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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Thollem McDonas: Meeting At The Parting Place

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Coming at improvisational music from the classical realm, pianist Thollem McDonas remains resolutely outside of the main stream of the jazz world. Primarily inspired by, as he puts it in his liner notes to Meeting at the Parting Place, ..."European concert music from the Renaissance to the 20th Century and jazz, particularly of the '60s and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home

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What is often forgotten about improvised music is that it can come from anywhere. Though its history is inextricably intertwined with jazz, improvisation is part and parcel of a myriad of musical cultures. Pianist and composer Thollem McDonas is not just aware of this fact, it is part of his daily existence. About 10 years ago, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Undead Jazz Festival: Day 2, June 24, 2011

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Undead Jazz Festival
New York, New York
June 23-26, 2011

Sometimes a great idea just begs to be used again. The first performance of Search and Restore's “round-robin style" improvisation cycle last December proved its worth went beyond novelty. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Chase and David Remmick: Games are the Enemies of Truth, Beauty, and Sleep

Read "Games are the Enemies of Truth, Beauty, and Sleep" reviewed by Micah Holmquist

One of the elements that makes the music known as the “avant-garde" or “free jazz" is the frequently long length of tracks. A cut that goes on for 10 minutes is not especially long in these styles but would be an epic piece if it were country, pop, rap, rock, etc. The situation becomes even more ...