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Sylvia Hallett / Mike Adcock: Reduced

Read "Reduced" reviewed by Nic Jones

The Spontaneous Music Ensemble lineup of drummer/cornetist John Stevens and soprano saxophonist Trevor Watts can, for countless reasons, serve as the template against which many another freely improvising duo can be gauged. That's an especially pertinent point with Reduced, as multi-instrumentalists Sylvia Hallett and Mike Adcock have fashioned a dialog every bit as rarefied as the one that Stevens and Watts created. Not even the highly residual influence of late period John Coltrane--that was, by a stretch of the imagination, ...

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Sylvia Hallett: White Fog

Read "White Fog" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Multi-instrumentalist, Sylvia Hallett turns to the bicycle wheel as a means of musical expressionism on this recording also featuring the artist’s utilization of digital delays, voice improvisation, and violin. Ms. Hallett’s resume includes involvement with the “London Musicians Collective,” British free jazz pioneers, saxophonist Lol Coxhill, vocalist Phil Minton and others, yet here she pursues shifting and at times, haunting pastiches of sound via her unorthodox implementations. With “A Wheelwright Used To Live Here,” Ms. Hallett’s use of bowed bicycle ...


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