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Evan Parker: Crepuscule In Nickelsdorf 

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This is another bright spot in acclaimed British saxophonist Evan Parker's extensive career. Along with Matthew Wright's turntable and live sampling activities, Trance Map emanates from the duo's meeting in 2008, for a project that includes field recordings, samples and other EFX-based mediums merged into improvisational creations. It's an electro-organic infusion, complete with the sounds of ...

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Evan Parker: Crepuscule In Nickelsdorf 

Read "Crepuscule In Nickelsdorf " reviewed by Mark Corroto

Excise the notion of virtual reality and AI as the force behind the music heard on Crepuscule In Nickelsdorf by Evan Parker and Matthew Wright's Trance Map+. Undoubtedly you might be tempted to have this thought by surveying the instrumentation, which is chock-full of sampling and electronics. Let's reserve those thoughts for a listen to this ...

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Alan Wilkinson/Steve Noble/John Coxon/Pat Thomas: The Founder Effect I

Read "The Founder Effect I" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You cannot judge a book by its cover. Maybe, but music fans somehow know that expression doesn't lend itself to album covers (in this case, CD covers). Look at the Blue Note Records covers from the 1960 sixties, Miles Davis' On The Corner (Columbia, 1972), or The Clash's London Calling (Columbia, 1979), and tell me you ...

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The Founder Effect Signals That Treader Is Alive And Well!

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The Treader label released its first CDs in late 2004. The label's distinctive Frauke Stegmann-designed sleeves, featuring embossed gold pictures of animals on plain backgrounds, made them instantly recognisable and collectable design classics. Rather than singly, the label always put out releases in series of three, the animals of each series sometimes being connected--mammals or birds, ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: I'm A Dreamer

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As dreamers go trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith lies at the more serious end of the spectrum. Not for him dreams that fade with the daylight, as evidenced by the realization of his epic Civil Rights inspired Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform, 2012). Smith actually composed the first piece of what developed into a 21 piece magnum opus ...

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New improvised music label Fataka launches

Read "New improvised music label Fataka launches" reviewed by John Eyles

It is always a pleasure to welcome a new improvised music label, particularly when its initial releases give a strong indication that it will be releasing high quality recordings by some of the best improvisers around. That is certainly the case with Trevor Brent's Fataka, the newest label to emerge onto the London scene. As well ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Wadada Leo Smith: London, England, August 27, 2012

Read "Wadada Leo Smith: London, England, August 27,  2012" reviewed by John Sharpe

Wadada Leo Smith
Café Oto
London
August 27, 2012

As if searching for the perfect setting, for the second night of his two-day residency at north London's Café Oto, legendary AACM trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith was pitched against two contrasting ensembles drawn from the capital's reservoir of improvising talent. First up was a brass trio, ...

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Black Music Disaster: Black Music Disaster

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The intriguingly titled Black Music Disaster is part of Thirsty Ear's Blue Series, which for over a decade has documented numerous cross-stylistic collaborations between artists from different genres. This live concert recording, taped in February 2010 at London's Cafe Oto, features a virtual indie summit meeting, presenting renowned avant-garde jazz pianist Matthew Shipp playing Farfisa organ, ...

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Freedom of the City 2010

Read "Freedom of the City 2010" reviewed by Ken Waxman

"To Thine Self Be True" is lettered above the stage at Conway Hall where London's annual Freedom of the City (FOTC) festival took place May 2nd-3rd. Although related to the philosophy of the Humanist Society that built the edifice, the slogan can be applied to the 16 sets that made up the festival.
Organized about ...

Wadada Leo Smith: Abbey Road Quartet; Spiritual Dimensions & Spirit Catcher

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Wadada Leo Smith

Abbey Road Quartet

Treader

2009

Wadada Leo Smith

Spiritual Dimensions

Cuneiform

2009

Wadada Leo Smith

Spirit Catcher

Nessa

2009



There are few players that continue to be as ...