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Angels, Devils & Haints

Label: CJR
Released: 2009
Track listing: Angels, Devils and Haints; Goin' Home; Ol' Man River; Angels and Other Aliens; The Gift.


Joe McPhee: Angels, Devils & Haints

Read "Angels, Devils & Haints" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Angels, Devils & Haints is a beautifully unusual tribute record. The project was conceived by saxophonist Joe McPhee as a tribute to the great Albert Ayler, but doesn't include any of Ayler's tunes. The lineup--McPhee (tenor and alto saxophones and pocket trumpet) with a quartet of bassists--isn't an instrumentation Ayler ever used. And yet, from the ...


Joe McPhee: Angels, Devils & Haints

Read "Angels, Devils & Haints" reviewed by Lyn Horton

In 1965, Joe McPhee met Donald Ayler by chance in a New York record store. Ayler asked McPhee to join him at a rehearsal where Albert Ayler would be, but unfortunately McPhee was unable to make the rehearsal. That missed opportunity triggered a powerful response in May 2000, when McPhee invited a group of musicians to ...

Reqiphoenix Nexus

Label: CJR
Released: 2007
Track listing: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.


The C.T. String Quartet: Reqiphoenix Nexus

Read "Reqiphoenix Nexus" reviewed by Lyn Horton

The key difference between the resonance of stringed instruments and the saxophone, to pick one example, is due to the material of the respective instruments. Wood boxes vibrate as a result of the strings being attacked and muted; metal vibrates as a result of embouchure, breath and the opening and shutting of valves. That difference illuminates ...

Port of Saints

Label: CJR
Released: 2006
Track listing: Port of Saints; The Snake, The Fish (And Things).

In the Stillhouse (Live)

Label: CJR
Released: 2006
Track listing: Still Song for a Red Puppet; Slam's Blues; Still Dancer.


Michael Bisio / Raymond Boni / Dominic Duval / Joe McPhee: Port of Saints

Read "Port of Saints" reviewed by Lyn Horton

The unvarnished truth about improvised music is that it takes us where we never expect to go. Port of Saints describes an epic journey whose main character is the saxophone. A guitar acts as the saxophone's alter ego. Two basses supply avuncular guide posts for traveling to an unknowable but certain destination. The journey is rife ...


The Slam Trio: In the Stillhouse (Live)

Read "In the Stillhouse (Live)" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

For all his efforts organizing the Sunday night COMA concert series in Manhattan's Lower East Side, saxophonist Blaise Siwula is underdocumented on record. But he did get away long enough in 2004 to do a three-day New England tour with a strong trio alongside bassist Adam Lane and drummer Toshi Makihara. The last night, in Portland ...

Slammin' the Infinite

Label: CJR
Released: 2005
Track listing: 1. With the Morning, Hope 2. East Village Meet and Greet 3. Box Set 4. Dresden Art Maneuvers 5. Slammin' the Infinite 6. Voices from the Asphalt 7. For Frank Lowe


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