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Bugge Wesseltoft and Matthew Herbert: Two Approaches To Leadership

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It was a game of two halves, Jim, and the name of the game was power... Either the advertising for the concert was ambiguous or I had unconsciously indulged in a little wishful thinking. I’d thought that Bugge would be playing with Matthew Herbert, perhaps firing up some electronics to create a two-pronged attack ...


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The Treecreepers at the Red Rose

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The Treecreepers are a shifting unit of improvisers centred around the core duo of Pete Flood and Ian R. Watson. We enter the hall at the back of the Red Rose Club’s bar to find the sextet beginning to assemble on a stage bathed in dim red light. That light together with a lack of windows ...


Article: Album Review

Adam Butler: Schmoozing With The Apr

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The first sounds on Adam Butler's solo record Schmoozing are those of a crowd, probably the “après garde" of the title, which is subjected to an alien sawing sound, as though said crowd were being sawn through. A single note is played forcefully on a piano as if in annoyance at the chattering that surrounds it. ...


Article: Live Review

Arve Henriksen and Terje Isungset: Two Friends In Nature

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Arve Henriksen, dark haired, almost boyish, appears on the darkened stage and seats himself on a stool lit by a single pool of light. He picks up his trumpet and proceeds to demarcate space and delineate feeling by the force and dissipation of his breath. Henriksen understands the nature of his instrument as a ...


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Bobby McFerrin: Live at the Royal Festival Hall

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Royal Festival Hall London, UK 16 November 2003 One man alone with his voice (no band, no instruments) in a large classical venue is not an entirely promising prospect. Bobby McFerrin’s performance at the Royal Festival Hall, however, was one of those rare experiences whose memory is likely to be savoured long ...


Article: Album Review

Soft Machine: BBC Radio / 1971-1974

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Soft Machine is one of a select number of musical entities to have adopted names from William S. Burroughs’ writings; others include Steely Dan and DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid. To do so in some way implies a radical agenda, an outsider view of things. Soft Machine was certainly never mainstream in its approach to jazz, ...


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Bugge Wesseltoft: New Conception of Jazz Live

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Reflective electric piano chords, the tsk tsk of percussion – it could almost be the the first half of a '70s buildup to a souljazz masterpiece – there’s a little electric bass, the occasional unidentifiable sound and then suddenly the marshal pulse of an electronic house rhythm sounds out accompanied by the low growl of an ...


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DJ Wally: Nothing Stays The Same

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Thirsty Ear has consciously positioned itself at a median point between popular groove-based musics and exploratory jazz. On this release DJ Wally has at his disposal music played by some of the cream of free jazz players, including Matthew Shipp, David S. Ware and William Parker. Nothing Stays The Same is composed of a number of ...


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Children On The Corner: Rebirth

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Miles Davis’s first electric period traced an arc from 1969 to 1975 which continues to inform the most exploratory electric jazz of the past three decades. Miles developed techniques (generic cross-pollination and studio cut and paste, to name only two) which produced seriously funky and out music and which have inspired a whole slew of innovators ...


Article: Album Review

Rubyana: Amazing Grace/Rubyana/Epistrophy

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These three discs share the same players: Rubyana on flute, Al MacDowell on bass, Sharaye White on vocals, Frank Marino on drums, Yusef Ali on conga drums, and Eddie Boubay on timbales. I must confess when I read the makeup of the group I suspected the music might be somewhat one- dimensional, but for the most ...


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