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Duck Baker, un chitarrista tra passato e presente

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Duck Baker è un chitarrista abbastanza difficile da inquadrare; mentre la tecnica che usa è rigorosamente fingerstyle, la musica che compone e interpreta spazia lungo tutta la storia del jazz, dai vecchi standard al modale, dal blues al bebop, dallo swing al free. I suoi interessi si estendono inoltre a tutta la American Music, che interpreta ...

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Paul Rutherford: In Backward Times

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Si parla sempre troppo poco di Paul Rutherford, uno dei maestri assoluti dell'improvvisazione europea, trombonista avventuroso, scomparso nel 2007 a soli 67 anni. Sebbene il suo ruolo fondamentale nell'ambito dei linguaggi più radicali, a partire dagli anni Settanta, non sia mai stato messo in dubbio, è più facile che a essere citati siano Derek Bailey o ...

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Steve Lacy: Free For a Minute (1965/72)

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Non erano mai stati ufficialmente ristampati su CD né Disposabilty né Sortie, due momenti a loro modo significativi nell'evoluzione del linguaggio del sassofonista Steve Lacy durante gli anni Sessanta.
Li ripropone oggi la Emanem, in un doppio CD completato da alcuni interessanti inediti.

Pubblicati originariamente in Italia (Lacy si era stabilito ...

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Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Karyobin

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Karyōbin is a crucially important album in the history and development of freely improvised music. Originally studio-recorded in February 1968 and issued as an Island Records LP later that year, it was remastered and re-released on CD by Chronoscope in 1993. Fine as the music was, both of those issues suffered from less than ideal sound ...

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Emanem Releases New Music From Late, Great Heroes Lacy And Rutherford

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Based on the practices of some other labels, many consumers might have expected new album releases from Steve Lacy (1934-2004) and Paul Rutherford (1940-2007) to be “newly discovered" live recordings of dubious quality or reissues of past studio recordings with previously unreleased outtakes included. However, two new releases on Emanem--a double CD from Lacy and a ...

Veryan Weston: Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs

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Nativo della Cornovaglia (1950) ma trasferitosi a Londra poco più che ventenne (1972), Veryan Weston, generalmente dedito al pianoforte, si rivolge in questo tutto sommato singolare album all'organo a canne, riunendovi sette improvvisazioni di durate anche molto dissimili (dai 2'48" della prima ai 24 dell'ultima) effettuate in sette chiese e sette città diverse nel marzo 2014. ...

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Veryan Weston: Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs

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This new solo album from keyboardist Veryan Weston was recorded in May 2014 on tracker action organs in seven churches located around England. The recordings here document some of the preparatory research that Weston did ahead of a tour of churches with tracker action organs. That tour involved Weston plus violinist Jon Rose and cellist Hannah ...

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Emanem Tidies Up

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As well as releasing contemporary recordings of improv, Martin Davidson's Emanem label has played a vital role in documenting the history of the music by releasing, re-releasing or re-curating recordings that are decades old. In the process, Davidson has sometimes worked tirelessly to improve the sound quality of recordings that were never intended for release, and ...

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Kent Carter Rivière Ensemble: Oratorios and Songs

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Over years, the Emanem label has built a reputation for fine releases by interesting and adventurous string ensembles such as Stellari String Quartet and Barrel. Preceding such groupings, the label released The Juillaguet Collection (Emanem, 1999) by the duo of Kent Carter and Albrecht Maurer on double bass and violin, respectively, and Intersections (Emanem, 2006) by ...

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Chefa Alonso & Tony Marsh: Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)

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An air of nostalgia and remembrance pervades this album, starting with its title and cover photograph which portrays the duo of Spanish-born soprano saxophonist Chefa Alonso and Lancaster-born drummer Tony Marsh on stage at The Red Rose in Finsbury Park, north London, on 20th January 2008, during John Russell's long-running monthly improv concert series Mopomoso. In ...