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Damon Smith

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Double bass, Improviser. Born Damon Jesse Smith on oct. 17th, 1972 in Spokane, WA. Did "freestyle bmx" bicycle riding from age 13 to 23. Started music in 1991, under the influence of Mike Watt (fIREHOSE & the minutemen) on fender bass. Lead several punk/art rock combos until 1994. Upon receiving Peter Kowald's landmark lp "Duos;Europa," Damon sold the fender bass and concentrated solely on double bass and free music. Damon's music is rooted in the tradition of "free jazz", with most of his professional experience coming from work with the orchestras and small ensembles of alto saxophonist marco eneidi, however, he is very interested in all the manifestations of free improvised music (jazz rooted or not!) around the world

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Duals

Label: Driff Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD1: Caltrop; Parsnip; Protocol; Photo Op; Blecher; Uni Device; Wageningen; Pestalozzi; School Device; CD2: Pennant; Ravine; Whistles; Lifgatowy; Procession; Entanglement; Extruded; Undertow; Mr Cook; Weft; Something Stirring Underfoot; Hommage; CD3: Scry; Slack Tide; Roil JB; Ledger; Never Ending; Redarrow; Razorlip; Summer; Ledge; Three; Ice; Roil PK.

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New Music From Nick Maclean, Leo Postolovsky, Bruno Råberg, Amaury Faye, And More

Read "New Music From  Nick Maclean, Leo Postolovsky, Bruno Råberg, Amaury Faye, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show a wide variety of new releases from Nick Maclean Quartet feat. Brownman Ali, Leo Postolovsky, Bruno Råberg, Amaury Faye Ensemble, Brandon Seabrook, Bram Stadhouders and B.O.X., Damon Smith with Jason Stein and Adam Shead, Tomas Janzon, Michael Davis Hip-Bone Big Band, Yamabiko Quintet, Devin Gray, and Artie Roth. Playlist Show Intro ...

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Damon Smith, Peter Kowald, Joëlle Léandre & Bertram Turetzky: Bass Duos 2000​-​2007

Read "Bass Duos 2000​-​2007" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz


One function of recordings is to document a performer's development. Damon Smith's Bass Duos 2000-2007 not only captures his artistic and technical evolution, his choice of duet partners represents the expanded options for the bass in creative music since the 1960s. Two of the three discs in this set were previously released, but ...

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Zack Lober, Orbit, Chris Potter & Family Band

Read "Zack Lober, Orbit, Chris Potter & Family Band" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This one's kind of all over the place: pure free jazz from the German trio of saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert, guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi & drummer Klaus Kugel, hard nosed music from Chris Potter, English quartet, Family Band, trio music from France's Orbit and the Aussie avant-garde trio The Necks' latest, a further voyage into ZZAJ: Jazz ...

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Jeb Bishop, Pandelis Karayorgis, Damon Smith: Duals

Read "Duals" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The Jeopardy answer is “three to the power of 2." If you buzzed in fast enough with “what is the album Duals“? You would be correct. The three musicians, trombonist Jeb Bishop, bassist Damon Smith, and pianist Pandelis Karayorgis recorded these 33 duos in Boston between the fall of 2021 and the summer of 2022. While ...

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Spinifex, Greene / Smith / Moses & Devin Brahja Waldman Ra Kalam Bob Moses

Read "Spinifex, Greene / Smith / Moses & Devin Brahja Waldman  Ra Kalam Bob Moses" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This edition of One Man's Jazz tends to a lot of music out on the edge, starting with a tune from a 2019 release called Life's Intense Mystery by Burton Greene, Damon Smith & Bob Moses, before heading to the powerful and unpredictable band from Amsterdam, Spinifex; they've added singers to the mix on their latest. ...

Album

Volumes & Surfaces

Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Heterodox Symmetry; The Deaf Voice Of The Light; Blue Isn't For Sitting; The Non Dimension Of The Present; Clearly, Blue Is For Sitting.

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Ghost Tantras

Label: Mother Brain Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Ooogreeshk; Snahrr; Gritooorm; Whahh; Raooor; Aieooo; Hrahhhrr-Nohh; Yahoo.

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Article: Album Review

Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead: Volumes & Surfaces

Read "Volumes & Surfaces" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Damon Smith might be the hardest working man in show business. Free-jazz show business, that is. If there is a performance or recording somewhere in the States or Europe, there is a very good chance his double bass is in attendance. You name an improvising artist and he's recorded with them, from Roscoe Mitchell to Joe ...


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