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Brandon Seabrook: Convulsionaries

Read "Convulsionaries" reviewed by Don Phipps

This exciting freewheeling, free-playing, ear-stretching, mind-expanding set from composer / guitarist Brandon Seabrook strives for new ground in music--a hybrid of modern classical idioms and experimental jazz. It succeeds. The music stretches what one might conceive of as “jazz." Joined by Henry Fraser on bass and Daniel Levin on cello, Seabrook accomplishes his breakthrough by mixing formalism, improvisation, and experimentation in new and stunning fashion. The set begins with the arrhythmic, jolting, slightly disturbing “Bovicidal." Seabrook ...

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Brandon Seabrook: Sylphid Vitalizers

Read "Sylphid Vitalizers" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Brandon Seabrook (Andrew Drury, Anthony Braxton) is justifiably garnering considerable press as a burgeoning firebrand who terrorizes or perhaps, atomizes the banjo and guitar with punk metal, free jazz and anarchistic rock proclivities. With his third solo release he conjures otherworldly and brain-bending propositions via an array of highly disciplined supercharged performances on banjo and guitar. He's also a frequent collaborator on the jazz improvisational front amid first-call session duties for new wave jazz productions that our largely outside-the-box. ...

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Seabrook Power Plant: Seabrook Power Plant II

Read "Seabrook Power Plant II" reviewed by Troy Collins

Guitarist Brandon Seabrook is one of the most imaginative six-string virtuosos currently operating in the fertile Brooklyn scene. His enviable talents have been featured in an eclectic variety of projects since the mid-1990s, including Beat Circus, Naftule's Dream and the Peter Evans Quartet, with an extremely percussive technique on tenor banjo adding further mystique to his idiosyncratic artistry. The shrewdly named Seabrook Power Plant is his flagship power trio, featuring his brother Jared on drums and regular Evans' collaborator Tom ...


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