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Greg Kelley began studying the trumpet at age 10. He attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, where in addition to studying the Conservatory curriculum, he also immersed himself in a deep study of avant- garde and experimental music, eventually coming to the conclusion that his musical focus fell outside of the academic sphere. After his studies, Kelley moved back to his native Massachusetts, quickly insinuated himself into the local avant-garde circles and soon commenced a period of intense travel and collaboration, bringing him across the United States, throughout Europe, Japan and South America. He has appeared on over 60 albums and despite a more limited travel schedule, he still manages to play in a number of groups including Nmperign (as abstract improvisatory duo and as horn section for ex-Galaxie 500-ers Damon & Naomi), Heathen Shame, the undr quartet and the BSC, among others. Other collaborators have included Jandek, Keiji Haino, Donald Miller (Borbetomagus), Anthony Braxton, Kevin Drumm, Christian Wolff, Pauline Oliveros, Joe McPhee and Lionel Marchetti

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Luis Vicente - Vasco Trilla: A Brighter Side Of Darkness

Read "A Brighter Side Of Darkness" reviewed by John Sharpe

The drone plays an important role in musics around the world, from south Indian classical to the pibroch piping of Scotland and the didgeridoo of Australia, to name just a few examples. Such minimalist leanings where small modulations in clusters of pure tone become the main feature also appear especially suited to experimental trumpeters such as ...

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Jack Wright / Ben Wright: as if anything could be the same

Read "as if anything could be the same" reviewed by Dave Wayne

It's only apropos that I am writing this review on Father's Day. As if anything could be the same is a duet album by the father and son team of saxophonist Jack Wright and contrabassist Ben Wright. In the world of improvised music, or non-idiomatic improvised music if one must, Jack Wright is a seminal figure. ...

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Ljubljana Jazz Festival: Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 20–29, 2012

Read "Ljubljana Jazz  Festival: Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 20–29, 2012" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Ljubljana Jazz FestivalLjubljana, SloveniaJune 20-29, 2012Ljubljana, with its 53rd edition, truly hosts the oldest jazz festival in Europe. Norway's Molde, also a candidate, started one year later, in 1960. The capital of the now-independent Republic of Slovenia, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy, Ljubljana is situated one hour from Trieste, two hours ...

Resolution

Label: DIW Records
Released: 2011

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Chris Cogburn / Bonnie Jones/ Bhob Rainey: Arena Ladridos

Read "Arena Ladridos" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The opening scene in director David Lynch's movie Blue Velvet (1986) shows a placid neighborhood scene of a man watering his lawn. As the camera zooms closer and closer to the grass, the serenity of the landscape is peeled away to reveal a tumultuous battle of tiny insects in a life-and-death struggle that goes on outside ...

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Forbes Graham at Cafe Fixe: Streaming Consciousness

Read "Forbes Graham at Cafe Fixe: Streaming Consciousness" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Forbes GrahamCafe FixeBrookline, MassNovember 9, 2010 The sound of a bubbling stream seeped out of Forbes Graham's computer as he performed his sound check. In attendance was a small but dedicated crowd of admirers. With intense eyes and a mysterious smile, Graham brings electricity to a room, giving ...

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Ryan McGuire: Metal Reasoning

Read "Ryan McGuire: Metal Reasoning" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Bassist Ryan McGuire, a master of classical composition, uses this skill as a strategist in the metal underground. His band Ehnahre is quite unlike any other in that field, baffling committed rock fans with its advanced theory and unstructured time signatures. In another way, he throws off jazz and improvisation aficionados with his part ...

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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Steve Norton: Debris and Beyond

Read "Steve Norton: Debris and Beyond" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Multi-reedist Steve Norton is best known for his work with the 1990s Boston-based band Debris. Debris was an ambitious, exuberant, puzzling band that puzzled together serialism, free jazz and funk. Their music is in equal measure exhilarating and exhausting. It was the combination, in part, that burned Norton out about ten years ago, as ...


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