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Maneri/Maneri/Phillips: Angles of Repose

Read "Angles of Repose" reviewed by Ty Cumbie

Angles of Repose is the brand new release of a 2-year-old recording made at Chapelle Sainte Philomène, an old chapel in the south of France. Mat and dad Joe Maneri brought the veteran bassist Barre Phillips into the fold for these very personal music-making sessions, and ECM saw fit to share the results with us. The fine recording only hints at what must have been a gorgeous session, but the downside of playing in a church, I suppose, is an ...

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Joe Maneri: Serial Autobiography

Read "Joe Maneri: Serial Autobiography" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Preface Strength is Happiness. Strength is itself victory.In weakness and cowardice there is no happiness.When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose.But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of yourcontinuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being. ~ Daisaku Ikeda At some point in life everyone will encounter events requiring struggle. That struggle ...

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A Fireside Chat with Joe Maneri

Read "A Fireside Chat with Joe Maneri" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Perception is reality. But perception is an unfortunate consequence of opinion and rarely is opinion validated by substance. And perception of Joe Maneri corresponds with his lamentable mainstream obscurity. However, Maneri's obscurity is not his failure, but our own.

All About Jazz: Let's start from the beginning.

Joe Maneri: Music was the only thing that was interesting to me. But I suppose it was because my mother played opera on the radio everyday and I was attracted to it. And ...

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Joe Maneri/Barre Phillips/Mat Maneri: Angles Of Repose

Read "Angles Of Repose" reviewed by AAJ Staff

For decades, the Boston-based musician Joe Maneri has pursued his singular vision of a freely improvised music based on extensive use of microtones. He often includes his son Mat in his projects. On Angles Of Repose , the Maneris are joined by the prodigiously gifted bassist Barre Phillips in a program of ten free improvisations.

These performances unfold gradually, often with one of the musicians playing a phrase, and the others reacting with variations on the opening phrase. The elder ...

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Joe Maneri/Barre Phillips/Mat Maneri: Angles of Repose

Read "Angles of Repose" reviewed by John Kelman

Even the most organic music, in the hands of certain players, can take on a completely other-worldly tinge, somehow managing to feel both rooted in reality yet evocative of alien vistas. Reedman Joe Maneri has been exercising that neck of the woods over a fifty-year career that has seen him emerge as one of the progenitors of modern creative music. Where creative music differs from free jazz is that while improvisation is equally paramount, there is nothing to tie it, ...

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Maneri Ensemble: Going To Church

Read "Going To Church" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With this release, Joe Maneri (woodwinds) and his equally well-known son, Mat (viola) enlist a modern jazz/free improvising super group. However, history dictates that raw talent is not a prerequisite for success. Although that notion serves as the antithesis to what is conveyed here, on this fine program consisting of open-ended dialogue and yearning lines. The artists’ interactions most assuredly emanate from the spirit within. The message is complex yet starkly personalized – where all semblances of rhythm are reduced ...

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Maneri/Morris/Maneri: Out Right Now

Read "Out Right Now" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With this new release, the Swiss 'hatOLOGY' record label serves up six pieces culled form a live 1995 performance, featuring the trio's permutations of microtonal passages, call and response techniques, and unorthodox harmonic fabrications. On the 26-minute opener, “Some And Then Some," tenor saxophonist Joe Maneri renders an amalgamation of half-tones and abstract, blues-based lines along with emotive howls and shrieks, as violinist Mat Maneri and guitarist Joe Morris engage in circular, three-way dialogue atop a bevy of intertwining textures. ...

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Joe Maneri - Mat Maneri - Barre Phillips: Tales Of Rohnlief

Read "Tales Of Rohnlief" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Tales Of Rohnlief represents woodwind specialist Joe Maneri’s fourth recording for the ECM label. Along with his son, violinist and respected solo artist Mat Maneri and the venerable bassist Barre Phillips, the musicians once again pursue microtonal passages and highly conversational interplay while also utilizing space and undulating sequences or implied meter to their advantage.

Electric violinist Mat Maneri’s brief jagged lines and Barre Phillips arco-bass and deft picking provides good contrast on the piece titled, “Rohnlief” and throughout the ...

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Joe Maneri Quartet: Tenderly

Read "Tenderly" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Joe Maneri is a real original. A professor at the New England Conservatory of Music, he has developed a microtonal system involving a 72-note scale, but he is by no means merely a theoretician; on this disc he brings theory to thrilling life in a quartet with his son Mat, who plays a 6-string electric violin, bassist Ed Schuller, and drummer Randy Peterson.

Joe Maneri himself plays alto and tenor saxophones and clarinet. Occasionally on all three horns (even on ...


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