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Liudas Mockūnas: Hydro 2

Read "Hydro 2" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hydro 2 is water music, but it's not to be confused with the orchestral pieces composed by George Frideric Handel back in the early 18th century. Lithuanian saxophonist Liudas Mockūnas is headed even further back in time, back to some Darwinian vision of evolution from the murky primordial seas, forward to our bipedal momentum. Note: If ...

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Liudas Mockūnas: Hydro 2

Read "Hydro 2" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius

Liudas Mockūnas, an iconic Lithuanian improvisation and jazz figure, still continues his exploration of water. By combining water and reeds he steps into an unpredictable and unique sonic meadow. His first attempt to put the bridle on water, Hydro, was released in 2017 by NoBusiness Records. At the end of 2018 the same label presented the ...

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Liudas Mockūnas / Arnas Mikalkenas / Håkon Berre: Plunged

Read "Plunged" reviewed by John Sharpe

Recorded at the 2014 Vilnius Jazz Festival by a band comprising two Lithuanians and a Norwegian, which was one of the standouts of the 2017 Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival, Plunged proves an unexpected delight. Of the three participants, reedman Liudas Mockūnas is likely best known, having recorded with bassist Barry Guy, drummer William Hooker and saxophonist ...

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Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Vilnius Mama Jazz  Festival 2017" reviewed by John Sharpe

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival
Vilnius, Lithuania
November 15-19, 2017

Introduction

Although a going concern since 2002, Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival doesn't possess the high profile internationally that its longevity might suggest. Set amid the baroque beauty of the Lithuanian capital, in an assortment of venues, the festival has brought together ...

Five New From Konvoj Records

Read "Five New From Konvoj Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you are a free jazz fanatic, you probably look for those out-of-print vinyl offerings from labels like Hat Hut, FMP, Sonet, and El Saturn Records. Sadly, you would have to be either independently wealthy or Mats Gustafsson to acquire the rarest of the rare music. But take heart, there are small labels producing the free ...

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William Hooker & Liudas Mockūnas: Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival

Read "Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival" reviewed by John Sharpe

Veteran drummer William Hooker continues to expand his varied discography on the No Business imprint, with the addition of Live At Vilnius Jazz Festival. Like Crossing Points (2011) with the late reedman Thomas Chapin, it's a meeting with a resourceful saxophonist -this time Liudas Mockūnas, a co-founder of the label. But unlike the former encounter, on ...

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William Hooker & Liudas Mockūnas: Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival

Read "Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Did somebody say “bring it?" Must have, because the combination of muscleman drummer William Hooker and Lithuanian saxophonist Liudas Mockūnas surely delivers the goods in this 53-minute duo improvisation performance at the Vilnius Jazz Festival in October 2013.

The four lengthy tracks are part of a continuous set the two seared into their audience's ears. ...

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Konvoj Ensemble: Colors Of:

Read "Colors Of:" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The Konvoj Ensemble is a Pan-European quintet based in Malmö, Sweden, and run by Swedish saxophonist Ola Paulson. This quintet is comprised of experienced free improvisers--Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker and lap-top player Jakob Riis, Lithuanian saxophonist Liudas Mockūnas, and Swedish drummer Anders Uddeskog, augmented for its debut recording by British sax legend Evan Parker and Swedish ...

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Latest from Danish Barefoot Records

Read "Latest from Danish Barefoot Records" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The 2012 edition of the Copenhagen Jazz festival offered a musical snapshot of the vibrant and varied Danish improvisational scene and its strong ties with other European improv scenes. The festival hosted 18 concerts, organized by the music collective and record label Barefoot Records. Half of those concerts were recorded, enjoying the presence of many guests ...

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Mockuno NuClear: Drop It

Read "Drop It" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Drop It riunisce tre diverse sedute di registrazione, di cui due dal vivo, nelle quali il leader Liudas Mockunas esegue per la prima volta con un trio tutto lituano composizioni già affrontate nel corso degli ultimi anni con diversi tipi di formazione. Mockunas si esibisce al tenore, al baritono, al soprano con grande personalità sfruttando al meglio le caratteristiche degli ...