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Bo van de Graaf: Shinjuku

Read "Shinjuku" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Saxophonist and composer Bo van de Graaf is not well known outside Western Europe despite being one of the most interesting and creative figures in music. His Dutch ensemble, I Compani, has been active for almost forty years. Van De Graaf composes original scores based on classic films of Fellini, Bertolucci, Greta Garbo, and others. He fashioned a fascinating jazz opera based on Verdi's Aida (BV Haast Records, 2001), and a big band, Latin jazz tribute to food-themed multi-media. On ...

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Bo Van de Graaf: Off the Record: Eccentric Music for Audio Hunters

Read "Off the Record: Eccentric Music for Audio Hunters" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

ToonDist is a Netherlands-based consortium of small independent labels distributing the creative and improvised music of their country. Founded in 2002, ToonDist is often the point of departure for unknown labels such as No Can Do Music and Pingo, and emerging ones like TryTone and Evil Rabbit. The closest ToonDist comes to “convention" may be the AVA Trio, The Core Trio live featuring Matthew Shipp (Evil Rabbit, 2016), or a book of Misha Mengelberg scores. At the outer edge we ...

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Cycle: Jin-Brebl-Concert

Read "Jin-Brebl-Concert" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Parafrasando, titolo e copertina, un celeberrimo doppio album del '71 del quartetto Circle di Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea, Dave Holland e Barry Altschul, il quintetto protagonista di questo lavoro batte in realtà strade abbastanza autonome, incasellando in sei brani originali (di cui due impro collettive) Vignette di Gary Peacock e, icona evidentemente inevitabile, quel Nefertiti che apriva il monumentale album di mezzo secolo fa (in questo caso l'incisione risale al 30 settembre 2020). Le analogie fra i ...

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Bo van de Graaf: Ticket

Read "Ticket" reviewed by James Taylor

Ticket, the latest from I Company leader Bo van de Graaf, is the second of two musical tributes to New York City to come out in 2004 (the other being El-P's Thirsty Ear Records release High Water). But unlike that electronic-tinged Matthew Shipp/El-P collaboration, Ticket (specifically, a “musical impression of the NYC subway ) is an abstract construction rich in concrete musique sound collages and centered around van de Graaf's lyrical and emotive tenor saxophone.The Dutch-born van de ...

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