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Songs From The Urban Forest

Label: Gold Lion Arts
Released: 2021
Track listing: Joe Hill's Last And Final Will; Cries From The Central Valley; Light And Sound On The River; The Aural Dialogues; The King Of Boulevard Park; Valley Clouds In Winter.

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The Flatland Quartet: Songs From The Urban Forest

Read "Songs From The Urban Forest" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


The members of The Flatland Quartet are not only accomplished improvisers, they are socially aware artists. Their activism permeates Songs From The Urban Forest. This is not only because the proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Sacramento Food Bank. All six interrelated pieces are simultaneously abstract and earthy, marked by a sublime balance ...

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Dave Rempis, Brandon Lopez, Ryan Packard: The Early Bird Gets

Read "The Early Bird Gets" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Musicista molto attivo sulla scena fremente di Chicago, Dave Rempis si mise in luce poco più che ventenne accanto a Ken Vandermark, nel 1997, abbinando i propri sassofoni alle ance del leader nella formazione The Vandermark 5, attiva fino al 2010 con sedici lavori pubblicati soprattutto dall'etichetta Atavistic. Nel contempo, alimentò formazioni proprie o a nome ...

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Dave Rempis/ Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs: Empty Castles

Read "Empty Castles" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The trio Spectral might best be examined in the aviary of your local zoo. Trumpeter Darren Johnstonand saxophonists Dave Rempis and Larry Ochs are like three different bird species, but share the same genus. Their “song" is built from the unique coop in which they find themselves. The music on “Empty Castles," their third ...

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Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: The Falling Dream

Read "The Falling Dream" reviewed by Jack Bowers


No, the San Francisco-based Electric Squeezebox Orchestra does not come with accordions attached. It does, however, come with a well-developed eye for harmony and rhythm, an inflexible group dynamic and a number of perceptive soloists, all of which serve to make the ensemble's second album, The Falling Dream, a pleasure to hear. The ...

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Shipwreck 4

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: The Storm We See, The Sea We Saw; Counted Like Flies; When Not Night; Everything's Coming Up Rosaly; Boom; The Face Consented, At Last.

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Aaron Bennett / Darren Johnston / Lisa Mezzacappa / Frank Rosaly: Shipwreck 4

Read "Shipwreck 4" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Chicago-based session ace and solo artist, drummer Frank Rosaly aligns with San Francisco Bay Area notables for a meeting of like-minded, highly skilled improvisers. After a gig in Frisco, the musicians' scheduled time to record this quartet date. Unfortunately, Shipwreck studios was destroyed in a fire a few months after this session and the musicians decided ...

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Aaron Bennett / Darren Johnston / Lisa Mezzacappa / Frank Rosaly: Shipwreck 4

Read "Shipwreck 4" reviewed by John Sharpe


Named after the Oakland studio where the disc was recorded, the Shipwreck 4 brings together three West Coast improvisers with Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly for a program of six collectively created selections. As apparent on Everybody's Somebody's Nobody (Clean Feed, 2016), his duet with guitarist Fred Frith, trumpeter Darren Johnston's work maintains a melodic core, albeit ...

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Dave Rempis/Joshua Abrams/Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker: Perihelion

Read "Perihelion" reviewed by Mark Corroto


These days, it's a luxury to have a working jazz band. It's funny to think in those terms, isn't it? Sure, that was a nice record, you think. But modern musicians, particularly jazz musician often play in multiple ensembles, in theatre productions, teach music lessons privately, and curate local music series. These things are often accomplished ...


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