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Not Two...But Twenty! Festival

Read "Not Two...But Twenty! Festival" reviewed by John Sharpe

Not Two...But Twenty! Festival
Wlen, Poland
September 21-23, 2018

Intro There are some things worth celebrating in style, one of them being marked persistence in the face of adversity. That pretty much describes the continued existence of any jazz record label in these straitened times. To mark its 20th ...

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Ramon Lopez: Threefold

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A quick glance at the discography of Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez reveals a musician steeped in diversity, both geographical and stylistic. It's striking that so few of his releases share the same line up, notwithstanding his enduring partnership with pianist Agusti Fernandez. So perhaps it's no surprise that on Threefold he pilots the debut of a ...

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Irene Aranda, Johannes Nästesjö and Núria Andorrà: Inner Core

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A trio of adventurous Spanish improvisers, pianist Irene Aranda, bassist Johannes Nästesjö and percussionist Núria Andorrà channel forces of exploration, energy and elemental mystery on Inner Core, six inventive tracks that plumb their astonishing creative depths with a fervid curiosity.

Fans of free improvisation may recognize these musicians through their mutual connections with pianist ...

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Dissection Room: Albert Cirera / Abdul Moimême / Alvaro Rosso: Dissection Room

Read "Dissection Room" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

An international trio, based out of Lisbon, Portugal, Dissection Room formed in 2015 with saxophonist Albert Cirera, bassist Alvaro Rosso and guitarist and electronic artist Abdul Moiméme. The three artists share wide-ranging formal training in multiple disciplines as well as an affinity for experimental music. Their self-titled debut, recorded live at Lisbon's O'Culto Da Ajuda in ...

Evan Parker

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In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising ...

Evans, Fernandez, Gustafsson: A Quietness of Water

Read "A Quietness of Water" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Tre fuoriclasse dell'improvvisazione più o meno radicale (qui molto radicale) in un incontro senza rete che l'assenza di batteria e contrabbasso rende ancora più rischioso e audace. Potremmo sintetizzare così A Quietness of Water album che conferma, se mai ce ne fosse bisogno, l'attenzione posta dalla polacca Not Two Records verso le musiche non convenzionali.

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Albert Cirera: Before The Silence

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On Before The Silence, four musicians from the Iberian Peninsula collectively birth one 53-minute improvisation, split into three tracks and a final short coda. Pianist Agusti Fernandez is likely the most recognizable name here, but the nominal leader reedman Albert Cirera has an enduring association with the pianist, first as a student, then appearing as part ...

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Joëlle Léandre: A Woman's Work...

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How do you sum up the career of an improvising artist like Joëlle Léandre? Do you reissue a package of recordings from her 40 years of performance? That is probably not possible, given the multiple labels and the location and ownership of the masters. Besides, free improvisation, almost by definition, dissipates (or probably should dissipate) upon ...

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Barry Guy / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton: Deep Memory

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Bassist Barry Guy took a key role in pianist Howard Riley's groundbreaking trio in the late 60s, early 70s. And while that early experience has in no way defined him, it means it perhaps comes as less of a surprise that he has increasingly turned to the format in the latter part of his career. One ...

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Barry Guy: The Blue Shroud

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In some ways, The Blue Shroud might be Barry Guy's signature work. It's the first to unite his varied interests in Baroque music, composition, jazz and improv at an orchestral scale. To do so Guy assembles a 14-strong crack unit capable of interpreting each aspect to the highest level, including several early music specialists who are ...