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Barry Altschul

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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

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Belated Tribute to Carla Bley

Read "A Belated Tribute to Carla Bley" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Better late than never, this show is in tribute to composer Carla Bley who passed away in October 2023. It features Bley's work with her various small and large groups as well as with Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. It also had her compositions performed by collaborators and admirers such as Billy Drummond, Nels Cline, Gary ...

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Article: Album Review

Jon Irabagon's Outright!: Recharge the Blade

Read "Recharge the Blade" reviewed by Mark Corroto


As with nearly all of saxophonist Jon Irabagon's music, the matter for debate is whether the listener needs to be as caffeinated as the musician. His brand of performance, going back two decades, has been one of constant motion and a bottomless cup of ideas. We heard this in Irabagon's contribution to the band Mostly Other ...

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Article: Album Review

Barry Altschul, David Izenson, Perry Robinson: Stop Time: Live At Prince Street, 1978

Read "Stop Time:  Live At Prince Street, 1978" reviewed by John Sharpe


If at all familiar to modern day listeners, David Izenzon's name is most likely to ring a bell for his bass wizardry on Ornette Coleman's two-volume At The Golden Circle Stockholm (Blue Note, 1965). But the archive recording Stop Time is a reminder of just what listeners are missing. Izenson remained active well after his sojourn ...

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A.R.C.

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Nefertiti; Ballad for Tillie; A.R.C.; Vedana; Thanatos; Games.

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Stop Time: Live At Prince Street, 1978

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Untitled I; Untitled II; Untitled III; Untitled IV.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kate Gentile, Swell / Tokar / Kugel & Richard Davis

Read "Kate Gentile, Swell / Tokar / Kugel & Richard Davis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Drummer Kate Gentile's new Find Letter X is extremely inventive and original--one of the best of the year and featured in this edition. The new em>For The People Of The Open Heart by trombonist Steve Swell, bassist Mark Tokar & drummer Klaus Kugel is another exceptional release. Also new and notable are pianist Satoko Fujii with ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Anna Webber, Steve Lehman, & Silvia Bolognesi

Read "Anna Webber, Steve Lehman, & Silvia Bolognesi" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Digging into the music on new releases from saxophonists this week from rising-star Anna Webber's new Shimmer Wince, the highly-praised Steve Lehman with the Orchestre National De Jazz from France, Pasquale Calo from Italy and his quartet, and Chicago powerhouse Dave Rempis with Belgian bassist Farida Amadou, plus Italian bassist Silvia Bolognesi on her new world-music ...

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Article: Album Review

A.R.C.: A.R.C.

Read "A.R.C." reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Without the exploding theorems of multi-reedist/composer/alchemist Anthony Braxton, A.R.C., the multifarious rhythm trio of Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Barry Altschul, continue the grand work of the short-lived (but most esteemed) quartet Circle on this 1971 reissue and remaster of the exploratory and free flying A.R.C. Corea, who, after a short solo turn would ...

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Article: First Time I Saw

Dave Holland Circa 1976

Read "Dave Holland Circa 1976" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Ah, College. Life, liberty and the pursuit of... well... among other things, the quest for jazz music, trying to expand my horizons regarding an art form that had entered my blood in high school, despite the prevelant sounds of the Beatles, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Leon Russell, the Allman Brothers and Sly and the ...


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