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Wayne Horvitz: A Musical Portrait

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This week we focus on the music of Wayne Horvitz with special attention for his latest two releases, The Snowghost Sessions and Those Who Remain. It's hard to condense in two hours the long career and many facets of a composer and pianist of great versatility, but we will do our best to present highlights from his various projects as a leader and side-man. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash ...


Wayne Horvitz: The Snowghost Sessions

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This trio set is one of two concurrent releases by venerable composer/keyboardist Wayne Horvitz. On Those Who Remain (National Sawdust, 2018) he is supported by an orchestra and guitarist Bill Frisell, to complement his other classical-focused outings spanning the past two decades. As The Snowghost Sessions finds Horvitz aligning with longtime cohorts, bassist Geoff Harper and drummer Eric Eagle who recorded this outing in the enviable settings of an audiophile-grade studio in scenic Whitefish, Montana. Horvitz has been ...


Wayne Horvitz: Some Places Are Forever Afternoon

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Poet and essayist Richard Hugo, a celebrated son of Seattle, was best known in his short life for his straight-forward but moving portrayals of the stark realities of the Pacific Northwest, both people and places. His works have previously been documented in print and on film and now by pianist/composer Wayne Horvitz who pays tribute to the writer on Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (11 Places For Richard Hugo). In the wordless interpretation of Hugo's works, Horvitz brings ...


Wayne Horvitz: Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (11 Places For Richard Hugo)

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Nature's gifts, depressive streaks, undiluted tastes of reality, and everyday slices of twentieth century northwestern American life all strongly inform the work of poet Richard Hugo (1923-1982); all of those elements, not surprisingly, also find there way into pianist Wayne Horvitz's Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (11 Places For Richard Hugo)--an absorbing collection of music that manages to merge the visceral and intellectual in much the same way that Hugo's writing does. While there's inherent difficulty in ...


Wayne Horvitz/The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble: At The Reception, Wayne Horvitz: 55: Music And Dance In Concrete

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Wayne Horvitz is a musical universe unto himself. Has been for well over 35 years. And it's not just his stick-to-it-ive-ness that continues to make his music so damn engaging, a contrariness redefined. Consider these two recent releases as prime examples. The composer/bandleader/keyboardist (who turns 60 in 2015) has a musical history that just might grab you by the throat, if not coax you into some kind of mesmerizing trance. 55: Music And Dance In Concrete and At The Reception ...


Wayne Horvitz/The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble: At The Reception

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Wayne Horvitz already has lovely. It's a tool he wields with ease in his music, be it in his Gravitas Quartet of piano/trumpet/cello/bassoon, his Sweeter Than The Day acoustic quartet or the electric Zony Mash. He even brought lovely to John Zorn's shocking Naked City bands of the 1990s. Horvitz has the ability to distill music, be it classical, jazz, film, or free, down to the essence of melody and harmony.He applies that lovely to his little big ...


Wayne Horvitz: 55: Music and Dance In Concrete

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Reviewed on LP, the only other option for this release is a digital download, but with the latter you won't get the sharp colorful booklet that includes photos of the corresponding dance moves, choreographed by Yukio Suzuki and Wayne Horvitz' detailed album notes. The album was recorded at an old military base, Fort Worden that is situated in a state park outside of Seattle. In fact, the Fort serves as an additional instrument, especially heightened by the inherent analog vinyl ...


Robin Holcomb and Talking Pictures with Wayne Horvitz: The Point of It All

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An unspoken rule amongst musicians is: don't date someone in the band, let alone marry them. Still, there are exceptions, one of the most notable being the husband/wife team of singer/songwriter Robin Holcomb and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz. Together for three decades, they've intersected when the time is right, while still maintaining absolute independence through their rich, individual discographies. Holcomb first came to attention with two records for Elektra/Nonesuch--Robin Holcomb (1990) and the especially fine Rockabye (1992), which married an affinity ...


Wayne Horvitz & Sweeter Than The Day: A Walk In The Dark

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This cumbersomely-named combo have been together for nearly a decade, just one of keyboardist Wayne Horvitz's many band projects. The concept appears to revolve around a desire to embrace an almost-acoustic modern traditionalism, while retaining a slightly skewed stance that recalls some of Horvitz's earlier forays into electro-groove. Lately, he appears to have forsaken that predilection for plugged-in keyboards, attending to the heart of the acoustic piano.

The disc was recorded in the band's Seattle base, ...


Mark O'Leary/Wayne Horvitz/Dylan Van Der Schyff: FLUX

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Irish guitar wiz Mark O'Leary's relentless pursuit of melding his improvisational expertise with some of the top guns in the jazz-based business continues here during this trio setting recorded in Seattle, Washington. On this 2008 studio set, the musicians quietly surge into abstract-minimalism via the free-improv route. With O'Leary's harmonically appeasing volume control techniques and fluid single note flurries, the overall musical portraiture is often fabricated upon subtle exchanges amid delicately articulated peaks and valleys.

Pianist Wayne Horvitz ...