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Crispell-Fonda-Sorgen Trio Live at The Falcon

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Crispell-Fonda-Sorgen Trio The Falcon Marlboro, New York November 26, 2017 From a furious flurry of dissonance, Paul Motian's energetic “Cosmology" emerged as the declarative opening salvo for this intuitive and adventurous set by pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Joe Fonda, and drummer Harvey Sorgen. Crispell, long a Hudson Valley treasure, freely incorporated her challenging harmonics, piercing runs, phrases, and melodic cluster bursts into the spacious and often acrobatic rhythmic inventions of ...

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Barry Guy / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton: Deep Memory

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Bassist Barry Guy took a key role in pianist Howard Riley's groundbreaking trio in the late 60s, early 70s. And while that early experience has in no way defined him, it means it perhaps comes as less of a surprise that he has increasingly turned to the format in the latter part of his career. One offs apart, the two enduring piano trio vehicles for the bassist are the Aurora Trio with Agusti Fernandez and Ramon Lopez, and the accomplished ...

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Marilyn Crispell / Gerry Hemingway: Table Of Changes

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Although Table of Changes is only the third release from the pairing of pianist Marilyn Crispell and percussionist Gerry Hemingway, it comes relatively hot on the heels of Affinities (Intakt, 2011) which broke a long silence since Duo (Knitting Factory, 1989). The paucity of these occurrences belies an extensive shared tenure, both as part of reedman Anthony Braxton's classic quartet from 1984 through until 1992, and in regular hook ups thereafter. In tandem they plumb the extremes of intent exhibited ...

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Marilyn Crispell -- Gerry Hemingway: Table Of Changes

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These distinguished artists performed together with pioneering saxophonist, composer Anthony Braxton's epic 80s ensembles amid other ensuing collaborations. Over time, drummer Gerry Hemingway and pianist Marilyn Crispell have gravitated towards the upper echelon of the so-called 'new jazz' outlook, as Table of Changes provides a glowing snapshot of their Europe 2013 tour. Moreover, the album extends various persuasions evidenced on their previous duo album Affinities (Intakt, 2011). Their nonpareil kinship is an underlying factor via spontaneous improvisation, structure ...

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Raymond MacDonald & Marilyn Crispell: Parallel Moments

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Philadelphia, PA, reared pianist Marilyn Crispell looms as one of the more prolific artisans of progressive jazz and avant-garde forums amid her affiliations with saxophonist, composer Anthony Braxton and bassist Gary Peacock, among others of note. Here, she aligns with highly respected Scottish saxophonist Raymond MacDonald, who is the co-founder of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and also composes for film, theater and TV. Therefore, many of these improvisation-based duets tend to bridge various perspectives and thought processes, and such is ...

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Gary Peacock / Marilyn Crispell: Azure

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Who leads a project is often nothing more than a matter of optics. Bassist Gary Peacock's name may come first on the cover of Azure, but there's no doubt that this is a collaborative affair, with pianist Marilyn Crispell an equal participant; the two even co-produced the recording, with label head Manfred Eicher nowhere to be found. Peacock and Crispell have worked as a duo for years, in addition to delivering two sublime trio recordings for the label with the ...

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Marilyn Crispell / Harrison Smith / Eddie Prevost: London, UK, November 7, 2012

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Marilyn Crispell / Harrison Smith / Eddie PrévostCafé OtoLondon, UKNovember 7, 2012It was almost as if no-one wanted to break the perfection of the anticipatory hush at north London's Café Oto. Eventually, Harrison Smith ventured a quizzical phrase on tenor saxophone, which inaugurated an unostentatious exchange of ideas and viewpoints. Pianist Marilyn Crispell, hair draped forward shielding her face like a veil, imparted her pronouncements with gradually increasing density, while drummer Eddie Prévost's brushes danced ...

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Gunhild Seim Time Jungle, with Marilyn Crispell: Elephant Wings

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With Elephant Wings, Norwegian trumpeter Gunhild Seim grows the number of albums released, since beginning her career as bandleader of Time Jungle more than five years ago, to three, including 2007's Time Jungle and 209's Morpho, all released on her own Drollehålå imprint. Each has been a beautiful gem, demonstrating Seim's compositional skills to balance and contrast between a subtle, tender aesthetic with fierier and more intensive playing. Elephant Wings is another excellent set of compositions, with ...

MUSIC AND THE CREATIVE SPIRIT

The Spiritual Beauty of Marilyn Crispell

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There have been a number of pianists within the classical and jazz genres whose work have remained majestic and timeless, but never has there been a pianist quite like Marilyn Crispell. Never has a pianist been able to reach such extraordinary depths of spirituality and complexity. Nevertheless, levels of creativity rarely equate to levels of popularity and therefore, it's not surprising that visionary works remain largely misunderstood and unappreciated during their own time. Such is the case with Marilyn Crispell.


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