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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Aki Takase / Lauren Newton: Spring In Bangkok

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Both Aki Takase and Lauren Newton have shown admiral commitment to music on the margins, and this is a highly idiosyncratic documentation of their work in progress. The term “singing" has never be adequate for what Newton does with her voice, and the fact that so much of her communication is non-verbal gives this music a timeless air, lifting it out of the specifics of reading lyrics. The upholders of “the tradition" should not be getting crimson of face, however, ...

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Lauren Newton - Joelle Leandre - Urs Leimgruber: Out Of Sound

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This estimable trio featuring, bassist, Joelle Leandre (France), saxophonist, Urs Leimgruber (Switzerland) and vocalist, Lauren Newton (USA) explore various harmonic ranges, amid densely formulated motifs on this 2002 release. With an average track length of three and one-half minutes, the artists frame many of their themes upon sleep-related events via song titles such as, “Sleeptalk,” and “The Insomniacs.” Therefore, the band sets the table for a series of abstract soundscapes, marked by Leimgruber’s squeaks, pops, micro themes, Newton’s wordless vocalise ...

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Lauren Newton: Filigree

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Listening to Lauren Newton sing is like listening to Cathy Berberian, Ella Fitzgerald, and Yoko Ono, if someone cut up tapes of these three and mixed them together in small bits without transition. She is an abstract expressionist singer, working in the realm of pure sound with a voice that is pure in its beauty and startling in the things she'll choose to do with it. Her ability to blend her voice with instrumental sounds is uncanny, and led her ...


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