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Marc Edwards & Guillaume Gargaud: Black Hole Universe

Read "Black Hole Universe" reviewed by Don Phipps

Black holes are giant space predators—devouring light itself. Theory holds that, as one approaches a black hole's event horizon, time itself slows. So it is interesting that on their album Black Hole Universe, drummer Marc Edwards and guitarist Guillaume Gargaud have chosen to create five diverse yet similar spontaneous compositions which jettison time signatures and conventional rhythms to focus on a dark madness that evokes both the emptiness of space and the fluidity of existence itself. In his ...

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Marc Edwards: The Bowels Of Jupiter

Read "The Bowels Of Jupiter" reviewed by Don Phipps

As you listen to The Bowels of Jupiter, you will have no special gear to protect you from the musical g-forces that will blanket your ears and brain. But you wouldn't want any, as it is these musical g-forces that make drummer Marc Edwards and guitarist Mick Barr's album an incredible listening experience. Edwards has long been associated with the free jazz scene (Cecil Taylor Unit, David S. Ware), and Barr has made his reputation playing ...

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Marc Edwards / Weasel Walter Group: Blood Of The Earth

Read "Blood Of The Earth" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Double drummer-led free jazz sessions come with a price, and both aural and contemplative muscles need to be flexed. With Blood Of The Earth, from drummers Marc Edwards and Weasel Walter, the challenges for immersion in a sonic concentration of spontaneity and stamina.

But this is not your father's retread of John Coltrane's Ascension (Impulse!, 1965). The two drummers have taken the 1960's concept of freedom as starting point and fired their rockets way past the stellar regions.

Edwards--a former ...

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Marc Edwards / Weasel Walter Group: Mysteries Beneath The Planet

Read "Mysteries Beneath The Planet" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Led by avant, free-jazz drummers Marc Edwards and Weasel Walter, this ensemble pushes the envelope via a nuclear-like aerial assault that in some instances might signify a caricature of vintage, high-octane Albert Ayler fare. Nonetheless, the dual drumming attack serves as the foundation for the hornists' soaring lines, teeming with angst and a spiritual cleansing type approach. It's a sonic blitzkrieg that is not for the faint of heart.

“Luminous Predator," recorded at New York's The Lit Lounge, ...

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Marc Edwards & Slipstream Time Travel: Ode to a Dying Planet

Read "Ode to a Dying Planet" reviewed by John Sharpe

Since the '60s space travel has served as a metaphor for the abstraction of free jazz expressionism, with Sun Ra being only the most obvious antecedent. Drummer Marc Edwards draws inspiration from astronomy as much as science fiction, aided and abetted by guitarists Tor Snyder and Ernest Anderson III and multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut, featured here on piano, in the latest incarnation of his Slipstream Time Travel ensemble. Edwards, who took a long break from the hardships ...

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Marc Edwards: Free Jazz Drummer & Percussionist

Read "Marc Edwards: Free Jazz Drummer & Percussionist" reviewed by Taran Singh

Who's Marc Edwards? Cecil Taylor fans may remember him as the drummer on the legendary 1976 album Dark to Themselves. Charles Gayle fans may know of him as the drummer on More Live at the Knitting Factory. And David S. Ware fans must remember him as the first drummer of the David S. Ware trio and quartet on Hathut and Silkheart records.

Marc Edwards is what they call a powerhouse drummer . Here's a biographical interview put together through a ...


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