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Dan Phillips He's Back And He's Proud

Read "Dan Phillips He's Back And He's Proud" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In just a few short years listeners have changed their thinking about Dan Phillips from “who is dis guy?" to “fantastic news, another Dan Phillips release." Maybe we can attribute this response to the wandering nature of the guitarist. He has lived in Chicago, New York, Bangkok, and Tokyo. Now, back in Chicago his music has ...

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Boneshaker: Fake Music

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The trio of saxophonist Mars Williams, bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love have taken the fitting name Boneshaker--a word coined to describe the early velocipede, what we today the bicycle. The moniker was appropriate because the bike's wheels (before the use of rubber tires) were made of wood, making the ride extremely uncomfortable. So why ...

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Mars Williams: An Ayler Xmas Volume 2

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Recently, a major motion picture studio remade the 1967 animation classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, starring the voice of Boris Karloff. You might remember the animated cartoon was based on the book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. The 21st century's computer-animation is an abomination, an insult to our childhood innocence, just as the ...

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Chris Pasin: Ornettiquette

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Included on an album dedicated to the legendary Ornette Coleman, it is “Ghosts," a composition by saxophonist Albert Ayler. Trumpeter Chris Pasin assembled an impressive collection of musicians to record Ornettiquette with Karl Berger and vocalist Ingrid Sertso, both connected to the 1960s revolution through their work with Coleman and Don Cherry. In addition, there's saxophonist ...

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Mars Williams / Tollef Østvang: Painted Pillars

Read "Painted Pillars" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you only know saxophonist Mars Williams from his gigs with the post-punk band The Psychedelic Furs or the hip-hop/funk band Liquid Soul, you're missing out on a talented and dedicated free-jazz improviser. He scatters himself in many directions, from collaborations with Chicago's Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy, Jim Baker and Michael Zerang, to work in Europe ...

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Dan Phillips Returns To Chicago

Read "Dan Phillips Returns To Chicago" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Somewhat of a mystery man, guitarist Dan Phillips recorded two CDs in Chicago in 2015 and 2016. One a trio session, and the other a septet with a cast of heavyweights from the Windy City. Phillips, a Berklee and Northwestern graduate, has been living and teaching in Bangkok, Thailand since the turn of the new millennium. ...

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Tim Daisy: Red Nation "1"

Read "Red Nation "1"" reviewed by Mark Corroto

On the outside, Chicagoan Tim Daisy is a 21st century musician. He plays drums in the forward thinking bands Made To Break (with Christof Kurzmann, Jasper Stadouders, and Ken Vandermark), saxophonist Dave Rempis' Percussion Quartet (with Frank Rosaly, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Frank Rosaly), and Trio Red Space (with Jeb Bishop and Mars WIlliams). It's his ...

Albert We Hardly Knew Ye

Read "Albert We Hardly Knew Ye" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Chinese mystic philosopher Lao Tzu wrote, “the flame that burns twice as bright, burns half as long." Although he never heard the music of Albert Ayler, we're sure that he would agree the saxophonist's fire music was luminescent. Ayler's career was indeed quite brief, recording only for a period of eight years until his untimely ...

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Dave Cappello & Jeff Albert with William Parker: New Normal

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If sentimentality is the synonym of nostalgia, then the antonym is anticipation, and maybe a better word would be modernity. That word comes to mind spinning the trio recording New Normal by trombonist Jeff Albert, drummer Dave Cappello and their guest, bassist William Parker.

Sentimentality is often associated with New Orleans, the birthplace of ...

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Chicago Reed Quartet: Western Automatic

Read "Western Automatic" reviewed by John Sharpe

After a heyday in the late 1970s which saw the World Saxophone Quartet, ROVA and the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, to list but three of the more celebrated, strutting their stuff, the format has undergone a hiatus more recently. However it remains firmly established as an instrumental configuration and perhaps the only surprise is that it ...