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Paul Lytton / Nate Wooley: Paul Lytton / Nate Wooley Duo

Read "Paul Lytton / Nate Wooley Duo" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Although titularly a trumpet festival, New York's FONT (Festival of New Trumpet) presented a handful of subtly inventive percussionists during its two-week run at the end of September, 2007. Sean Meehan and Tatsuya Nakatani each played on the penultimate afternoon, both working with drums more as resonating chambers than beat boxes and both arguably following in the Paul Lytton tradition. And to close the festival FONT presented Lytton himself, in a duo with another quietly creative player, trumpeter Nate Wooley, ...

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Paul Lytton / Ken Vandermark / Philipp Wachsmann: Cinc

Read "Cinc" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark is about as well known as a jazz fan as he is a jazz musician. With a breakneck release schedule (two discs is a slow year for him), he has found time to compose and lead his own bands while paying respect to his elders: tribute albums to Sonny Rollins, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Joe Harriot, a band organized around Peter Brötzmann, and bonus discs filled with live versions of “jazz classics that accompanied some of ...

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Paul Lytton and Ken Vandermark: English Suites

Read "English Suites" reviewed by Micah Holmquist

Most readers are probably familiar with Ken Vandermark as he has made quite a stir in the last couple of years. The MacArthur Foundation awarded him one of their genius awards and his weekly performances with the Vandermark 5 at the Empty Bottle in Chicago have both earned critical accolades and exposed improvised music to an audience more attuned to rock. The reedist is also involved in a number of other projects including a group lead by Peter Brotzmann and ...


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