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Bobby Bradford / Frode Gjerstad / Kent Carter / John Stevens: Blue Cat

Read "Blue Cat" reviewed by John Sharpe

Following on from Day Two (2019), the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint issues another archive tape by Detail, the collective founded by Norwegian reedman Frode Gjerstad and English drummer John Stevens. By 1991 when this live set was captured, original bassist Johnny Dyani had died and had been replaced by expatriate American Kent Carter. Also on the album ...

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Steve Swell / Robert Boston / Michael Vatcher: Brain In A Dish

Read "Brain In A Dish" reviewed by John Sharpe

It is hard to think of a more complete trombone player on the scene than Steve Swell. While a go-to sideman for the likes of William Parker, Ken Vandermark, Jason Kao Hwang and Tim Daisy, he has also amassed a significant body of work over the years in his own right. Although his output has featured ...

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Sam Rivers Quintet: Zenith

Read "Zenith" reviewed by John Sharpe

Concertgoers must have been forced back in their seats by the intensity of Sam Rivers opening foray at the 1977 Berlin Jazztage Festival. After an annunciatory tenor saxophone burst, he goes for the jugular with fierce vocalized overblowing atop a churning four piece rhythm section. But if that sounds forbidding, then like the audience, listeners to ...

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Katarsis4: Katarsis4

Read "Katarsis4" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius

A young generation of Lithuanian jazz and improvised music has been blossoming for the last few years, and Katarsis4 could be taken as one of the best examples of those youngsters who are looking toward new sonic approaches by reshaping the heritage of the past and mixing it with their own ideas.Katarsis4 is a ...

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Sunny Murray, Bob Dickie, Robert Andreano: Homework

Read "Homework" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Inciso nel maggio 1994 e pubblicato tre anni dopo su LP a tiratura limitata su etichetta Super Secret Sound, questo album vede il leggendario Sunny Murray, all'epoca cinquantasettenne, affiancato da due giovani musicisti che non avrebbero poi avuto particolare modo di far parlare di sé. L'attuale versione in CD, rispetto a quella in vinile, vede l'aggiunta ...

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Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Drone Dream

Read "Drone Dream" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Di duetti tromba/batteria, dai tempi dei due volumi-capostipiti (peraltro largamente polistrumentali) intitolati Mu e firmati congiuntamente da Don Cherry e Ed Blackwell (era il 1969, giusto mezzo secolo fa), ce ne sono stati svariati, pur entro una formula--un abbinamento--sempre piuttosto esclusiva, alla fin fine alquanto rara. Tornano sull'argomento Kirk Knuffke, trentanovenne trombettista di Denver ...

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Sunny Murray: Homework

Read "Homework" reviewed by John Sharpe

Sunny Murray, who died in December 2017, was one of the pioneers of free-jazz drumming, having established himself on seminal discs with pianist Cecil Taylor and saxophonist Albert Ayler during the 1960s. Homework presents Murray in 1994 in a bare-bones trio format with a pair of young Philadelphia musicians who went on to work in indie ...

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Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Drone Dream

Read "Drone Dream" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If the duo of drummer Whit Dickey and cornetist Kirk Knuffke were a baseball team, their signature style would be small ball, the opposite of towering home runs and 100 mph fast balls. They would win games like they sound here with tight efficient playing. They lay down perfect bunts and easily turn the double play ...

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Sam Rivers: Emanation

Read "Emanation" reviewed by John Sharpe

This unissued 1971 live date from the Jazz Workshop in Boston is the first in a projected eight volume series sourced from the personal archive of the multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers, who died in 2011. It captures Rivers with his trio of the period, completed by bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Norman Connors, over two freewheeling sets. ...

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Frode Gjerstad: Day Two

Read "Day Two" reviewed by John Sharpe

Detail was a band ahead of its time. The co-operative trio formed in 1981 by Norwegian reedman Frode Gjerstad and English drummer John Stevens, was completed in its first incarnation by South African bassist Johnny Dyani. Day Two was recorded in Gjerstad's hometown Stavanger, and as the name suggests, it was the result of the second ...


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