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Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: Luminous Axis

Read "Luminous Axis" reviewed by Farrell Lowe

Wadada Leo Smith has been a leading proponent of the creation of a new world music since the late '60s, in confluence with Chicago's AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). Much like Don Cherry, Smith draws from a broad palate of world musics, and he's a musical pioneer of the highest order.Luminous Axis features music for trumpet with electronics, flugelhorn, computer-driven electronics, and percussion. The music presented here is spacious, thoughtful, and imbued with an overall ...

Album Review

Mark Trayle / Vinny Golia: Music For Electronics & Woodwinds

Read "Music For Electronics & Woodwinds" reviewed by Farrell Lowe

What do you get when you cross a cutting edge real-time electronics artist with a world-class woodwinds artist? You could get a cold academic study in sound processing that would be “interesting," or you could get a hairy two-headed goat that talks incessantly but never listens to what its other half is saying. Or you could get the raw synergy of this album. Immediately, this music reminded me of Anthony Braxton's Open Aspects and Richard Teitelbaum's Time Zones albums, which ...

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