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Album Review

Don Preston / Jeff Boynton / Philip Mantione: TriAngular Bent

Read "TriAngular Bent" reviewed by Dave Wayne


A lot of artists Don Preston's age, with a similar musical pedigree, are revered as “national treasures." For whatever reason, this hasn't yet happened for the veteran sonic explorer, still going strong after 84 years on the planet. Perpetually a “Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition," he's most frequently remembered for his groundbreaking work with Frank Zappa. He contributed significantly to all of the iconoclastic guitarist / composer's tours and recordings through the mid-1970s. In collaboration with Bunk Gardner, Tom Fowler, ...

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Interview

Don Preston: Just Another Duo From LA

Read "Don Preston: Just Another Duo From LA" reviewed by Rex  Butters


Just a few miles east of the Whisky a Go Go, where they stunned the world over 40 years ago with the classic Mothers of Invention, keyboardist Don Preston and saxophonist Bunk Gardner returned to Sunset Blvd. as The Don and Bunk Show, reviving their duo homage to the early music of Frank Zappa. Dolores Petersen Productions brought the terrible two to the Hollywood Studio Bar and Grill to warm up for their east coast tour, which may jump the ...

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Album Review

Don Preston: Works

Read "Works" reviewed by John Barron


Keyboardist/composer Don Preston, who is probably best known for his work with Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, is deeply rooted in contemporary classical music--Preston has scored more than twenty feature films and fourteen plays.

Works is a ten track retrospective of Preston's classically influenced works, spanning from 1965 to the present. The disc is a fascinating glance into the uncompromising musical mind of an overlooked American musical icon.

The opening track “Of ...

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Album Review

Don Preston Trio: Transformation

Read "Transformation" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Pianist Don Preston brings together an unusual combination of composure and freedom on his trio disc Transformation. While most of these pieces assume a reflective posture, the group also takes its liberties and spikes the mix with a good dose of healthy dissonance. That unassuming energy may reflect itself as melodic flights around the edges of formal harmony, as on “The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue." Or it may advance through stuttering collective improvisation, as on “Walking BatterieWoman." The key forces ...


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