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A Selection Of The Best New Releases From 2020

Read "A Selection Of The Best New Releases From 2020" reviewed by Len Davis

A random selection of the best are releases from 2020. Playlist Wayne Krantz “High 70's" from Write Out Your Head (Abstract Logix) 00:00 Markus Reuter “Power Series" from Truce (Moonjune) 05:55 Gergo Borlai “Gary" from The Missing Song (Blue Canoe) 11:50 Richard Hallebeek “Sunset Sky" from Bumerang (Richie Rich) 17:46 Tigran Hamasyan “New Maps" from The Call Within (Nonesuch) 23:39 David Binney “Dolphins" from Aeriel (Mythology) 29:35 Gabriel Bulfon “Perihelion" from Exoplanets (Self Produced) 35:29 Miles Davis “Sanctuary" ...

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Markus Reuter, Ray Russell, Randy Brecker and More

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This week we focus on raw, improvised music with touch guitars, electronics and drums amongst new releases from British and American bands. Our playlist mixes new releases, including improvised music from Markus Reuter or Ray Russell and the collaboration between Randy Brecker and Eric Marienthal, and some older material by the likes of Dave Liebman and Dave Weckl. Playlist Dave Liebman “JB Meets Sly" from Back on the Corner (Tone Center) 00:00 Petite Blonde “Two Price Hit" from ...

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Markus Reuter: Sun Trance

Read "Sun Trance" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Markus Reuter has a reputation as a guitar shredding animal. He has been called a power trio kingpin, his artistry referred to as “fearless and ferocious." The cliche “not for the faint of heart" comes to mind on sets like Truce (Moonjune Records, 2020) and Shapeshifter (Moonjune Records, (2020). But he has a softer side, one that presents a music marinated in serenity and subtle beauty—his teaming with multi-instrumentalist (playing piano here) Gary Husband on the ethereally gorgeous Music Of ...

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Markus Reuter Times Three: Oculus, Shapeshifters & Sun Trance

Read "Markus Reuter Times Three: Oculus, Shapeshifters & Sun Trance" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Markus Reuter wears many hats: touch guitarist; composer; improviser; soundscaper; and producer. This trio of simultaneous MoonJune Records releases (one technically a reissue) offer an opportunity to sample his music in all of those aspects. Markus Reuter Oculus Nothing is Sacred MoonJune Records 2020 “Oculus" is the name Reuter gave to the unique pitch diagrams used in composing this music: each grid presents 16 musical pitches, arrayed in a form that resembles ...

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Markus Reuter: The Truce

Read "The Truce" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Markus Reuter's first steps into music were as a pianist. But then Reuter learned to play the Chapman Stick, studied in Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft, and mastered the digital U8 Touch Guitar. The freedom of these electronic sound palettes, combined with his genuine guitar virtuosity and piano background, all give Reuter's guitar playing structure and vision that are truly amazing. Reuter is also a linchpin of the experimental trio Stick Men (along with Chapman Stick master Tony Levin) and served ...

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Markus Reuter: Truce

Read "Truce" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

German touch-guitarist Markus Reuter has been heard in a variety of contexts: with Stick Men, providing bass, lead and soundscaping as on Panamerica (MoonJune Records, 2019); and with guitarist Mark Wingfield on The Stone House (MoonJune Records, 2017) and Lighthouse (MoonJune Records, 2017). His eight-string touch guitar covers both bass and guitar ranges, often making it difficult to differentiate his parts from the other group members. No such confusion here: for its historic 100th release, MuneJune Records features ...

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Markus Reuter featuring Sonar and Tobias Reber: Falling for Ascension

Read "Falling for Ascension" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Billed as a minimalist groove band, the Swiss musicians performing under the moniker Sonar recently collaborated with experimental guitar hero David Torn on the widely heralded, Sonar with David Torn (Rare Noise, 2018). And here, they merge their unique craft with one of the reigning touch style guitar pioneers, Markus Reuter along with his partner from Stick Men and active King Crimson member, Tony Levin (Chapman Stick) and Security Project, ex-King Crimson WARR guitarist Trey Gunn. Here, Reuter and live ...


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