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Joost Lijbaart: Free

Read "Free" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

When a drummer/percussionist records a solo album—especially one with the title Free—a potential listener's first expectation would likely involve long, abstract drum solos. Nothing could be further from the truth. Dutch musician Joost Lijbaart took the opportunity offered by Covid-19 downtime to craft a suite of short pieces characterized by a rich variety of timbres (including ...



Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Strangers From The Sky; Velocity; Corona Spiritual; Half Moon; Twinkling Night; Dreamtime; Manhood; Talking Trees; Niaga; Saman; Interstellar; Solitude; Free.


Article: Album Review

Joost Lijbaart: Free

Read "Free" reviewed by Ian Patterson

As a student in the 1980s, Dutch drummer-percussionist Joost Lijbaart first dreamt of making a solo album, inspired by the examples of Tony Oxley, Pierre Favre, Art Blakey, Max Roach and Jack DeJohnette. A successful recording and touring career with Yuri Honing—and with his own groups—left little time for such a focused project. In 2014, Lijbaart ...



Nebula is a young band from Groningen, The Netherlands, playing entirely improvised music. The quartet likes to dive into the alchemy of sounds and discover new possibilities within the realm of instant composing. The band got together whilst studying Jazz at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, with the desire to improvise without any rules or restrictions. Letting go of the concepts and ideals they were taught enabled them to cultivate their own sound. Naturally, the focus of Nebula has always been live shows. The purpose of the band is to go into a new auditory universe, bringing their audiences with them. Describing their sound can be quite difficult because of the eclectic and ever-changing character of the music


Fred Tompkins


Fred Tompkins was born in St. Louis in 1943. After high school he played tenor saxophone in and around his home town for several years before beginning the formal study of music at the St. Louis Insitute of Music, in 1964. By this time his strongest influences were jazz artists such as John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and the Jazz Messengers and the M.J.Q., and classical composers such as Paul Hindemith and Béla Bartók. His earliest compositions, as originally recorded on the album, Compositions of Fred Tompkins, showed a natural tendency to combine those genres into his own style. Some of the pieces tended to exploit a dramatic contrast between genres, but soon the transitions became smoother and the styles more synthesized


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Davy Knowles: Best of the Bootlegs 2017

Read "Best of the Bootlegs 2017" reviewed by Doug Collette

Davy Knowles inaugurated a monthly series of live concert downloads during the course of 2017. As the title denotes, Best of the Bootlegs 2017 is purportedly the proverbial cream of that digital crop, and the approximately seventy-five minute CD fairly well depicts the live presentations of the Isle of Man native. The collection succeeds ...



Label: Unit Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: 1. If I Were a Bell 12:31; 2. Parpar 07:17; 3. Syeeda’s Song Flute 06:54; 4. July 06:35; 5. Tomer 06:24; 6. India 06:18; 7. Free 05:15; 8. Avre tu puerta cerrada 07:18.


Article: Album Review

Uri Gincel Trio: Free

Read "Free" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Informazioni biografiche ridotte all'essenziale - di sé tiene a far sapere che è un pianista israeliano stabilitosi a Berlino nel 2009 -, Uri Gincel pare essere uno di quegli artisti che puntano poco sull'autore e molto sull'opera. E fa bene. Questo suo disco in trio ha un titolo solo all'apparenza programmatico: Free. All'ascolto poi si rivela ...

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Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss Curate 3-CD Set for 50th anniversary of A&M Records

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss Curate 3-CD Set for 50th anniversary of A&M Records

It’s an archetypal story of the modern record business – two guys with a dream running their nascent label out of a West Hollywood garage in the summer of 1962. The label quickly gains momentum and eventually becomes one of the most important record companies the world has ever seen. The two guys were Herb Alpert ...


Article: Film Review

Free: Free Forever

Read "Free: Free Forever" reviewed by Doug Collette

Free Free Forever Eagle Vision 2010 (2006) Free was one of the most distinctive bands to emerge from the British blues-rock boom of the late 1960s, albeit a one-hit wonder to the audience that enjoyed its biggest mainstream success, “All Right Now." The full-length version of that single appeared on ...


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