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Alan Wilkinson / John Edwards / Steve Noble: Live At Cafe Oto

Read "Live At Cafe Oto" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The audacity of free jazz is its tightrope balance between chaos and control, music almost without boundaries. Vociferous and untamed, maybe, but certainly not undisciplined, it takes a certain skill and ingenuity to create music such as heard on Live At Cafe Oto. To the contrary, the UK free jazz trio--Alan Wilkinson (reeds), John Edwards (bass), and Steve Noble (drums) is clearly versed in jazz theory from the hard bop sounds of Charles Mingus to the avant-gardism of Albert Ayler. ...

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Noah Howard: The Black Ark

Read "The Black Ark" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Noah Howard's 1969 album The Black Ark has, in an unintended way, lived up to its name in recent years. It has become, to free jazz obsessives, a sort of Ark of the Covenant, a fabled and much sought after grail and jazz message boards lit up when it was announced that the British label Bo'Weavil would be putting the album out on CD. Recent years have also shown a renewed interest in Howard's career, with new ...

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Steve Noble / John Edwards / Alan Wilkinson: Obliquity

Read "Obliquity" reviewed by John Eyles

Just reading the lineup of this release started the adrenalin pumping and the pulse racing. All three are exciting, high-energy players who give their all every time they play. And here they are, together as a trio for the first time on disc.

Although it is a match made in heaven, it came about by chance when Lol Coxhill was indisposed for a trio gig at Wilkinson's club, Flim Flam, and Wilkinson came in as a ...

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Noah Howard: The Black Ark

Read "The Black Ark" reviewed by Chris May

Like “rarely performed" operas, “hard to find" recordings are often obscure for a prosaic reason: they're no good. Here's a monumental exception to the rule. The Black Ark--released in small numbers on the Freedom label in 1969, out of print almost overnight, and a holy grail for collectors practically ever since--is forty minutes of passionate and thrilling music, new-thing free jazz as great as practically any that came out of the late 1960s without saxophonist John Coltrane's name on it. ...


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