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Elliott Sharp

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Elliott Sharp is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer. A key figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over thirty years, Sharp has released over sixty-five recordings ranging from blues, jazz, and orchestral music to noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction, as well as the use of computers in live improvisation with his Virtual Stance project of the 1980s. He is an inveterate performer, playing mainly guitar, saxophone and bass clarinet

Article: Building a Jazz Library

Bobby Previte: Boom-Boom. Due volte Boom

Read "Bobby Previte: Boom-Boom. Due volte Boom" reviewed by Vic Albani


Dopo sostanziali anni di attività per certi versi limitata, il genio Bobby Previte torna a cavalcare comete musicali di infinita bellezza e intelligenza. Credo esistano ben pochi musicisti così profondi, analitici, curiosi ed allo stesso tempo così schivi e umili come Previte, da sempre nel cuore di ogni illuminato cultore di musiche moderne. Illuminato ...

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Article: Interview

Roberto Zorzi: esplorazione senza confini

Read "Roberto Zorzi: esplorazione senza confini" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il percorso musicale del chitarrista Roberto Zorzi è così ricco ed eclettico che è impossibile includerlo in un particolare genere musicale. L'iniziale amore per visionari artisti rock come Robert Fripp e Brian Eno s'è arricchito nel tempo di approcci, tanto liberi quanto anticonvenzionali, di Derek Bailey e altri esponenti dell'avanguardia inglese degli anni settanta. La ricerca ...

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Live Forever Vol. 1: The President - New York in the '80s

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: This New Generation (1987 CBGB's); Bring Yr Camera (1987 CBGB's); These Hard Times (1987 CBGB's); Andre's Mood (1987 CBGB's); Three Crows (1987 CBGB's); Ride the Wide Streets (1987 CBGB's); I Went to See the Doctor (4-Track Demo); Serious (1988 Studio Outtake); Science Diet (1988 Studio Outtake); Three Crows (Studio Demo); Andre's Mood (Studio Demo); On and On (1982 CBGB's); Flat on Yr Back (1982 CBGB's); Of Thee I Sing (1982 CBGB's); Boy (1982 CBGB's).

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz is not a competitive sport and “Best Ofs" are misnomers. End of the year listicles have no bearing on the artistic standing of the albums they include, or on those they neglect, just like a five star review doesn't make the album it graces any better than it already is. But, apparently, humans ...

Article: Interview

Sergio Armaroli, l'improvvisazione oltre la musica

Read "Sergio Armaroli, l'improvvisazione oltre la musica" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Sergio Armaroli è un artista singolare, assai difficile non solo da etichettare, ma anche da definire: compositore e percussionista che ha come strumenti principali vibrafono e marimba, attivo tanto nella contemporanea, quanto nel jazz, sempre comunque in situazioni in cui l'improvvisazione la fa da padrona, è però anche pittore, poeta, saggista. Un artista plurale, molto prolifico, ...

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Article: Book Review

Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players

Read "Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players Joel Harrison 256 Pages ISBN-13 : 978-1949597134 Terra Nova Press 2021 As founder of the Alternative Guitar Summit, guitarist/composer Joel Harrison has gotten to know a lot of adventurous contemporary guitarists: this book collects far-ranging conversations with twenty-seven of them. In fact, ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Latest From Clean Feed Records

Read "The Latest From Clean Feed Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto


2021 marks the twentieth year of Lisbon's Clean Feed Records. Listeners went from thinking ”who knew there was jazz in Portugal?" to acknowledging the label as the flag bearer of jazz' vanguard. Besides releasing music by Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson, Steve Lehman, Julius Hemphill, Charles Gayle, Anthony Braxton, Elliott Sharp, Eric Revis, Harris Eisenstadt, and Kris ...

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Article: Interview

From Aimless to Activist, Bassist Kevin Ray Lands on Higher Ground

Read "From Aimless to Activist, Bassist Kevin Ray Lands on Higher Ground" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Bassist Kevin Ray has recorded or played with John Stubblefield, Oliver Lake, Greg Osby, Andrew Hill, Marty Ehrlich, Elliott Sharp, John Hicks, Hamiet Bluiett and Nels Cline. Ray has performed in the premieres of works by Joe McPhee, Leroy Jenkins and others. The bassist co-leads the adventurous trio 10³²K's with trombonist/trumpeter Frank Lacy, percussionist Andrew Drury ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...


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