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Fred Lonberg-Holm / Nick Stephens: Crackle: Six improvisations for Cello and Double Bass

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These improvisations between Chicago's ubiquitous cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and veteran British double bassist Nick Stephens, known for ongoing collaborations with Norwegian reed master Frode Gjerstad and South-African drummer Louis Moholo- Moholo, were recorded in 2011 in Stephens' home-town, Northwood.

The duo immediately establish a common language that encompasses organic elements of fiery ...

The Dude Abides

Read "The Dude Abides" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To paraphrase Jeffrey Lebowski, aka The Dude (or El Dudarino, if you are not into the brevity thing), “I've had a rough night, and I hate the fucking Grateful Dead, man." Actually, The Dude said the “Eagles" (and I guess I'm obliged to agree with him), but for me the Dead seem to always get under ...


Jon Corbett Dangerous Musics: Kongens Gade

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Ecco un disco impeccabile nel suo genere, ma scontato e inutile in quanto non sollecita alcuna nuova riflessione rispetto a quanto è già stato scritto infinite volte su certa improvvisazione radicale di derivazione free e su buona parte dei CD della Leo. Il fluire continuo di questa performance, registrata dal vivo a Londra nel maggio 2009, è ...


Jon Corbett's Dangerous Musics: Kongens Gade

Read "Kongens Gade" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Legendary European jazz and free-jazz drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo gels to a higher-power along with prominent exponents of the British jazz scene in this egalitarian rendezvous. Led by energetic hornist Jon Corbett, who seemingly exhausts all possibilities of this expressionistic voyage, bassist Nick Stephens' limber and expansive bottom-end assists with seeding a loose but manifold structural component. ...


Calling Signals 09: A Winter's Tour

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British bassist Nick Stephens has always been a prominent mainstay within Europe's avant-jazz landscape. His affiliation with legendary British free-jazz pioneer and drummer John Stevens looms as one component of the bassist's overall dynamic and legacy. This rendition of Stephen's Calling Signals band was recorded live in 2009 during a brief tour of the U.K., and ...


Circulasione Totale Orchestra: Bandwidth

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With a group as sonically dense as Circulasione Totale Orchestra (CTO), a single disc can be daunting enough. With Bandwidth, the 25 year-old free-blowing group delivers nearly three hours of relentless collective interplay; three continuous pieces divided into four segments each across three CDs. It's not for the faint-at-heart; even free improv fans may find it ...


Nick Stephens: Freedom of the City 2006; Desire Lines; All Said & Dun; Don't Answer It & Today's Play

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Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2006

The Occasional Quartet
Desire Lines
Loose Torque

Paul Dunmall/Nick Stephens/Tony Marsh
All Said & Dun
Loose Torque