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Wadada Leo Smith: Abbey Road Quartet; Spiritual Dimensions & Spirit Catcher

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Wadada Leo Smith

Abbey Road Quartet

Treader

2009

Wadada Leo Smith

Spiritual Dimensions

Cuneiform

2009

Wadada Leo Smith

Spirit Catcher

Nessa

2009



There are few players that continue to be as ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Larry Ochs: The Celestial Septet & We All Feel The Same Way

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ROVA Sax Quartet/Nels Cline Singers

The Celestial Septet

New World Records

2010

Jones Jones

We All Feel The Same Way

SoLyd

2010



The synchronicity and boundless energy that separate great groupwork from everything else pervades these ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Piano & Violin: Jorge Lima Barreto/Carlos Zingaro; Borah Bergman/Stefano Pastor & Minamo

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Jorge Lima Barreto/Carlos Zingaro

Kits 2

Numerica

2009

Borah Bergman/Stefano Pastor

Live at Tortona

Mutable

2009

Minamo

Kuroi Kawa--Black River

Tzadik

2010



Here are three very different takes on the traditional ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Nuscope Recordings

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"At this point, I prefer space and beauty over noise and volume," says Nuscope Recordings producer and frontman Russell Summers. It's a bold statement, considering that much of what is called free improvisation is modeled on the “fire music" of the '60s. “Don't get me wrong," Russell is quick to add, “There was a time in ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Joe McPhee: Live in Vilnius & The Damage is Done

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Trio X

Live in Vilnius

No Business

2009

Joe McPhee / Peter Brotzmann / Kent Kessler / Michael Zerang

The Damage is Done

Not Two

2009



Though conjuring quite different and sometimes problematic soundworlds, these Joe ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kalle Kalima / Ed Schuller / Ernst Bier: Jazz Parasites: Very Early

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Parasites is an international trio that has been in existence for over five years. Drummer Ernst Bier and bassist Ed Schuller's long-fostered musical partnership is evident throughout, resulting in an airtight but loosely swinging rhythmic feel, no matter what the context. Similarly, guitarist Kalle Kalima demonstrates his diverse influences while never falling victim to them. He'll ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hans Tammen: Third Eye Orchestra

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This is a stunning live recording from one of improvised music's most fascinating proponents. Hans Tammen has gathered a dream team of 13 improvising musicians, but that's hardly the totality of this project, which combines composed material with extemporization to create a score whose modus operandi is constant change on every level.

This is ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Fred Frith: To Sail, To Sail, Pas de Deux & The Big Picture/Still Urban

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Fred Frith

To Sail, To Sail

Tzadik

2008

Fred Frith, Danielle Palardy Roger

Pas de deux

Actuelle

2008

Fred Frith and Arte Quartett

The Big Picture

Intakt

2009

Fred Frith and Arte Quartett

New Artists Records

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"We prize individuality," states pianist Connie Crothers emphatically of New Artists Records. “It's an integral part of our label identity and we have always safeguarded the individuality of each musician."

New Artists being a cooperative, such a statement may contain an element of contradiction, but it stands at the heart of a label that has ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gunter Hampel: Vibes Vibes (Vibrafon Solos 2008)

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Glass, shimmer, impressionism and cool all vie for prominence throughout these excursions into the multiplicitous world multi-instrumentalist Gunter Hampel creates on every solo . Logical proportions are exposed only to disappear; tones glisten, swell and fade, either in rapid succession or in glacial dance. This is only the second solo release from the prolific improviser on ...


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