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Chris Dahlgren: Mystic Maze

Read "Mystic Maze" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Critics don't always get it right. Surprisingly, their keen critical faculties can desert them and, sooner or later, they are left looking and sounding foolish. In the first half of the twentieth century music critics were routinely dismissive of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók's work, often with a level of vitriol rarely seen in these enlightened times. Somewhat belatedly (for Bartók, who died in 1945), Lexicon, led by the Berlin-based American bassist Chris Dahlgren, has taken up the cudgels on the ...

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Chris Dahlgren: Best Intentions

Read "Best Intentions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Master bassist Chris Dahlgren performs a mini-clinic on the attributes of producing a regimented, booming pulse while also harmonizing and displaying acute lyricism with fellow New York based saxophonists Peter Epstein and Rob Brown on his latest release titled, Best Intentions. Along with the astonishing percussionist Satosji Takeishi, Dahlgren steers the band through seven memorable yet altogether penetrating self-penned compositions recorded at “Five Towns College” in Long Island, NY.

Dahlgren provides the commanding and somewhat bouncy pulse on “The Gadfly” ...

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Chris Dahlgren: Best Intentions

Read "Best Intentions" reviewed by David Adler

Bassist Chris Dahlgren, an important voice on the New York downtown avant-garde scene, has exhibited a flair for unusual ensemble configurations on his previous releases. On Best Intentions, his third outing as a leader, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi’s grooves and timbres give the music a rather exotic flavor; a conventional drum set would not have done the trick. Dahlgren’s dual-alto frontline, comprised of Rob Brown and Peter Epstein, bears a passing resemblance to the Matt Wilson Quartet. Listeners unfamiliar with the ...


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