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Jon Mueller / Jason Khan: Supershells

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With no tracks listed--there are two pieces here, total duration 45 minutes--and little information presented beyond the fact that it was recorded in concert in October 2005 in Milwaukee, this release is appealingly minimalist in its design and its packaging. Appropriately enough, it is also appealingly minimalist when it plays.

Largely forsaking overtly expressed rhythm, Jon Mueller and Jason Khan show admirable restraint in their use of percussion, with little evidence of objects being struck--one dramatically placed snare shot is an obvious exception. Bowing and scraping seem to be their methods of choice, and these are used to create a ...

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Jack Wright / Carol Genetti / Jon Mueller: Nom Tom

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Jack Wright continues to be the greatest free jazz saxophonist you've never heard. But that is his calling, not his choice. He travels the land playing for audiences of two to two hundred, can teach a very inspired history lesson, or scramble some eggs. It makes no difference to him. Wright chose his path long ago, placing creativity above popularity, sound generation above melody.

Recently, more artists have come forward with similar ideas of improvisation. Together they are winning over listeners (sometime literally) one at a time. These two lengthy tracks, released as CD-Rs on Wright's Spring Garden ...

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Jon Mueller/Jim Schoenecker: The Interview

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In the Tour de France, the bicycle race (not Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations tours), the organizers rate the mountains the competitors are required to cycle over. There is a category 1 climb: a little hill; category 2: a bigger hill; and so on. They reserve the designation “HC" for “hors catergorie, or a beyond category climb, one that even automobiles find difficult.

Please allow me to rate The Interview by Jon Mueller (percussion) and Jim Schoenecker (synthesizer) as HC. It is beyond minimal and free improvisation.

Mueller and Schoenecker (aka “pressboard"), collaborators in the band Collections ...

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Jon Mueller: What's Lost Is Something Important. What's Found Is Something Not Revealed

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From the “it must be music, because this ain't no painting" department comes a new solo release from percussionist Jon Mueller.

The one-time member of Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Raccoons and collaborator with Bhob Rainey and Jack Wright recorded this thirty-two and a half minutes of sound. It comes with instructions to “play at maximum volume in a large empty room."? I thought about moving the sofa but needed something to sit on.

Within six minutes, my yellow dog sat up and exited rather quickly. Mueller creates music like Rothko painted canvases. There ...

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Jason Kahn/Jon Mueller: Papercuts

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Percussionists Jason Kahn and Jon Mueller are musical carpenters.

The 18:06 that comprises Papercuts is a sound construction completed over a one year collaborative period. Their house of music is the manipulation of various papers, both of the handmade and commercial variety.

Kahn, a current resident of Zurich, has worked with Evan parker, Voicecrack, Christian Marclay, Bhob Rainey, Kevin Drumm, and Otomo Yoshihide and in the bands Repeat and Leaving Trains. Jon Mueller, label chief at Crouton Music, has performed with the groups Telecognac, Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Raccoons. He has also ...



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