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Yoni Kretzmer / Jason Ajemian / Kevin Shea: Until Your Throat Is Dry

Read "Until Your Throat Is Dry" reviewed by John Sharpe

Israeli-born, NYC-based tenor saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer convenes a co-operative trio on Until Your Throat Is Dry, released on his own OutNow imprint. Completing the line up are drummer Kevin Shea, best known for his role in the stylistically promiscuous Mostly Other People Do The Killing and the anarchic Talibam!, and bassist Jason Ajemian, from Rob Mazurek's ...

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Otomo Yoshihide Quartet: Allurements of the Ellipsoid

Read "Allurements of the Ellipsoid" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The minimalist improvisation of Otomo Yoshihide's Quartet, assembled for the 2005 Donaueschinger Music Festival, delivers a thoroughly abstract sound that could never be described as obtuse.

This coming together of heavyweight improvisers yielded two discs--one, a studio session and the other, a live performance--recorded over three days. Those familiar with the genius of Yoshihide's ...

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Mikrokolektyw: Revisit

Read "Revisit" reviewed by Nic Jones

In the booklet note for Revisit, the parallel between Poland and Chicago is pertinently pointed out in terms of climate. It stretches as far as the music, too, because this Polish duo is enthralled with one of the windy city's current musical strands. They owe a debt to the Chicago Underground Trio in the way they ...

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Chicago Underground Trio: Chronicle

Read "Chronicle" reviewed by Seamus Seoighe

The Chicago Underground Trio is more of an idea than a group per se. With albums being put out by an ever-changing group of musicians over the last decade-and-a-half, carrying the torch as the Chicago Underground implies a commitment to pushing boundaries; be it sonic boundaries, or the boundaries that could inhibit a trio creating live ...

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Chicago Underground Trio: Chronicle [CD - DVD]

Read "Chronicle [CD - DVD]" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Filmare della musica da vivo e aggiungervi un apporto creativo è cosa maledettamente difficile. La cosa più ostica è trovare innanzitutto l'equilibrio tra la documentazione di ciò che viene girato e l'idea originale del filmmaker. Ripreso allo Spazio Culturale Tedesco di Chicago, questo nuovo lavoro [in DVD, ma anche in CD] del Chicago Underground Trio [che assomma in uno tre ...

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Chicago Underground Trio: Chronicle

Read "Chicago Underground Trio: Chronicle" reviewed by Nic Jones

Chicago Underground Trio
Chronicle
Delmark
2007



This DVD marks a break with precedent for Delmark in terms of its content. Whereas their previous titles have documented live performances in the raw with little in the way of visual stimulus outside that of the musicians working, this one is ...

Chicago Underground Trio: Chronicle

Read "Chicago Underground Trio: Chronicle" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Trumpeter Rob Mazurek and drummer Chad Taylor have a long history as experimental musicians. They play in several different bands and pull in like-minded musicians to expand into a trio or into the larger context of an “orchestra. For this venture they have Jason Ajemian on bass.



Chicago Underground Trio
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Chicago Underground Trio: Slon

Read "Slon" reviewed by Rex  Butters

The prolific Chicago Underground expands its discography with a trio session featuring the fusion of laptops, acoustic jazz instrumentals, and charged free improvisations that defines their recorded output. The program of heated high speed interplay and cold techno ice caps displays a range of sonic intent rarely matched.

For “Protest,” Noel Kupersmith bangs ...

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Chicago Underground Trio: Slon

Read "Slon" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The music of the Chicago Underground Trio (and Duo and Quartet and Orchestra) has always been about fragments of sound. Not so much abstract disassociation (of those fragments) but discovery of associations and the connotations of their similarities.

Whether they are post-Miles, post-Ornette, post-rock, or simply the new Chicago aesthetic, the Trio is pulling ...

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Chicago Underground Trio: Flamethrower

Read "Flamethrower" reviewed by Derek Taylor

‘Chicago Underground’ is an overarching appellation for a myriad of projects under Rob Mazurek’s nominal leadership. Its various guises include Duo, Trio and Orchestra incarnations. Peripheral to these associations Mazurek and his partners also work together in a variety of other outfits including Isotope 217 and Tortoise. All of these groups demonstrate a penchant for electro-acoustic ...