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Bare Bones Improvisation: A Challenge Rewarded

Read "Bare Bones Improvisation: A Challenge Rewarded" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Mood, ambiance and atmosphere are the basic building blocks of music making. Taken at its essence, music is made up of these three components. In generating sound--especially experimental, improvised sound--getting to the essence is a major victory for musicians. And, although it may appeal only to the adventurous listener, there is an importance to bare bones ...

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Bradley Parker-Sparrow: The New World

Read "The New World" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's possible that this improvised session was months in the making, as emails and telephone calls were made and returned to discuss the theme of pianist Bradley Parker-Sparrow's The New World. But, then again with improvisers of this quality this concept album might just as remarkably been laid down with a with a few nods, winks, ...

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Fred Anderson Quartet: Live at the Velvet Lounge Volume III

Read "Live at the Velvet Lounge Volume III" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Fred Anderson's sound on tenor can be heard in his stance. With his horn hung on a harness that looks like something a moving man would wear as he prepares to hoist a TV, Anderson bends his knees and hunches over as if muscle more than breath is needed to lift the notes into the air. ...

Gathering Of Ancestors

Label: RCA
Released: 1999


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