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Daunik Lazro: Garden(s)

Read "Garden(s)" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This progressive French trio features musicians who have respectively been at the forefront of Euro improvisational circles, partaking in numerous small and large ensemble formats. The synergy and inventive concepts many of us would anticipate is wholly inherent here, as the band covers Duke Ellington, Albert Ayler and John Coltrane bordering three group composed pieces “Garden(s) 1 through 3" and trumpeter Jean-Luc Cappozzo's “Joy Spirit." Cappozzo brings Ellington's “Sophisticated Lady" to the wild side via an opening duet ...

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Daunik Lazro / Jean Francois Pauvros / Roger Turner: Curare

Read "Curare" reviewed by John Sharpe

Silence could be the fourth member of the group responsible for the cooperatively derived Curare, joining the French pairing of reed supremo Daunik Lazro and guitarist Jean-Francois Pauvros with English drummer Roger Turner. As the four cuts are sourced from two live dates some 20 months apart, this cross-Channel aggregation is clearly not a one-off. Lazro may still be best known for his collaborations with fellow reedmen Joe McPhee and Evan Parker, but over a thirty-plus year career he has ...

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Daunik Lazro: Some Other Zongs

Read "Some Other Zongs" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To designate saxophonist Daunik Lazro the French Joe McPhee--or, perhaps, the French equivalent to Evan Parker--is to illustrate not only the proficiency he has with his instrument, but his formidable improvisational skills. For his second solo release, Some Other Zongs, he sticks solely to the finicky and often blunt baritone saxophone--an instrument which, in the hands of a master musician like Lazro, sheds its dull and undistinguished patina to emerge full-flowered. Some Other Zongs follows his previous solo ...

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Daunik Lazro and Carlos "Zingaro": Hauts plateaux

Read "Hauts plateaux" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Veteran improvisers-composers Daunik Lazro and Carlos “Zingaro” have teamed up to produce a mesmerizing series of loosely structured compositions beautifully recorded at “Cite’ de la Musique” in Marseille France. The highly regarded saxophonist Lazro has performed with the creme’ de la creme’ of modern jazz improvisers; although, discovering his early roots via hard bop. Violinist “Zingaro” brings to the table classical training and finely honed improvisational prowess. This is a fascinating excursion that commences with a piece titled “Gravir la ...


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