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Larry Ochs / Nels Cline / Gerald Cleaver: What Is To Be Done

Read "What Is To Be Done" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sandwiched between two epic novels of improvisation--each a track of over twenty minutes of sound--is the respite piece “A Pause, A Rose" by the trio of saxophonist Larry Ochs, guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Cline, who some may know from his work with the alternative rock band Wilco, opens with a few simple notes ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New music from Becoming Quintet, Dave Scott, and More

Read "New music from Becoming Quintet, Dave Scott, and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Three exciting new albums are featured in this week's program. The debut from excellent new Posi-tone label band Becoming Quintet, Trumpeter Dave Scott's fifth SteepleChase release leading his Violin Band, and remarkable guitar playing from Italian Jacopo Delfini. In between some archive cuts and other new releases.

Playlist Becoming Quintet “One Track Mind" ...

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Jones Jones: A Jones In Time Saves Nine

Read "A Jones In Time Saves Nine" reviewed by John Sharpe

Over a decade in existence and the free jazz trio Jones Jones has just dropped its third album. That's not exactly prolific, but may well be an accurate reflection of the challenge implicit in bringing together colleagues separated by the 5795 miles between reedman Larry Ochs and bassist Mark Dresser in California, and percussionist Vladimir Tarasov ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

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Larry Ochs Sax And Drumming Core: Wild Red Yellow

Read "Wild Red Yellow" reviewed by John Sharpe

Reedman Larry Ochs' Sax And Drumming Core was famously once threatened by a punter calling the police because they weren't conforming to his narrow definition of jazz. Wild Red Yellow constitutes the second outing by the augmented version of the band responsible for that misdemeanor, following as it does from Stone Shift (Rogue Art, 2009), which ...

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Dave Rempis/ Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs: Empty Castles

Read "Empty Castles" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The trio Spectral might best be examined in the aviary of your local zoo. Trumpeter Darren Johnstonand saxophonists Dave Rempis and Larry Ochs are like three different bird species, but share the same genus. Their “song" is built from the unique coop in which they find themselves.

The music on “Empty Castles," their third ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2018, Part 1

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
May 17-18, 2018

Keeping a middle-aged festival such as the Festival International de Musique Actualle de Victoriaville fresh and relevant is a challenge, but the program for this year's 34th edition of FIMAV assembled by ...

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Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2017

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Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival
Vilnius, Lithuania
November 15-19, 2017

Introduction

Although a going concern since 2002, Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival doesn't possess the high profile internationally that its longevity might suggest. Set amid the baroque beauty of the Lithuanian capital, in an assortment of venues, the festival has brought together ...

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Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 2-2

Read "Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 2-2" reviewed by Troy Dostert

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Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 20-21, 2017

On the last two days of the festival, the Edgefest audience was treated to even more of the eclectic, explorative music that was present in abundance on Wednesday and Thursday.

Edgefest-goers who were able ...

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Rova Orkestrova: No Favorites!

Read "No Favorites!" reviewed by Troy Collins

Ever since its formation in 1977, Rova, the pioneering West Coast saxophone quartet, has been augmenting its ranks to explore structured improvisation. No Favorites! pays homage to Lawrence D. “Butch" Morris, the inventor of Conduction, a revolutionary system for organizing large-ensemble improvisation using coded gestures. This ambitious album epitomizes a working relationship that Rova began with ...