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Vision Festival 2010: Day 3, June 25, 2010

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Prologue | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 Fay Victor, Sabir Mateen, John BlumVision FestivalAbrons Arts CenterNew York CityJune 25, 2010After the exceptional programs for the first two nights of the Vision Festival at the Abrons Arts Center, the Friday night show was always going to find it hard to compete. That seemed to be the view of many of the regulars who found offerings elsewhere more to their liking in the never-ending jazz festival that is ...

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John Blum: Who Begat Eye

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Pianist John Blum is a native New Yorker who has been immersed in the city's free improvisation scene for the last 15 years. His work with bassist William Parker and drummer Sunny Murray has had the highest profile and last year's release by this trio, In The Shade Of Sun, appeared on guitarist Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, no doubt doing much to push Blum's music towards an alternative rock audience.

This set of solo pieces was recorded in a single day's session on the 22nd of June 2008. Its tune titles are lifted from “Lineage," the Ted Hughes poem. ...

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John Blum: In The Shade Of The Sun

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Despite his relative anonymity, pianist John Blum has been a New York free jazz fixture for more than a decade. In the Shade of the Sun teams him with ubiquitous bassist William Parker and percussion innovator Sunny Murray. Blum and Murray work well together, having established their musical relationship in Murray's trio and on Perles Noires Volume 2 (Eremite, 2005). Parker can create his own place in any mix and does so here as well.

Blum's keyboard technique is something of a free jazz hybrid of McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor, decidedly percussive but with relentlessly fast right-hand linear structure. ...

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John Blum Astrogeny Quartet: Astrogeny

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Bassist William Parker is known for his telepathic collaborations with percussionists; of late, his work with Hamid Drake has become an in-demand support system. Unfortunately not as well known or historically revered was his longtime partnership with free-percussion architect Denis Charles, which lasted from the '70s until Charles' death in 1998.

Recordings such as Parker's Through Acceptance of the Mystery Peace (Centering/Eremite) and In Order to Survive (Black Saint), clarinetist Peter Kuhn's Livin' Right (Big City) and Rob Brown's Breath Rhyme (Silkheart) all belie the formidable ergs of energy and swing the pair exuded. Bringing him together with Parker together ...

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John Blum: Naked Mirror

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New York pianist/composer John Blum has been on the music seen for over ten years. His list of credentials is quite extensive having worked with such notables such as William Parker, Cecil Taylor, and Jackson Krall. He is well known within the circles of “free jazz" artists.

The term for the idiom free jazz should require some definition. In a loose quote from (Avant-Garde Jazz Musicians): “Free" or “free-form jazz", for instance, suggests that few guidelines are established in the music to instruct the musicians in what they will play during a performance". Boundaries may be blurred in reference to ...



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