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Insufficient Funs: Insufficient Funs

Read "Insufficient Funs" reviewed by Ian Patterson

An original name, if not quite such an original concept. Saxophone and drum duets used to be as rare as the proverbial hen's teeth, with John Coltrane and Rashied Ali's 1960s collaboration always the benchmark. In recent years, however, this striking duo combination has seen something of a boom. Charles Lloyd and Billy Higgins; Dave Rempis ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

A Madman’s Approach To Music And Why Can't Music Be Like A Tree?

Read "A Madman’s Approach To Music And Why Can't Music Be Like A Tree?" reviewed by Duncan Heining

"Art alone makes life possible." --Joseph Beuys.

The Glasgow Improvisers' Orchestra is unique. It's an over-used word, I know, but in this case fully justified. GIO are unique in so many ways--in the way they formed, the way they make decisions, in their make-up, how they work and most importantly how they sound. They ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bergljot: Solen avløser regnet som avløser solen

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The Czech-Norwegian trio Bergljot is now at its third incarnation. The trio--Czech pianist Vojtěch Procházka, whose musical background includes experimenting with extensive work with electronic keyboards, classical Indian music, as well as jazz--along with Norwegian double bassist Adrian Myhr, who explores the sonic vocabulary through preparations and extended bowing techniques, and drummer Tore Sandbakken, who plays ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Three New Another Timbre Releases

Read "Three New Another Timbre Releases" reviewed by John Eyles

As it approaches its sixth birthday, the Another Timbre label is into an exciting period of consolidation and development, building on the foundations laid down in its first five years. The label's latest releases are evidence of this, as all three of them feature musicians who have already made significant contributions to the Another Timbre catalogue. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lol Coxhill & Michel Doneda: Sitting on Your Stairs

Read "Sitting on Your Stairs" reviewed by John Eyles

In July 2012, London-based saxophonist Lol Coxhill died, aged 79, after a prolonged period of illness in a hospital. A favorite with London audiences for decades, in the months following his death Coxhill was fondly celebrated and remembered by the city's extensive improvised music community. Now, Sitting on Your Stairs is the first album of Coxhill's ...

Katsura Yamauchi Duets

Read "Katsura Yamauchi Duets" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Japanese saxophonist Katsura Yamaychi is a unique musician in the Japanese experimental and avant-garde scene. He comes from the industrial town Beppu, far from the traditional creative center around and in the bigger cities of Japan. He picked up the saxophone in the early seventies, but it took until 2012 for Yamaychi to quit his regular ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Daunik Lazro: Some Other Zongs

Read "Some Other Zongs" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To designate saxophonist Daunik Lazro the French Joe McPhee--or, perhaps, the French equivalent to Evan Parker--is to illustrate not only the proficiency he has with his instrument, but his formidable improvisational skills. For his second solo release, Some Other Zongs, he sticks solely to the finicky and often blunt baritone saxophone--an instrument which, in the hands ...

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Michel Doneda/Jack Wright/Tatsuya Nakatani: From Between

Read "From Between" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Once, a very long time ago, “jazz" was about “that swing." The substance without which it didn't mean a thing manifested itself externally in the rhythms, the walk, the “fashion" of the hipster. Once co-opted by Madison Avenue, jazz then kept its hipness either well-hidden or moved it constantly like a weapon of mass destruction.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michel Doneda: Anatomie des clefs

Read "Anatomie des clefs" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

On “Anatomie des clefs”, Michel Doneda presents himself as a one man “idea-factory”. Doneda, a highly regarded European improviser performs solo soprano sax within the framework of 3 lengthy pieces. Doneda’s resume is quite impressive. Extensive work with bassist Barre Philipps, guitarist Elliot Sharp, saxophonist Lol Coxhill, collaborations with actors, poets and improvisational institutions in France. ...