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Scott Fields Ensemble: Barclay

Read "Barclay" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Scott Fields' distinctive approach to composition marches to the next level on this third installment of the “Beckett Trilogy," where he uses additional Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906-1989) plays as an inspiration for these three extended works, based on the novelist's text/plots.

The ensemble seemingly weaves some of Beckett's black comedy and humor into ...

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Ifa y Xango Tentet: Twice Left Handed / Shavings

Read "Twice Left Handed / Shavings" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A culturally improbable collaboration of Brazilian, Portuguese, and Belgian musicians, the Ifa y Xango Tentet is easily one of the most adventurous large ensembles operating anywhere in the world today. Co-operative in nature, and playing entirely their own original compositions, the group's vision, as captured on Twice Left Handed / Shavings encompasses jazz, rock, post-rock, doom ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Elliott Sharp: Ostryepolya

Read "Elliott Sharp: Ostryepolya" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Elliott Sharp / Scott Fields
Ostryepolya
PanRec / NotTwo Records
2013

The musical meeting of innovative guitarists Elliott Sharp and Scott Fields came by coincidence. Both were aware of each other's work for many years, but the opportunity of playing as a duo never arose. Each is a ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

John Hollenbeck: profilo di artista

Read "John Hollenbeck: profilo di artista" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Lo scorso mese di agosto il 61° critics poll di Down Beat ha votato John Hollenbeck al primo posto tra gli arrangiatori emergenti, riproponendo valutazioni già espresse in passato (Rising Star Arranger nel 2012 e Rising Star Big Band nel 2011). È il doveroso riconoscimento a uno degli artisti più originali del jazz statunitense ma non ...

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Scott Fields / Jeffrey Lependorf: Everything is in the instructions

Read "Everything is in the instructions" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Composer of contemporary chamber music and opera and certified master of the Japanese shakuhachi flute Jeffrey Lependorf cites an insightful incident he had with iconoclastic composer John Cage that reveals much about typical misconceptions about what is right and what is wrong in music and art. Lebendorf wanted Cage to clarify his vague instructions for a ...

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Scott Fields: Moersbow/OZZO

Read "Moersbow/OZZO" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Scott Fields lascia da parte la chitarra e si concentra nella conduzione di questo ampio ensemble di musicisti, principalmente tedeschi, alle prese con alcune sue composizioni. La musica è stata registrata dal vivo in un piccolo locale di Colonia, il 25 gennaio del 2009. Il primo brano è dedicato ad un compositore di musica elettronica giapponese (Masami Akita noto come ...

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Various Artists: I Never Meta Guitar

Read "I Never Meta Guitar" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There are no fans of the guitar in today's creative music--they are better described as fanatics, or devotees. But then the guitar has always caused listeners to choose sides. I'm a fan of Jimmy Page and you, Pete Townshend--or do you prefer Wes Montgomery to my Jim Hall. John McLaughlin or Pete Cosey? Some of these ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Scott Fields Freetet - Bitter Love Songs (Clean Feed)

Scott Fields Freetet - Bitter Love Songs (Clean Feed)

Mordant wit and caustic self-deprecation have always been reliable elements in Scott Fields' creative expression. From the pithy brickbats of semi-fictional critic Hugh Jarrid to the admirable, if puzzling, practice of publishing pans right alongside praises on his website, the guitarist has never shied away presenting the whole package of his persona, prickly pear portions and ...

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Scott Fields Ensemble: Samuel

Read "Samuel" reviewed by Troy Collins

The works of Samuel Beckett have been a recurrent source of inspiration for guitarist Scott Fields. Samuel is Fields' second effort at conveying the master's prose through pure sound, following Beckett (Clean Feed, 2007). Transposing the original text of Beckett's plays into precise pitches, chords and time signatures, Fields transforms Beckett's wordplay into melodies and harmonies ...

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Elliott Sharp - Scott Fields: Sharfefelder

Read "Sharfefelder" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

I percorsi dei due chitarristi d’avanguardia Elliott Sharp e Scott Fields sono piuttosto differenti, anche se indubbiamente si possono trovare alcuni punti in comune. Sharp è una delle espressioni più importanti e coerenti della scena downtown newyorkese e mette assieme progetti di amplissimo spettro che lo vedono passare dal blues arcaico rivisitato alla sperimentazione più radicale. Scott Fields ...