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Henry Kaiser

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

In the Arctic Dreamtime

Label: Rune Grammofon
Released: 2020
Track listing: Roald Amundsen 1925; Spitsbergen; To the North Pole; n25; Into the Arctic Dreamtime.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ivar Grydeland & Henry Kaiser: In the Arctic Dreamtime

Read "In the Arctic Dreamtime" reviewed by John Eyles

In January 2019, the renowned guitarists Ivar Grydeland and Henry Kaiser met in a studio in Oslo and, playing electric guitars, recorded a duet soundtrack for the Norwegian silent film Ellsworths flyveekspedition 1925, which is about an unsuccessful 1925 attempt by polar explorer Roald Amundsen to fly over the North Pole by plane. Norway's Grydeland is ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mareike Wiening's Debut Album

Read "Mareike Wiening's Debut Album" reviewed by Bob Osborne

German drummer and composer Mareike Wiening released her debut album featuring her original compositions performed by an outstanding quintet of New York improvisers on November 1st . Metropolis Paradise is dedicated to Wiening's six year residence in the Big Apple and is the featured album on this show. We also preview the excellent new album from ...

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Bruce Ackley / Fred Frith / Henry Kaiser / Aram Shelton: Unexpected Twins

Read "Unexpected Twins" reviewed by John Sharpe

Sometimes looking back can be a cause of regret, but it can sometimes inspire. Happily the latter is the case with Unexpected Twins by the doubled instrumentation of guitarists Henry Kaiser and Fred Frith and saxophonists Bruce Ackley and Aram Shelton. The original Twins emerged from the early free improvisation scene in North America in 1977, ...

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Burton Greene / Damon Smith / Ra Kalam Bob Moses: Life’s Intense Mystery

Read "Life’s Intense Mystery" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let's give credit to whomever assembled this swinging free-improvisation trio. Sometimes, no, invariably, all great improvised music results from the reciprocal nature of the musicians: not something done in response to another (although it can be) but by some subconscious agreement made by the players. A fine example is Life's Intense Mystery by the trio of ...

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On Miles' (not so) Silent Way

Read "On Miles' (not so) Silent Way" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On 30 July 1969 Miles Davis released In a Silent Way. After influencing generations of musicians, its tracks continue to sound as modern 50 years later as when they were first recorded. This week we celebrate the musical trail blazed by that seminal album by focusing on musicians that have embraced Miles' electric ...

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A Spirale & Chris Cogburn: Autocannibalism

Read "Autocannibalism" reviewed by John Eyles

The Italian duo A Spirale, comprising electric guitarist Maurizio Argenziano and saxophonist Mario Gabola, was formed in 2002 when it also included drummer Massimo Spezzaferro; the trio version appeared on the ten-disc compilation Musica Improvvisa (die Schactel, 2010). Since then, Spezzaferro has not recorded with A Spirale, and the duo has collaborated with guest players. Autocannibilism ...

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Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar

Read "Fractal Guitar" reviewed by John Kelman

For his Moonjune Records debut, Stephan Thelen, USA-born/Swiss guitarist and primary composer for the post-minimalist/post-progressive band Sonar, challenges some of the foundational premises of a group that has, over almost the last decade, garnered increasing critical and popular acclaim. As informed by Robert Fripp and the guitarist's work with (and beyond) King Crimson as it is ...


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