. His roles as band member (in art-pop outfit Japan and eclectic rock band Porcupine Tree) have always been marked by a distinct lack of spotlighting. He works with atmospheres …