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Totem: Solar Forge

Read "Solar Forge" reviewed by Martin Longley

This is one of New York's most exciting improvising combos, but the Totem trio tends to ration out its gigs, rarely playing in the area. Thus, their Brooklyn-recorded disc, Solar Forgeis recommended. Even though no performance will be alike, it's a reasonable guide to the trio's general sound and strategy.

Bruce Eisenbeil's guitar has ...

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Totem>: Solar Forge

Read "Solar Forge" reviewed by John Sharpe

The significance of the “>“ sign in the group's name is unclear, but if it was taken to suggest that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts then few would argue. With components like Brooklyn-based guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil, bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Andrew Drury, the result is certain to bear scant resemblance ...

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Totem>: Solar Forge

Read "Solar Forge" reviewed by Budd Kopman

There is an observation, which seconds as an insider joke, about free jazz and the loft scene in the sixties: “There is no such thing as a bad session. Why? Because you cannot tell...." The implication here is, given that jazz is what the players say it is and that if there are no principles on ...

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Totem>: Solar Forge

Read "Solar Forge" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This is by no means an ordinary trio. Totem> is comprised of guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil, bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Andrew Drury, all three coming from the forward thinking, left-of-center scene of New York improvisers. But it's not only their sense of risk-taking and openness that differentiates Totem> from other trios, but their ability to formulate ...