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Michael Vlatkovich: Mortality & Myrnofant's Kiss

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Michael Vlatkovich è un trombonista e compositore di St. Louis attivo dal 1973 a Los Angeles, parte di quella nicchia sperimentale presente dagli anni cinquanta nella West Coast. È membro regolare del Vinny Golia Large Ensemble e del Rob Blakeslee Quartet ma collabora anche con artisti di varie tendenze espressive: Bobby Bradford e Gerry Hemingway ma ...

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Michael Bisio: Stepping Into the Limelight

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Bassist Michael Bisio has become an increasingly visual and aural presence on the jazz/improvisation scene in the time since he moved from the west coast to New York. Yet he has been a significant contributor in jazz circles for years, and success was no overnight thing. Among other ongoing associations, Bisio is currently the bassist in ...

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Rob Blakeslee Quartet: Last Minute Gifts

Read "Last Minute Gifts" reviewed by Jim Santella

Creative improvised music flows directly from an artist’s personality. It’s entirely spontaneous and always new. In that respect, Rob Blakeslee has been warming up for 30 years. His search has taken him all over the U.S. Since he’s settled in Oregon, the trumpeter has remained active in free jazz circles. From 1988 to 1996, he chaired ...

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Rob Blakeslee: Double Yellow

Read "Double Yellow" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Double Yellow is a 1999 recording featuring Roper performing alongside some venerable West Coast modern jazz musicians. Here, percussion wunderkind Brad Dutz utilizes an arsenal consisting of gongs, cymbals, tablas, chimes and more as trumpeter Rob Blakeslee and trombonist Michael Vlatkovich mince accenting tonalities, with poignant interludes, modern jazz interplay and world beat grooves. Moreover, the ...

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Rob Blakeslee: Waterloo Ice House

Read "Waterloo Ice House" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sometimes a jazz band will perform sans piano simply because the bar or hall doesn’t own one, or for a New Orleans funeral procession the reason is obvious. The choice not to record with an available piano is a conscious one. Take Ornette Coleman’s 1960 quartet, Sonny Rollins at The Village Vanguard 1957, or John Zorn’s ...