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Paraphrase: Please Advise

Read "Please Advise" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Tim Berne has taken his Snakeoil group to the top, with four excellent CD releases on ECM Records, including 2017's Incidentals. The ECM label is considered by many to be the gold star standard in terms of jazz--though the word “jazz" is way too confining to describe the music in their extensive catalog. That level ...

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Matt Blostein - Vinnie Sperrazza Band: Paraphrase

Read "Paraphrase" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Così come si dividono la leadership del quartetto, altrettanto democraticamente contribuiscono con quattro brani a testa alla realizzazione di Paraphrase. Uno, Matt Blostein, suona il sax contralto, l'altro, Vinnie Sperrazza, si destreggia alla batteria ed insieme a Jacob Garchick, trombone, e Geoff Kraly, basso elettrico, formano una band che, pressoché sconosciuta dalle nostre parti, vanta un certo credito ...

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Paraphrase: Pre-Emptive Denial

Read "Pre-Emptive Denial" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Without a compositional safety net, freely improvising musicians must listen deeply and react quickly to avoid excess repetition or meandering. Executed with precision, the visceral immediacy of free improv can be exhilarating, as is the case on Pre-Emptive Denial, the third release by Paraphrase, saxophonist Tim Berne's improvising trio with drummer Tom Rainey and bassist Drew ...

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Paraphrase: Pre-Emptive Denial

Read "Pre-Emptive Denial" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Alto saxophonist Tim Berne describes himself as a perfectionist, a word that has “control" lurking just under its skin. So how does someone who's into control get comfortable going into a situation of spontaneous composition, where the unpredictable is the game plan?

Paraphrase, with drummer Tom Rainey, bassist Drew Gress, and Berne, got togther to ...

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Paraphrase: Pre-Emptive Denial

Read "Pre-Emptive Denial" reviewed by John Kelman

What do you do for a release when your normal modus operandi is to play within a context of complex composed material? In the case of saxophonist Tim Berne, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer Tom Rainey, the answer is to periodically convene a group called Paraphrase, whose purpose in life is to improvise without a safety ...