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Burkhard Beins, John Butcher, Werner Dafeldecker: Induction

Read "Induction" reviewed by Mark Corroto


To mark John Butcher's 65th birthday in 2019, a series of concerts were held (mostly in Berlin) which produced five well-appointed limited LP editions of 300 from the folks at Ni Vu Ni Connu. The varied albums include Induction, a trio with Burkhard Beins and Werner Dafeldecker, La Pierre Tachée, a duo with Sophie Agnel, Shaped ...

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Singing Songs As One

Label: Temescal
Released: 2021
Track listing: sing call chatter and screech; the ubiquitous nature of sound; interspecific communication; configuration and positioning; singing songs as one; interspecific communication 2; variation and specification; transferal of memes; membrana tympaniformis interna.

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Up & Down, Sideways

Label: Temescal
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. (Plot Line) Allow For Tenderness; (Plot Line) So Many Questions; Agitating Bubbles; (Plot Line) Some Answers; Mexican Sage; All Is Not Right; Unizi l’Arresto; (Plot Line) All Kinds Of Troubles; Virtual Pond; 2 + 2 (1); Postcard Series Two pg2; 2 + 2 (2).

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Jon Raskin Quartet: Singing Songs As One

Read "Singing Songs As One" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


In 2021, innovative saxophonist Jon Raskin released a number of stimulating concerts which were initially streamed live on Oakland's NIR radio station in 2009. The last of the series is the intriguing and unique celebration of sound called Singing Songs As One. On it Raskin leads a like-minded quartet for a superbly cohesive performance. In addition, ...

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Jon Raskin Quartet: Up & Down, Sideways

Read "Up & Down, Sideways" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Innovative saxophone improviser Jon Raskin continues to put out, on his own label Temescal, never before released sessions from his catalogue. The intriguing Up & Down, Sideways finds him in a quartet with long standing associates, a group that Raskin himself calls the most significant in his career outside of Rova. This short album consists of ...

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The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


After the initial shock of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown, artists did what artists do. Unable to tour, many musicians created solo projects. Musicians, like other sentient beings though, crave contact, so when some of the most severe restrictions lifted, duos were formed and production returned. These small positive steps (note: some were recorded before ...

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Article: Album Review

Minton - Butcher - Robair: Blasphemious Fragments

Read "Blasphemious Fragments" reviewed by John Eyles


Studio-recorded in London in July 2017, Blasphemious Fragments brings together an appealing improvising trio comprising vocalist Phil Minton, saxophonist John Butcher and percussionist Gino Robair. For Butcher, the trio reacquaints him with players he has known for decades; he and Minton recorded Two Concerts (FMP) together as far back as 1995, in a trio with German ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

June Birthdays Featuring Reginald Workman, NEA Jazz Master

Read "June Birthdays Featuring Reginald Workman, NEA Jazz Master" reviewed by Marc Cohn


June jazz birthdays! Our featured honoree is bassist Reggie Workman, 82 years young, who got a fine birthday present: a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. So, we have three tracks from his own recordings, which may surprise you. One features Andrew Hill and Julian Priester. Other birthday honors include Marcus Belgrave (Horace ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Butcher

Read "John Butcher" reviewed by John Eyles


In the Building a Jazz Library article on Evan Parker, it says that seasoned Parker followers would describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Curiously, many of those same people would use exactly that phrase about John Butcher. The simple explanation for this apparent contradiction is that we are talking about two generations; ...


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