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Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble: Proverbs of Sam

Read "Proverbs of Sam" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Master of semi-exotic Eastern double-reed instruments, Bill Cole has spent most of his professional life as an academic. Criminally under-recorded, when Seasoning the Greens, a 2001 concert of his Untempered Ensemble was released in 2002, fans of freely improvised worldbeat jazz only had to wait one year. So the question raised by Proverbs of Sam is: ...

Proverbs for Sam

Label: Boxholder Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Don't Wait for the Day of Battle Before Getting Your Weapons Ready; If a Blacksmith Continues to Strike an Iron at One Point He Must Have a Reason; The Drum Sounding a Message in War is Beaten in a Cryptic Manner; Only Wise Men Can Dance to It, and Only Experienced Men Can Understand It; No One Knows the Paths in a Garden Better Than the Gardener; A Follower Should Always Allow His Guide to Lead.

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Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble: Proverbs for Sam

Read "Proverbs for Sam" reviewed by Troy Collins

Proverbs for Sam is dedicated to the late saxophonist Sam Furnace, a charter member of double reed master Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble. The majority of the album is culled from the 2001 Vision Festival in New York, while the majestic finale is drawn from the same 2001 Burlington, Vermont concert documented on Seasoning of the Greens ...

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Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble: Proverbs for Sam

Read "Proverbs for Sam" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bill Cole has such a typical American name that those unfamiliar with his music could be forgiven for expecting to hear quintessential American jazz on his recorded offerings. Cole, a rare breed of jazz artist who has focused his efforts on uniting Eastern sounds with the American art form, is a musical seeker who has, over ...

Seasoning the Greens

Label: Boxholder Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: Grounded, The Triple Towers of Kyongbokkang, South Indian Festival Rhythm, Ghanaian Funeral Rhythm, South Indian Marriage Rhythm, Colombian Rhythm, Free Rhythm, A Man Sees a Snake, a Woman Kills It; No Matter, as Long as It is Dead

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Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble: Seasoning the Greens

Read "Seasoning the Greens" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Jazz fans may be less prone to musical ethnocentricities and preconceived ideas about song than, say, those folks who go out and buy Madonna CDs, but that restrictive mindset lingers.Bill Cole is out to shake things up a bit. Cole has been studying and playing a number of eastern double reed instruments for over ...

Live in Greenfield, Massachusets November 20, 1999

Label: Boxholder Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: disc 1: Struggles of Fanny Lou Hamer/The Short Life of Amadou Diallo/disc 2: Freedom 1863: A Fable

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Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble: Live in Greenfield, Massachusets November 20, 1999

Read "Live in Greenfield, Massachusets November 20, 1999" reviewed by Michael A. Parker

It takes a while to get a grip on a recording like this. After having spent such “a while” absorbing this sprawling 2CD set, I’m willing to claim that this is one of the most important documents of Jazz in the past ten years. It represents a virtuosic synthesis of composition and improvisation, and of conventional ...


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