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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 ...

Nearly Extinct

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

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

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.

Burns Longer

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

The Latest Adventures of Dutch Sound Poet Jaap Blonk

Read "The Latest Adventures of Dutch Sound Poet Jaap Blonk" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Innovative Dutch vocal artist Jaap Blonk has created his own highly personal sound poetry. His vocal acrobatics are still an essential element of his sound palette but not an exclusive one. Since 2000 Blonk has developed new means and methods to expand and experiment with his vocals, with live sampling of his vocals, addition of electronics, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Fred Van Hove / Peter Jacquemyn / Damon Smith: Burns Longer

Read "Burns Longer" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This unique, ad-hoc trio features Belgian master pianist Fred Van Hove, one of the architects of European free improvised music and close collaborator of influential European improvisers such as German reed man Peter Brötzmann, late bassist Peter Kowald, Dutch drummer Han Bennink, fellow countryman and double bassist (and sculptor) Peter Jacquemyn. Both of them rarely recorded ...

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Alvin Fielder / David Dove / Jason Jackson / Damon Smith: From-To-From

Read "From-To-From" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This quartet represents a meeting of generations and their approaches to jazz and improvised music. The quartet resembles such early free jazz units as the New York Art Quartet or the Archie Shepp--Roswell Rudd Quartet. Veteran drummer Alvin Fielder--the eldest member, with an encyclopedic knowledge of modern jazz drumming--is known for his extensive collaborations with saxophonist ...


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