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Kjetil Møster: Ran Do

Read "Ran Do" reviewed by Mark Corroto

More than in any other American jazz scene, the musicians of Chicago have embraced and continue to embrace their colleagues in Europe and the UK. In the 1990s the Chicagoan Ken Vandermark began a long-standing association with Mats Gustafsson (Sweden) and Peter Brotzmann (Germany). And Hamid Drake has been crisscrossing the Atlantic for ages. These connections ...

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Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra: Galactic Parables: Volume 1

Read "Galactic Parables: Volume 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the past twelve-month period, composer, electronic artist and cornet virtuoso Rob Mazurek has lead on a half-dozen or so different releases. For the most part, each has featured different line ups and formations from solo efforts to large ensembles and each has garnered enough superlatives to tax the thesaurus. And yet again, Mazurek has raised ...

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Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Electro Acoustic Orchestra: The Space Between

Read "The Space Between" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Musical adventurer Rob Mazurek's The Space Between is a provocative and heady fusion of sight and sound. The double disc set includes an audio CD and a DVD containing performance and multimedia artist Marianne M. Kim's haunting, abstract video accompaniment to the music.

The forty-minute suite is divided conveniently, and perhaps whimsically, into eight ...

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Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Electro Acoustic Orchestra: The Space Between

Read "The Space Between" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Like a painting by Mark Rothko, whose canvasses contain rectangular fields of color and light that convey more than a visual experience, the music of Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Electro Acoustic Orchestra transcends a mere audio happening. Rothko's paintings exceeded the aesthetic confines of their canvasses into a spiritual and psychological realm. Likewise, Mazurek makes visually ...

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Rob Mazurek Octet: Skull Sessions

Read "Skull Sessions" reviewed by Troy Collins

The shadow of Miles Davis continues to influence the efforts of generations of jazz musicians, especially fellow trumpeters. Davis' myriad innovations span multiple styles and time periods, making it virtually impossible to ignore his achievements. Yet when the We Want Miles exhibition in São Paulo, Brazil asked former resident Rob Mazurek to devise a presentation inspired ...

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Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet: Stellar Pulsations

Read "Stellar Pulsations" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Cornetist Rob Mazurek creates a liquid and volatile flow of time and space in his configuration of the planets, after which he names the compositions on this CD. Each has an attribute described by the arc of his imagination, bringing in distinctive structures and moulds. The band, drawn from the larger context of his Exploding Star ...

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Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet: Stellar Pulsations

Read "Stellar Pulsations" reviewed by Troy Collins

Originally schooled in the foundations of hard bop, cornetist Rob Mazurek, quickly surpassed the form's conventional limitations; his multihued electro-acoustic work over the past two decades has subsequently drawn inspiration from numerous genres besides jazz. Mazurek's unfettered creativity and stalwart leadership skills have thereby cemented his reputation as a key figure in the Chicago scene--primarily as ...

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Sao Paulo Underground: Tres Cabecas Loucuras

Read "Tres Cabecas Loucuras" reviewed by Troy Collins

Três Cabeças Loucuras (Portuguese for “three crazy heads") is the third release from São Paulo Underground to explore the furthest fringes of Brazil's revolutionary Tropicalia movement. Updating the renowned genre's patented psychedelia with free improvisation, laptop-driven electronica and musique concrete, the album unveils a spectrum of kaleidoscopic sound that pushes the bounds of each style to ...

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Rob Mazurek's Starlicker: Double Demon

Read "Double Demon" reviewed by Nic Jones

Starlicker is a trio which crosses the genres with ease and a healthy disregard for categorization. Cornetist Rob Mazurek is one of those musicians more preoccupied with the future of improvised music than with its glorious past. Much the same can be said for vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, who once again proves himself to be one of ...

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Starlicker: Double Demon

Read "Double Demon" reviewed by Troy Collins

Since the turn of the Millennium, cornetist Rob Mazurek has been one of the most intrepid explorers in the field of electro-acoustic jazz improvisation. From the seminal efforts of his flagship collective, the Chicago Underground (Duo to Orchestra), to recent endeavors like Exploding Star Orchestra, Mandarin Movie and his own self-titled Quintet, all of Mazurek's projects ...