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سم [ISM]: Metaphor

Read "Metaphor" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We are all becoming. Not “becoming" as in pretty or handsome, but, as in we are coming to be. You can relate this to the Dharma path, or maturity, maybe even the act of learning how to juggle. Becoming is also the theme of the trio سم [ISM]. Its follow up to Nature In Its Inscrutability ...

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Bertrand Denzler / CoÔ: Arc

Read "Arc" reviewed by John Eyles

This release is particularly welcome as Potlatch Records has not released an album since Infra by Pascale Criton, in September 2017. As the label issued its first album--No Waiting, by Derek Bailey & Joëlle Léandre--in 1998, this is an opportunity to mark the ground-breaking label's twentieth anniversary, and send congratulations to proprietor Jacques Oger. It is ...

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Euphorium_freakestra: Grande Casino

Read "Grande Casino" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Indeed, the earth can be a delightfully bizarre habitat. With this ten-piece aggregation assembled by pianist, musicologist Oliver Schwerdt and featuring legendary improvisers Barry Guy (bass) and Gunter 'Baby' Sommer (drums, perc), ideas, and perhaps life itself penetrate through unchartered peripheries of time and reason.

This European ensemble toys with your psyche due to ...

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Neuköllner Modelle: Zyklus 1

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The third release by the trio Neuköllner Modelle, saxophonist Bertrand Denzler, bassist Joel Grip, and drummer Sven-Åke Johansson, Zyklus 1 might be considered a zen chronicle. The four lengthy tracks reveal the true nature of improvised sound, group interaction, and thus, the essence of meditation. Like meditation, their music is very simple, yet extremely hard to ...

Two Contrasting Releases From Bertrand Denzler

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Although the Swiss-born saxophonist, improviser and composer Bertrand Denzler has a modestly-sized discography compared to some saxophonists, the recordings within it reveal a diverse range of collaborations and activities with a consistently-high quality level. For many years he has participated in ensembles such as Hubbub, The Seen and Trio Sowari, his distinctive saxophone sound being one ...

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Sven-Åke Johansson's Blue For A Moment

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Sven-Åke Johansson
Blue for a Moment
NI VU NI CONNU
2017

In conjunction with the film of the same name, the LP boxset Blue for a Moment was prepared as a limited release (250 signed copies) of Swedish musician Sven-Åke Johansson's music. It is in no way a complete retrospective. ...

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Neukollner Modelle: Sektion 3-7

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Legendary free-jazz pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach joins the core trio Neukollner Modelle for this 2-CD follow-up to Sektion 1-2 (Umlaut, 2016). Here, top-flight European adventurists mold variable jazz vernaculars into a signature modus operandi, propelled by the superb Scandinavian drummer, Sven-Ake Johansson. Moreover, the program poses a mélange of rhythmically charged motifs, fractured voicings, and whirlwind-like ...

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Three saxophonists very different paths since "Propagations"

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Back in 2007, Marc Baron on alto, Bertrand Denzler on tenor and Jean-Luc Guionnet also on alto were three-quarters of the unnamed saxophone quartet that recorded the ground-breaking album Propagations (Potlatch, 2007), alongside Stéphane Rives on soprano. Together, the four reinvented the rule book for a saxophone quartet in the new millennium, ignoring the conventional vocabulary ...

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Three contrasting Bertrand Denzler releases

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It seems that Swiss-born tenor saxophonist Bertrand Denzler is already involved in so many contrasting groupings that he would have no need to be joining or creating yet more. Active groupings of which he is a member include Hubbub, Mark Wastell's The Seen, Trio Sowari, Zoor, plus a trio with Eddie Prevost and John Edwards. Some ...

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Going Solo: One is NOT the Loneliest Number

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With the advent of new and affordable recording technologies capable of delivering exceptionally high quality sound, the market for idiosyncratic solo recordings is flourishing--in an era when so many are lamenting the death of jazz. Released mostly on small labels or as self-produced projects, the recordings are reminiscent of the cassette culture from the DIY 1980s ...