Content by tag "John Blum"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival, NYC, Days 6-7: June 16-17, 2012

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Days 1-2 | Days 3-5 | Days 6-7
17th Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
Brooklyn, NY

June 16-17, 2012

Chapter Index June 16: Steve Swell Quintet / Trio 3 / Jason Kao Hwang Burning Bridge

June 17: Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House / Burnt Sugar Holy Ghost & Fire / Rob Brown/Daniel ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Matthew Shipp: Shipp Shape

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Pianist Matthew Shipp is very keenly attuned to the details and nuances of what has to be the most forlorn and anemic environment imaginable for anything a sensible person would call business. Think of it as the sort of business ecosystem that resembles the least habitable places on earth, say a fumarole at the bottom of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

John Blum Astrogeny Quartet and Farewell Denis Charles

John Blum Astrogeny Quartet and Farewell Denis Charles

John Blum played piano on several cuts of Sunny Murray's excellent Perles Noires Eremite two-CD set. Beyond that his Astrogeny Quartet (Eremite 049) is my first exposure to his playing in depth. The album has a classic free-new thing ring to it, thanks to all involved. William Parker centers the music with his usual very strong and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Swell: Steve Swell's Slammin' The Infinite

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Using something that Walt Whitman said about prolific writing, trombonist Steve Swell posits that the more he creates--the more he writes and therefore performs--the more likely he is to produce something worthwhile. Although he does not mention it, this also suggests pushing the boundaries and being nonjudgmental about any of his work until he arrives at ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Blum: Who Begat Eye

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Pianist John Blum is a native New Yorker who has been immersed in the city's free improvisation scene for the last 15 years. His work with bassist William Parker and drummer Sunny Murray has had the highest profile and last year's release by this trio, In The Shade Of Sun, appeared on guitarist Thurston Moore's Ecstatic ...

William Parker: Temporary & In the Shade of the Sun

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William Parker / Giorgio Dini
Temporary
Silta
2009

John Blum with Sunny Murray and William Parker
In the Shade of Sun
Ecstatic Peace
2009



Bassist William Parker is deeply familiar ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Blum: In The Shade Of The Sun

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Despite his relative anonymity, pianist John Blum has been a New York free jazz fixture for more than a decade. In the Shade of the Sun teams him with ubiquitous bassist William Parker and percussion innovator Sunny Murray. Blum and Murray work well together, having established their musical relationship in Murray's trio and on Perles Noires ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Konnex Records

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One night in the early '70s, saxophonist Trevor Watts and drummer John Stevens were playing a concert in West Berlin. After the show, a tall, elegant, German man by the name of Manfred Schiek asked if he could buy one of their records. But they didn't have one. “There was an oil crisis at the time ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bill Dixon: In Medias Res

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Trumpeter and composer Bill Dixon is one of those rare figures in creative music who was both there as it took its initial steps and currently remains at the forefront of contemporary improvisation. In the last two years, he has directed or co-led orchestral configurations and recorded and performed with hand-picked small groups of international renown. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Blum Astrogeny Quartet: Astrogeny

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Bassist William Parker is known for his telepathic collaborations with percussionists; of late, his work with Hamid Drake has become an in-demand support system. Unfortunately not as well known or historically revered was his longtime partnership with free-percussion architect Denis Charles, which lasted from the '70s until Charles' death in 1998.

Recordings such as Parker's Through ...