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Bad News From Houston: In The Valley of the Cloud Builder

Read "Bad News From Houston: In The Valley of the Cloud Builder" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Confounding even those within the free improvised music community, pianist Thollem McDonas has made a name for himself by transgressing social and stylistic boundaries in search of musical truth and honest freedom of expression. It also helps that he is one of the most technically accomplished pianists around today. Despite his wealth of pure piano chops, McDonas is not a player who relies on technique to create interesting music. Armed with a new interest in electronics and a brace of ...


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