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Barry Altschul: The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow

Read "The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow" reviewed by John Sharpe

Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor closed out the 2016 Krakow Jazz Autumn in fine style with this set. Recorded at the fabled Alchemia Club in the city's Jewish ghetto, the drummer leads his tightly knit combo through four originals and a Monk cover. It's a familiar program, as three of the pieces have been in Altschul's band book since the 1980s and all have appeared somewhere on the outfit's first two dates: The 3Dom Factor (TUM Records, 2013) and Tales Of ...

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Barry Altschul featuring Jon Irabagon & Joe Fonda: The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow

Read "The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Recorded live at the Alchemia Club in Krakow, Poland, Barry Altschul's 3dom Factor offers the third group release in an informal trilogy that began with their self-titled album (TUM, 2012). That debut--Altschul's first leader outing in a couple dozen years--consisted of nine Altschul originals, and one from Carla Bley. A blend of post-bop and free playing, it set the stage for 2015's Tales of the Unforseen, a largely improvised set. The new trio album Live in Krakow adapts a technique ...

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Barry Altschul's 3dom Factor: Tales of the Unforeseen

Read "Tales of the Unforeseen" reviewed by John Sharpe

Veteran drummer Barry Altschul has enjoyed something of a late career resurgence over the last decade. Work with co-operatives such as the FAB Trio, as well as with trombonists Steve Swell and Roswell Rudd presaged his first leadership date for a quarter of a century in 3dom Factor (TUM Records, 2013). That trio with bassist Joe Fonda and saxophonist Jon Irabagon reunites for Tales Of The Unforeseen. Recorded in the studio following a weeklong tour, the threesome proves exceptionally well-attuned ...

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Barry Altschul's 3dom Factor: Tales of the Unforeseen

Read "Tales of the Unforeseen" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Barry Altschul made his mark on the musical world at a time of both turmoil and guarded acceptance. Charles Lloyd's quartet, with the unknown pianist Keith Jarrett, was bridging a gap with psychedelic rock at the Fillmore West; Miles Davis' Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970) along with the work of groups like Weather Report, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Carlos Santana were blurring the line between increasingly progressive rock and even more progressive jazz in the late 1960s and early 1970s. A ...

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Barry Altschul: The 3dom Factor

Read "The 3dom Factor" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Approaching five decades of residing in the cutting-edge of modern jazz development, drummer Barry Altschul's influence and legacy as a drummer is rather legendary. Performing on groundbreaking albums with Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland and many others too numerous in scope to cite, the artist surges onward through the inner-workings of this flexible and dynamic trio. Otherwise, young sax hero Jon Irabagon demonstrates maturity beyond his youth, as eminent bassist Joe Fonda rounds out the trio with a director ...

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Barry Altschul: The 3dom Factor

Read "The 3dom Factor" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Legendary drummer Barry Altschul, known for his historic collaborations with innovative and influential musicians as Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton and Sam Rivers, knows much about the concept of freedom in music. To be free, as he states in the liner notes, one needs choices and a large vocabulary of musical choices. Atlschul has plenty of choices. He is associated with the avant-garde terrains of jazz but his own compositions maintain a deep love to bop structure and harmonic movement. He ...

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Barry Altschul: The 3dom Factor

Read "The 3dom Factor" reviewed by Troy Collins

Drummer Barry Altschul is widely revered for his innovative work during the 1970s with the all-star quartet Circle and as a member of the influential trios of pianist Paul Bley and multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers. Despite his avant-garde credentials, Altschul's purview also included sideman work with traditional jazz artists, including saxophonists Sonny Criss, Lee Konitz and Art Pepper.Revealing his fondness for all facets of the jazz continuum, Altschul led his own diverse groups in the succeeding decades, first documented ...


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