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Dave Rempis: Icoci

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In avant jazz, as in other artistic endeavors, talent alone isn't enough. Success requires a large slice of luck too. Chicago-based reedman Dave Rempis knows that as well as anyone. As a consequence he works hard at making his own luck: he concentrates on running a string of regular outfits; assembles a network of supportive venues; ...

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Moldejazz 2018

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Moldejazz 2018
Molde, Norway
July 16-21, 2018

Skyscraper cruise ships pull up to the the port of Molde in Norway, temporarily overpopulating this small west coast city, in addition to the folks who are already visiting for its long-established jazz festival. The Molde centre might be conventionally dedicated to shopping, ...

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Moers Festival 2018

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Moers Festival
Moers, Germany
May 18-21, 2018

The long-established Moers Festival has undergone several changes in recent years. Its distinctive circus top tent was retired in 2013, making way for a custom-designed Halle to house most of the main concerts. Then, two years ago, the festival director and programmer switched ...

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Doek Festival 2018 - This Is Our Music Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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"This Is Our Music": many sides of the flourishing Amsterdam improv scene were revealed at the 2018 Doek Festival, with well-known musicians and international guests. This event signalled the return of the Amsterdam-based collective Doek to its roots: personal projects by its individual core members. The result is a richly varied program including two nights at ...

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Mars Williams / Tollef Østvang: 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 ...

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Albert Ayler Quartet: Copenhagen Live 1964

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It's almost as if the phenomenon that was saxophonist Albert Ayler was just a dream. Nearly fifty years after his death, listeners (and musicians, for that matter) are still catching up to him, and realizing his gift. His life, like that of Charlie Parker, ended at age 34. But where Parker (an originator of bebop) developed ...

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John Dikeman / Luis Vicente / Hugo Antunes / Gabriel Ferrandini: Salão Brazil

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Amsterdam-domiciled American saxophonist John Dikeman and Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente have become regular collaborators, although the only prior evidence on disc is their first meeting in Twenty One 4tet's Live At Zaal 100 (Not Two, 2016). For the limited edition LP Salão Brazil they have enlisted two of the brassman's countrymen in Belgian-based bassist Hugo Antunes ...

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Onno Govaert / Marcelo dos Reis / Luís Vicente / Kristján Martinsson: In Layers

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You might assume the recording In Layers is another vehicle in Luís Vicente's meteoric rise to the top of improvisational music. If you guess this you are both wrong and somewhat right. While the Portuguese trumpeter has distinguished himself in the Twenty One 4Tet with John Dikeman and Wilbert De Joode, in Chamber 4, Fail Better!, ...

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Twenty One 4tet: Live At Zaal 100

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The moniker Twenty One 4tet represents a summit of cosmopolitan international improvisers gathering in Amsterdam . On the face of it there's not a lot of connection between peripatetic American saxophonist John Dikeman's Ayler-inspired tirades and Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente's thoughtful chamber explorations, but the outcome suggests much more of a meeting of minds than might ...

Albert We Hardly Knew Ye

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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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