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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Brötzmann/Full Blast: Risc

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The Full Blast trio of saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, Marino Pliakas, and Michael Wertmüller get an injection of fervency with the electronics of Gerd Rische. As if they needed any more ferocity. Risc is the fifth official release by the trio, and follows the ambitious Sketches And Ballads (Trost, 2011). Like Brötzmann's Last Exit recordings of the 1980s, Full Blast is a return to an electric interface between the great man and his cohorts. Here, the electric bass of ...

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Rich Halley 5: The Outlier

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Veteran Oregon saxophonist Rich Halley has assembled here a CD that combines the volcanic force of the 60's avant-garde with a modern fealty to rhythm. On these ten tracks Halley and fellow Pacific Coast veterans, saxophonist Vinny Golia and trombonist Michael Vlatkovich storm and rumble wildly while bassist Clyde Reed and drummer Carson Halley contain all their fire within recognizable musical boundaries. “Recipe For Improvisers" and “Reciprocity" have rhythmic grooves based in swing and R&B while “Green Needles" ...

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Beresford Hammond Hume: The Lightning Bell

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The Lightning Bell is the second release on the label co-founded by Charlie Beresford and Canadian photographer Gaëna Da Sylva, The 52nd. Those familiar with Beresford's previous work will find that this album builds on it and explores new territory. The label's inaugural release, The Science of Snow, featured the duo Beresford Hammond which paired Beresford's acoustic guitar and piano with the classically-trained cellist Sonia Hammond, the two improvising in an engagingly relaxed manner. For this follow-up album, that duo ...

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Rich Halley 5: The Outlier

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After a string of impressive quartet recordings, saxophonist Rich Halley adds multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia to the lineup for The Outlier. The band is the Rich Halley 5, not the Rich Halley 4 + 1. There is an important distinction here. This session gives the impression of a functioning quintet, not just a guest appearance. Halley's recordings of late have focused on his quartet with trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bassist Clyde Reed, and drummer Carson Halley. They released six stellar ...

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Kali. Z. Fasteau: Intuit

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To pigeonhole a musician is to ghettoize a music. But we all do it. Yes, Kali Z. Fasteau is a pianist, but also a drummer, a cellist and a flutist. From her twenty plus recordings she refuses to be fixed with a descriptor. She also performs on the nai, kaval and shakuhachi flutes, is a vocalist, plays viola, violin, mizmar, soprano sax, synthesizers, and sanza. Like a modern Rahsaan Roland Kirk, she just makes music. Her brand (another ...

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Take Five With Charles Chace

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About Charles Chace: I'm a contemporary artist and musician from Massachusetts. I've shown my art in galleries in jny: New York City, jny: Miami and North Carolina. My recent works consist of a multimedia installation that included paper collage, video, and manipulatable noise machines. My most recent visual work includes a series of portrait paintings that Dave Bazan used for record covers. I've also recorded tape music for over ten years. That endeavor has evolved into my current ...

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Christy Doran: In The Corner Of The Eye

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Celebrated Irish guitarist Christy Doran's penchant to keep reinventing his musical self is quite evident due to the disparate bands and solo projects he's undertaken for several decades. Whether imparting a jazz fusion spin on Jimi Hendrix with the band Call Me Helium Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix (Double Moon, 2005) or experimental jazz and improvisational efforts with keyboardist John Wolf Brennan and other notables, Doran's hefty discography yields a kaleidoscopic perspective. The program on In The ...

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Dom Minasi & Jack DeSalvo: Soldani Dieci Anni

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Guitarist Dom Minasi is known as an experimentalist and free player, so there is much in this set of acoustic duets with fellow guitarist Jack DeSalvo that will confound expectations. Opener “The Indelible Delible" is a free improvisation with the expected outside playing and flurries of notes--but there is also some delicate textural playing. Then Minasi's “Angela" announces a complete change of mood. It's a beautiful bossa, with DeSalvo taking the lead on classical guitar, followed by Minasi's acoustic flat-top ...


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