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Dennis Rea's adventurous guitar playing blends modern jazz, creative rock, experimental music, and world musical traditions into an approach that is uniquely his own, marked by haunting lyricism, enigmatic textures, agile improvisation, and the raw dynamism of rock. Over the years Dennis has led or been a key contributor to such innovative groups as Moraine, LAND, Iron Kim Style, Zhongyu, Stackpole, Savant, Earthstar, Identity Crisis, and Ting Bu Dong. He has performed or recorded with many prominent creative musicians, including acclaimed French composer Hector Zazou, Dutch jazz legend Han Bennink, trombone virtuoso Stuart Dempster, godfather of Chinese rock Cui Jian, and Korean master musician Young Sub Lee, as well as members of King Crimson, Hawkwind, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Santana, Ministry, and the Sun Ra Arkestra

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Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

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Jim Cutler: Gimme Some Sugar. Baby!

Read "Gimme Some Sugar. Baby!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The music on Seattle-based saxophonist Jim Cutler's second big-band album is thematic; that is to say, it was written with people, places or experiences in mind. Half of the album's ten engaging essays were written by trumpeter Daniel Barry, four by Cutler and one ("Visions at the Monkey Bar") by baritone saxophonist James DeJoie who has ...

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Dennis Rea: Zero-G and the Sea Prog Festival

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Based in Seattle, guitarist Dennis Rea has a long history playing creative and experimental music as well as progressive rock. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he lived and performed in China, putting together some of the earliest tours by Western musicians performing non-mainstream music, and in 2006 he published a book about his experiences ...

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John Seman: The Story of Monktail

Read "John Seman: The Story of Monktail" reviewed by Jack Gold-Molina

The director and cofounder of Monktail Creative Music Concern with drummer Mark Ostrowski, bassist/composer John Seman has spent much of his childhood and his entire adult life defining this band and his musical direction. A highly educated player with the kind of street sense that can only be gained through constant performing, recording and touring, he ...

Moraine: Metamorphic Rock (Live at NEARfest)

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Il gruppo Moraine ruota attorno alle poliedriche doti del chitarrista americano Dennis Rea che ben sa come far scorrere la musica nei suoi vari progetti. In questo caso lo scenario prevalente è quello del rock progressivo che curiosamente li porta più dalle parti di gruppi un po' dimenticati come gli East of Eden che non nel cortile dei soliti gruppi ...

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Iron Kim Style: Iron Kim Style

Read "Iron Kim Style" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen

On Iron Kim Style, guitarist Dennis Rea has created a CD of entirely improvised music, set against themes mostly about North Korea and it's nefarious ruler, Kim Jong-Il. Rea might not have possibly foreseen just how much the tension between North and South Korea would escalate as it has in recent times. The art work on ...

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Dennis Rea: Views from Chicheng Precipice

Read "Views from Chicheng Precipice" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Seattle-based guitarist Dennis Rea discloses a 360-degree U-turn, contrasting his work with the hemi-powered progressive rock and jazz fusion bands, Iron Kim Style and Moraine. Rea's Asian-derived fusion--of rock, avant-garde, Asian folk and Western classical concepts--spawns a translucent and rather kaleidoscopic genre-busting sequence of musical events.

The album opener “Three Views from Chicheng Precipice (after ...

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Dennis Rea: Views from Chicheng Precipice

Read "Views from Chicheng Precipice" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il chitarrista americano Dennis Rea, al centro di interessanti progetti come Iron Kim Style e Moraine, mette a nudo la sua anima orientale (è vissuto a lungo in Cina) con questo album direttamente accreditato a suo nome. La musica è dolente e riflessiva, pervasa da uno spirito orientale che aleggia supremo, senza però lasciarsi trascinare nel deja vu o nel revival. ...

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Now Available: Dennis Rea's "Views from Chicheng Precipice" on Moonjune Records

Now Available: Dennis Rea's "Views from Chicheng Precipice" on Moonjune Records

DENNIS REA, guitarist and leader of critically acclaimed bands IRON KIM STYLE and MORAINE (which performed at the recent NearFest 2010), has released his solo album Views from Chicheng Precipice Internationally acclaimed for his work with art-rock juggernaut Moraine and free-jazz provocateurs Iron Kim Style (MoonJune Records MJR028 and MJR031), guitarist and composer Dennis Rea presents a ...