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Marilyn Crispell - Tanya Kalmanovitch - Richard Teitelbaum: Dream Libretto

Read "Dream Libretto" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

World-class pianist, Marilyn Crispell crafts an endearing musical statement, where she and her cohorts execute a requiem framed on improvisations and succinct melodies based on the pianist's close friends and family who have passed on. Consequently, the first part of this set features Crispell, violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch and legendary electronics ace, Richard Teitelbaum, while the second part is a series of duets by the pianist and violinist. An eerie calm cloaks “I" propelled by Teitelbaum's ultra-low register and ...

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Crispell-Fonda-Sorgen Trio Live at The Falcon

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Crispell-Fonda-Sorgen Trio The Falcon Marlboro, New York November 26, 2017 From a furious flurry of dissonance, Paul Motian's energetic “Cosmology" emerged as the declarative opening salvo for this intuitive and adventurous set by pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Joe Fonda, and drummer Harvey Sorgen. Crispell, long a Hudson Valley treasure, freely incorporated her challenging harmonics, piercing runs, phrases, and melodic cluster bursts into the spacious and often acrobatic rhythmic inventions of ...

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Marilyn Crispell / Gerry Hemingway: Table Of Changes

Read "Table Of Changes" reviewed by John Sharpe

Although Table of Changes is only the third release from the pairing of pianist Marilyn Crispell and percussionist Gerry Hemingway, it comes relatively hot on the heels of Affinities (Intakt, 2011) which broke a long silence since Duo (Knitting Factory, 1989). The paucity of these occurrences belies an extensive shared tenure, both as part of reedman Anthony Braxton's classic quartet from 1984 through until 1992, and in regular hook ups thereafter. In tandem they plumb the extremes of intent exhibited ...

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Marilyn Crispell -- Gerry Hemingway: Table Of Changes

Read "Table Of Changes" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

These distinguished artists performed together with pioneering saxophonist, composer Anthony Braxton's epic 80s ensembles amid other ensuing collaborations. Over time, drummer Gerry Hemingway and pianist Marilyn Crispell have gravitated towards the upper echelon of the so-called 'new jazz' outlook, as Table of Changes provides a glowing snapshot of their Europe 2013 tour. Moreover, the album extends various persuasions evidenced on their previous duo album Affinities (Intakt, 2011). Their nonpareil kinship is an underlying factor via spontaneous improvisation, structure ...

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Raymond MacDonald & Marilyn Crispell: Parallel Moments

Read "Parallel Moments" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Philadelphia, PA, reared pianist Marilyn Crispell looms as one of the more prolific artisans of progressive jazz and avant-garde forums amid her affiliations with saxophonist, composer Anthony Braxton and bassist Gary Peacock, among others of note. Here, she aligns with highly respected Scottish saxophonist Raymond MacDonald, who is the co-founder of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and also composes for film, theater and TV. Therefore, many of these improvisation-based duets tend to bridge various perspectives and thought processes, and such is ...

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Marilyn Crispell / Harrison Smith / Eddie Prevost: London, UK, November 7, 2012

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Marilyn Crispell / Harrison Smith / Eddie PrévostCafé OtoLondon, UKNovember 7, 2012It was almost as if no-one wanted to break the perfection of the anticipatory hush at north London's Café Oto. Eventually, Harrison Smith ventured a quizzical phrase on tenor saxophone, which inaugurated an unostentatious exchange of ideas and viewpoints. Pianist Marilyn Crispell, hair draped forward shielding her face like a veil, imparted her pronouncements with gradually increasing density, while drummer Eddie Prévost's brushes danced ...

MUSIC AND THE CREATIVE SPIRIT

The Spiritual Beauty of Marilyn Crispell

Read "The Spiritual Beauty of Marilyn Crispell" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

There have been a number of pianists within the classical and jazz genres whose work have remained majestic and timeless, but never has there been a pianist quite like Marilyn Crispell. Never has a pianist been able to reach such extraordinary depths of spirituality and complexity. Nevertheless, levels of creativity rarely equate to levels of popularity and therefore, it's not surprising that visionary works remain largely misunderstood and unappreciated during their own time. Such is the case with Marilyn Crispell.

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Marilyn Crispell / David Rothenberg: One Dark Night I Left My Silent House

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There are those who decry pianist Marilyn Crispell's move towards sparer, introspective free improvisation with Nothing ever was, anyway. Music of Annette Peacock (1997)--the beginning of a now nearly 15-year association with the German ECM label. For those who prefer their spontaneity impressionistic rather than expressionistic, however, it has yielded a relatively small but impressive discography, ranging from trio dates such as the deconstructive Storyteller (2004) to unerringly beautiful solo sets like Vignettes (2008). One Dark Night I Left My ...

Marilyn Crispell: Uncompromising Power and Grace

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Her notes crash like waves at sea on a stormy winter's night; they gently float and slowly fall like early morning mist; yet it's the silence--the silence between the notes--which provides the haunting poetic beauty that is the music of pianist Marilyn Crispell.Lloyd Peterson: Is there a decrease in listeners for creative music today?Marilyn Crispell: I think jazz is under fire--the concept of jazz. I have noticed a change in Europe since the walls came down ...

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Marilyn Crispell: Sibanye (We Are One), Phases of the Night & Geggie Project

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Louis Moholo-MoholoSibanye (We Are One)Intakt2008 Barry Guy/Marilyn Crispell/Paul LyttonPhases of the NightIntakt2008 John GeggieGeggie ProjecyActuelle2008 Put a pin anywhere in the lengthy discography of pianist Marilyn Crispell and you'll stumble on a new facet, an unforeseen window into her turbulent, ever-evolving improvisational discourse. This is because ...

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Marilyn Crispell: Vignettes

Read "Vignettes" reviewed by Martin Longley

Pianist Marilyn Crispell was always primarily known as a stylistic descendant of Cecil Taylor, never resting for a moment as she spewed out endless runs of high invention, cascades of pointillistically constructed density. But everyone becomes calmer eventually and this solo piano set finds Crispell in an extremely introverted state, examining the relationship between carefully enunciated melody and expansive silence. There are seven vignettes, interspersed between longer, more overtly tuneful pieces, nearly all composed by Crispell. Merging ...

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Marylin Crispell: Vignettes

Read "Vignettes" reviewed by Martin Gladu

This time going at it alone sans the support of the piano-trio setting that served her so well on her previous outings for ECM, Vignettes sees pianist Marylin Crispell in an even more vulnerable context than usual. An integral part in the development of ECM's free music corpus, Crispell enjoys great company in the label's prestigious roster as one of the first-generation exponents--with Annette Peacock and Paul Bley--of the free-ballad, a genre nurtured under the aegis of founder/producer Manfred Eicher.


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