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John Hughes / Alberto Braida: Mobile

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Taking the standard piano trio lineup and stripping it of its drums is a potentially devastating move. Without an overt rhythmic presence, the pianist and bassist are both put on double duty, having to simultaneously retain both rhythmic and melodic interest throughout. Too often the resultant music does neither. Yet Hamburg-based bassist John Hughes and Italian pianist Alberto Braida avoid these pitfalls with ease, making Mobile an encouraging display of the potential to be found in such an instrumental pairing.

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Graveyards: Esprit de Corpse

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Graveyards is a collaborative effort featuring John Olson (of noise group Wolf Eyes) on electronics, saxophone and bass clarinet, Ben Hall on percussion and electronics and Hans Buetow on cello, engaging in a new kind of free improvisation. Although the groupâ????s sound may hint at times to both the most extreme ends of jazz improvisation (the Anthony Braxton/Richard Teitelbaum duets come to mind) as well as those of noise, Graveyards combines its sound into something different, a new and fertile ...


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