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Jack Mouse & Scott Robinson: Snakeheads & Ladybugs

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Jack Mouse plays drums; Scott Robinson plays almost everything else. So even though the word “duets" is (properly) used to describe their two-part collaboration on Snakeheads & Ladybugs, the album's concept and resolution go far beyond that. For example, there are no written compositions here, simply perceptive and spontaneous improvisation between two inordinately accomplished musicians. Free jazz? That label would not be misused. There are, on the other hand, prescribed conventions and boundaries to which both participants adhere. Even in their most outlandish moments, Mouse and Robinson profess an unswerving allegiance to melody, harmony and rhythm that prevents “freedom" from ...

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Jack Mouse Group: Range of Motion

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Drummer and educator Jack Mouse has a versatile and prolific career. In addition to playing, among many others, with trumpeter Clark Terry, saxophonist James Moody and pianist Stan Kenton he has been actively involved in education as a faculty member at various institutions and as a writer for percussion magazines. His debut album Range of Motion comprises ten of his originals that exhibit a variety of influences and are in a number of different subgenres. There is, for instance, the funky “Slow Helen" that opens with Mouse's fluid, complex polyrhythms before guitarist John McLean's blistering tones state the ...



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