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Aaron Bennett / Darren Johnston / Lisa Mezzacappa / Frank Rosaly: Shipwreck 4

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Chicago-based session ace and solo artist, drummer Frank Rosaly aligns with San Francisco Bay Area notables for a meeting of like-minded, highly skilled improvisers. After a gig in Frisco, the musicians' scheduled time to record this quartet date. Unfortunately, Shipwreck studios was destroyed in a fire a few months after this session and the musicians decided to pay a bit of homage via the album moniker. As improvisers amid the semi-structured song-forms, they do what they characteristically do ...

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Aaron Bennett / Darren Johnston / Lisa Mezzacappa / Frank Rosaly: Shipwreck 4

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Named after the Oakland studio where the disc was recorded, the Shipwreck 4 brings together three West Coast improvisers with Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly for a program of six collectively created selections. As apparent on Everybody's Somebody's Nobody (Clean Feed, 2016), his duet with guitarist Fred Frith, trumpeter Darren Johnston's work maintains a melodic core, albeit one masked by occasional extended techniques. Aaron Bennett matches the trumpeter with adventurous but controlled tenor saxophone, delivered in a light airy tone. Bassist ...

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Aaron Bennett: Luggage

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With this recording of mostly solo soprano sax improvisations, Aaron Bennett invites the obvious comparisons with Steve Lacy. Both players possess a breathtaking command of the instrument, and both keep an ear open to freer sounds. Bennett, however, has a thicker sound and more of an open approach on Luggage. Where Lacy might doggedly pursue theme and variation, Bennett stretches the concept of variation to its furthest extreme. He explores vast alterations in tonal color; at the same time he ...

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Aaron Bennett: Luggage

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With this recording of mostly solo soprano sax improvisations, Aaron Bennett invites the obvious comparisons with Steve Lacy. Both players possess a breathtaking command of the instrument, and both keep an ear open to freer sounds. Bennett, however, has a thicker overall tone and uses more of an open approach on Luggage. Where Lacy might doggedly pursue theme and variation, Bennett stretches the concept of variation to its furthest extreme. He explores vast alterations in tonal color; at the same ...

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Aaron Bennett: Luggage

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With this recording of mostly solo soprano sax improvisations, Aaron Bennett invites the obvious comparisons to Steve Lacy. Both players possess a breathtaking command of the instrument, and both keep an ear open to freer sounds. Bennett, however, generally has a thicker tone and utilizes more of an open approach on Luggage. Where Lacy might doggedly pursue theme and variation, Bennett stretches the concept of variation to its furthest extreme. He explores vast alterations in tonal color; at the same ...

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Aaron Bennett: Luggage

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With this recording of mostly solo soprano sax improvisations, Aaron Bennett invites the obvious comparisons to Steve Lacy. Both players possess a breathtaking command of the instrument, and both keep an ear open to freer sounds. Bennett, however, generally has a thicker tone and utilizes more of an open approach on Luggage. Where Lacy might doggedly pursue theme and variation, Bennett stretches the concept of variation to its furthest extreme. He explores vast alterations in tonal color; at the same ...