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John Berndt: Boston, USA, December 1, 2010

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John Berndt, Joshua Jefferson, Forbes Graham and Flandrew Fleisenberg
Fleisenberg Floft, Fort Point Channel
Boston, MA
December 1, 2010

Alto saxophonist John Berndt of Baltimore, Maryland is a master geometer, and he applies this sensibility to sound. There is a solipsistic quality to his efforts--at work even when he is playing with others--which ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ryan McGuire: Metal Reasoning

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Bassist Ryan McGuire, a master of classical composition, uses this skill as a strategist in the metal underground. His band Ehnahre is quite unlike any other in that field, baffling committed rock fans with its advanced theory and unstructured time signatures.



In another way, he throws off jazz and improvisation aficionados with his part ...

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Multi-Reedist Steve Norton Interviewed at AAJ

Multi-Reedist Steve Norton Interviewed at AAJ

Multi-reedist Steve Norton is best known for his work with the 1990s Boston-based band Debris. Debris was an ambitious, exuberant, puzzling band that puzzled together serialism, free jazz and funk. Their music is in equal measure exhilarating and exhausting.

It was the combination, in part, that burned Norton out about ten years ago, as well as ...

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Steve Norton: Debris and Beyond

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Multi-reedist Steve Norton is best known for his work with the 1990s Boston-based band Debris. Debris was an ambitious, exuberant, puzzling band that puzzled together serialism, free jazz and funk. Their music is in equal measure exhilarating and exhausting.



It was the combination, in part, that burned Norton out about ten years ago, as ...

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XFest 2010: Real Time Together

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Various Artists
XFest 2010
119 Gallery, Lowell, Mass.
February 26-28, 2010

Call it XFest. Curated by musician Walter Wright and held annually at his 119 Gallery in Lowell, Mass, the pace of it couldn't be closer or faster. Within its three days of rapid-fire sets, musicians who have never played ...

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Skinny Vinny: The Answer to Everything

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Andrew Eisenberg is the percussionist for the Boston, Mass. duo Skinny Vinny--and a conceptual mastermind. Equally adept with hammer, saw, trash can, pots and pans, or what have you, he can make you think, or muse, by knocking together a table, or banging a stick against a window. An early piece, a big white room with ...