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Steve Baczkowski: Old Smoke

Read "Old Smoke" reviewed by John Sharpe

Reedman Steve Baczkowski would surely be better known had he not remained in Buffalo, NY, where he grew up and studied, as he possesses a fearsome sound. In his guise as Music Director of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in his hometown, he's undoubtedly familiar with the German saxophone titan Peter Brötzmann, who is clearly an inspiration. ...

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Paul Flaherty: Focused and Bewildered

Read "Focused and Bewildered" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Saxophonist Paul Flaherty has long been one of the foremost exponents of the fire-breathing, free-jazz tradition of Albert Ayler, Peter Brötzmann and Charles Gayle. He is certainly one of the most prolific, with scores of recordings under his belt. When he joins forces with frequent collaborators such as Chris Corsano, Wally Shoup or Bill Nace, the ...

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Steve Baczkowski / Brandon Lopez / Chris Corsano: Old Smoke

Read "Old Smoke" reviewed by Troy Dostert

The image on the cover says it all, a blast furnace exploding with elemental energy and heat. And it doesn't take long for the music on Old Smoke, a live release that represents the first recorded collaboration between saxophonist Steve Baczkowski, bassist Brandon Lopez and drummer Chris Corsano, to reach astonishing peaks of fiery intensity. This ...

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Thurston Moore / Adam Gołębiewski: Disarm

Read "Disarm" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We must give credit to Thurston Moore because back in the day, at the height of his rock-n-roll superstardom, he turned post-punk fans on to improvisers like Sunny Murray, Paul Flaherty, Sun Ra, Mats Gustafsson, and Masami Akita. Nowadays, as he moves further and further away from rock, the opposite is happening. Improvisation fans listening to ...

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Albert Ayler Quartet: Copenhagen Live 1964

Read "Copenhagen Live 1964" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's almost as if the phenomenon that was saxophonist Albert Ayler was just a dream. Nearly fifty years after his death, listeners (and musicians, for that matter) are still catching up to him, and realizing his gift. His life, like that of Charlie Parker, ended at age 34. But where Parker (an originator of bebop) developed ...

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Chris Corsano/Sylvie Courvoisier/Nate Wooley: Salt Task

Read "Salt Task" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I imagine the tracks for the inaugural meeting between these improvising musicians are presented to us in the order they were recorded. I say that because the music gives the impression it is undergoing the process of refinement as the recording progresses. Perhaps, as each of the individual tracks progresses.

But, like the musicians, ...

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Dragonfly Breath III: Live at the Stone: Megaloprepus Caerulatus

Read "Live at the Stone: Megaloprepus Caerulatus" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Today's zen koan: why does a watched pot never boil? The answer to that question is found in the music of Dragonfly Breath III: because it is always boiling. The roil we speak of comes from the quartet of saxophonist Paul Flaherty, trombonist Steve Swell, violinist C. Spencer Yeh, and drummer Weasel Walter.

The ...

Mette Rasmussen/Paul Flaherty/Chris Corsano: Star-Spangled Voltage

Read "Star-Spangled Voltage" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I prefer the moniker 'fire music' over the descriptor 'free jazz.' It does a better job illustrating what improvising musicians achieve when they venture into the driving rhythms and forward momentum of this music. Good free jazz sounds like a bonfire. Great free jazz sounds, and feels like a barely contained wildfire. This first meeting between ...

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Mette Rasmussen/Chris Corsano: All The Ghosts At Once

Read "All The Ghosts At Once" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Today's hypothesis states that all free jazz improvisation demands the musicians maintain the music's vigor like a juggler, to all appearances, keeping all the balls in the air at once. Proof of this theory is the opening piece “Train Track" from alto saxophonist Mette Rasmussen and drummer Chris Corsano's release All The Ghosts At Once. The ...

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Dialoghi ai confini del suono

Read "Dialoghi ai confini del suono" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Un paio di duetti avventurosi pubblicati dalla Relative Pitch Records.
Questione di irriducibilità. Ai generi, alle mode, alla convenienza (quale essa sia).

Paul Flaherty, Randall Colbourne
Ironic Havoc
Relative Pitch Records (2013)
* * * ½

Il primo.
Paul Flaherty e ...