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Thollem / Parker / Cline: The Gowanus Sessions

Read "The Gowanus Sessions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Glaring expressionism coupled with rip-roaring layers of acoustic-electric sound-sculpting maneuvers yield the bountiful fruit on this manifold studio date. When guitarist Nels Cline isn't tearing it up with the popular alt-rock band Wilco, he's knee-deep in progressive-jazz, free-form experimental and jazz-rock formats. He's catapulted to the upper echelon of modern guitarists, paralleling the colossal faculties of ...

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The Lou Grassi Po Band with Marshall Allen: Live at the Knitting Factory Volume 1

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Il sax contralto e il flauto di Marshall Allen, la tromba di Paul Smoker, il trombone di Steve Swell e il clarinetto di Perry Robinson. Tutti insieme appassionatamente, la sera del 26 settembre 2000, sul palco della Knitting Factory di New York. Al contrabbasso Wilber Morris; alla batteria Lou Grassi, titolare del progetto Po Band, creatura mutante che ...

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The Lou Grassi Po Band with Marshall Allen: Live At The Knitting Factory Volume 1

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Drummer Lou Grassi, with his progressive jazz and improvisational luminaries, slams matters into high gear during this gutsy 2000 recording, captured at New York City's Knitting Factory. Historically, Grassi is known for his driving passion and prominent leadership, while almost always engaging with superior musicians. Here, the frontline musicians lock horns, via intervallic spikes and scorching ...

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Matt Bauder: Paper Gardens

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The album title, Paper Gardens, parallels saxophonist Matt Bauder's work for an architecture firm, concerning the design of a new garden for an elementary school. Upon his initial visit, he observed construction paper models of the proposed garden, which served as the basis for this curiously interesting, avant-garde, chamber-jazz foray. Here, Bauder forges a homogenous program, ...

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Kyle Brenders: Ways

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Ways è l'ultimo lavoro del multistrumentista e compositore canadese Kyle Brenders che sintetizza un interessante percorso di ricerca comopsitiva intrapreso da una decina d'anni. La musica di Brenders permette ai musicisti di lavorare indipendentemente, ancorché simultaneamente, con materiale annotato che è stato fatto passare a loop, poi ripetuto, modificato, impastato, creando in tal modo la tessitura che compone la traccia. ...

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Matt Bauder: Paper Gardens

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Ha suonato, fra i tanti, con Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Rob Mazurek, Roscoe Mitchell, mentre fra le innumerevoli influenze cita, alla spicciolata (e anche qui fra tante altre), Morton Feldman, Archie Shepp, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Sonny Rollins, John Cage, Jimmy Giuffre, Lester Young, Lester Bowie, David Bowie, Lenny Tristano, Albert Ayler, Edgard Varèse, Ornette Coleman, Tom Waits, ...

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Kyle Brenders: Ways

Read "Ways" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Kyle Brenders writes in the accompanying notes to Ways, “I would never sincerely believe that the process of composition could actually inform one's own experience of music...please experience this music at will and interpret it as you can." That said, this thoroughly compelling set of sounds provide captivating music that figure beyond individual categories of ...

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Khan Jamal: Cool

Read "Cool" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

Always interesting and quite different from one to the next, vibraphonist Khan Jamal's recordings have charted a unique course through the world of improvisational music, from trio recordings with bass and drums or guitar and drums to sessions with great horn players (eg. Grachan Moncur III, Byard Lancaster, Charles Tyler, et. al.) to the somewhat psychedelic ...

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Henry Grimes - Rashied Ali: Going to the Ritual

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È diventato davvero un rituale ogni nuovo appuntamento - su disco o dal vivo - con Henry Grimes, il grande contrabbassista degli anni Sessanta protagonista di una clamorosa e dolorosa “sparizione" dalla scena, per poi essere ritrovato pochi anni fa in California e riportato [con straordinario affetto e qualche, seppur in buona fede, sensazionalismo - clicca qui per leggere ...

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Tra rarità e futuro: alla Porter Records la musica creativa è di casa

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Poche righe bastano, nel sito web dell'etichetta, per riassumere la filosofia della Porter Records: “creata per l'appassionato di musica che crede che si possa trovare ottima musica in ogni genere. Jazz, hip hop, elettronica, internazionale, sperimentale e inclassificabile, tutto trova casa alla Porter Records". Fondata da Luke Mosling e già con un catalogo piuttosto corposo per la giovanissima età, ...