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Irreversible Entanglements - Open The Gates
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Irreversible Entanglements – Open The Gates

Open the Gates is Irreversible Entanglements’ third full-length album. It was recorded on January 5th, 2021, at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia, and it was released on International Anthem on November 12, 2021. Irreversible Entanglements is Camae Ayewa (aka the “Moor mother”) on vocals, Luke Stewart on bass, Aquiles Navarro on trumpet, Keir Neuringer on saxophone, and Tcheser Holmes on drums.

Irreversible Entanglements
Open The Gates
(International Anthem)

Open the Gates really stands out. You listen to it, and you quickly think, “Wow.” You get to the second track and understand that the album is special and strong, the kind of album that will make it to the yearly selections.

Maybe you can clearly remember Irreversible Entanglements’ first two albums, their self-titled debut, and Who Sent You?, since their label, International Anthem, releases so few albums but always maintains very high quality, you know you are not wasting time giving all their releases a try.

And maybe you didn’t think they were as good as Open the Gates. So, you go back to those two records and play them again to pinpoint what Irreversible Entanglements is doing better or differently that made their third release nail it so much better than the previous two, but painfully, you realize that the music was already there. The energy, strength, and passion were there. The only thing that was missing was you. You needed four years to grow, to accept, and to let go. Thanks to Jaimie Branch, Irreversible Entanglements, and Angel Bat Dawid, you have now grown to fully appreciate Open the Gates. You were late, but you are here now.

Irreversible Entanglements, thank you for not giving upon us. Thank you for your music.

Irreversible Entanglements – Open The Gates – Info

Tracklisting
1. Open the Gates (02:39); 2. Keys to Creation (13:41); 3. Lágrimas Del Mar (08:03); 4. Storm Came Twice (07:20); 5. Water Meditation (20:39); 6.- Six Sounds (10:30); 7. The Port Remembers (10:48)

Irreversible Entanglements
Photos: Bob Sweeney

Camae Ayewa: voice, synth; Keir Neuringer: saxophone, synth, percussion; Aquiles Navarro: trumpet, synth; Luke Stewart: double bass, bass guitar; Tcheser Holmes: drums, percussion

The album was released on November 12, 2021 // International Anthem IARC0049

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Fred Frith Trio with Lotte Anker and Susana Santos Silva - Road
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Fred Frith Trio – Road

Road is a live album recorded as a double CD by the Fred Frith Trio, with Fred Frith on electric guitar, Jason Hoopes on electric bass, and Jordan Glenn on drums. It was released on October 15, 2021, on Intakt Records.

The music was recorded in October 2019 during tours (hence the title Road) of the East Coast in the United States and throughout Europe. The first CD was recorded at Week-End Fest Stadthalle Köln in Germany on October 18; the second CD was recorded at Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, Virginia, with Susana Santos Silva on October 4, and at Altes Kino, in Ebersberg, Germany, with Lotte Anker on October 31.

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Artifacts - …and then there's this
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Artifacts – …and then there’s this

…and then there’s this is the second album by Artifacts, the trio formed by flutist Nicole Mitchell, cellist Tomeka Reid, and drummer Mike Reed, all long-time members of the cutting edge AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Music in Chicago). The album was released on October 29, 2021, by Astral Spirits Recordings.

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Cranes - Formation Deviation
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Cranes – Formation < Deviation

Formation < Deviation is Cranes’ debut album, featuring Matthias Müller on trombone, Eve Risser on piano, and Christian Marien on drums. It was recorded at studioboerne45 in Berlin-Weissensee on November 11, 2017, and released on May 14, 2021 via Relative Pitch Records.

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Sten Sandell, Lisa Ullén - Double Music
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Sten Sandell, Lisa Ullén – Double Music

Double Music is the first album by Sten Sandell and Lisa Ullén. It was recorded at Musikaliska in Stockholm, Sweden, in February 2021, and released on October 15, 2021, by Clean Feed Records. Sten Sandell and Lisa Ullén are two of the most important names in the Swedish jazz and avant-garde scene. They are releasing a duo album for the first time together.

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Evan Parker - Winns Win
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Evan Parker – Winns Win

Winns Win is the new solo album by Evan Parker. It was released on October 1st, 2021, by Byrd Out. Winns Win is a solo album, inspired by the designer and activist William Morris, and it was recorded on September 21, 2020, at the William Morris Gallery on Winns Avenue, the site of William’s former house.

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Devin Gray - Melt All The Guns
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Devin Gray – Melt All The Guns EP

Melt All the Guns is the new EP by drummer Devin Gray. Together with Ralph Alessi (trumpet), and Angelica Sanchez (piano), they recorded five original tracks after few concerts in Canada and the United States during the Fall of 2019. These tracks were released on Rataplan Records on June 4, 2021.

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FIRE - defeat - best Jazz
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FIRE! – defeat

The new FIRE! album, defeat, has been released February 19, 2021, on Rune Grammofon. It features the usual trio (Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin), plus Goran Kajfes and Mats Åleklint. It was recorded in October 2019 and February 2020 in Copenhagen (The Village Recording).

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