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Steve Olson: The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise

Read "The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Dopo un album di duetti con partner diversi (Conversations, 2014), Steve Olson approda a questa che è la sua opera seconda optando invece per un organico fisso per tutto il disco, un trio entro le cui maglie la sua musica pudica, rattenuta, si muove seguendo la prassi della composizione istantanea, alias improvvisazione totale. Mosso da intenti anche visivo-pittorici, come evidenzia l'elegante copertina esacromatica, il CD si apre con un brano intitolato a Mark Rothko, che del lavoro ...

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Steve Olson: The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise

Read "The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise" reviewed by Budd Kopman


From the opening bell, which sounds for all the world like that which signals the beginning of a Zen meditation session, The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise creates a wondrous, ethereal and all-encompassing time/space continuum all of its own. Drummer/percussionist Steve Olson, whose previous album, Conversations explored free improvisation between himself and various other instrumentalists, had been deeply exploring a number of 20th century classical composers, and seemed to be particularly moved by the music of Morton Feldman (see ...

Album Review

Steve Olson: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Non più di primissimo pelo, il batterista Steve Olson firma il proprio esordio discografico in prima persona dedicandolo al duetto con partner differenti (in totale sei). Non essendo troppo spinto l'acceleratore sui contrasti dinamici, all'interno del singolo brano ma tutto sommato anche nel totale (prevale una sostanziale pacatezza), è praticamente fisiologico che sia l'aspetto timbrico a determinare il diversificarsi (anche proprio come valore intrinseco) del materiale proposto. È così che i brani con doppia percussione, come del ...

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Steve Olson: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Budd Kopman


For his first recording as a leader, drummer/percussionist Steve Olson asked six of his friends to engage in completely unrehearsed and improvised duo “conversations." Olson states in the notes that in his opinion, “the best music has an element of dialogue in it, both between the musicians, and between the players and the listener who is hearing and reacting emotionally." The result of these encounters are fifteen tracks which strongly support his stance from both viewpoints, ...


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