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Polyorchard: Red October

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Polyorchard is a free improvisational group with a flexible membership; the one constant is Raleigh, North Carolina double bassist David Menestres. The group has taken the diverse forms of string trio, trio of strings and keyboard and mixed group of brass, reeds and strings. Earlier this month (I write at the end of March) they played ...

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John McCowen: Solo Contra

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John McCowen's Solo Contra presents an EP-length, finely-sketched portrait of a rarely heard instrument: the contrabass clarinet. It also marks the most recent stage in an eclectic path through music that's taken him from the extremes of raw energy to the subtleties of timbral micro soundworlds.

After having been involved with hardcore punk as ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

BassDrumBone and the New Haven Jazz Renaissance

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When they first began playing together in jny: New Haven, Connecticut in 1977, the trio BassDrumBone--bassist Mark Helias, percussionist Gerry Hemingway and trombonist Ray Anderson--were called OAHSPE. The name, which Anderson recalls having heard in Seattle from a source he understood to be Native American, is supposed to mean “sky earth and spirit." It is coincidentally ...

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Sestetto Internazionale: Aural Vertigo

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The Sestetto Internazionale is a truly international group of European musicians, having been put together by Finnish soprano saxophonist Harri Sjöström for a September 2015 tour of Finland. In addition to Sjöström, the sextet includes fellow Finn accordionist Veli Kujala; the masterful Italian soprano saxophonist Gianni Mimmo; UK violinist Alison Blunt; and the Germans Achim Kaufmann ...

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João Pedro Viegas/Guy-Frank Pellerin/Silvia Corda/Adriano Orrù: For Massas

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Those of us who work at the edges of the musical establishment--free improvisers, experimental musicians, unclassifiable sound artists of all types--inhabit a small community. Part of that community is our audience--an important part, no matter how small it might. I've heard more than one artist say that he or she would be happy to play for ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Free Musics by Jack Wright

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The Free Musics
Jack Wright
316 Pages
ISBN: 1537777246
Spring Garden Music Editions
2017

Saxophonist Jack Wright's first encounter with free jazz occurred in 1967, when a chance meeting with Charlie Haden resulted in Wright's being invited to see Haden play with Ornette Coleman. Wright, who had been a ...