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EUPHORIUM_freakestra: soundz offfe drzk wähuh

Read "soundz offfe drzk wähuh" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The funny thing about DNA is that just when scientists believe it to be the identifiable signature of all living things, along comes CRISPR gene editing. This technology allows an operator to edit the basic genetic material of an organism, much like the music of Oliver Schwerdt's EUPHORIUM_freakestra. We're not talking science fiction here, more like ...

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Sbatax

Label: Umlaut Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sbatax

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Bertrand Denzler / Antonin Gerbal: Sbatax

Read "Sbatax" reviewed by Mark Corroto


With six and one-half minutes remaining in this single thirty-eight minute live tenor saxophone/drums recording, an audience member at a club in Berlin begins howling. Listeners to this recording will probably be saying to themselves, “where have you been? I've been shouting encouragement since I pressed play!" It's that kind of record. The two ...

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Arc

Label: Potlatch Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Arc 1.1; Arc 2.1.

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سم [ISM]: Metaphor

Read "Metaphor" reviewed by Mark Corroto


We are all becoming. Not “becoming" as in pretty or handsome, but, as in we are coming to be. You can relate this to the Dharma path, or maturity, maybe even the act of learning how to juggle. Becoming is also the theme of the trio سم [ISM]. Its follow up to Nature In Its Inscrutability ...

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Bertrand Denzler / CoÔ: Arc

Read "Arc" reviewed by John Eyles


This release is particularly welcome as Potlatch Records has not released an album since Infra by Pascale Criton, in September 2017. As the label issued its first album--No Waiting, by Derek Bailey & Joëlle Léandre--in 1998, this is an opportunity to mark the ground-breaking label's twentieth anniversary, and send congratulations to proprietor Jacques Oger. It is ...

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Euphorium_freakestra: Grande Casino

Read "Grande Casino" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Indeed, the earth can be a delightfully bizarre habitat. With this ten-piece aggregation assembled by pianist, musicologist Oliver Schwerdt and featuring legendary improvisers Barry Guy (bass) and Gunter 'Baby' Sommer (drums, perc), ideas, and perhaps life itself penetrate through unchartered peripheries of time and reason. This European ensemble toys with your psyche due to ...

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Neuköllner Modelle: Zyklus 1

Read "Zyklus 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The third release by the trio Neuköllner Modelle, saxophonist Bertrand Denzler, bassist Joel Grip, and drummer Sven-Åke Johansson, Zyklus 1 might be considered a zen chronicle. The four lengthy tracks reveal the true nature of improvised sound, group interaction, and thus, the essence of meditation. Like meditation, their music is very simple, yet extremely hard to ...

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Two Contrasting Releases From Bertrand Denzler

Read "Two Contrasting Releases From Bertrand Denzler" reviewed by John Eyles


Although the Swiss-born saxophonist, improviser and composer Bertrand Denzler has a modestly-sized discography compared to some saxophonists, the recordings within it reveal a diverse range of collaborations and activities with a consistently-high quality level. For many years he has participated in ensembles such as Hubbub, The Seen and Trio Sowari, his distinctive saxophone sound being one ...


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