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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lars Møller's Aarhus Jazz Orchestra feat. David Liebman and Marilyn Mazur: ReWrite of Spring

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In the early twentieth century, at a time when the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was barely known, he had already composed the celebrated works Firebird (1910) and Petrushka (1911). The 1913 work, The Rite of Spring, was to become renowned both as a ballet and as a stand-alone orchestral score. The Paris premier at the newly opened Théâtre des Champs-Élysées set off a violent riot though it was never clear if the avant-garde music, the Vaslav Nijinsky choreography, or a ...

INTERVIEWS

Marilyn Mazur: The Song in the Woods

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Danish drummer, percussionist and composer Marilyn Mazur reached iconic status on the contemporary jazz scene in the early years of her career. Playing in the eighties with titans Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Gil Evans, she later joined Jan Garbarek's group and was instrumental in some of the musician's most significant projects at the beginning of the millennium. With astounding versatility and a natural sense of emulation, Mazur turns each of her performances into a powerful show that ...

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Jean-Michel Pilc, Marilyn Mazur, Mads Vinding: Composing

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A magical mystery tour with two heavies of the avant garde and one good old reliable jazz bassist who fits in anywhere. To be more precise: American/Danish percussionist Marilyn Mazur, she of the frizzy hair and intense eyes; French pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, he of the goatee beard and dark, moody gaze; and Denmark's Mads Vinding, he whose eyes and beard (or lack of one) fit in anywhere. Lurking in the wings, are two muses. First there's Wayne ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Celestial Circle

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Celestial Circle might appear to be a conventional, piano trio-based vocal record on the surface, but it's an impression quickly dismissed with a closer look at its participants. Marilyn Mazur knows her way around a drum kit in no uncertain terms, but it's her more integrated approach, with an oft-times massive array of percussion--gongs, wood blocks, pots and other things that can be struck with hands, sticks and brushes--that has allowed the American-born/Denmark-raised and resident percussionist to evolve a more ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Elixir

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Percussionist Marilyn Mazur is a prime example of why many drummers these days are prone to listing themselves also as percussionists. The distinction is important beyond the number of instruments available to the player and involves the attitude towards their place in any musical enterprise. Drummer/percussionists like Paul Motian, Jon Christensen or Tony Oxley might not play as many instruments as Mazur, but their contribution to the music is more of a voice that happens to be ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Elixir

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Marilyn Mazur may be best remembered to North American audiences for her work with Miles Davis in the 1980s. Since then, however, the Danish percussionist has continued to lead an active musical life on her own projects including Small Labyrinths (ECM, 1997), as well as collaborating on ECM recordings by Eberhard Weber, Jon Balke and Jan Garbarek. She was also a member of Garbarek's touring band for fourteen years and so, when it came time for her to record Elixir, ...

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Kirsten Brten Berg/Marilyn Mazur/Lena Willemark: Stemmenes Skygge (Shadow of Voices)

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Thanks to the ECM label, many of us were exposed for the first time to the beautiful vocals of Norwegian folk singer Kirsten Bråten Berg and Swedish folk singer Lena Willemark. Both have always sought new forms to present and interpret their rich musical heritage. Berg collaborated with Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen in rearranging traditional Nordic songs (Sagn, ECM, 1991; Arv, KKV, 1994) and Andersen guested on her release Syng Du Mi Røyst (Grappa, 2001). Willemark's collaborations with two other ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Jordsange

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Born in New York yet reared in Denmark, percussionist Marilyn Mazur has performed with a who’s who of modern jazz artists, which includes a stint with the late Miles Davis. Basically, Ms. Mazur is recognized as a percussionist who melds supple rhythms and multihued patterns into lyrically rich frameworks while adhering to compositional structure, nuance and subtly via her variegated array of instruments. These days, Ms. Mazur has been recording and touring with Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek while also performing ...


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