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The Cosmosamatics: Jazz-Maalika

Read "The Cosmosamatics: Jazz-Maalika" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Since their founding in 2002, the Cosmosamatics have been one of the most exciting groups in jazz. Spearheaded by twin souls Sonny Simmons and Michael Marcus, the band has thus far released nine recordings and one live DVD. Part of the Cosmosamatics' strength lies in their openness to new sounds and players, and over the years ...

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Duology + 2 at the London Jazz Festival

Read "Duology + 2 at the London Jazz Festival" reviewed by John Sharpe

Duology + 2 Cafe Oto
London
November, 13, 2009

The opening night of the London Jazz Festival provided a rare opportunity to hear clarinetist Michael Marcus and trumpeter Ted Daniel--two seasoned, but unsung denizens of the New York scene--in the intimate surroundings of Dalston's Cafe Oto.



Marcus made his debut with ...

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The Cosmosamatics: Free Within The Law

Read "Free Within The Law" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Sonny Simmons (alto sax, English horn) and Michael Marcus (tenor sax, Bb clarinet) are the twin sentinels of the powerhouse quartet, The Cosmosamatics, whose dynamic is enhanced by Art Lewis (drums) and Peter Herbert (bass). The familiarity between Simmons and Marcus helps drive the music as they fathom and develop ideas on the go. Lewis pumps ...

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The Cosmosamatics: Free Within The Law

Read "Free Within The Law" reviewed by Nic Jones

This group has fortunately been documented quite a few times on record, and consequently this disc offers insight into an ongoing affair. The front line of woodwind multi-instrumentalists Sonny Simmons and Michael Marcus has now not only established the kind of rapport Simmons used to have with Prince Lasha forty odd years ago, but also moved ...

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Cosmosamatics: Magnitudes

Read "Magnitudes" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

What started as a song title on a trio session for CIMP nearly ten years ago (Transcendence, 1996) has blossomed into one of the most consistent and fruitful partnerships in jazz. The Cosmosamatics (primarily alto elder statesman Sonny Simmons and multireedist Michael Marcus) dabble in bop, post bop, and free jazz, with tightly written and arranged ...

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The Cosmosamatics: Reeds & Birds

Read "Reeds & Birds" reviewed by Germein Linares

Reeds & Birds is an excellent tribute to the adventurous spirit of Charlie Parker. The album soars with a technical facility that is, like Bird's, furious and musical, yet effortless and cool. Playing some of Parker's more obscure compositions like “Cheryl," “Drifting on a Reed," and “Bird Feathers," the group of Michael Marcus, Sonny Simmons, and ...

Cosmosamatics: Reeds & Birds / Three

Read "Cosmosamatics: Reeds & Birds / Three" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

In the last couple of years Sonny Simmons has gone from hard-to-find to all-over-the-place. Burning Spirits was reissued by Fantasy, his early ESP and Arhoolie albums are available on iTunes, and he's managed to sustain steady output from the Cosmosamatics, the working group he co-leads with Michael Marcus. Simmons is a link in the saxophone chain ...