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Three from Henry Kaiser on Balance Point Acoustics

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The Balance Point Acoustics label was set up by double bassist Damon Smith in 2001 to document his own music. In the years since, the label has issued a steady stream of recordings, most featuring Smith. Significantly, the first of the label's releases not to include the bassist was the 2006 Henry Kaiser solo album Domo ...

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Henry Kaiser/Steve Parker/Damon Smith/Chris Cogburn: Nearly Extinct

Read "Nearly Extinct" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The title of this improvising free jazz quartet's release Nearly Extinct, is a reference to the current state of instant composing. The cover lists various players (Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, John Coltrane), Bands (ICP Orchestra, SME, AMM, AACM, ISKRA 1903), and refers to differing scenes from San Francisco to London and Wuppertal.

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The Latest Adventures of Dutch Sound Poet Jaap Blonk

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Innovative Dutch vocal artist Jaap Blonk has created his own highly personal sound poetry. His vocal acrobatics are still an essential element of his sound palette but not an exclusive one. Since 2000 Blonk has developed new means and methods to expand and experiment with his vocals, with live sampling of his vocals, addition of electronics, ...

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Fred Van Hove / Peter Jacquemyn / Damon Smith: Burns Longer

Read "Burns Longer" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This unique, ad-hoc trio features Belgian master pianist Fred Van Hove, one of the architects of European free improvised music and close collaborator of influential European improvisers such as German reed man Peter Brötzmann, late bassist Peter Kowald, Dutch drummer Han Bennink, fellow countryman and double bassist (and sculptor) Peter Jacquemyn. Both of them rarely recorded ...

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Alvin Fielder / David Dove / Jason Jackson / Damon Smith: From-To-From

Read "From-To-From" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This quartet represents a meeting of generations and their approaches to jazz and improvised music. The quartet resembles such early free jazz units as the New York Art Quartet or the Archie Shepp--Roswell Rudd Quartet. Veteran drummer Alvin Fielder--the eldest member, with an encyclopedic knowledge of modern jazz drumming--is known for his extensive collaborations with saxophonist ...

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Francesco D'Errico Trio: A Glance

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L'etichetta campana Itinera ci ha abituato a dischi inattesi, nei quali si scopre musica personale, nata ora da incontri tra culture diverse, ora da passioni coltivate con pazienza e dedizione. Non stupisce perciò che anche questo recente CD dell'etichetta sia di notevole personalità e originalità. Il lavoro è opera di Francesco D'Errico - pianista napoletano quasi cinquantenne con ...

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Alessandro Tedesco - Low Frequency Quartet: Argonauta

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Come gli argonauti sotto la guida di Giasone intrapresero il viaggio verso le ostili terre della Colchide, il Low Frequency Quartet capitanato dal trombonista Alessandro Tedesco si imbatte nei territori scoscesi e pieni di insidie del loro Argonauta, album pubblicato dalla partenopea Itinera. Si tratta di una scaletta di undici brani, tutti firmati dal leader tranne “Ramblin'" di ...

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Pasquale Bardaro: Move On

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L'attuale panorama jazzistico italiano non è privo di vibrafonisti di valore: da Dulbecco ai Perin, padre e figlio, da Pasquale Mirra a Pasquale Bardaro, da Francesco Lo Cascio a Massimo Barbiero. Tutti tecnicamente bravi e dotati di una decisa personalità, anche se da nessuno di loro, per il momento, possiamo aspettarci innovazioni sorprendenti nel linguaggio musicale o ...

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Francesco Nastro Quartet: Waiting for a New World

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Francesco Nastro prende spunto da alcuni grandi passaggi del repertorio classico - nello specifico va a indagare i pentagrammi di Mozart, Bach e Skrjabin - per dar vita alla sua personale idea di jazz, tradotta nei dieci originali che formano la scaletta di Waiting for a New World. Brani che emanano un'enorme profondità espressiva, freschezza formale e unione ...

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Marco Cappelli: IDR - Italian Doc Remix

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Il chitarrista Marco Cappelli, napoletano di nascita, ormai newyorkese di adozione, riesce magicamente a far rifiorire l'anima italiana di Brooklyn con l'aiuto di validissimi collaboratori-amici americani come Jim Pugliese, Doug Wieselman, Marc Ribot, DJ Logic, Ken Filiano e Josè Davila. Tutto nasce dal desiderio di aiutare l'amico batterista Jim Pugliese, incontrato per caso in Italia, a ritrovare le proprie radici ...