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Denman Maroney - Scott Walton - Denis Fournier: O Kosmos Meta

Read "O Kosmos Meta" reviewed by John Sharpe

This is a piano trio with a difference. On O Kosmos Meta (Greek for 'the world after'), American pianist Denman Maroney joins with his countryman bassist Scott Walton and French drummer Denis Fournier for a set of nine collective inventions. While there are any number of egalitarian threesomes out there, Maroney's distinctive approach pushes this session beyond the norm. For the last forty years, Maroney has termed his instrument “hyperpiano." Although still a piano, Maroney plays the keys ...

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Denman Maroney: Solo @70

Read "Solo @70" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Denman Maroney, best-known for his use of the dual-keyboard hyper piano, celebrates his seventieth birthday with a massive collection of solo pieces played on the traditional piano. However, there is little traditional about Solo@70. Maroney's sizable catalog of over forty releases includes several solo projects; the previous such album, Domicil Solo (Live) (Self Produced, 2017) consisting of one, forty-four-minute improvised piece. On Solo@70 he flips the solo format with thirty-eight pieces across a three-disc digital set. Included are compositions that ...

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Denman Maroney: Double Zero

Read "Double Zero" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Qualche anno fa, parlando di Denman Maroney in una recensione di Udentity, non avevo trovato di meglio che definire il suo pianoforte [o meglio il suo hyperpiano come lo chiama lui] come una sorta di “mondo" espanso, aperto, attraverso le preparazioni e le tecniche non convenzionali, a avventure espressive sempre sorprendenti. Un'ulteriore conferma viene ora da questo lavoro solista, registrato al Roulette di New York nel 2008 e strutturato come una lunga suite in nove parti e che mi sembra ...

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Denman Maroney Quintet: Udentity

Read "Udentity" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

In this fascinating 2009 release, leader Denman Maroney morphs the avant-garde implications of hyperpiano fare into a semi-structured progressive jazz endeavor with tunes that are largely melodic and uncannily attainable. The artist derives influence from avant-garde composers John Cage and Henry Cowell, who used nuts, bolts and other implements to perform on the piano via unconventional methodologies.

Maroney finds ways to exploit the piano's mechanics by bowing, plucking and sliding on the strings with bowls, knives and other ...

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Denman Maroney: Udentity

Read "Udentity" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Per Denman Maroney - musicista dalle eccellenti qualità e frequentazioni, anche se poco noto dalle nostre parti - il pianoforte è un “mondo" espanso, che si apre, tramite le preparazioni e le tecniche non convenzionali, a nuove avventure timbriche, armoniche e espressive. Uno dei risultati più riusciti di questo suo percorso viene condiviso con gli altri componenti di un quintetto completato dai sassofoni e clarinetti di Ned Rothenberg, dalla tromba di Dave Ballou e dalla spettacolare ritmica completata da Reuben ...

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Denman Maroney: Udentity

Read "Udentity" reviewed by Troy Collins

Denman Maroney, the sole practitioner of “hyperpiano," has a singular technique that is a natural extension of the pioneering efforts of such visionary composers as John Cage, Henry Cowell and George Crumb. Expanding on the well-established practice of augmenting the interior strings of the piano with found objects, Maroney bows, plucks and scrapes the strings with brass bowls, copper bars, plastic cases, rubber blocks and other objects with one hand, while playing the keys with his free hand. Transforming the ...

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Denman Maroney/Ned Rothenberg/ Reuben Radding/Michael Sarin: Gaga

Read "Gaga" reviewed by Marc Medwin

Denman Maroney is one of the most exciting pianists around today, just as Nuscope is one of the finest labels for creative music. The pairing is an excellent one on this offering from Maroney, reed player Ned Rothenberg, bassist Reuben Radding and drummer Michael Sarin, all musicians in top form in the service of some stellar compositions.Gaga presents the free flow of innovative composition that still somehow manages to groove. Rhythmic propulsion is a bit less ...


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