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Carol Liebowitz/Bill Payne: Spiderwebmandala

Read "Spiderwebmandala" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Spiderwebmandala is an album that miraculously manages to simultaneously capitalize on the concepts of connectivity and detachment, toying with a form of polarity tied to the very notion of togetherness and using it as the ultimate artistic tool.

Having worked together since 2010, pianist Carol Liebowitz and clarinetist Bill Payne are more than ...

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Bill Payne/Eva Lindal/Carol Liebowitz: Payne Lindal Liebowitz

Read "Payne Lindal Liebowitz" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Clarinetist Bill Payne is a bold but sensitive improviser from the pianist Lennie Tristano's school of musical thought. Violinist Eva Lindal has a solid footing in the Avant-Garde western classical tradition. Carol Liebowitz is an urbane and dramatic pianist who creates unique blends of jazz and free improvisation. All three have long associations with pianist Connie ...

Payne Lindal Liebowitz: Payne Lindal Liebowitz

Read "Payne Lindal Liebowitz" reviewed by John Eyles

On paper, the instrumentation of the trio of clarinetist Bill Payne, violinist Eva Lindal and pianist Carol Liebowitz looks perfectly suited to some form of chamber music, if not classical compositions then something equally polite. But, the music produced by the threesome totally belies such expectations as it is totally improvised, with nothing preconceived. Of course, ...

Little Feat Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971 to 1990

Read "Little Feat Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971 to 1990" reviewed by Carlo Wolff

The first time you hear the jny: Los Angeles band Little Feat, you might think it springs from the same southern loam as the Allman Brothers Band or Lynyrd Skynyrd. Listen a little deeper and you'll hear something more off-kilter and easily as distinctive, whether it's the complicated rhythm supplied by Richie Hayward, Kenny Gradney, Sam ...

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Improvising Art: From Jam Bands to Jazz

Read "Improvising Art: From Jam Bands to Jazz" reviewed by Jacob Hobson

The author Kurt Vonnegut once said, “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow." The art of improvisation does just that: it makes the soul grow. The soul of the improvising performer is constantly stretched and twisted in search of that unnamed spiritual experience in which lasting ...

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Little Feat: Rooster Rag

Read "Rooster Rag" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Too often lumped in with jam bands like Phish, String Cheese Incident or Widespread Panic, Little Feat more properly belongs with The Allman Brothers Band, which developed a greater popularity early on before settling in for largely improvisatory concerts based on its own band book and covers. Little Feat diverge from the ABB in that it ...