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Ictus Records' 30th Anniversary Collection

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Andrea Centazzo--drummer, percussionist, pioneer electronicist and composer--was at the center of the European free jazz scene during the 1970s and early 1980s. This truly amazing twelve-disc box set catalogues a good portion of Centazzo's musical life during that period. It contains studio and live recordings, remasterings and previously unissued tracks, recorded between 1976 and 1983, plus three 2005 live tracks, from a show at Tonic in NYC that was an un-retirement of sorts.

You may recognize of good number of the musicians given in the personnel listings below, and in his liner notes, Centazzo speaks reverently of his relationships with ...


Ictus Records

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The house is full in the beautiful basement theater on a February night at the Rubin Museum, an institution for the preservation of art from the Himalayas that opened its doors in the Chelsea section of Manhattan in 2004. The audience is there for an evening of percussion music and video based on journeys to temples in Bali, Japan, Java and Madagascar. But few likely know that they are also witnessing a return to New York by a musician who played a key role in the early days of Downtown music. That evening, Andrea Centazzo presented a ...


Ictus: Live

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The members of the jazz contingent presented here are well-known entities in Scandinavia, often performing in various collectives, established bands and pick-up groups. But French native guitarist Marc Ducret has performed with a who's who of modern jazz, including American saxophonist Tim Berne and others. The same could be said of Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker, for example, but at the end of the day, jazz/improvisation is not constricted to borders or predetermined vernaculars. In essence, these sentiments are diffused throughout this live release.

The group chemistry evolves via elements of minimalism and four-way dialogues akin to the fluctuating ...

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