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Flin van Hemmen: Casting Spells & The Coves

Read "Casting Spells & The Coves" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you live in the US you might have seen a television commercial for a mortgage company that utilizes Bob Dylan's composition “The Man In Me." Did the advertising firm choose this song because music gives us a sense of a shared experience? Certainly. Was the experience from the original Dylan recording New Morning (Columbia, 1977), or more likely, the shared occurrence come from the the soundtrack to the cult film The Big Lebowski. Does this use make mortgages cool? ...

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Håvard Volden / Carlo Costa: In the Wake

Read "In the Wake" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

How would it sound if the American primitive guitar of John Fahey met the avant-garde of abstract jazz improvisation in the wilderness? Guitarist Håvard Volden and drummer Carlo Costa give the answer on their album In the Wake. The cover by Brooke Herr is an image of an abstract seascape that resides somewhere between the referential image and a manipulation that goes beyond the image. The same thing goes for the music that uses the recognizable sounds ...

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While We Still Have Bodies: While We Still Have Bodies

Read "While We Still Have Bodies" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

While We Still Have Bodies names the collaboration of trombonist Ben Gerstein, bassist Sean Ali, saxophonist Michael Foster, and percussionist Flin van Hemmen. The more one listens to their spontaneous creations, however, the less important such roster division becomes, receding in deference to forces without proper name. To achieve such effect is no small task, for it requires a selflessness that can only come from musicians who understand themselves.In this hour-long free improvisation consisting of tape collages, lo-fi ...

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While We Still Have Bodies: While We Still Have Bodies

Read "While We Still Have Bodies" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Has music always been about making something from nothing? Before the invention of instruments, birds sang and nature kept time. Jimi reminded us, “and the wind cried Mary." Before notes on a page, there was just blank paper, after notes, came improvisation and things got interesting. Class dismissed.I'm betting the quartet While We Still Have Bodies follows the lesson above, applying the concept of devolution. Not the classical definition of transfer of rights, powers, property to another, but ...

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Sean Ali: My Tongue Crumbles After

Read "My Tongue Crumbles After" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Improvisational bassist Sean Ali began his musical life as a guitarist, studying sitar and oud along the way. The Ohio native has been in New York City for more than a decade now and performs as a solo bassist, an ensemble player, and a spoken-word artist. He is the founder of The Mudbath Orchestra, a large ensemble that has been performing in and around NYC since 2011. My Tongue Crumbles After is Ali's solo bass debut album and features eight ...


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