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Barry Guy

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Barry Guy is an innovative double bass player and composer whose creative diversity in the fields of Jazz improvisation, solo recitals, chamber and orchestral performance is the outcome both of an unusually varied training and a zest for experimentation, underpinned by a dedication to the double bass and the ideal of musical communication. Between the early Seventies and mid Nineties Barry Guy held principal bass position in various orchestras including The Orchestra of St.John’s Smith Square, City of London Sinfonia, Monteverdi Orchestra, The Academy of Ancient Music, Kent Opera and The London Classical Players

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Article: Album Review

Günter Baby Sommer & the Lucaciu 3: Karawane

Read "Karawane" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Long recognized as one of the most important exponents of European free jazz, drummer Günter Baby Sommer has refused to rest on his laurels, as he continues to do his part to maintain the legacy of free improvisation and creative jazz in a host of contexts, defying the aging process rather insouciantly while doing so. His ...

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Article: Live Review

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by John Sharpe


Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival National Drama Theater Lithuania May 27-29, 2022 Introduction It's a little known fact that Lithuania has more jazz festivals per capita than any other country. Prominent among them is the Mama Jazz Festival, held annually amid the baroque beauty of the capital Vilnius. And it says something ...

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Article: Album Review

Axel Dörner, Roger Turner, Urs Leimgruber, and Ribo Flesh: Untitled (London Leipzig Luzern)

Read "Untitled (London Leipzig Luzern)" reviewed by Troy Dostert


With a lineup comprising some of the leading figures in free improvisation, fans of the genre will surely want to give Untitled (London Leipzig Luzern) a close listen. Trumpeter Axel Dörner, saxophonist Urs Leimgruber and percussionist Roger Turner have made their mark on hundreds of recordings featuring all of the household names: Evan Parker, Sam Rivers, ...

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Nox

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Multa Dies; Multa Nox; Multa Lux.

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Irvin's Comet

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Comet; Ding Dang A Diddy Ding Dang; Closed Space; Oscillating; Old Earth Home; Barehead.

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Article: Album Review

Aurelijus Užameckis: Signals

Read "Signals" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius


Signals is a debut solo album from one of the most promising Lithuanian double bassists, Aurelijus Užameckis, who recently graduated from Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. He is a member of jazz rock band Džiazlaif and also a leader of the international ensemble, The Young Immigrants. During his career Užameckis has shared the stage ...

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Article: Album Review

Barry Guy: Irvin's Comet

Read "Irvin's Comet" reviewed by John Sharpe


Unaccompanied might just be the best format in which to appreciate British bassist Barry Guy's playing. This way there are no distractions, no other virtuosi vying for attention. That is often an issue. Although his discography contains occasional solo dates, they are far outnumbered by the entries for the trio with saxophonist Evan Parker and drummer ...

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Article: Album Review

Ikizukuri + Susana Santos Silva: Suicide Underground Orchid

Read "Suicide Underground Orchid" reviewed by John Sharpe


For its second album, the power trio Ikizukuri, comprising German saxophonist Julius Gabriel, Portuguese electric bassist Gonçalo Almeida and drummer Gustavo Costa, joins forces with trumpeter Susana Santos Silva for a brash 40-minute thrash blending free jazz, noise, metal and electronics. While the band's name refers to a gruesome strand of Japanese cuisine which entails seafood ...

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Article: Interview

Dave Holland: More Than Just Notes

Read "Dave Holland: More Than Just Notes" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The creative juices, if not the hunger, desert many artists as they advance in years. Repetition and mediocrity—a blunting of the sword— can creep in, while past glories are often left to provide the kindling for flames that never quite catch. Such charges could never be levelled at English bassist Dave Holland, who turns seventy-five in ...


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