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Thollem McDonas: Meeting At The Parting Place

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Il pubblico di intenditori italiani conoscerà già il pianista, improvvisatore e attivista Thollem McDonas per essere rispettivamente pianista e cantante di una delle band anarco-jazz-punk combo italiane più interessanti e pazze degli ultimi anni: Tsigoti (quattro dischi bomba per ESP). Ma Thollem McDonas è anche qualcosa d'altro, soprattutto nell'avanguardia americana (San Francisco) e non solo date ...

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Thollem McDonas: Meeting At The Parting Place

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Coming at improvisational music from the classical realm, pianist Thollem McDonas remains resolutely outside of the main stream of the jazz world. Primarily inspired by, as he puts it in his liner notes to Meeting at the Parting Place, ..."European concert music from the Renaissance to the 20th Century and jazz, particularly of the '60s and ...

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Thollem McDonas / Michael Wimberly / Nels Cline: Radical Empathy

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Radical Empathy is the second in a series of three musical encounters between keyboardist and musical instigator Thollem McDonas and multi-disciplinary guitar whiz Nels Cline. The first collaboration, titled simply The Gowanus Session (Porter Records, 2008), featured bassist William Parker and was notable for its resolute resistance to free jazz cliché. Uncannily, it found Cline, McDonas, ...

I 10 CD nel CD player di... Nicola Guazzaloca

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01. Massimo De Mattia -Quartet Hypermodern (Rudi Records -2014).
Un lavoro in cui le individualità emergono nitide ed autorevoli, ogni elemento è inserito nel processo con salda intenzione e responsabilità, con sottesa energia lungo un percorso timbricamente vario e stratificato, a snodarsi fra le geometrie evocate dal flauto di De Mattia nel pulsare di ...

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Soar Trio: Emergency Management Heist

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Edgetone Records prides itself on taking risks and offers extensive support for its roster of artists, who often compose and perform outside the box. Therefore, the cleverly titled Emergency Management Heist is an avant-garde trio outing that emits a sensation that the musicians could be planning some sort of raid amid pensive or gradually climactic incarnations. ...

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MAGIMC: Polishing The Mirror

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The only thing that's puzzling about Polishing the Mirror is the album's title. I cannot fathom its significance. The music, on the other hand, is as direct and as immediate as it gets. Here, we have the wonderful improvising pianist Thollem McDonas in no-holds-barred free-jazz mode. Accompanied by saxophonist Eduardo Marraffa and percussionist Stefano Giust--two of ...

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Bad News From Houston: In The Valley of the Cloud Builder

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Confounding even those within the free improvised music community, pianist Thollem McDonas has made a name for himself by transgressing social and stylistic boundaries in search of musical truth and honest freedom of expression. It also helps that he is one of the most technically accomplished pianists around today. Despite his wealth of pure piano chops, ...

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Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home

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What is often forgotten about improvised music is that it can come from anywhere. Though its history is inextricably intertwined with jazz, improvisation is part and parcel of a myriad of musical cultures. Pianist and composer Thollem McDonas is not just aware of this fact, it is part of his daily existence. About 10 years ago, ...

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Thollem McDonas - William Parker - Nels Cline: The Gowanus Session

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Da quando ha iniziato a frequentare assiduamente il giro newyorchese, complice il matrimonio con l'ex Cibo Matto Yuka Honda, Nels Cline ha riscoperto il gusto di mettersi in gioco. Intendiamoci: non che prima fosse totalmente estraneo a rischi e relazioni pericolose; il vizio di tastare il polso alla propria creatività, il chitarrista degli Wilco, ce l'ha nel sangue fin dai ...

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Thollem / Parker / Cline: The Gowanus Sessions

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Glaring expressionism coupled with rip-roaring layers of acoustic-electric sound-sculpting maneuvers yield the bountiful fruit on this manifold studio date. When guitarist Nels Cline isn't tearing it up with the popular alt-rock band Wilco, he's knee-deep in progressive-jazz, free-form experimental and jazz-rock formats. He's catapulted to the upper echelon of modern guitarists, paralleling the colossal faculties of ...