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by Glenn Astarita
No doubt, saxophonist Blaise Siwula has blossomed into one of New York City’s most prominent modern jazz-based improvisers and free-jazz event organizers. However, the trio known as Badlands is a group effort featuring the equally noteworthy bassist Vattel Cherry and drummer Jeff Arnal, as this set was recorded live at the “Knitting Factory”.
From the onset of the fifteen minute opus “Freedom of Thought”, the band’s charter is quickly established as expressionistic imagery converges with multifarious elements and well-stated mini-themes. ...read more