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Thumbscrew is, from left, Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara and Michael Formanek.

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Thumbscrew: A Decade of ‘Extraordinary Group-Think’

Through countless gigs and seven studio recordings over the past 10 years, the members of the cooperative trio Thumbscrew — bassist Michael Formanek, guitarist Mary Halvorson…





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Nate Wooley & Columbia Icefield

Ancient Songs Of Burlap Heroes
(Pyroclastic)


Melissa Stylianou
Dream Dancing
(Anzic)


Antonio Sánchez
Shift (Bad Hombre Vol. II)
(Warner)


Shemekia Copeland
Done Come Too Far
(ALLIGATOR)


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Kenny Barron

The Source
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Garrett Saracho
En Medio
(Verve)


Doug Wamble
Blues In The Present Tense
(Halcyonic)


Ahmad Jamal
Emerald City Nights: Live At The Penthouse (1963–1964) / (1965–1966)
(Jazz Detective)


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Albert Ayler

Albert Ayler: The Truth Is Marching In

In a restaurant-bar in Greenwich Village, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was ruminating on the disparity between renown and income. In his case, anyway. Covers of his albums are prominent in the windows of more and more jazz record stores; references to him are increasingly frequent in jazz magazines, here and abroad; a growing number of players are trying to sound like him.

“I’m a new star, according to a magazine in England,” Ayler said, “and I don’t even have fare to England. Record royalties? I never see any. Oh, maybe I’ll get $50…


Growing Up Monk




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