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Konstrukt & Peter Brötzmann: The Message: Live At Kargart

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Breathe, just keep breathing, you tell yourself as the latest offering from the free jazz saviors spins on the turntable. Pressed in an edition of just 200 LPs, The Message: Live At Kargart is a treasure of sound. Actually it is more than just sound, it is an independent self-contained space craft carrying music from a future. A time once prophesied by the likes of John Coltrane & Rashied Ali, Frank Lowe, Sunny Murray, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, and ...

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Konstrukt & Joe McPhee: If You Have Time

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There was a time when free jazz was a mysteriously strange and exotic beast, a music that evoked the “what did I just hear?" response. Today's jazz snob may quote the motto of the rock band Jane's Addiction and tell you “nothing's shocking." And that may be true. That is, if one's ears are not open to the energy and intelligence of musicians like Joe McPhee and the Turkish improvising ensemble Konstrukt. Konstrukt has performed and recorded multiple ...

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Konstrukt and William Parker: Live At NHKM

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Let me propose the notion that American poet Emily Dickinson was a free jazz fan. Sure, you have to look past the fact that she died in 1886, when Buddy Bolden was but nine years old. But consider her words: “The worthlessness of Earthly things/The Ditty is that Nature Sings -/And then -enforces their delight/Til Synods are inordinate." She wrote about, and lived in a world much like that of a free jazz musician. Stowed away in her little house, ...

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konstruKt and Joe McPhee: Babylon: The First Meeting of Istanbul

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Taken at face value, konstruKt's catchphrase, “Free Jazz from Turkey," seems a tad pedestrian. But, if one considers Turkey's place in the world-literally the crossing point between Asia and Europe-its crazy-quilt ethnic diversity, and its continued religious and political unrest, it's a fitting metaphor. Oddly, most of the band's recorded output features invited guest artists from the US and Europe. In addition to multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, featured here, konstruKt has collaborated with Evan Parker, Marshall Allen, Peter Brotzmann and Eugene ...

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Konstruct rules the world

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KonstruKt with Marshall Allen, Barlas Tan Özemek, and Hüseyin Ertunç Vibrations Of The Day Holidays Records 2014 If you are old enough, you might remember when four lads from Liverpool conquered America with rock-and-roll, or how the Rolling Stones redefined the blues tradition. The American blues tradition, that is. Add to that short list, the Turkish band Konstrukt. This quartet of saxophonist Korhan Futacı, guitarist Umut Çağlar, drummer Korhan Argüden and percussionist Özün Usta ...

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KonstruKt with Marshall Allen: Live At Sant’anna Aressi Jazz Festival

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I have seen the future of free jazz (to paraphrase rock critic Jon Landau) and it's name is KonstruKt. Born in Turkey, but cross-fertilized by a global phenomenon of visiting jazz bees: Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Evan Parker, and Marshall Allen who perform and pollinate the flowering creative music scene. This quartet of saxophonist Korhan Futaci, guitartist Umut Çaglar, bassist Özün Usta, and drummer Korhan Argüden have released strong and consistently inventive music for the past ten years. ...

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konstruKt: Turkish Free Music

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When we think of the term “virus," we equate it with human disease or an infection, as in a computer virus. But consider the musical virus known as free jazz, or improvisation. Its origins can be traced back to a Louis Armstrong solo deviating from his brass band's arrangement. Quickly, his extemporizing blossomed into jazz music and gave birth to creative soloists. Fast forward 50 years, and free jazz players created whole pieces of music spontaneously. Ornette Coleman, The Art ...

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konstruKt w/Peter Brotzmann: Eklisia Sunday

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The Turkish free jazz outfit KonstruKt might be considered the most evolved improvisational band working in jazz today. Founded, not in the hotbeds of jazz, London, New York, Chicago, Wuppertal, or Krakow, their isolation is the key to their success. Well, isolation and observation. Although this band was formed in 2008, their free jazz ears date back to the 1960s. The band has absorbed the lessons of John Coltrane's Interstellar Space (Impulse!, 1967), Peter Brötzmann's Machine ...


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