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Oval: Sten Sandell Trio

Read "Sten Sandell Trio" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Busy Chicago multi-reed man Ken Vandermark suggests in his liner notes of Oval, the third release by the Sten Sandell Trio, that the Swedish pianist and composer may represent the future of the piano in contemporary and improvised music. Like other pianists of his generation, Sandell is influenced by the innovations of Cecil Taylor but brings many more ingredients to his music, such as the theories of John Cage and Morton Feldman, classical musical elements from India and Japan, folk ...

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Oval: OvalCommers

Read "OvalCommers" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Every new Oval record arrives on the scene with a combined sense of excitement and apprehension. Oval (the performance name of Berliner Markus Popp) has released a string of records over the last ten years, including last year's full-length Ovalprocess--a sprawling masterpiece of studio noise, interrupted and distorted melody tones, and CD skipping noises. But with each new record, Popp invades new sonic territory. Despite all the constant change, his efforts retain a distinctive signature trademark. Each record offers a ...


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