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The Joel Futterman / Alvin Fielder / Ike Levin Trio: Traveling Through Now

Read "Traveling Through Now" reviewed by Henry Smith

Free jazz has always defined itself more by what it is not than by what it is. With an embrace of complete freedom of form comes a nearly infinite realm of musical possibility that has continued to expand since its cultural relevance began in the early 1960s. As various interpretations arose, a sort of nonlinear historiography developed including, among others, the spiritual jazz of John Coltrane, the “small instruments" sound of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the big band reconfigurations ...

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Joel Futterman & Ike Levin: Enigma

Read "Enigma" reviewed by Rex  Butters

This most recent collaboration between two spontaneous musicians, pianist Joel Futterman and reedman Ike Levin, finds them pushing the empathic envelope to discover new, blazing soundscapes in which to ply their art. Futterman, a reclusive genius with a rehearsal habit that stretches eight to ten hours a day, displays staggering technique with unending production of ideas. His partner, a Bay Area free music firebrand, matches Futterman's creative stamina, burning brightly and serving up a feast of musical fireworks on this ...

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Joel Futterman / Ike Levin Trio: Live at the Noe Valley Ministry

Read "Live at the Noe Valley Ministry" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

On their initial 2001 trio recording ( Lifeline, Bay Records), Joel Futterman, Ike Levin, and Kash Killion demonstrated their comprehension of the interpersonal requirements for constructing music of complexity and artistic integrity. This follow-up expands on the parameters of spontaneous communication so skillfully honed on their first joint venture. Performed in concert at a West Coast venue, the music captures the immediacy of the moment and the trio's responsiveness to the collective vibrations.

The three merge as one ...

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The Joel Futterman Ike Levin Trio featuring Kash Killion: Lifeline

Read "Lifeline" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Tenor saxophonist Ike Levin and pianist Joel Futterman make for an undeniably potent duo, evidenced by previous releases. Moving forward, the twosome augments its attack with cellist and African Wooden Whistle performer, Kash Killion on this newly issued outing.

With the opener “Paradox,” the musicians express themselves with the veracity and force of a rumbling freight train, due to a series of cyclical cadenzas and emotive interactions. They engage in some downright verbose dialogue during “Choices” – ...

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The Joel Futterman - Ike Levin Duo: The Present Gift

Read "The Present Gift" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This release represents a follow up to the artists’ 2000 trio effort featuring bassist, Randall Hunt. With this outing we find saxophonist, Ike Levin, and pianist/saxophonist, Joel Futterman enjoying a discernible comfort zone via their often-emotive call and response type exchanges and adventurous fabrications. Moreover, this production sports extraordinary sonic characteristics, where every subtlety and nuance shines through in crystalline splendor.

Known as a versatile avant-garde jazz pianist, whose Cecil Taylor influences cannot be underestimated, Joel Futterman also performs on ...

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The Joel Futterman/Ike Levin Trio with Randall Hunt: InterView

Read "InterView" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

InterView is brought us by San Francisco Bay Area tenor saxophonist Ike Levin, bassist Randall Hunt and avant-garde pianist Joel Futterman. On this newly released project, the Ike Levin Trio offers a hearty set of original compositions recorded on-the-fly as they say, yet in some instances, the music and overall presentation sparks notions of a well-rehearsed improvisational unit performing previously explored concepts and motifs. One interesting note here correlates to pianist Joel Futterman's acute faculties for embedding lush melodies into ...

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Joel Futterman with Kidd Jordan, Jimmy Williams & William Parker: Relativity, Revelation & Authenticity (3 reviews)

Read "Relativity, Revelation & Authenticity (3 reviews)" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

A prime exponent of the Cecil Taylor school of modern-free jazz piano, Virginia resident Joel Futterman also exhibits admirable capabilities as a saxophonist, (primarily the curved soprano sax) and flutist while having recorded with innovators such as Hal Russell, Joseph Jarman and Jimmy Lyons among others. With over 20 recordings to his credit we now take a peek into some of Futterman's recent accomplishments on the Kali Records label as he performs with modern day pioneers, bassist William ...

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Futterman/Parker/Williams: Authenticity

Read "Authenticity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I read chat room messages about free bassist William Parker last month with much amusement. You see, someone was making the argument that William Parker is faking it! The 'it' being his chops. The argument raged. He had fooled so many, including all those sessions with Charles Gayle, Matthew Shipp, Roscoe Mitchell, David Ware, and Cecil Taylor. Scandalous! Cool! After I tossed a flame or two back at the poindexter, I paraphrased what Louis Armstrong said when asked what jazz ...

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The Joel Futterman / "Kidd" Jordan Trio with Alvin Fielder: Southern Extreme

Read "Southern Extreme" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Drimala is a new label whose recordings can only be obtained at http:www.drimala.com. Futterman, who plays mainly piano, has recorded with the genre-bending Hal Russell; Kidd Jordan played contrabass clarinet for Hamiet Bluiett, but sticks to tenor sax here. Alvin Fielder is a sensitive and daring percussionist a la Sunny Murray.

After a minute-long recitation of the poem that gives this disc its title, the trio dives into the twenty-one minute long “Mississippi Sweet." Jordan's tenor is strongly reminiscent of ...


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