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Faruq Z. Bey with the Northwood Improvisers: Journey into the Valley

Read "Journey into the Valley" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Though in the jazz world, Detroit and southern Michigan often get the most credit for producing Hahd bop talents like Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan and the brothers Jones, there has long been a slow-burning fire of free improvisation and creative music tapping into the Motor City's pulse. Reedmen Faruq Z. Bey and Skeeter Shelton, both onetime ...

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Faruq Z. Bey and the Northwoods Improvisers: Auzar

Read "Auzar" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Detroit saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey's third Entropy release finds him returning to a three-horn lineup for the first time since his days with Griot Galaxy. Working a stylistic vein that would have fit '60's Impulse! with their bass-driven, Afro-centric, imaginative ardent songs to the sacred, Bey and the Northwoods Improvisers work from compositions, cues, and inspiration. ...

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Faruq Z. Bey with the Northwoods Improvisers: Auzar

Read "Auzar" reviewed by Paul Olson

Detroit saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey's third release with the Northwoods Improvisers, Auzar , may be their best collaboration yet; certainly, it benefits from the addition of fellow Detroiters Mike Carey (on bass clarinet and tenor sax) and Skeeter Shelton (on tenor). These three are ably supported by the core Improvisers lineup of Mike Gilmore on vibes ...

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Dennis González: Old Time Revival

Read "Old Time Revival" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

Dennis González consistently has shown the ability to brew a sorcerous concoction of gut-grabbing, throbbing music, and his latest effort with a star-studded lineup of musicians again works its magic. González presents a series of his compositions that demonstrates his unique methodology for combining infectious and rhythmic melody lines with wide open, unstructured improvisations, thus magnetically ...

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Luc Houtkamp: In Chicago

Read "In Chicago" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It’s interesting how one’s path of jazz listening arrives at a particular artist. My personal discovery of Netherlands-born saxophonist Luc Houtkamp came via Chicago. Well, actually Germany and Peter Brötzmann. The 1960s free-jazz flame-thrower was travelling to the windy city to play a series of concerts and mentioned the thriving scene that grew up around Ken ...

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Jon Rose: Fringe Benefits

Read "Fringe Benefits" reviewed by AAJ Staff

At a certain point, restlessness can merge into insanity. (I couldn't tell you exactly where that point is, because I'm long past it myself.) Extreme violinist Jon Rose has proven over and over again his restless desire for creative momentum. I'm not really sure where he stands with respect to sanity--but the music he makes is ...

Remote Viewing Ensemble: Remote Viewing Ensemble

Read "Remote Viewing Ensemble" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The Remote Viewing Ensemble are a Michigan based experimental or avant-garde group and feature such instrumentation as: Prepared Guitar, Tapes, Cheng, Bone Guitar and Wood Flutes to cite but a few. This band also takes on another identity, which is The Northwoods Improvisors (see AAJ May 99 review). This collective of experimentalist’s dabble in many different ...

Northwoods Improvisers: Lightning Darkness

Read "Lightning Darkness" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The Northwoods Improvisers are basically the same troupe as the Remote Viewing Ensemble (see May 99 AAJ review). Lightning Darkness features a similar approach to RVE; however, some of these pieces are constructed against firm rhythmic structures; although, the main thrust and conceptual approach is that of, improvisation. The opener, “Lightning Darkness” is at times eerie ...

Jon Rose: Fringe Benefits

Read "Fringe Benefits" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Fringe Benefits is a compilation of recordings emanating from Jon Rose’ Australian organization baring the same name which was a promotional tool of sorts for improvised music. Rose states in the liners: “.........Over half of these tapes had deteriorated so much that they had become unplayable. I decided to make a sampler of FBR, using material ...


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