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Tom Hamilton / Bruce Eisenbeil: Shadow Machine

Read "Shadow Machine" reviewed by John Sharpe

Guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil continues to push beyond the outer reaches of the guitar universe, building on the work of pioneers like Derek Bailey and Fred Frith. His career trajectory takes him ever farther from the jazz mother lode, and his last outing--on Totem>'s Solar Forge (ESP, 2008)--stretched the boundaries of the guitar power trio to breaking point. Before that he had a series of fine releases to his name on the CIMP label, as well as appearances with Cecil Taylor ...

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Tom Hamilton / Bruce Eisenbeil: Shadow Machine

Read "Shadow Machine" reviewed by Martin Longley

Hazily speaking, electronicist Tom Hamilton emerges from a modern classical realm, while guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil inhabits the jazz improvising zone. On this album, such stylistic concerns are very nearly unimportant, as the pair are engaging in their own language of free improvisation. There's more space in this music, although Hamilton and Eisenbeil never cut back on their particular type of fluid hyperactivity. The synth-man uses a Nord modular device, which operates in vintage analogue mimicry mode. He scoops himself out ...


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