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The Fictive Five: Anything Is Possible

Read "Anything Is Possible" reviewed by John Sharpe

Anything Is Possible constitutes the second release from a quintet first convened by San Francisco-based reedman Larry Ochs for his 2013 residency at The Stone in New York. Following that successful summit, and perhaps not unrelated, the pairing of trumpeter Nate Wooley and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, players as at home in extemporized form as in adventurous ...

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Jones Jones: A Jones In Time Saves Nine

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Over a decade in existence and the free jazz trio Jones Jones has just dropped its third album. That's not exactly prolific, but may well be an accurate reflection of the challenge implicit in bringing together colleagues separated by the 5795 miles between reedman Larry Ochs and bassist Mark Dresser in California, and percussionist Vladimir Tarasov ...

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2018, Part 1

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
May 17-18, 2018

Keeping a middle-aged festival such as the Festival International de Musique Actualle de Victoriaville fresh and relevant is a challenge, but the program for this year's 34th edition of FIMAV assembled by ...

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Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2017

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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 ...

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Rova Saxophone Quartet: Steve Lacy’s Saxophone Special Revisited

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If you own a copy of the original Saxophone Special (Emanem, 1975), flip the LP over to view a photocopy of Steve Lacy's original notebook (with spiral binding) score of the compositions “Staples," “Swishes," and “Snaps." This is all music he performed at Wigmore Hall in London in December 1974 in a saxophone quartet that included ...

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Andrew Vogt: For Free

Read "For Free" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Andrew Vogt, da non confondere col quasi omonimo Andrew Voigt, membro fondatore del glorioso Rova Saxophone Quartet, è un bassista dell'area di Chicago con frequentazioni anche illustri (Ernie Watts, Donny McCaslin, Stevie Wonder, Nate Watts) che nel febbraio 2016 ha registrato questo breve CD (trentatré minuti: lui lo cataloga addirittura come EP) che costituisce la prima ...

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The Ganelin Trio: Creative Tensions

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Imagine a time, not so very long ago, when a foreign Jazz/Improvising Trio created such a stir in Britain that they made the TV news! Imagine the national newspapers queuing round the block for interviews. And imagine London's Bloomsbury Theatre filled with musicians, journalists and arts administrators--not to mention the odd, very odd, raincoated spook.

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Rova Channeling Coltrane: Electric Ascension

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John Coltrane's Ascension (Impulse, 1965) stands as a seminal moment in the development of modern jazz, presenting structured large group improvisation which renounced both the form and content of almost all previous models. It was never performed live, and this was one of the facts which initially captured the attention of the now venerable ROVA Saxophone ...

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble at The Center for New Music

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Center for New Music
San Francisco, CA
February 15, 2016

San Francisco's Tenderloin District is a down-and-out area which wags have christened “Twitterloin," (owing to the proximity of Twitter and other tax companies given tax subsidies to erect their palatial edifices in this culturally diverse neighborhood). And the ...

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PRISM Quartet: Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1

Read "Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Not quite as well-known as the World Saxophone Quartet or the Rova Saxophone Quartet, the PRISM Quartet practices a unique approach to this category of ensemble playing. In part, PRISM takes a more direct aim on improvisation as opposed to the more blended method of WSQ or the openly free style of Rova. More idiosyncratic is ...