OSR: March 30th, 2016

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You’re Welcome is an impressive debut EP of progressive jazz from Watchdog, a new French duo consisting of keyboard and clarinet.

Joe Santa Maria has given us a diverse and intriguing EP in Echo Deep that morphs back and forth between quirky minimalist jazz and chamber music that trades percussion for strings.

Looping sax overdubs combine to form experimental, minimalist, atmospheric jazz on Johnny Butler‘s Carousel.

The title may no longer be accurate, but Family Junction‘s Never Released Greatest Hits is an interesting and well-executed blend of prog rock and indie rock sensibilities.

Israeli prog/fusion trio Tatran put up an energetic performance on their latest live album, Soul Ghosts, like an instrumental Rush for the 21st century.

Expressive, inventive, and made almost entirely with percussion instruments, present point passed is an album from ensemble, et. al that I can highly recommend.

Olavi Louhivuori is a fairly typical jazz drummer when working with others, but his latest solo album Existence consists mostly of quasi-ambient and experimental electronic fare occasionally contrasted with a more intense drum and bass sound that’s overall jazzy but in a way I’m not used to at all.

A piano trio from Spain, Naima has given us a great jazz album full of polyrhythmic jams while augmenting their originally acoustic sound with various synths and effects in Bye, their latest release.

 

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