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Rodrigo Amado: A History Of Nothing

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Biologists believe the principle undertaking of an organism is to pass along its genes to the next generation. That same theory is also applied in psychology. Evolutionary psychology tells us that human behavior has been tailored to pass on our DNA to the next generation, even applying this theory to economics, politics, law, and literature. This ...

Thumbscrew: Theirs

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The trio Thumbscrew is releasing simultaneously two recordings from a single session, Theirs and Ours. The first is an album of cover songs and the latter originals by the band. While these reductionist tags might describe the music in its fundamental aspects, these two recordings are the product of one intricate process and trio language.

Ab Baars: And She Speaks - A Collection Of Ballads

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Mike Doughty of the rock band Soul Coughing wrote the lyric “is Chicago, Is Not Chicago..." to the song of the same name, followed by “a man cuts in half, just like he snaps a pencil..." The same could be said of And She Speaks -A Collection Of Ballads by saxophonist / clarinetist Ab Baars. This ...

Ilaria Capalbo & Stefano Falcone: Invisible Atlas

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There is nothing more intimate in jazz than a duo. To be successful, musicians must be familiar, faithful, and comfortable with the chosen music and maybe more importantly, with each other. Such rapport is the theme of Invisible Atlas by two Neapolitan jazz musicians, pianist Stefano Falcone and bassist Ilaria Capalbo. Both have studied in Sweden ...

Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda / Gianni Mimmo: Triad

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It's difficult to cherry pick recordings from pianist Satoko Fujii's 60th-year birthday celebration releases that are coming at us every month in 2018. There are solo recordings, sessions with her various jazz orchestras, duos, trios and quartets. Can you pinpoint her as a composer, arranger, or improviser? Yes, yes, and yes. She's accomplished in every aspect ...

Dave Rempis/ Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs: Empty Castles

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The trio Spectral might best be examined in the aviary of your local zoo. Trumpeter Darren Johnstonand saxophonists Dave Rempis and Larry Ochs are like three different bird species, but share the same genus. Their “song" is built from the unique coop in which they find themselves.

The music on “Empty Castles," their third ...

The Rempis / Daisy Duo & Guests: Dodecahedron

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Saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Tim Daisy have been performing together in Chicago for decades. Their voices have been heard in Ken Vandermark's Audio One, Resonance Ensemble and The Vandermark Five, Triage (with Jason Ajemian), and their own projects, Rempis' Quartet, The Engines, Percussion Quartet (with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Frank Rosaly) and Daisy's Celebration Sextet ...

Anthony Braxton Quartet: (Willisau) 1991 Studio

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Picture Miles Davis finishing a solo and stepping off the bandstand to smoke, while John Coltrane steps up to the microphone to play. I'll bet that never happened with the legendary Anthony Braxton Quartet (1985-1994). His quartet with pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Gerry Hemingway may be the best vehicle to appreciate Braxton's ...

The Thing: Again

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Wait for it. Wait. At some point during a performance or recording by the trio known as The Thing, the band attempts to rip your face off, beginning with your ears. It's been that way since they were founded in 2000. The Swedish/Norwegian free jazz/garage band have become a kind of jazz/punk royalty, cutting huge swaths ...

Mars Williams / Tollef √ėstvang: Painted Pillars

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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 ...