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The Eclectic Maybe Band: The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes

Read "The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Among other positive opinions, UK-based Discus Music cranks out one audiophile quality album after another. The experimental label does not cut corners, and taking into consideration the disparate soundstages, tonal attributes and instrumentation, the music often simulates 3D-like sonic characteristics. These factors also come in handy when demoing stereo equipment at your local high-end dealer. Otherwise, The Eclectic Maybe Band created these gems via an instantaneous compositional approach, where jazz meets rock, and musical syntaxes possibly emanating from distant galaxies. ...

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Al Orkestra: Where Are We Now?

Read "Where Are We Now?" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes the best music comes from the most unexpected places. British ex-pat Joe Higham has been living in Belgium for 20 years--first studying, now teaching and gigging with a cadre of undervalued Belgian players. Plenty of artists cite a collection of influences, but this saxophonist/clarinetist and his Al Orkestra concoct a truly wonderful mélange, with touchstones ranging from progressive rock and the British Canterbury scene, to the trippy jazz of Sun Ra and the freer tendencies of the late Elton ...

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Take Five With Joe Higham

Read "Take Five With Joe Higham" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Instrument(s):Saxophones, clarinets.Teachers and/or influences? John Ruocco, Charlie Banacos.I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I saw Elton Dean and Ninesense play. I was at art college, hesitating between playing music and making art, but seeing Elton's band start up with the likes of Louis Moholo, Harry Miller, Keith Tippett and Alan Skidmore blowing this amazing wall of sound, I knew I wasn't going to be continuing my art school studies much longer!


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