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Ensemble 5: The Summary Of 4

Read "The Summary Of 4" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is refreshing to hear a free jazz improvising group that doesn't abandon meter and melody for the goal of spontaneous music making. For percussionist Heinz Geisser, performing improvised music doesn't require he throw the figurative baby out with the bath water. The dude abides.Like the Collective 4tet he established in the 1990s with bassist William Parker, Ensemble 5 is both a free jazz vehicle and a quartet, yes, a quartet. Geisser, a conservatory trained classical guitarist turned ...

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Heinz Geisser & Guerino Mazzola: Live at Airegin

Read "Live at Airegin" reviewed by Jim Santella

This Swiss duo has been experimenting with creative avant-garde jazz for a long time. Toni's Delight: Live in Seoul (Cadence Jazz, 1997) combined tension and release in a free-flowing format similar to that employed here for their Ayler Records release. Guerino Mazzola's grand piano fingers move like a storm front that wants to hurt the keyboard. At his side, drummer Heinz Geisser provides the kind of swirling thunder and lightning that make a distinctive impression on any audience.

Recorded October ...


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