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Volumes & Surfaces

Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Heterodox Symmetry; The Deaf Voice Of The Light; Blue Isn't For Sitting; The Non Dimension Of The Present; Clearly, Blue Is For Sitting.

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Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead: Volumes & Surfaces

Read "Volumes & Surfaces" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Damon Smith might be the hardest working man in show business. Free-jazz show business, that is. If there is a performance or recording somewhere in the States or Europe, there is a very good chance his double bass is in attendance. You name an improvising artist and he's recorded with them, from Roscoe Mitchell to Joe ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


After the initial shock of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown, artists did what artists do. Unable to tour, many musicians created solo projects. Musicians, like other sentient beings though, crave contact, so when some of the most severe restrictions lifted, duos were formed and production returned. These small positive steps (note: some were recorded before ...

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Whatever Is Not Stone Is Light

Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Released: 2020
Track listing: Limitless Autumn; The Embers Of The Year; Noon Nests In Your Inner Ear; The Sky Hides All Its Birds; Broken Mirrors Where The World Sees Itself Shattered; Flayed Sun; Night Of Wheat; Conduits Of Bone; Erasing Landscape; The Eye Retreats; Kneading Trough; Uncertain Foliage; Three Clouds & These Few Words; Heat Rested; Waiting Water; From Dream To Watching; Fire & Lichen; Edicts Of Salt; Thirst Wakes & Builds; From Yellow To Red; From Green To Yellow; Word With No Back To It; I Sun-Bone.

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Damon Smith: Whatever Is Not Stone Is Light

Read "Whatever Is Not Stone Is Light" reviewed by Mark Corroto


A well-known standing joke instructs a concert goer that the proper time to have a conversation during a performance is to wait for the bass solo. Maybe that joke is funny because it does happen all too often. Try as one might, though, it is impossible to get side-tracked during this solo bass performance by Damon ...

Album

Nearly Extinct

Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Released: 2016
Track listing: East Cape Yupik; Broome Pearling; !Kung; Boonting; Hixxkaryana; Nunatsiavummiutu; Gross Koiari.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Three from Henry Kaiser on Balance Point Acoustics

Read "Three from Henry Kaiser on Balance Point Acoustics" reviewed by John Eyles


The Balance Point Acoustics label was set up by double bassist Damon Smith in 2001 to document his own music. In the years since, the label has issued a steady stream of recordings, most featuring Smith. Significantly, the first of the label's releases not to include the bassist was the 2006 Henry Kaiser solo album Domo ...

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Henry Kaiser/Steve Parker/Damon Smith/Chris Cogburn: Nearly Extinct

Read "Nearly Extinct" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The title of this improvising free jazz quartet's release Nearly Extinct, is a reference to the current state of instant composing. The cover lists various players (Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, John Coltrane), Bands (ICP Orchestra, SME, AMM, AACM, ISKRA 1903), and refers to differing scenes from San Francisco to London and Wuppertal. That title ...

Album

From-To-From

Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Released: 2014
Track listing: Ut. Dict.; From-To-From; Which Way is Out?; B,B,B'S x 6/8; Goodtime FFA; Q.D.

Album

Burns Longer

Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Released: 2014
Track listing: Archiduc 1; Archiduc 2; Archiduc 3.


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