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George Schuller's Circle Wide: Listen Both Ways

Read "Listen Both Ways" reviewed by Troy Collins


Listen Both Ways is the first studio recording by drummer George Schuller's longstanding Circle Wide quintet to concentrate primarily on his original compositions. The group's previous Playscape releases, 2003's Round 'Bout Now and 2008's Like Before, Somewhat After, paid homage to the seminal efforts of famous post-war bandleaders--trumpeter Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet on the former ...

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George Schuller's Circle Wide: Like Before, Somewhat After

Read "Like Before, Somewhat After" reviewed by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio


This writer's familiarity with the physical concept known as dewpoint is as extensive as can be expected from someone who spent much of her science classes with a literary magazine hidden underneath her notebook. “Dewpoint," the appropriately titled opening track of the sophomore release of George Schuller's Circle Wide, is perhaps as elucidating as any semester-long ...

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George Schuller's Circle Wide: Like Before, Somewhat After

Read "Like Before, Somewhat After" reviewed by Nic Jones


"Dewpoint," the appropriately titled opening track of Like Before, Somewhat After, the sophomore release of George Schuller's work with Circle Wide, is perhaps as elucidating as any semester-long course in conveying what it means to reaching a threshold of precise saturation, neither failing to live up to the bar set high nor causing discomfort by reaching ...

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George Schuller's Circle Wide: Like Before, Somewhat After

Read "Like Before, Somewhat After" reviewed by John Sharpe


It's now some thirty-one years since the demise of Keith Jarrett's “American Quartet," uniting Ornette Coleman alumni Dewey Redman and Charlie Haden with former Bill Evans drummer Paul Motian. That group's masterpiece and effective swansong was Survivors' Suite (ECM, 1976), and so it is fitting that two sections are reprised on drummer/composer George Schuller's affectionate tribute ...

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George Schuller's Circle Wide: Like Before, Somewhat After

Read "Like Before, Somewhat After" reviewed by John Kelman


Despite Keith Jarrett's ongoing success as a solo improviser and standards interpreter, many bemoan his decision to stop writing in the mid-1970s. Improvisation may be spontaneous composition but, with his 1970s American and Scandinavian Quartets, the pianist created a songbook that remains influential to this day. George Schuller's Round 'Bout Now (Playscape, 2004) was a thoroughly ...

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George Schuller's Circle Wide: Like Before, Somewhat After

Read "Like Before, Somewhat After" reviewed by Troy Collins


On Like Before, Somewhat After, drummer George Schuller reconvenes his group Circle Wide, last heard on its 2003 Playscape debut Round 'Bout Now, a tribute to the pre-fusion electro-acoustic work of Miles Davis. Once again tapping the 1970s for inspiration, Schuller delves into the discography of pianist Keith Jarrett's classic American Quartet, which featured Dewey Redman ...


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