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Sonar with David Torn: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by John Kelman

It might be all too simple to explain away Sonar, the Swiss twin-guitar/bass/drums quartet now in its eighth year together, through a series of touchstones. King Crimson, by way of that band's co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft? Check. The influence of Nik Bartsch and Don Li's innovative meshing of Steve Reich-ian minimalism with deceptively complicated polyrhythmic ...

Sonar with David Torn: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Swiss art rock/minimalist band Sonar have always had a way with a groove, combining repeating patterns (frequently in mixed meters) into a hypnotic blend. In this they have a lot in common with Steve Reich's Musicians (in the new-music world) and fellow Swiss Nik Bärtsch's Ronin (in the jazz world). Sonar has always sounded like a ...

Wayne Escoffery: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Non vi sono dubbi sulla natura di quest'ultima fatica discografica del tenor sassofonista Wayne Escoffery (londinese di nascita e newyorkese di adozione): si tratta di un progetto che declina senza remore alcuni paradigmi sonori intrinseci alla musicalità di John Coltrane.

Il suono muscolare, incisivo, quasi palpabile del sassofono di Escoffery funge da guida per ...

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Vortex: 1975 - 1979

Read "1975 - 1979" reviewed by John Kelman

Like British progressive rock group Jonesy, the equally short-lived French group Vortex deserved wider exposure. Unlike Jonesy's more accessible Crimson/Yes-informed symphonic approach, however, Vortex leaned farther left of center, bearing more in common with groups like Soft Machine, Henry Cow and Univers Zero. 1975 - 1979 collects both of Vortex's self-releases albums--1975's more improvisation-centric and smaller ...