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ECV: Sticks and Stones

Read "Sticks and Stones" reviewed by John Kelman

While a somewhat common secondary instrument for primarily electric guitarists including Vic Juris, Pat Metheny and Adam Rogers, there are but a handful of jazz six-stringers alive today who make the nylon-string acoustic guitar their main axe. Despite being known to pick up a warm-toned hollow body electric guitar when the need arises, jny: Ottawa, Canada-based ...

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Dromedary Quartet: Sticks and Stones

Read "Sticks and Stones" reviewed by Budd Kopman

With Sticks and Stones string players Rob McMaken and Andrew Reissiger, the original members of Dromedary the duo, have reconstituted the group that was on their self-published 2006 eponymous album, replacing bassist Neal Fountain and drummer Jeff Riley with Chris Enghauser and Louis Romanos respectively. While the band's personnel might have changed, their music remains enchanting, ...

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London Electric Guitar Orchestra: Sticks and Stones

Read "Sticks and Stones" reviewed by John Eyles

This EP has a running time of just under twenty minutes and consists of one extended piece (indexed in three separate tracks). Recorded in 2001, the piece is almost the distilled essence of the London Electric Guitar Orchestra. In this expanded eleven-member version of the group, its guiding principles remain solid; as ever, the music is ...

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Sticks and Stones: Shed Grace

Read "Shed Grace" reviewed by Aaron Rogers

When hearing the Chicago-based saxophone-bass-drum trio Sticks and Stones, it helps to remember what their style is steeped in. Sticks and Stones reminds jazz fans that its openly improvised format, sound, and playing is rooted both in Ornette Coleman's famous 1959 engagements at the Five Spot in New York where the iconoclastic saxophonist turned the bebop ...

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Sticks and Stones: Shed Grace

Read "Shed Grace" reviewed by David Adler

The leaderless, Chicago-born Sticks and Stones trio issued its self-titled debut in 2002 on the 482 Music label. Shed Grace, the group’s Thrill Jockey follow-up, is another fine set—driven by free invention, filtered through democratic exchange. Together, alto saxophonist Matana Roberts, bassist Josh Abrams and drummer Chad Taylor speak the language of free jazz but contend ...

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Sticks And Stones: Shed Grace

Read "Shed Grace" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The trio Sticks And Stones played together for years as the house band for Fred Anderson’s Chicago Velvet Lounge before formally naming themselves. I’m thinking they should rename themselves the Virtuous Sticks and Stones. The name change could act as a descriptor; they are indeed the most patient young band playing music today. Where ...

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Matana Roberts/Josh Abrams/Chad Taylor: Sticks And Stones

Read "Sticks And Stones" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I had the disc Sticks And Stones spinning in my CD walkman for entire week before I researched the musicians that recorded this approachable session. Listeners may be familiar with the drummer Chad Taylor, a principal in all the various machinations of the Chicago Underground bands, and problably also attuned to basssit Josh Abrams work with ...

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Ray Obeido: Sticks and Stones

Read "Sticks and Stones" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Now, here is a much underrated artist -- Ray Obeido, who has a handful of truly excellent albums out on Windmill Jazz. Sticks and Stones is a mixture of that wonderful Lee Ritenour sound from his Rio Funk album from the 1980s. Ray Obeido teams up with the Carribean Project man Andy Narell to offer us ...


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