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Three Shots from Siwula: Blaise Siwula & NoFrillsMusic

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The emergence of free jazz in the 1950s and 1960s pioneered a new way of thinking about music that not only affected the way music sounded, but also the way it was shared and distributed. In many ways, free jazz was a movement away from mainstream and mass-distribution and the rediscovery of music as art, but also as folk music, meaning a more direct and less commercial communication with the audience. This also meant that many musicians took the matter ...

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Blaise Siwula / Dom Minasi: The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing

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Saxophonist and clarinetist Blaise Siwula and guitarist Dom Minasi share a unique musical vision and seamless camaraderie. Years of performing and recoding together have crystallized their adventurous outlook and their intellectual communion. The sublime set of spontaneous duets; The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing is the perfect showcase of these attributes.Siwula and Minasi weave elements from various genres into the half a dozen, stimulating improvisations that comprise the album. “Upstream Boogie," for instance starts out as a deconstructed ...

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Blaise Siwula / Dom Minasi: The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing

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Good music does not come out of nowhere. It grows from tradition and experience. This is especially evident in a genre like jazz where the use of improvisation is crucial. Improvisation, at least the interesting kind, has echoes of the past. The exciting thing as a listener is to hear how the musical knowledge of the past is transformed into new sounds in the moment. In the best of all worlds, the joy of creating through improvisation ...

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Blaise Siwula and Dom Minasi: Live at The Matt Bevel Institute

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Dom Minasi is an acutely sensitive guitarist with an oblique approach and an aim to please, plucking his way through runs with persistence and nerve. His live duet with saxophonist Blaise Siwula sums these qualities up neatly, in configurations that unfold and build up melodically through a set that, by the end, is enveloped in a glorious buzz.

A paradox is at work within Minasi's style. His lines underscoring Siwula's sax passages have a geometrical torque, but he inflects them ...

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Blaise Siwula: Projection: Zero; Transphonic Dimensions & Hommage an Klaus Kinski

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Blaise Siwula / Carsten Radtke Projection: Zero Konnex 2008 W.O.O. Presents Mambo Mantis Transphonic Dimensions Konnex 2007 Nobu Stowe-Lee Pembleton Project Hommage an Klaus Kinski Soul Note 2007

Saxophonist Blaise Siwula has been an active participant in New York's 'underground' jazz scene for ...

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Blaise Siwula / Dom Minasi / Nobu Stowe / Ray Sage: New York Moments

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No frills or trickery enacted here, as its all about a collective of like-minded musical spirits letting the chips fall where they may. This quartet stokes the coals and generates some high-heat during this rollicking and stimulating improv fest recorded at The Studio in New York City. New York Moments also serves as the companion for the trio date, Brooklyn Moments (Konnex, 2007), featuring the same personnel sans the services of guitarist Dom Minasi.

Multi-reedman Blaise Siwula sparks ...

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Blaise Siwula and Adam Lane: Tandem Rivers

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"One and one don’t make two. One and one make one," said Pete Townshend. He may as well have been talking about Blaise Siwula (alto and soprano saxophones) and Adam Lane (contrabass), whose instruments intertwine on this intimate, entirely improvised set where the saxophones pop to keep time and the bass growls disconsolately in a role reversal of sound. Siwula and Lane go on some relatively long walks, but they rarely move faster than a jog, often grounded ...

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Blaise Siwula Trio: Dialing Privileges

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Siwula, Minasi and Bollinger- three names unlikely to kindle recognition in the minds of most jazz fans, myself included. Fortunately, as this disc goes a long way toward professing, what they lack in the notoriety department they more than make up in diabolically deployed musical cunning. Siwula is of the saxophone school that posits the virtues of maximum density in minimum space. His taut swirling lines revolve in rapid orbits around Minasi’s chattering machine gun string pops in an agreement ...

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Blaise Siwula Trio: Dialing Privileges

Read "Dialing Privileges" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Veteran improvising alto saxophonist Blaise Siwula packs a potent punch on Dialing Privileges. Along with the somewhat legendary guitarist Dom Minasi and drummer John Bollinger these New York based musicians not only provide a mini-clinic on the art of improvising yet perform with a distinctive touch which elevates this release to the top of the heap. Siwula's imperious utilization of vibrato does indeed draw comparisons to the late great soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet, yet the alto saxophonist exhibits a finely ...


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