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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft

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In 2016, English guitarist John Russell and Irish pianist Paul G. Smyth set up the independent Weekertoft label to release music they had been involved in, including recordings made at Russell's longstanding monthly Mopomoso concert series or annual Fete Quaqua festival. As the label reached its third anniversary, its catalogue was dominated by two large sets--the ...

John Butcher

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In the Building a Jazz Library article on Evan Parker, it says that seasoned Parker followers would describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Curiously, many of those same people would use exactly that phrase about John Butcher. The simple explanation for this apparent contradiction is that we are talking about two generations; ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Evan Parker/John Russell/John Edwards, Pat Thomas, Alison Blunt/Benedict Taylor/David Leahy, Kay Grant/Alex Ward: Making Rooms

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Originated by guitarist John Russell and pianist/trumpeter Chris Burn, Mopomoso is an improvised-music organisation that has run a series of monthly concerts in London ever since 1991, making it the longest-running such series in the UK. Between April 23rd and 30th 2013, Mopomoso embarked on a tour of England which visited seven cities outside London. At ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Fete Quaqua: London, UK, August 19-21, 2012

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Fete Quaqua
The Vortex
London
August 19-21, 2012

Fete Quaqua is the annual three-day festival of improvised music organized by guitarist John Russell as an offshoot of his monthly Mopomoso evenings at The Vortex. “Quaqua" is a Latin word which translates as “wherever," and encapsulates Russell's declared intention that the festival should “provide a fertile ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Burn's Ensemble: Ensemble at Musica Genera 2002

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Free improvisation in a new music context can often be a challenge. How to create new sonic landscapes? How to provide a structure that encourages collective improvisation? How to stretch the limits of traditional instruments in new and unheard-of ways? With his Ensemble at Musica Genera 2002, Chris Burn and company provide at least some of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Burn Ensemble: The Place 1991

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“The Place” signifies a London theater where pianist, Chris Burn, and his ensemble, featuring an assemblage of noteworthy British free-jazz/improvising artists, performed these compositions during the “Crosswinds” festival. The opener “Presponse,” elicits notions of an avant-garde or offbeat Sci-Fi thriller due to a series of fragmented themes and brazenly stated undercurrents by saxophonist John Butcher, flutist, ...