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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marc Edwards: The Bowels Of Jupiter

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As you listen to The Bowels of Jupiter, you will have no special gear to protect you from the musical g-forces that will blanket your ears and brain. But you wouldn't want any, as it is these musical g-forces that make drummer Marc Edwards and guitarist Mick Barr's album an incredible listening experience. Edwards has long been associated with the free jazz scene (Cecil Taylor Unit, David S. Ware), and Barr has made his reputation playing ...

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Marc Edwards / Weasel Walter Group: Blood Of The Earth

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Double drummer-led free jazz sessions come with a price, and both aural and contemplative muscles need to be flexed. With Blood Of The Earth, from drummers Marc Edwards and Weasel Walter, the challenges for immersion in a sonic concentration of spontaneity and stamina.

But this is not your father's retread of John Coltrane's Ascension (Impulse!, 1965). The two drummers have taken the 1960's concept of freedom as starting point and fired their rockets way past the stellar regions.

Edwards--a former ...

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Marc Edwards / Weasel Walter Group: Mysteries Beneath The Planet

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Led by avant, free-jazz drummers Marc Edwards and Weasel Walter, this ensemble pushes the envelope via a nuclear-like aerial assault that in some instances might signify a caricature of vintage, high-octane Albert Ayler fare. Nonetheless, the dual drumming attack serves as the foundation for the hornists' soaring lines, teeming with angst and a spiritual cleansing type approach. It's a sonic blitzkrieg that is not for the faint of heart.

“Luminous Predator," recorded at New York's The Lit Lounge, ...

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Marc Edwards & Slipstream Time Travel: Ode to a Dying Planet

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Since the '60s space travel has served as a metaphor for the abstraction of free jazz expressionism, with Sun Ra being only the most obvious antecedent. Drummer Marc Edwards draws inspiration from astronomy as much as science fiction, aided and abetted by guitarists Tor Snyder and Ernest Anderson III and multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut, featured here on piano, in the latest incarnation of his Slipstream Time Travel ensemble. Edwards, who took a long break from the hardships ...

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Kaivalya Volume 1 / Live at the 'Bottle' Fest

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John Coltrane and Elvin Jones are probably the unknowing progenitors of these two CDs (and many more like them). At a certain point in performances of the Coltrane quartet, McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Garrison dropped out--avoiding superfluousness--because Trane and Elvin had so much to say. A few years later Coltrane recorded the pivotal sax/drum duo Interstellar Space (Impulse!, 1967) with drummer Rashied Ali, and following that recording, the percussion/sax duo has become an almost standard instrumental combination. ...

INTERVIEWS

Marc Edwards: Free Jazz Drummer & Percussionist

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Who's Marc Edwards? Cecil Taylor fans may remember him as the drummer on the legendary 1976 album Dark to Themselves. Charles Gayle fans may know of him as the drummer on More Live at the Knitting Factory. And David S. Ware fans must remember him as the first drummer of the David S. Ware trio and quartet on Hathut and Silkheart records.

Marc Edwards is what they call a powerhouse drummer . Here's a biographical interview put together through a ...