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Tom Christensen: Gualala

Read "Gualala" reviewed by Steve Armour

Despite the almost thirty-five year absence of a dominant figure, jazz is still evolving. While the big institutions of jazz sniff along after retro trends and media darlings, small labels, small clubs and individually minded musicians are developing the music separate from any clear mainstream. The results of this Balkanization of jazz have been uneven, but ...

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Tom Christensen: Gualala

Read "Gualala" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Two Tenors, Sopranos, and Clarinets.

This disc is almost entirely a modal improvisation. Each piece, saving one or two, is built on a single scale, propelled by a single bass figure. It reminds me of a highbrow John Lee Hooker. Boom, Boom, Boom Boom. Tom Christensen, the erstwhile leader of this merry band is a multi-reedist ...