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Marilyn Mazur: Celestial Circle

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Celestial Circle might appear to be a conventional, piano trio-based vocal record on the surface, but it's an impression quickly dismissed with a closer look at its participants. Marilyn Mazur knows her way around a drum kit in no uncertain terms, but it's her more integrated approach, with an oft-times massive array of percussion--gongs, wood blocks, pots and other things that can be struck with hands, sticks and brushes--that has allowed the American-born/Denmark-raised and resident percussionist to evolve a more pan-cultural approach to rhythm, color and groove. Not that Mazur can't swing in a conventional fashion; she just chooses not ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Elixir

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Percussionist Marilyn Mazur is a prime example of why many drummers these days are prone to listing themselves also as percussionists. The distinction is important beyond the number of instruments available to the player and involves the attitude towards their place in any musical enterprise. Drummer/percussionists like Paul Motian, Jon Christensen or Tony Oxley might not play as many instruments as Mazur, but their contribution to the music is more of a voice that happens to be percussive rather than just a time keeper. Elixir is a magical, entrancing album that entices the listener ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Elixir

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Marilyn Mazur may be best remembered to North American audiences for her work with Miles Davis in the 1980s. Since then, however, the Danish percussionist has continued to lead an active musical life on her own projects including Small Labyrinths (ECM, 1997), as well as collaborating on ECM recordings by Eberhard Weber, Jon Balke and Jan Garbarek. She was also a member of Garbarek's touring band for fourteen years and so, when it came time for her to record Elixir, the iconic Norwegian saxophonist was a logical choice for this program of miniature improvisations that rarely go beyond the three-minute ...

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Kirsten Brten Berg/Marilyn Mazur/Lena Willemark: Stemmenes Skygge (Shadow of Voices)

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Thanks to the ECM label, many of us were exposed for the first time to the beautiful vocals of Norwegian folk singer Kirsten Bråten Berg and Swedish folk singer Lena Willemark. Both have always sought new forms to present and interpret their rich musical heritage. Berg collaborated with Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen in rearranging traditional Nordic songs (Sagn, ECM, 1991; Arv, KKV, 1994) and Andersen guested on her release Syng Du Mi Røyst (Grappa, 2001). Willemark's collaborations with two other Swedish musicians, multi-instrumentalist Ale Möller and bassist Palle Danielsson, were documented by ECM on Nordan (1994) and Agram (1996), on ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Jordsange

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Born in New York yet reared in Denmark, percussionist Marilyn Mazur has performed with a who’s who of modern jazz artists, which includes a stint with the late Miles Davis. Basically, Ms. Mazur is recognized as a percussionist who melds supple rhythms and multihued patterns into lyrically rich frameworks while adhering to compositional structure, nuance and subtly via her variegated array of instruments. These days, Ms. Mazur has been recording and touring with Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek while also performing with Denmark’s highly esteemed “Copenhagen Art Ensemble” who along with the vocal group “Ars Nova” provide the percussionist with exemplary ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Jordsange

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Born in New York yet reared in Denmark, percussionist Marilyn Mazur has performed with a who’s who of modern jazz artists, which includes a stint with the late Miles Davis. Basically, Ms. Mazur is recognized as a percussionist who melds supple rhythms and multihued patterns into lyrically rich frameworks while adhering to compositional structure, nuance and subtly via her variegated array of instruments. These days, Ms. Mazur has been recording and touring with Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek while also performing with Denmark’s highly esteemed “Copenhagen Art Ensemble” who along with the vocal group “Ars Nova” provide the percussionist with exemplary ...



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