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Henry Kaiser

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Henry Kaiser (born Oakland, California, 1952) is widely recognized as one of the most creative and innovative guitarists, improvisers, and producers in the fields of rock, jazz, and experimental music. As one of the "first generation" of American free improvisers, he has helped unfetter the guitar from the conventions of genre-bound techniques. A restless collaborator who constantly seeks the most diverse and personally challenging contexts for his music, he not only produces and contributes to a staggering number of recorded projects, he performs frequently throughout the USA, Europe and Japan, with several regular groupings as well as solo guitar concerts and concerts of freely improvised music with a host of diverse instrumentalists. Evidence of his exceptional musical breadth and versatility can be found in a partial list of the extraordinary artists with whom he has recorded and/or performed: Herbie Hancock David Lindley, Bob Weir, The Rova Sax Quartet, Elliot Sharp, John "Drumbo" French, Raymond Kane, Michael McClure, Bill Laswell, Steve Lacy, Fred Frith, Terry Riley, Ryuichi Sakamoto, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Sang-Won Park, Jin-Hi Kim, John Oswald, Yuji Takahashi, John Tchicai, George Lewis, Jerry Garcia, Miya Masaoka, and Cecil Taylor. His grandfather was the industrialist Henry J

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Article: Album Review

Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead: Volumes & Surfaces

Read "Volumes & Surfaces" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Damon Smith might be the hardest working man in show business. Free-jazz show business, that is. If there is a performance or recording somewhere in the States or Europe, there is a very good chance his double bass is in attendance. You name an improvising artist and he's recorded with them, from Roscoe Mitchell to Joe ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Henry Kaiser & Rome Yamilov and Bernard Allison: Blues Changes

Read "Henry Kaiser & Rome Yamilov and Bernard Allison: Blues Changes" reviewed by Doug Collette


Is blues music the most mutable of all musical forms? It's a question worth asking when taking into account the expanse of styles within the genre that stretch all the way from the skeletal acoustic likes of Son House and Reverend Gary Davis to the earthshaking electric onslaughts of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Henry ...

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Article: Interview

Roberto Zorzi: esplorazione senza confini

Read "Roberto Zorzi: esplorazione senza confini" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il percorso musicale del chitarrista Roberto Zorzi è così ricco ed eclettico che è impossibile includerlo in un particolare genere musicale. L'iniziale amore per visionari artisti rock come Robert Fripp e Brian Eno s'è arricchito nel tempo di approcci, tanto liberi quanto anticonvenzionali, di Derek Bailey e altri esponenti dell'avanguardia inglese degli anni settanta. La ricerca ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Sounds From Around The World

Read "New Sounds From Around The World" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we take a virtual trip around the world to hear some of the latest jazz records from the North America, Europe, Russia, South America, and Israel. Ground-breaking new releases push the boundaries of the music creating a variety of fresh and in some cases unexpected sounds.Playlist Mareike Wiening “Seesaw March" from ...

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Article: Album Review

Three-Layer Cake: Stove Top

Read "Stove Top" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


If nothing else, the trio of Mike Pride (drums, marimba, glockenspiel, bells, organ), Brandon Seabrook (guitar, banjo, tapes) and Mike Watt (bass) deserves a “truth in advertising" award, because Stove Top, their first collaboration, is precisely that: a three-layer instrumental cake. Stove Top began cooking when Pride appeared as a guest on Watt's podcast. ...

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Fractal Guitar 2 - Remixes

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Point Of Inflection (Stephan Thelen Remix); Ladder To The Stars (Jah Wobble Remix); Celestial Navigation (Stephan Thelen Remix); Point Of Inflection (David Torn Mix); Mercury Transit (Barry Clevaland Mix Translation); Point Of Inflection (Bill Laswell Translation).

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Fractal Guitar 2

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Cosmic Krautrock; Fractal Guitar 2; Mercury Transit; Ladder To The Stars; Celestial Navigation; Point Of Inflection.

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Article: From the Inside Out

Rediscovery and Re-Creation, and an NYC Farewell

Read "Rediscovery and Re-Creation, and an NYC Farewell" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Greg Abate Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron Whaling City Sound 2021 Musicians will sometimes honor another musician who influenced their lives or work with a tribute or memorial recording after that influential musician has passed on. There's an abundance of first-rate music on the ...

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Article: Album Review

Bob Gorry: GoBruCcio

Read "GoBruCcio" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Jerry Garcia once tried to explain the Grateful Dead's appeal by comparing them to licorice. He pointed out that not everybody likes licorice, but the people who do “really like licorice." The same principle could easily apply to free jazz. There's a unique appeal to free improvisation that some listeners embrace, while others might quickly turn ...


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