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Barrel: Gratuitous Abuse

Read "Gratuitous Abuse" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

How far can the primary family of strings be pushed? Does humor--a question once asked by Frank Zappa--still belong in music? From time to time these questions might be answered in a remarkable performance or two, but as creativity in music falters for lack of true industry support, it is not often that musicians can truly ...

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Barrel: Gratuitous Abuse

Read "Gratuitous Abuse" reviewed by John Eyles

The release of Gratuitous Abuse by Barrel--the trio of violinist Alison Blunt, violinist/violist Ivor Kallin and cellist Hannah Marshall--is a welcome continuation of two ongoing trends in improvised music. First, it adds to the impressive series of Emanem CDs by ensembles consisting solely of improvising string players, joining an illustrious list that already includes Arc (2009), ...