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JG Thirlwell: Manorexia: The Mesopelagic Waters

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Since the early '80s, Jim Gordon Thirlwell has operated under a variety of permutations of the name Foetus (including Scraping Foetus off the Wheel, Foetus Interruptus and most recently, just Foetus). Thirlwell has expressed his intention to “condense the entire history of recorded music into one piece," and elements of serialism, funk, minimalism, '50s exotica and ...

Joelle Leandre: Last Seen Headed (Live at Sons D’Hiver); Trace & Duo (Heidelberg Loppem) 2007

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Joëlle Léandre/François Houle/Raymond Strid

Last Seen Headed (Live at Sons D'Hiver)

Ayler

2010

Joëlle Léandre/Maguelone Vidal/Raymond Boni

Trace

Red Toucan

2009

Anthony Braxton/Joëlle Léandre

Duo (Heidelberg Loppem) 2007

Leo

2009

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Faruq Z. Bey

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Throughout the history of jazz, Detroit has produced world-class jazz artists, iconic individualists and ubiquitous sidemen alike. Many have moved to New York or other cities to pursue their career. A handful of great artists remained in Detroit, keeping the creative energy alive there (and consequently Detroit continues to produce incredible talent). One artist who has ...

John King: 10 Mysteries

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The point where composition and improvisation meet is often a quite perforated boundary. For a composer looking to engage performers as both interpreters of composed music and also as improvisers, the question of notation becomes of great importance. Composers have long looked to implement systems that determine certain aspects of a performer's behavior but leave other ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Vinny Golia: The San Diego Session; Mythology; Duets & Großes Messer

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Vinny Golia/Bertram Turetzky

The San Diego Session

Kadima Collective

2009

Vinny Golia/Peter Kowald

Mythology

Kadima Collective

2009

Brad Dutz/Vinny Golia

Duets

self-published

2009

Golia/Smith/Walter

Großes Messer

ugEXPLODE

2009

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Miles Okazaki: Generations

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Generations, Miles Okazaki's second CD, displays the ornate structural latticework and solid foundation of a highly skilled conceptual architect. As a guitarist his tone is taut and balanced across the full range of the instrument, full of rhythmic and melodic nuance. Okazaki also shows thoughtfulness and creativity as a composer and bandleader, assembling a close-knit group ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Joe Morris: Today on Earth; Colorfield; The Necessary and the Possible; Fine Objects

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Joe Morris

Today on Earth

AUM Fidelity

2009

Joe Morris

Colorfield

ESP-Disk

2009

Joe Morris/Simon H. Fell/Alex Ward

The Necessary and the Possible

Record Label #3

Year

Joe Morris

Fine Objects

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andrew D'Angelo: Gay Disco

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In the time between the debut recording by reedman Andrew D'Angelo's trio with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Jim Black and the release of the group's follow-up, some dramatic and widely talked about circumstances have befallen the saxophonist. D'Angelo's battle with a malignant brain tumor proved to be an inspiring and transformative process, as the rumbling ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mikkel Ploug / Sissel Vera Pettersen / Joachim Badenhorst: Equilibrium

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Equilibrium is three-way partnership between Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug, Belgian saxophonist and clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst and Norwegian vocalist and saxophonist Sissel Vera Pettersen. The trio's charming and ruminative mixture borrows elements of contemporary chamber music, jazz and various indigenous vocal traditions ranging from Inuit throat singing to West African griots and incorporates a variety of extended ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Tyshawn Sorey: Koan, The Winding Shell & Labyrinth

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Tyshawn Sorey

Koan

482 Music

2009

Jesse Elder

The Winding Shell

Off

2009

Jacam Manricks

Labyrinth

Manricks Music

2009



For decades, the trend has been for drummers in jazz to move ...