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Gunter Christmann / Mats Gustafsson / Paul Lovens: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by Nic Jones

The language of free improvisation is decades old now and its power to shock has arguably diminished accordingly. If there's something in the contention that everything once radical is eventually co-opted by an ever broadening mainstream, free improvisation still gives the lie to it. Still the creative process behind it can appear inscrutable, and the very lack of predetermination often gives the resulting music a singular tension and release. Both that creative process and the tension and ...

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Wasilewski/Kurkiewicz/Miskiewicz: Trio

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When scientists want to look at the effect of a variable in a given scenario, they remove or replace it, then see what happens. It's impossible to be rigorously scientific about human nature, but the empirical approach still has some clues to offer when it comes to group dynamics.

Take for example the group led by Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko. Since recruiting his backing trio as teenagers in 1993, he's spent a good deal of time working with ...

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Wasilewski/Kurkiewicz/Miskiewicz: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by John Kelman

Pianist Marcin Wasilewski, double-bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz, and drummer Michal Miskiewicz are best known as the young Polish musicians who have collaborated with trumpet legend Tomasz Stanko in recent years, in particular on Soul of Things and Suspended Night . But while Stanko has been a mentor since '93, first calling Wasilewski when he was only sixteen looking for a trio to support him when his regular rhythm section was unavailable, the three have also maintained a separate musical existence, releasing ...

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Aoki/Hunsinger/Jarman: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by Celeste Sunderland

High, shrill, and alone, Robbie Lynn Hunsinger’s soprano saxophone provides an apt opening to a culturally vibrant musical tale. Signifying the solitude of the individual in the rich complexity of the universe, double reed master Hunsinger is joined by multi-instrumentalist Joseph Jarman and bassist Tatsu Aoki on Trio, an intensely contemplative album that traverses tremendous terrain with ten tracks. The music, incorporating variations of eleven different wind instruments and a dappling of percussion, tethered by Aoki’s thoughtful ...

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Aoki/Hunsinger/Jarman: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since its inception in the 1960s, Chicago’s influential AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) has been dedicated to the expansion of our musical language. The founders and participants have included Muhal Richard Abrams, Lester Bowie, Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, and Jack DeJohnette. Their influence has been felt beyond Chicago in the travels and inventions of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago. In the last decade we have seen the resurgence of Fred Anderson and the AACM-inspired work of Chicago-based ...


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