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Barry Altschul

Barry Altschul is a drummer who gained fame in the late 1960s with the pianists Paul Bley and Chick Corea, playing in the "outside" style of jazz that had been evolving steadily since the innovations of Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane. His first major gig in the late 1960s was with Paul Bley's trio. In 1969 he joined with Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Anthony Braxton to form the group Circle. At the time, he made use of a high-pitched Gretsch kit with add-on drums and percussion instruments, which he integrated seamlessly in a whirlwind of sound. No one sounded quite like him at the time, and his nuclear energy served him well when he teamed up with Sam Rivers and Anthony Braxton throughout the 1970s. Altschul also made a few albums as a leader, but after the mid-1980s he was rarely seen in concert or on record

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dave Liebman: Placing Free Jazz and the Avant Garde in Musical and Historical Perspective

Read "Dave Liebman: Placing Free Jazz and the Avant Garde in Musical and Historical Perspective" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Like free jazz, this interview arose spontaneously from an informal “how are you doin'" telephone conversation between saxophonist Dave Liebman and All About Jazz contributor Vic Schermer. Schermer phoned Liebman to compliment him on his new e-book The Art of Skill: Establishing the Mindset for Unleashing the Music Inside You published by Michael Lake, and how ...

Chick Corea

Read "Chick Corea" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

In memory of NEA Jazz Master Chick Corea: 1941-2021. This article was first published at All About Jazz in 2004. Pianist Chick Corea is one of the major pioneers of fusion, with his influence since the 1960s also extending to post-bop, Latin, free-form and avant-garde jazz. He is a rarity in his proficiency and ...

Ricochet

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Universal Message.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jon Irabagon: I Don't Hear Nothin' But The Blues Volume 3: Anatomical Snuffbox

Read "I Don't Hear Nothin' But The Blues Volume 3: Anatomical Snuffbox" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In season two of the classic British TV comedy Monty Python's Flying Circus, John Cleese plays an architect making a presentation to a committee assembled to build an apartment complex. His design has “classical neo-Georgian features" with “tenants arriving in the entrance hall...carried along corridors on a conveyor belt in extreme comfort...towards the rotating knives. The ...

Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer

Read "Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the summer of 2020 one result of the COVID-19 isolation, and artists inability to tour and perform is that they have time to deal with projects halted by this pandemic. Musicians, producers, and engineers have mixed, mastered and released an abundance of music. Many of the titles have been, and will be covered by our ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sam Rivers Trio: Ricochet

Read "Ricochet" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Other than new product framed on forward-leaning jazz and improvisational artists, this record label annually resurrects gems from the vaults, evidenced on this adrenaline- fueled recording of the late great saxophonist Sam Rivers and his superstar trio. This follows the label's release of Zenith (No Business, 2019) which is Rivers' quintet caught live at a Berlin ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors, Barry Altschul: Around Again: The Music Of Carla Bley

Read "Around Again: The Music Of Carla Bley" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Sontuosa rilettura di dodici tra le più belle composizioni di Carla Bley, quest'album nasce da un'idea del contrabbassista Ulf Krokfors, condivisa con la pianista Iro Haarla--che frequenta la musica di Carla fin dai tempi del conservatorio e che ha da sempre Paul Bley come modello pianistico--e poi concretizzata assieme a Barry Altschul, batterista nel trio del ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Year New Decade

Read "New Year New Decade" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy New Year! The first broadcast of the new decade included new releases by Works for Me, Viktori Japilatovic and Bill Cunliffe, with birthday shout outs to vocalists Susannah McCorkle (pictured), Nancy Lamott, Michelle Walker, Georgia Mancio and Jelena Jovović, saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, pianists Myra Melford and Lisa Hilton, clarinetist Anat Cohen and Clark Terry, among ...


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