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Jon Raskin Quartet: Singing Songs As One

Read "Singing Songs As One" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


In 2021, innovative saxophonist Jon Raskin released a number of stimulating concerts which were initially streamed live on Oakland's NIR radio station in 2009. The last of the series is the intriguing and unique celebration of sound called Singing Songs As One. On it Raskin leads a like-minded quartet for a superbly cohesive performance. In addition, the engineer Eli Crews did some real-time overdubbing, enhancing the music's haunting effect. “Configuration and Positioning," the longest track of the set, ...

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Jon Raskin Quartet: Up & Down, Sideways

Read "Up & Down, Sideways" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Innovative saxophone improviser Jon Raskin continues to put out, on his own label Temescal, never before released sessions from his catalogue. The intriguing Up & Down, Sideways finds him in a quartet with long standing associates, a group that Raskin himself calls the most significant in his career outside of Rova. This short album consists of a dozen, stimulating, electronically enhanced soundscapes that unfold with an eerie charm. On “(Plot Line) Allow for Tenderness," Raskin plays a wistful ...

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Jon Raskin Quartet: The Bass & The Bird Pond

Read "The Bass & The Bird Pond" reviewed by Mark Corroto


I overheard a customer in a local submarine sandwich shop ordering lunch the other day. He gave explicit instruction and then blurted out, “...and I don’t want no skimpy meat.” That comment kept popping into my brain as I listened to Jon Raskin and Tim Berne go toe-to-toe for over an hour of recorded music. Raskin, a member of San Francisco’s ROVA Saxophone Quartet, has been making intellectually challenging music for over two decades. He has recorded with Tim Berne ...


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