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Martin Kuchen: Baza

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On Baza Swedish reedman Martin Küchen joins forces with Polish acoustic bass guitarist Rafal Mazur for a seat-of-the-pants duet, recorded live at the titular Krakow club. Issued as a limited edition LP, but also available as a download, the program contains two cuts also named after the venue. While Küchen may be best known for his ...

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Zlatko Kaućić: Diversity

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This 5-CD box Diversity was produced to honor Slovenian percussionist Zlatko Kaučič's 40 years in music. It is many things, but what it is not, is a career retrospective. How could it be? For quite awhile the drummer was a nomad, moving to Barcelona in 1976, then Amsterdam where he absorbed the new Dutch swing. His ...

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Francois Carrier: The Joy of Being

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Canadian reedman Francois Carrier and drummer Michel Lambert enjoy a fertile alliance. They first met back in 1998, when they invited the great Dewey Redman to join them. Since then they've waxed no fewer than 12 discs either in duet or together with other guests and collaborators. On The Joy Of Being they team up with ...

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Francois Carrier: Freedom is Space for the Spirit

Read "Freedom is Space for the Spirit" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Saxophonist Francois Carrier had quite a week in late May of 2014. It began when he and his long-time percussionist Michel Lambert played with bassist John Edwards and pianist Steve Beresford at the Vortex Jazz Club in London on May 25th and ended with the duo performing with acoustic bassist Rafal Mazur at the Alchemia Jazz ...

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Francois Carrier: The Joy of Being

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Continuing their world travels, the team of reedman Francois Carrier and percussionist Michel Lambert again meet acoustic bassist Rafal Mazur, almost a year to the day from the recording of Unknowable at the Alchemia Jazz Klub in Krakow, Poland to create The Joy Of Being.

Much of what can be said about “spontaneous" jazz in ...

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Keir Neuringer/Rafal Mazur: Diachronic Paths

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The aptly named release Diachronic Paths by the free improvising duo of Keir Neuringer and Rafal Mazur continues the transformation discourses of their evolving musical language. One that is based on their dialogue of discovery.

Keir Neuringer, a Philadelphia-based saxophonist lived in Kraków and The Hague for a time and established a strong relationship ...

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Zlatko Kaućić / Ab Baars: Canvas

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Slovenian drummer/percussionist Zlatko Kaucic (Kaučič) was very busy in 2013-2014. The meetup with pianist Milko Lazar for Ena / One took place between November, 2013 and March, 2014. The disc at hand finds Kaucic performing with Dutch reedman Ab Baars, recorded in October, 2014. Baars is well known in the free jazz side of the Dutch ...

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François Carrier: Unknowable

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The mystery of spontaneously created music is most certainly “unknowable," but saxophonist François Carrier has shown himself to be completely at home facing, and embracing, the unknown.

Unknowable finds Carrier and his long-time percussionist Michel Lambert meeting acoustic bass guitarist Rafal Mazur at the Alchemia Jazz Klub on June 1, 2014 at the recommendation ...

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Anna Kaluza – Artur Majewski – Rafal Mazur – Kuba Suchar: Tone Hunting

Read "Tone Hunting" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

La prassi della free-music conduce spesso l'opera musicale verso una lingua franca di cui è difficile delineare i contorni, l'identità. Se l'astrazione prevale sull'ispirazione melodica e il piano generale si riduce ad una sommaria aleatorietà, evaporano facilmente i tratti riconoscibili dei diversi esecutori (a meno di evidenti linguaggi individuali storicizzati), così come quelli geografici.