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Album Review

Terrence McManus & John Hebert: Saints and Sinners

Read "Saints and Sinners" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Here's an album that was recorded in 2010 and released in 2015. Hence, It's better late than never, especially since this duo production by rising star experimental guitarist Terrence McManus and all-universe jazz session bassist and leader, John Hebert tease our imaginations via these nine contrasting works. The duo's creative improvisational sparks and acute call and response mechanisms tender deft expressionism from start to finish. They pose a challenging sequence of circumstances that spawn an abundance of mind-bending gambits.

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Album Review

Terrence McManus / Mark Helias / Gerry Hemingway: Transcendental Numbers

Read "Transcendental Numbers" reviewed by John Sharpe


Guitarist Terrence McManus helms a stellar trio on Transcendental Numbers, through six collective concoctions recorded in New York City's The Stone, straddling and blurring the line between textural improvisation and the more traditional sound of guitar and rhythm section. Brooklyn-born McManus is carving a niche for himself on the scene. Having worked with drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey, and performed with fellow guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist John Zorn, McManus is currently a member of drummer Gerry Hemingway's quintet, and finds his ...

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Album Review

Terrence McManus/- Gerry Hemingway: Below The Surface

Read "Below The Surface" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Guitarist Terrence McManus conveys an extensive music vernacular, tinted with percussive attributes and perceptive interactions with famed drummer, bandleader and consummate improviser Gerry Hemingway during Below The Surface Of. The duo engages a pliant game plan, executed at various pulses, and a broad soundstage that invokes an entertaining outlook, combined with blooming adventurism. The duo kicks off the festivities with “The Night Ocean." Here, Hemingway lays down a swaying, medium-tempo swing groove, underscored by his counterpart's subliminal lo-hum ...

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Multiple Reviews

Terrence McManus: Thirty9Thirty8 & Live at the Clown Lounge

Read "Terrence McManus: Thirty9Thirty8 & Live at the Clown Lounge" reviewed by Elliott Simon


Dave Ballou/Terrence McManus/Devin Gray Thirty9thirty8 Flattened Planet Records 2006 Terrence McManus/Michael Lewis/Adam Linz/J.T. Bates Live at the Clown Lounge Flattened Planet Records 2006

Although legitimate releases, both these sessions, on guitarist Terrence McManus' own Flattened Planet Records, have the look, feel, intimacy and immediacy of the best bootlegs. The cleverly constructed Thirty9Thirty8 is ...

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Multiple Reviews

Terrence McManus: Bates/Linz/McManus & Pastellic Reflections

Read "Terrence McManus: Bates/Linz/McManus & Pastellic Reflections" reviewed by Matthew Miller


Bates/Linz/ McManus Bates/Linz/ McManus Flattened Planet 2006 Terrence McManus/Joe Battaglia Pastellic Reflections Flattened Planet 2006

One of the joys of completely improvised music is the urgency and utter possibility lurking in each phrase. These provocative new releases, the first two on guitarist Terrence McManus' Flattened Planet label, restlessly push the improvisational ...


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