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Eli Wallace: Barriers

Read "Barriers" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Eli Wallace is best known as the keyboard half of the piano/drum improvising duo Dialectical Imagination with Rob Pumpelly. Listeners familiar with Wallace's work in that setting and with the trio Cataclysmic Commentary, with tenor saxophonist Ben Cohen and Dave Miller on drums, know that Wallace is not averse to swimming against the current. The California ...

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Dialectical Imagination: Two Infinitudes; The One You "see" and the One That Is You.

Read "Two Infinitudes; The One You "see" and the One That Is You." reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Improvising artists, Eli Wallace (piano) and Rob Pumpelly (drums) recorded this outing for legendary UK-based jazz/avant-garde/free-improv record label, Leo Records. But they've been involved with free-jazz and other jazz activities for San Francisco Bay Area's, Edgetone Records amid various projects and encounters.

Indeed, the band moniker, Dialectical Imagination, is significant from an opposing forces ...

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Dialectical Imagination: The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Wrath

Read "The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Wrath" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On their debut album The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture (Atma Nadi Records, 2017) pianist/composer Eli Wallace and drummer Rob Pumpelly--the duo Dialectical Imagination--described their music as an amalgam of free improvisation and chamber music. Their vision for The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Wrath is decidedly more abstract though that ...

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Dialectical Imagination: The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture

Read "The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Dialectical Imagination is a duo comprised of pianist Eli Wallace and percussionist Rob Pumpelly, both of whom are dedicated to finding an approach to free improvisation that draws from their other interests in chamber music and composition. The six tracks included on this intriguingly-titled release do offer some provocative possibilities in that direction, providing idiosyncratic and ...

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Dialectical Imagination: The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture

Read "The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The title The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture may conjure an elaborate theatrical vocal production but it is neither that, nor anything else that is even remotely familiar. Pianist/composer Eli Wallace and drummer Rob Pumpelly make up the duo Dialectical Imagination and describe their blend of free improvisation and chamber music as “ecstatic ...