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Barry Guy


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


all this this here

Label: Fundacja Sluchaj
Released: 2023
Track listing: Comment Dire; Waiting; Time Thing; Lysandra; Brief Dream; And Two Haiku; Time Thing 2; What Is The Word.


Article: Album Review

Izumi Kimura & Gerry Hemingway: Kairos

Read "Kairos" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In ancient Greek kairos means the right time for action. The word relates both to archery and weaving. It is an apt title for pianist Izumi Kimura and drummer/percussionist Gerry Hemingway's debut duo album, as in-the-moment intent, precision and intricacy course through their dialogues. No strangers to one another, they first played as duo in 2016, ...


Article: Album Review

Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band: all this this here

Read "all this this here" reviewed by John Sharpe

Bassist and composer Barry Guy combines a number of his passions on All This This Here in a stunning act of synthesis. For the third major work for his Blue Shroud Band, following its eponymous debut (Intakt, 2016) and Odes And Meditations For Cecil Taylor (Not Two, 2018), Guy sets to music Nobel winning playwright Samuel ...

Article: Live Review

Genius Loci 2023

Read "Genius Loci 2023" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Genius Loci 2023 Firenze Complesso Monumentale di Santa Croce 28-30.9.2023 Come ormai accade da sei anni, gli splendidi e suggestivi spazi che circondano la Chiesa fiorentina di Santa Croce --nella quale, come noto, si trovano le spoglie di numerosi artisti e personaggi storici--si sono aperti per ospitare Genius Loci, due ...


Article: Album Review

Moss Freed / Union Division: Micromotives

Read "Micromotives" reviewed by John Sharpe

A question any composer for improvisers must face is whether they can create something more worthwhile than what they might come up with if left to themselves. It can be a tough call. For some, such as Alexander von Schlippenbach's Globe Unity Orchestra or Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet, the ultimate conclusion was no, while for others ...


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Mark Dresser: Tines of Change

Read "Tines of Change" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz

Since his arrival as a member of Anthony Braxton's mid-1980s quartet, Mark Dresser has been expanding the sonic palette of the upright bass. Like Barre Phillips, Barry Guy, and Joëlle Léandre before him, Dresser drew from both the classical avant-garde of players such as Bertram Turetzky and Fernando Grillo and the more intuitive improvisational approaches of ...


Article: Album Review

Euphorium_freakestra: Free Acoustic Supergroup

Read "Free Acoustic Supergroup" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Thanks to pianist and director Oliver Schwerdt, the Euphorium_freakestra is and always has been a glorious experiment in organized disorganization. The double CD Free Acoustic Supergroup is the ensemble's seventh release. Schwerdt's experiments began with the single disc Ðal Ngai (Euphorium Records, 2004) and eventually the group's 3-CD Grande Casino (Euphorium Records, 2018). Ðal Ngai included ...


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Jacques Demierre: The Hills Shout

Read "The Hills Shout" reviewed by John Eyles

Swiss pianist Jacques Demierre has a relatively small recording history considering that it dates back to June 1984. Along the way, it includes collaborations with such luminaries as Cyril Bondi, Sylvie Corvoisier, d'incise, Barry Guy, Insub Meta Orchestra, Hans Koch, Urs Leimgruber, Lucas Niggli, and Barre Phillips, in such fine recordings as Brainforest (Intakt, 2006) by ...


Article: Live Review

Jazz Promotion Network Irish Showcases At Black Box

Read "Jazz Promotion Network Irish Showcases At Black Box" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Jazz Promotion Network Irish Showcases At Black Box Black Box Jazz Promotion Network Conference jny:Belfast, Northern Ireland November 3, 2022 As a UNESCO City of Music and as the host of Jazz Promotion Network's (JPN) annual conference (see separate article), Belfast was expected to deliver on the musical front. And ...


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