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Claire DeBrunner / Ken Silverman / Daniel Carter / Tom Zlabinger: Macroscopia

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Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter may be the best known constituent part of NYC collective quartet Macroscopia, but based on its eponymous debut, he's not the only reason to listen. Although the bassoon hasn't figured largely in jazz history to date, an increasing number of able modern practitioners specializing in the large double reed woodwind seek to change that, including Sara Schoenbeck, and Katherine Young. Now, to that company, the name Claire DeBrunner must be added: her agile playing is one of the strengths of this disc. Classically trained DeBrunner discovered the Downtown scene in the '80s, and studied with saxophonist Lee ...

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Daniel Carter Quartet: Brooklyn, September 18, 2010

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Daniel Carter QuartetThe Freedom GardenBrooklyn, New YorkSeptember 18, 2010 If you do not know about Daniel Carter, you are not to blame. For over thirty years Carter has been an New York musician, playing with free jazz innovators such as David S. Ware, William Parker, and Matthew Shipp, but has always remained obscure. Talking with Carter, it becomes clear that he has avoided the spotlight by choice; despising how people in the music industry “shove each other out of the way." For this reason Carter frequently finds younger, innovative musicians with which to play. ...

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Daniel Carter / Demian Richardson / David Moss / Federico Ughi: Wake Up!

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If the solicitation from the members of this band is to indeed Wake Up!, then their plea recorded here will agitate, and, yes, maybe even activate some. This quartet of saxophonist Daniel Carter (Test, Other Dimensions in Music), trumpeter Demian Richardson, Italian drummer Federico Ughi, and bassist David Moss apply a vibe that is equal parts electric Miles Davis, Prime Time-era Ornette Coleman, and Sun Ra street jam band.

Ughi is also the label chief for 577 Records. His free jazz sessions always project an immense energy, and it's the same here for these 16 unkempt pieces. The ...

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Whit Dickey / Daniel Carter / Eri Yamamoto: Emergence

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When the collective of drummer Whit Dickey, pianist Eri Yamamoto, and horn player Daniel Carter held sway at the Vision Festival in June 2009 they built tension to unbearable levels that built up to a cathartic resolution. On their first disc together, recorded in the studio four months prior to their Festival triumph, they program eight group improvisations in a much more relaxed vein, sometimes resolving sometimes not, but always coherent.

Dickey is still best known for his four-year tenure driving David S. Ware's classic quartet, but since then he's featured his compositions on a series of recordings for the ...

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Daniel Carter / William Parker / Federico Ughi: The Dream

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The Dream features the first recorded example of multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter playing piano. While this revelation is impressive enough, the album itself is a fascinating and endlessly rewarding listen. Ably accompanied by bassist William Parker and drummer Federico Ughi, Carter demonstrates remarkable facility on a half-dozen different instruments in settings ranging from sober to tumultuous.

Opening the album with “This Is the Dream" Carter reveals a piano technique reminiscent of fellow avant gardists Cecil Taylor, Dave Burrell and Don Pullen. His turn at the keyboard emphasizes rousing pointillistic urgency and methodical development. His kinetic, hyper-linear attack is underscored ...

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Daniel Carter / William Parker / Federico Ughi: The Dream

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That's right, Daniel Carter plays piano on this date! It's the first thing you hear as this disc kicks immediately into definite but mature overdrive. It's a blast to hear William Parker, the bassist for Cecil Taylor's much-lauded Feel Trio, free-walking under Carter's percussive attacks, certainly indebted to Taylor but even more pointillistic. “Zero Softly is a spare minimalist musing where notes hang in the air like galaxies only to fade beneath Federico Ughi's carpet of brushwork. Indeed, many of the tracks fade in and out, more like dreams with uncertain conclusions, if they exist at all. ...

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Daniel Carter / William Parker / Federico Ughi: The Dream

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577 Records is putting out some of the most interesting improvised music today, and The Dream is yet another high quality offering. Featuring the trio of Daniel Carter, William Parker and Federico Ughi, the CD is an embarrassment of riches, bursting with music of great imagination played with the highest skill and intention.

Carter and Parker are mainstays of improvised music, and Carter is one of the most important instrumentalists on the avant-garde scene. It hardly seems possible for one person to excel on so many instruments, yet Carter does so with ease--an ease that comes only from ...



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