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Miguel Algarin and Albey Balgochian: Soul To Sol

Read "Soul To Sol" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


A truly remarkable meeting of spoken poetry and improvised double bass playing. Puerto Rican mastermind and poet Miguel Algarin is a prolific and influential literary figure in the United States and Latin America, founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café, and editor of an important compilation of Nuyorican Poetry. Albey Balgochian is a resourceful and inventive bassist who has collaborated with Cecil Taylor and Dom Minasi. Algarin is a unique storyteller, with a rich, expressive voice. He reads ...

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Miguel Algarin and Albey Balgochian: Soul To Sol

Read "Soul To Sol" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Miguel Algarin is a Puerto Rican poet, founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café and Emeritus Professor of English at Rutgers University. Albey Balgochian is an improvising bassist who's worked with guitarist Dom Minasi and Cecil Taylor, in the pianist's trio and big band. Together for the first time on Soul To Sol Algarin and Balgochian spark off each other, words and music combining superbly on a series of duets between double bass and human voice. Algarin clearly ...

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The MacroQuarktet: Each Part a Whole: Live at the Stone

Read "Each Part a Whole: Live at the Stone" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell


Pushing the boundaries of spontaneous expression, one of trumpeter Herb Robertson's latest projects is the MacroQuarktet with fellow trumpeter Dave Ballou and the formidable rhythm tandem of bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tom Rainey. Eschewing a blitzkrieg approach, the three improvisations on Each Part a Whole exude deliberative patience with ideas tested and developed into longer narrative arcs. Both trumpeters make imaginative use of mutes, other valve instruments (flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, cornet) and found objects (electric megaphones, ...

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The MacroQuarktet: Each Part a Whole: Live at the Stone

Read "Each Part a Whole: Live at the Stone" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


The MacroQuarktet features a crème de la crème of New York's progressive jazz and improvisational contingent, although the respective instrumentalists know no bounds due to variable stints with like-minded artists across the globe. Recorded live at the Manhattan venue The Stone, the quartet--or, wittily cited as the Quarktet--casts an impressionistic aura into the rather expansive connotations of jazz-centric improvisation on Each Part a Whole. The musicians subdivide the performance into three extended works, teeming with polytonal resonance amid a surprising ...

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Herb Robertson and the Space Cadets: Sketches From the Other Side, for A.I.

Read "Sketches From the Other Side, for A.I." reviewed by Rex  Butters


Trumpet tornado Herb Robertson, a longtime mainstay on the New York Downtown and European improv scenes, has joined with Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez to launch Ruby Flower Records. The first bloom from this particular garden features Robertson in a trio with reed great Frank Gratkowski and French phenom Julien Petit, known for his featured soloist status with many prestigious European Orchestras, as well as being a favorite of Stockhausen himself. Recording as “Herb Robertson and the Space Cadets, they alert ...

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Herb Robertson and the Space Cadets: Sketches from the Other Side, For A.I.

Read "Sketches from the Other Side, For A.I." reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell


Despite his identifiable, idiosyncratic sound and highly creative output, trumpeter Herb Robertson is often overlooked. Perhaps this is a consequence of the seeming paucity of leader releases since his days on JMT. But this may change, as he forays into the realm of artist-run labels with Sketches from the Other Side, For A.I., the inaugural release by his Ruby Flower imprint. It's an ambitious premier, pairing his trumpet and cornet with Frank Gratkowski's clarinets and alto sax ...


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