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Nocturnes

Label: Atavistic Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Nocturne 1; Nocturne 5; Nocturne 3; Nocturne 8; Nocturne 4; Nocturne 7; Nocturne 2; Nocturne 10.

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Boxhead Ensemble: Nocturnes

Read "Nocturnes" reviewed by Karl A.D. Evangelista


Derek Bailey, the doyen of free improvisation, took note of the surprising survival tactics of the younger generation of improvisers--"the kind of manoeuvers sometimes found necessary to safely negotiate the mire thrown up in culturally inclement times, sometimes compromise, sometimes regression. Much has changed since Bailey wrote Improvisation (Da Capo, 1980), from which the foregoing quote ...

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Boxhead Ensemble: Nocturnes

Read "Nocturnes" reviewed by Troy Collins


Formed to accompany the short-film documentary Dutch Harbor in 1996, the Boxhead Ensemble has since grown beyond its modest origins. In addition to its leader, guitarist Michael Krassner, the group has featured a diverse cast in various incarnations over the past decade: Ken Vandermark, Jeff Parker, Will Oldham, Edith Frost and members of Wilco and the ...

Album

Quartets

Label: Atavistic Records
Released: 2003
Track listing: One - 5:24; Two - 3:44; Three - 4:09; Four - 12:06; Five - 8:57; Six - 6:43; Seven - 1:29.

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Boxhead Ensemble: Quartets

Read "Quartets" reviewed by AAJ Staff


You can tell this book by the cover. The dull steel blue, the framed papery textures, the conservative font, each letter out of contrast and nearly illegible. From the very beginning, it's pretty damn obvious that you aren't likely to be able to discriminate the voices that make up the Boxhead Ensemble. Pay the price, reap ...

Album

Two Brothers

Label: Atavistic Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: Still; From This Point Onward; When Johnny Comes Marching Home; Two Brothers; The Half-Light; Requiem; SBA?; Come Again No More; Epilogue.

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Boxhead Ensemble: Two Brothers

Read "Two Brothers" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Some musicians rely upon unremitting clarity to communicate their ideas. But ironically, a bit of murkiness can work quite well to accomplish the same end. The second Boxhead Ensemble release, Two Brothers, is murky in the extreme, yet it works just fine. The stated intention of the disc is a revisitation of mid-19th century American music, ...


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