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Andrew D'Angelo: Story of the Living

Read "Andrew D'Angelo: Story of the Living" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

The album artwork for Andrew D'Angelo's Norman features the album's namesake, D'Angelo's grandfather, as a young man, seated slyly and serenely. The significance of naming the album “Norman" was not only a nod to the fact that D'Angelo bears that as his middle name, but also that the album is dedicated in part to D'Angelo's mother. “I really wanted to make a record basically for my mother. Because, I mean, can you imagine what it's like watching your ...

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Andrew D'Angelo: Gay Disco

Read "Gay Disco" reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

In the time between the debut recording by reedman Andrew D'Angelo's trio with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Jim Black and the release of the group's follow-up, some dramatic and widely talked about circumstances have befallen the saxophonist. D'Angelo's battle with a malignant brain tumor proved to be an inspiring and transformative process, as the rumbling intensity and nervous energy of the debut has maintained its edge while giving way to a more harmonious disharmony. The most ...

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Andrew D: Skadra Degis

Read "Skadra Degis" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Throughout his career, Andrew D'Angelo has been known for pushing creative limits and challenging stylistic boundaries. A formidable improviser, he's as likely to spit incendiary lines from his alto saxophone as he is to ruminate introspectively on bass clarinet. Skadra Degis is the debut from his trio with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Jim Black--two musicians also known for blurring genre lines and probing improvisation. “Lame bounds out of the gate and is a surprisingly straight-ahead swinger. ...


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