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Gold Sparkle Trio with Ken Vandermark: Brooklyn Cantos

Read "Brooklyn Cantos" reviewed by Germein Linares

Maintaining focus in free jazz seems like an oxymoron. By free, obviously, one assumes no rules, no shackles, and no restrictions. This is fine and dandy in theory; in execution, though, some do better than others with this musical autonomy. It might be free all right, but, is it music and, more importantly to us, is it even jazz?

Brooklyn Cantos, thankfully, is focused free jazz, adventurous music with a purpose. The Gold Sparkle Trio of alto saxophonist Charles Waters, ...

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Gold Sparkle Trio w/Ken Vandermark: Brooklyn Cantos

Read "Brooklyn Cantos" reviewed by Mark Corroto

They say great minds think alike. I say great musician minds don't think so much alike as they are alike. Bird and Dizzy. Ornette and Cherry. Bennink and Mengelberg.

Operating in similar but different spheres for quite some time, the collaboration between Ken Vandermark and the Gold Sparkle Trio is a true meeting of the minds. Vandermark, born in Rhode Island, made his mark in the creative jazz community of the 1990s Chicago scene, while Andrew Barker and ...

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Gold Sparkle Trio: Thunder Reminded Me

Read "Thunder Reminded Me" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Music, especially jazz music, has always been about personal expression. Get past the industry and the tradition, and you always return to the one caveman who gets up after the evening meal and howls the best. The more sophisticated we get in music, the more important are those few “cavemen" who howl.

With apologies to the Gold Sparkle Band’s incarnation here as a Trio, these men are some excellent howlers. The GSB has always been piano-less, like their ...


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