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Nuscope Recordings

Read "Nuscope Recordings" reviewed by Marc Medwin

"At this point, I prefer space and beauty over noise and volume," says Nuscope Recordings producer and frontman Russell Summers. It's a bold statement, considering that much of what is called free improvisation is modeled on the “fire music" of the '60s. “Don't get me wrong," Russell is quick to add, “There was a time in ...

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Harris Eisenstadt / Achim Kaufmann / Mark Dresser: Starmelodics

Read "Starmelodics" reviewed by John Sharpe

Canadian drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt spans a broad spectrum. He has written for large ensemble, octets and small groups, in styles ranging from chamber to Senegalese pop. Though particularly enamored of African drum rhythms he also works readily in totally improvised settings, so his name on the sleeve rarely betokens an expected outcome.

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Denman Maroney/Ned Rothenberg/ Reuben Radding/Michael Sarin: Gaga

Read "Gaga" reviewed by Marc Medwin



Denman Maroney is one of the most exciting pianists around today, just as Nuscope is one of the finest labels for creative music. The pairing is an excellent one on this offering from Maroney, reed player Ned Rothenberg, bassist Reuben Radding and drummer Michael Sarin, all musicians in top form in the service of ...

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Mat Maneri / Denman Maroney: Distich

Read "Distich" reviewed by Nic Jones

Distich is a duo testing the limitations of its instrumentation. Mat Maneri brings his 5-string viola to bear and Denman Maroney his piano, on music that to all intents and purposes is concerned largely with new sonic possibilities.

This is especially pertinent in view of what might be called Maroney's extended use of the piano, through ...

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Guillermo Gregorio/Pandelis Karayorgis/Nate McBride: Chicago Approach

Read "Chicago Approach" reviewed by Nic Jones

The obvious precedent for any trio consisting of clarinet, piano and bass is the group that clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre once had with pianist Paul Bley and bassist Steve Swallow. But once that point has been made it serves no purpose in the discussion of this music, which is work that has to be dealt with on ...

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Frank Gratkowski - Fred Van Hove - Tony Oxley: GRATHOVOX

Read "GRATHOVOX" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Recorded in Germany, these improvisational giants align their very special talents for what may appear to be a most unusual yet largely gratifying set. The trio commences with an open-ended sequence of interlacing movements on “Tartar.” As the musicians explore microtonal sounds and subliminally constructed mini-themes. Drummer/percussionist Tony Oxley uses his darkly hued cymbals for accents, ...

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John Butcher - Phil Durrant - Peggy Lee: Intentions

Read "Intentions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Saxophonist, John Butcher and his British compatriot, violinist, Phil Durrant have performed together on numerous occasions, most notably for the “EMANEM” improvising label. This release marks the first trio outing, featuring the former performing alongside Canadian cellist, Peggy Lee. And based upon the musicians’ respective pasts, the flavor of this production might satisfy many of our ...

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John Butcher - Phil Durrant - Peggy Lee: Intentions

Read "Intentions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Saxophonist, John Butcher and his British compatriot, violinist, Phil Durrant have performed together on numerous occasions, most notably for the “EMANEM” improvising label. Intentions marks the first trio outing, featuring the duo performing alongside Canadian cellist, Peggy Lee. And based upon the musicians’ respective pasts, the flavor of this production might satisfy many of our expectations. ...

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Sten Sandell - Fred Lonberg-Holm - Michael Zerang: Disappeared

Read "Disappeared" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Although they share similar improvising/new music and/or modern jazz credentials, Disappeared signifies the inaugural release by Swedish pianist Sten Sandell, and his Chicago, IL-based associates; percussionist Michael Zerang and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm.

The title of this outing lends a bit of credence to the actual musical presentation as the Trio executes a series of mini-themes amid ...

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Georg Graewe - Barre Phillips - Peter Van Bergen: Other Songs

Read "Other Songs" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Modern jazz/improvising pianist Georg Graewe is rapidly becoming a prominent recording artist for Dallas, Texas based “nuscope recordings” and on Other Songs the pianist performs alongside world class bassist, Barre Phillips and the lesser known but highly regarded saxophonist/clarinetist, Peter Van Bergen. The title, Other Songs intimates choice tidbits of loosely based motifs, quaint three-way dialogue ...