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Andy Milne & Dapp Theory: Forward In All Directions

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On Forward in All Directions, pianist and bandleader Andy Milne brings various musical elements to play, including electronics and spoken word alongside some masterful playing and chemistry from his bandmates. The album kicks off with “Hopscotch," an up-tempo number centered on Aaron Kruziki's saxophone with a smart backbeat from the rhythm section. “Photograph" introduces electronics in the background. The groove breaks for some spoken word from John Moon about looking at old pictures, and then the dynamic lowers for great piano and saxophone improvised moments. “Into The Mirror, Darkly" is an eerie-sounding tune that begins with a few ...

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Andy Milne & Dapp Theory: New York, NY, August 26, 2012

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Andy Milne & Dapp Theory Charlie Parker Jazz FestivalTompkins Square Park New York, NYAugust 26, 2012 Perfect weather and mild temperatures were the setting for an afternoon of jazz music at New York's Tompkins Square Park on occasion of the 20th edition of the Charlie Park Jazz Festival. Pianist Andy Milne's contemporary jazz project Dapp Theory was part of the lineup for the day, a quintet rounded out by reed player Aaron Kruziki, spoken word artist John Moon, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Kenny Grohowski. The set began with “In The ...

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Andy Milne / Benoit Delbecq: Where is Pannonica?

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Occasioned by a commission from Chamber Music America's French-America Jazz Exchange and realized during a three-week composing/recording residency at the Banff Centre in Canada in 2008, this is a fascinating project, pushing the boundaries of the piano duo format. Using Steinway D grands that were often--mostly in Benoit Delbecq's case--altered with prepared devices (objects on strings) and alternative playing techniques (strumming or hitting strings inside the piano), plus manipulating sounds with five-channel effects, the subtle use of electronics and a Dlooper audio application on some tracks, the two musicians have created unique soundscapes while managing to maintain a dominantly pianistic ...

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Andy Milne & Benoit Delbecq: Where Is Pannonica?

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Andy Milne & Benoit Delbecq Where Is Pannonica? Songlines Recordings 2009

Welcome to the third dimension. The product of their 2008 winter residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, Where Is Pannonica? seals the longstanding, twinlike affinity between pianists Andy Milne and Benoit Delbecq in one truly astonishing soundscape. And although Nantes puts itself forward as an answer to the title's inquiry, it's possible the question is instead concerned with identifying all manifestations of the late jazz loving baroness' influence--as one would with a certain Waldo--hiding in this musical shivaree. Sure ...

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Andy Milne and Benoit Delbecq: Where is Pannonica?

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At times while listening to pianists Andy Milne and Benoit Delbecq's Where is Pannonica? you may find yourself asking, “where is the piano?" Which isn't to say that traditional piano tones are ever completely silenced on the record, but that they are rarely the only tones. On three tunes, Delbecq is cited as using Dlooper, an audio application that, according to the pianist, is “a multi-track looper that can superimpose eight stereo channels, and output them on eight different channels." But percussive clicks and knocks and rhythmic strumming--all derived from pianos--flush out many of the other pieces as well.

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Andy Milne: Dreams and False Alarms

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Andy Milne, solo piano? The announcement may bring mixed feelings of astonishment and surprise, but also wonder and curiosity. How will he make this fly sans Dapp Theory? Of course, Milne's talent is unequivocal--he was saxophonist Steve Coleman's pianist of choice for many years--so a solo session is an understandable and exciting new challenge for the gregarious former pupil of Canada's northern stars Oscar Peterson and Don Thompson.Recorded during a residency at the University of British Columbia, Dreams and False Alarms finds Milne revisiting songs of his childhood. Around three originals and a prime selection of works from ...

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Andy Milne & Gregoire Maret: Scenarios

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"[Albums are] like a trailer to the movie... a CD is really a mini-series, declares Canadian pianist/keyboardist Andy Milne. Similar analogies with the Seventh Art are common when it comes time to define and characterize music. On the aptly-titled Scenarios, Milne offers, aided by harmonicist and longtime collaborator Grégoire Maret, a more pictorial approach to musical development than his previous outings. Indeed, the cinematic quality of the music plots the whole disc, especially on the improvised pieces. The in-demand Maret, for his part, is no stranger to movies, being the subject of Frédéric Baillif's 2003 documentary Sideman.Both this ...



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