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In Memory of Lou Gare

Read "In Memory of Lou Gare" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Best known for his work with the experimental, avant-garde collective AMM Music, Lou Gare began his career in jazz in the early 1960s, playing in one of Mike Westbrook's early groups. In more recent times, in Devon, he reconnected with Westbrook and became a stalwart member of Westbrook's orchestra and an inspiration to its younger musicians. ...

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Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers, and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz, 1960-1975

Read "Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers, and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz, 1960-1975" reviewed by Duncan Heining

From Duncan Heining's Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers and Free Fusioneers (Equinox, 2012) and is taken from from Chapter 11, “The Best Things in Life are Free," which discusses free jazz and free improvisation in British jazz. In this section, Heining examines the early work of the avant-garde group AMM and discusses its philosophy and wider influence ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Mike Westbrook: Art Wolf at 75

Read "Mike Westbrook: Art Wolf at 75" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Close your eyes for a moment. Imagine a jazz composer who began with Ellington and then moved on through Mingus. He soon encompassed rock music, Kurt Weill, Rossini, the traditions of English church music and the pastoralism of Vaughan Williams and Holst, but still found a place in his music for The Beatles, European political cabaret ...

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Nori Jacoby / Yoni Kretzmer / Haggai Fershtman: One Afternoon

Read "One Afternoon" reviewed by Nic Jones

One of the points of interest of free improvisation is its autonomy. Given the lack of prearrangement, the potential for both triumph and disaster is there in equal measure, especially if the music is being recorded for posterity. One Afternoon is one of those occasions when the recording happened at just the right moment.

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Fifty-Fifty: Fragments

Read "Fragments" reviewed by Nic Jones

Entering the territory mapped by reeds/drums duos is a surprisingly risky undertaking, given the precedents: John Coltrane with Rashied Ali, Evan Parker with Paul Lovens, and the line-up of AMM that featured percussionist Eddie Prévost keeping the company of tenor saxophonist Lou Gare. For all its undoubted merits, the German duo Fifty-Fifty maybe just isn't ready ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Schlippenbach Trio: Bauhaus Dessau

Read "Bauhaus Dessau" reviewed by Nic Jones

The Schlippenbach Trio is now decades old; perhaps it's not surprising there are only a few improvised music groups that have lasted that long. In this trio's case the matter of pedigree goes without saying, but whether or not the depth of their familiarity with each others' work makes for sterile, unrewarding music, is a question ...

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Iconic Free Drummer/Amm Co-Founder Eddie Prevost Interviewed at AAJ

Iconic Free Drummer/Amm Co-Founder Eddie Prevost Interviewed at AAJ

Drummer and percussionist Eddie Prvost was a founding member of the pioneering free-improvising group AMM, back in 1965, and has remained a member ever since. In the intervening years, AMM saw frequent personnel changes, from the early lineup of Prvost--saxophonist Lou Gare, guitarist Keith Rowe, pianist Cornelius Cardew, and cellist Lawrence Sheaff--through to the current duo ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Eddie Prevost: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Read "Eddie Prevost: Looking Back, Looking Forward" reviewed by John Eyles

Drummer and percussionist Eddie Prévost was a founding member of the pioneering free-improvising group AMM, back in 1965, and has remained a member ever since. In the intervening years, AMM saw frequent personnel changes, from the early lineup of Prévost--saxophonist Lou Gare, guitarist Keith Rowe, pianist Cornelius Cardew, and cellist Lawrence Sheaff--through to the current duo ...


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