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Dennis Rea

Dennis Rea's adventurous guitar playing blends modern jazz, creative rock, experimental music, and world musical traditions into an approach that is uniquely his own, marked by haunting lyricism, enigmatic textures, agile improvisation, and the raw dynamism of rock. Over the years Dennis has led or been a key contributor to such innovative groups as Moraine, LAND, Iron Kim Style, Zhongyu, Stackpole, Savant, Earthstar, Identity Crisis, and Ting Bu Dong. He has performed or recorded with many prominent creative musicians, including acclaimed French composer Hector Zazou, Dutch jazz legend Han Bennink, trombone virtuoso Stuart Dempster, godfather of Chinese rock Cui Jian, and Korean master musician Young Sub Lee, as well as members of King Crimson, Hawkwind, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Santana, Ministry, and the Sun Ra Arkestra

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Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit. Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

Shredder Orpheus Soundtrack

Label: Light in the Attic / Traction
Released: 2014

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Jim Cutler: Gimme Some Sugar. Baby!

Read "Gimme Some Sugar. Baby!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The music on Seattle-based saxophonist Jim Cutler's second big-band album is thematic; that is to say, it was written with people, places or experiences in mind. Half of the album's ten engaging essays were written by trumpeter Daniel Barry, four by Cutler and one ("Visions at the Monkey Bar") by baritone saxophonist James DeJoie who has ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dennis Rea: Zero-G and the Sea Prog Festival

Read "Dennis Rea: Zero-G and the Sea Prog Festival" reviewed by Jack Gold-Molina

Based in Seattle, guitarist Dennis Rea has a long history playing creative and experimental music as well as progressive rock. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he lived and performed in China, putting together some of the earliest tours by Western musicians performing non-mainstream music, and in 2006 he published a book about his experiences ...

Tempered Steel

Label: Nunatak
Released: 2012

Metamorphic Rock (Live at NEARfest)

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: 01. Irreducible Complexity; 02. Manifest Density; 03. Save the Yuppie Breeding Grounds; 04. Disillusioned Avatar / Dub Interlude / Ephebus Amoebus; 05. Disoriental Suite: a) Bagua (Naxi traditional) b) Kan Hai De Re Zi (Chen Ming-chang) c) Views from Chicheng Precipice; 06. Kuru; 07. The Okanogan Lobe; 08. Uncle Tang's Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; 09. Blues for a Bruised Planet; 10. Waylaid; 11. Middlebräu


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