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Carter/Cook/Kowald/LaMaster: Principle Hope

Read "Principle Hope" reviewed by Richton Guy Thomas

Free jazz, like bebop, is complex intense playing with an emphasis on momentum. This is a simple description of the music that occupies a portion of Principle Hope. The venue where this music was performed is Boston's Tremont Theatre, a regular home for no-holds-barred open-ended jazz. The essential component of any free jazz performance is strong ...

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Carter-Cook-Kowald-LaMaster: Principle Hope

Read "Principle Hope" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

As skillful a horn player as he is, Daniel Carter isn't much of a conversationalist. He's proficient on sax, flute, clarinet and trumpet, but in general it's best if he's the only one touching the horns. Without speculating as to why, it's safe to say that Carter is best heard solo or backed by strings and ...

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Jon Rose: Strung

Read "Strung" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jon Rose, the Derek Bailey of the violin, is turning his attention to the possibilities of electronic manipulation of stringed instrument sound. A collaborator with the likes of Eugene Chadbourne, Bob Ostertag, Luc Houtkamp, Otomo Yoshihide, and Wayne Horvitz, Rose is a creative musician with plenty of humor on display.

Strung is a co-conspiracy between Rose ...

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M3 (Miller x3): Unearthing

Read "Unearthing" reviewed by AAJ Staff

It's Miller Time. M3, a power trio of Millers, launches Unearthing with a frenzied full-on assault reminiscent of the heaviest heavy metal: guitar, bass and drums ablaze. The opening blast on “Crossing Guard" leads through attention-deficit territory, where members of the group regularly waylay themselves in pursuit of sparkling accents and crumbling free cascades. But the ...

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Ikue Marclay/Ikue Mori/Elliott Sharp plus sMFA students: Acoustiphobia, Volume 1

Read "Acoustiphobia, Volume 1" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Ironically, free improvisation often turns out to be a visual affair. In a theoretical sense, the idea of improv is purely musical: artists interweave personal threads to yield a mutual fabric of sound. But in practice, the listener often gains substantial understanding and insight from actually observing the musicians at work. Trading leads, reacting, and synergizing ...

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Thurston Moore/Wally Shoup/Toshi Makihara: Hurricane Floyd

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The title of Hurricane Floyd, as you might imagine, has two meanings. First, it describes the meterological phenomenon ongoing during the performance (yes, hurricanes do actually make it to Boston on occasion). Second, it refers to the intensity of the free improvisation which occurred in the shelter of the church where these three musicians briefly joined ...

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Steffen Basho-Junghans: Song of the Earth

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In this striking departure from the free/avant sound of other Sublingual material, guitarist Steffen Basho-Junghans operates his instrument in the continuum extending from Leo Kottke through John Fahey and Ralph Towner. On Song of the Earth, his fourth record and first American release, Junghans plays 6- and 12-string guitars. Using resonance and repetition to achieve an ...

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Andrew Neumann: Scramble: Lock: Combination

Read "Scramble: Lock: Combination" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Drummer, electronics guru Andrew Neumann indulges in some mischievous hijinks on this new release titled, Scramble: Lock: Combination. Armed with an arsenal of digital delays, MIDI paraphernalia, computer software and a drum machine, Neumann improvises his way through this curiously interesting affair which at the very least should provide some thrills for the tech-heads out there. ...

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Thurston Moore - Wally Shoup - Toshi Makihara: Hurricane Floyd

Read "Hurricane Floyd" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Hurricane Floyd was recorded live at the Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, Ma. during the hurricane that was rearing its ugly head along the New England coast. Here, “Sonic Youth” guitarist Thurston Moore adds another recorded document to his free-jazz legacy along with alto saxophonist Wally Shoup and percussionist Toshi Makihara for sequences of frenzied ...

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Ken Field: Tokyo in F

Read "Tokyo in F" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Whether educating students at workshops, scoring soundtracks for television, i.e. “Sesame Street”, “HBO” and “PBS” or his ongoing affiliation with the band, “Birdsongs of the Mesozoic”, New England area saxophonist/composer Ken Field is liable to pull quite a few tricks out of the many hats he wears. With two highly acclaimed solo efforts to his credit, ...