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We Thought We Could Change The World

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We Thought We Could Change The World Gerard Rouy 189 PagesISBN: # 978-3-95593-047-9 Wolke Verlag Hofheim 2014 There are many worthy books on jazz, its history and growth, that provide insight into how the art form has influenced other genres and developed in different locations. This effort is a worthy addition. In this personal and enlightening book Peter Brotzmann is in conversation with Gerard Rouy. Rouy is a French journalist and photographer who worked for Jazz Magazine, Paris from 1970 to 2009. Already familiar with the music, he first heard ...

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Anthony Pirog: Palo Colorado Dream

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Guitarist Anthony Pirog fearlessly pushes boundaries with his provocative debut album, Palo Colorado Dream. Pirog's unabashed and inventive use of effects and loops, in combination with his dazzling knowledge of the various sounds his guitar is capable of creating, draws the listener into his own unique and expressive musical world. Palo Colorado Dream is not for the faint of heart. Pirog can quickly move from a seductive and tranquil atmosphere of chime-like echoes to the sonic bombast of a finely tuned power trio, generating a multitude of contrasting soundscapes. It is surprising to learn that Pirog is supported solely by ...

ON AND OFF THE GRID

Free Jazz Versus Free Improvisation

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Free jazz versus free improvisation. Are they the same? I submit they are not. Let's take a look at what makes up music. I was taught from the very beginning that music is composed of three parts: 1. Melody; 2. Harmony; 3. Rhythm. Now add improvisation to the mix, and call it melody, and we have what is known as jazz. The main components of jazz are the improvisations and the rhythms. Without improvised solos it can't be called jazz. From the earliest days of blues to ragtime to swing to bebop to modern ...

IN THE ARTIST'S OWN WORDS

The Most Beautiful Thing

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For me music is full of magic, mystery, spirituality, joy, passion and fire, blue to red, yet my journey to conceptualize finds me chasing the most objective truths I can discover, truths stripped of every aesthetic element possible. In High School during an intro to theory class my teacher announced: music is sound in time. We tapped metal chairs with pencils, scratched blackboards until they screamed, and poked and prodded classmates hoping for squeals of surprise, trying to discover music at its most elemental. A later examination of this definition uncovered “time" as redundant, in order to experience sound it ...

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Anna Webber: Simple

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Simple (Skirl 2014) , New York based composer/saxophonist Anna Webber's follow up to her 2013 release “Percussive Mechanics (Pirouet 2013) finds her exploring the expressive capabilities of a trio setting. While the compositional sensibilities introduced in her first album remain, her affinity for polyrhythms being a good example, the new texture provides her the ability to play with more freedom and subtle intricacy alongside her tight arrangements. Of course, her phenomenal bandmates contribute a lot in this respect. Joining Webber on this outing are pianist Matt Mitchell, known as an in-demand sideman who has played with such luminaries ...

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Steve Olson: Conversations

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For his first recording as a leader, drummer/percussionist Steve Olson asked six of his friends to engage in completely unrehearsed and improvised duo “conversations." Olson states in the notes that in his opinion, “the best music has an element of dialogue in it, both between the musicians, and between the players and the listener who is hearing and reacting emotionally." The result of these encounters are fifteen tracks which strongly support his stance from both viewpoints, although much concentration is required of the listener. The aural textures created are, not surprisingly, sparse, but within a large ...

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Peter Brotzmann/Sonny Sharrock: WHATTHEFUCKDOYOUWANT

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This album is a release of archived material, recorded live in Luxembourg in 1987. Peter Brotzmann has been delving into his archives a lot lately and this release is one of the gems he found. Now on the Venetian label TROST, this collaboration between Brotzmann and guitarist Sonny Sharrock is widely available. Sharrock died in 1994 and jazz lost one ot its great musicians--he had played with Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders and others during the 1960s before fading from the scene, but returned to the spotlight as part of the free-rock-jazz-noise quartet Last Exit with bassist Bill Laswell, drummer Ronald ...



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