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(pentimento)

Label: Amalgam Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Only a Phase; Alt Man; Swipe Left; Hands of Time; A (whole) Nother Thing; Fluster-Cuck; 750 ml; Held Hostage; Danse Macabre; Incensed; to Elijah; Say On; The Power and the Freedom; Memento Mori; Plod On As One.

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Matt Piet: (pentimento)

Read "(pentimento)" reviewed by Kevin Press


In the notes that accompany this remarkable new album from Chicago improv pianist Matt Piet, he writes that he ..."needed to learn how to give again." With remarkable frankness, Piet describes a kind of breakdown in 2018. After years of mental health challenges and substance abuse (his words), it was the passing of another great avant-gardist ...

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Matt Piet: (pentimento)

Read "(pentimento)" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It goes without saying that 2020, year one of the global pandemic, was oppressive and overwhelming at times. Nearly everyone in their individual isolation came to recognize what has been lost and, hopefully, identify the resilience of the human spirit. One could argue the hardest hit were musicians, where touring and performing for an audience, and ...

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Scrawl

Label: Amalgam Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Content Launch; Adjournment; Campfire; Thistles; Screed.

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Jake Wark Quartet: Scrawl

Read "Scrawl" reviewed by Troy Dostert


A strong meeting of four of Chicago's leading improvisers, Scrawl is tenor saxophonist Jake Wark's second disc as a leader, after 2016's Tremor (Amalgam Music), which featured the talents of drummer Phil Haynes and bassist Drew Gress. The Chicago scene has long had a collectivist spirit, and it's on display here, as clarinetist Angel Bat Dawid, ...

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Pinch Point

Label: Amalgam Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Eighteen; Five; Seven; Eight; Three; Four; Six.

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Four Letter Words: Pinch Point

Read "Pinch Point" reviewed by Mark Corroto


What is the difference between unbalanced and off balance? Very little, if you listen to Four Letter Words' Pinch Point, the trio's third release, after Blow (Amalgam, 2015) and Radio Silence (Amalgam, 2015). Unbalanced can mean both “disturbed" and “demented." Certainly the seven improvisations presented here can be a bit disturbing, meaning the music seeks no ...

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Of Sound Mind

Label: Amalgam Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Clang Association; Down & Out; The Dr. Will See You Now; Mood Swing; Onward & Upward.

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Blow

Label: Amalgam Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Blow; Minor Yours; Lugubrious; I Heard You Singing In A Tree; The Vampire; Naissance; Lecherous Howls; Blow.

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Matt Piet: Of Sound Mind

Read "Of Sound Mind" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Pianist Matt Piet is most definitely a thinking man's player, roughly on a par with Ron Stabinsky (see Free For One), but with less notoriety (at least for now). Appearing as a member of the cooperative group Four Letter Words on Blow, he seemed to drive the music with a strong, clear musical personality.


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