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ICP Orchestra: Restless in Pieces

Read "Restless in Pieces" reviewed by Vic Albani

Con gli intelligenti insegnamenti di creatività e humor che l'ormai da qualche tempo fuori gioco Misha Mengelberg ha sempre inserito nella “sua" straordinariamente attiva e divertente ICP Orchestra, nonostante l'assenza del leader spirituale di quello che davvero tutti hanno sempre riconosciuto il migliore esempio di “new swing" europeo, Restless in Pieces brilla dei concetti di sempre. ...

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ICP Orchestra: East of the Sun

Read "East of the Sun" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The Holland-based Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra has amassed 51 albums since its inception in 1967 and due to health-related issues, legendary co-founder, pianist Misha Mengelberg is unable to perform. But guest artist, pianist Guus Janseen duly integrates his artistry into the orchestra's distinct constitution. And of course inimitable drummer Han Bennink helps support and steer ...

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Alessandra Patrucco: Circus

Read "Circus" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Che l’ICP Orchestra fosse essenzialmente un circo lo si sapeva da un bel pezzo. Che Mengelberg e soci fossero una masnada di burloni sempre disposti a lasciarsi coinvolgere in qualsiasi sarabanda era evidente da almeno una quarantina di anni. Che nel DNA della musica improvvisata olandese ci sia sempre stata una predisposizione quasi ideologica a non prendersi mai ...

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ICP Orchestra: Aan & Uit

Read "Aan & Uit" reviewed by John Kelman

The Instant Composers Pool, or ICP Orchestra, is a Dutch collective that, after emerging in the ‘70s with a number of albums over a ten-year period only to then more or less disappear, has re-emerged over the past five years with a number of recordings for its own ICP label. Schizophrenic at the best of times, ...

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ICP Orchestra: Oh, My Dog

Read "Oh, My Dog" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Amsterdam based ICP Orchestra (meaning improvisation defined as an “instant composing pool”) can best be described to Americans as Carl Stalling directs the Duke Ellington Orchestra playing chamber music. Pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink lead their brand of instant composing. Mengelberg, a master of the music of both Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk, ...