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John Lindberg: Western Edges

Read "Western Edges" reviewed by John Sharpe

Released simultaneously with Born In An Urban Ruin (Clean Feed, 2016), Western Edges reveals yet another facet of bassist John Lindberg's interest. The Raptor Trio reunites Lindberg with saxophonist Pablo Calogero, a comrade from NYC's loft jazz era, when both were 16 years old. Calogero, who was also involved in proto hiphop groups, has been little heard of on the jazz scene, apart from featuring on Lindberg's Trilogy Of Works For Eleven Instrumentalists (Black Saint, 1985). And on this showing ...

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John Lindberg BC3: Born In An Urban Ruin

Read "Born In An Urban Ruin" reviewed by John Sharpe

Acclaimed bassist John Lindberg's trio on Born In An Urban Ruin possesses a distinctive and deeply personal sound in keeping with the man himself. That's down to both the novel instrumentation with long time associate Kevin Norton mostly on vibes and Michigan native Wendell Harrison on clarinets, and the character of Lindberg's writing. The essential humanity inspiring each piece is revealed in Lindberg's liners, but reinforced by their warmth, memorable hooks and multi-threaded nature which sidestep the potential for chamber ...

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John Lindberg / Anil Ereslan: Juggling Kukla

Read "Juggling Kukla" reviewed by John Sharpe

Bassist John Lindberg is best known for his tenure with jazz heavyweights like trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, and saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Anthony Braxton. Equally deserving acclaim are his own swinging but adventurous outfits such as the quartet which waxed A Tree Frog Tonality (between the lines, 2000) and The Catbird Sings (Soul Note, 2000). But none of those will prepare listeners for his duet with Turkish cellist Anil Ereslan. Across seven spontaneously created cuts on a limited edition LP, ...

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John Lindberg - Karl Berger: Duets 1

Read "Duets 1" reviewed by J Hunter

Bassist John Lindberg describes his thirty-year creative partnership with pianist/vibraphonist Karl Berger as a “symbiosis," which Wikipedia defines as “the living together in... prolonged close association of members of two usually different species, with beneficial or deleterious consequences... If you accept that definition on its face and apply it to Duets 1, you must admit the results of Lindberg and Berger's collaboration have been nothing but beneficial.

Duets 1 is made up of a series of improvisational mosaics; ...

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John Lindberg / Karl Berger: Duets 1

Read "Duets 1" reviewed by Troy Collins

With roots in the vocalized timbre of the blues, the conversational nature of the duet has become commonplace in jazz. The conceptual inroads made in the post-war years further expanded traditional notions of rhythm, melody and harmony, allowing even greater expressive freedom for such intimate dialogues.

Coming from different generations but arriving at the same aesthetic outlook, pianist/vibraphonist Karl Berger and bassist John Lindberg share a proclivity for lyrically contemplative free jazz. Espousing the liberated lyricism of such ...

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John Lindberg / Karl Berger: Duets 1

Read "Duets 1" reviewed by Karl A.D. Evangelista

There are many kinds of duo albums, but the more successful ones treat the burden of cooperation as a psychological, and not merely aesthetic, endeavor--conscious that a sense of human sensitivity is necessary to register great conversation (much rarer, it would seem, than intelligent art). None of this goes to say that pathos and fury can serviceably replace careful planning and good ideas, only that closeness demands intimacy and, well, two people alone are often closer than two people in ...

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John Lindberg / Karl Berger: Duets 1

Read "Duets 1" reviewed by Matthew Miller

When it comes to duo playing, chemistry is everything. Each performance is an intimate conversation, an open setting for two musical minds to converge and go where the music dictates. Bassist John Lindberg and keyboardist/vibraphonist Karl Berger have been playing together for over thirty years, developing the cohesion and intimacy that make for great performances. Duets 1 is a monument to their mutual sensitivity and singular artistic vision. Lindberg's bass lines and bowed accompaniments provide a flexible ...

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John Lindberg: Winter Birds

Read "Winter Birds" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

John Lindberg is a deep musician. In almost thirty recordings as leader or co-leader, he has assembled some of the most interesting collections of great players you will ever find. Some of his so-called sidemen have included trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, drummers Andrew Cyrille and Ed Thigpen, the recently departed Albert Mangelsdorff, and Steve Lacy. Probably what intrigues such important musicians enough to play with Lindberg is that his compositions are not only interesting, but they communicate emotion. His rhythms ...

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John Lindberg: Two By Five

Read "Two By Five" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

One of the founding members of the widely acclaimed “String Trio of New York, bassist John Lindberg has also performed with a who’s who of modern jazz stars, besides leading his own ensembles over the years. This release features the artist’s two extended compositions that skirt the fringes of contemporary classical, avant-garde and jazz improvisation. Lindberg’s first suite-like piece was commissioned and composed back in 1986 while his 2001-penned work “Basement of Desires,” follows a similar structural path.

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John Lindberg Ensemble: A Tree Frog Tonality

Read "A Tree Frog Tonality" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With A Tree Frog Tonality, it becomes easily discernible that we are listening to a union of seasoned modern jazz experts who demonstrate their respective crafts with cunning artistry and inspiring resolve. Bassist John Lindberg is arguably one of the finest acoustic bassists on this modern jazz globe as his credits and resume reads like an unending shopping list. On this new release, Lindberg performs with his peers under the moniker of the “John Lindberg Ensemble” for a radiant set ...


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