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In 1958, guitarist Jim Hall, in notes to a Jimmy Giuffre record, used the term "instant composition" to describe improvising. A few years later, Misha Mengelberg, knowing nothing of this, recoined the term, and it stuck. A quiet manifesto, those two English words countered notions that improvising was either a lesser order of music-making than composing, or an art without a memory, existing only in the moment, unmindful of form. Misha's formulation posited improvisation as formal composition's equal (if not its superior, being faster). Yes but: Misha says he was thinking of "instant coffee," stuff any serious java drinker (count Misha in: espresso cup rattling in its saucer announces his approach to a stage) recognized as a sham substitute, however aggressively sold

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Abe Goldstien

Read "Meet Abe Goldstien" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


You can have your “Dry Cleaner From Des Moines"—we're putting our money on our latest jazz Super Fan from Des Moines. Former adman Abe Goldstien lists his passions as his wife, his two children, and jazz. Retired though he may be, Abe doesn't show any signs of slowing down, keeping up a busy schedule volunteering for ...

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Article: Album Review

Ben Goldberg: Everything Happens To Be.

Read "Everything Happens To Be." reviewed by Jerome Wilson


If you do not listen too closely, there are parts of this download-only release that sound soothing and gentle. That is not really the case and that is the fun part of this music. When the reed players play a pretty or swinging melody line, there is always some irritant factor elsewhere in the band to ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Tom Kohn

Read "Meet Tom Kohn" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Like many of our Jazz Super Fans, Tom Kohn's passion for music started when he was a teen, with a job in a record store and a penchant for acquiring albums that would impress even the most dedicated adult collectors. He grew up into a music business day job but, after suffering a life-changing event, he ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême

Read "Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The newly opened Théatre des Champs-Elysées was sold out on the night of May 29, 1913. The well-heeled Parisian audience had come to enjoy the much-anticipated premiere of Igor Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring" which featured the choreography of the acclaimed Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Some accounts of what transpired that night appear to be exaggerated. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Art Ensemble of Chicago, William Tatge & Hans Ludemann

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, William Tatge & Hans Ludemann" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode evokes special memories of my first exposure to the Art Ensemble of Chicago many years ago. I was left in awe at the spectacle, let alone the originality and power of the music. We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, the new release from Pi Recordings brings that concert and much more ...

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Article: Album Review

Fish-scale Sunrise: No Queen Rises

Read "No Queen Rises" reviewed by John Sharpe


Dutch reedman Ab Baars goes out of his way to avoid sentiment in his playing. He plots courses that veer willfully from melodic to shrill, but always remains in control. The most striking aspect of Fish-scale Sunrise, named after a poem by Wallace Stevens, is how much this approach to improvising is reflected in his composing ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Quartet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "The Quartet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS


Dutch Jazz master Benjamin Herman, Peter Beets, Ruud Jacobs and Han Bennink have been playing together for five years and swinging from day one, when they hit the stage on New Year's Eve 2013. Since then, every one of their performances has offered something fresh and surprising. A highlight of their collaboration was a series of ...

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Article: Album Review

Thomas Heberer / Yoni Kretzmer / Christian Weber: Big

Read "Big" reviewed by John Sharpe


On a preliminary scan of the album sleeve, the instrumentation suggests chamber jazz, while the collective genesis of the six pieces suggests free jazz or free improv. But that tells only part of the story. In fact what German-born, NYC-based trumpeter Thomas Heberer (Nu Band, ICP Orchestra), Israeli saxophonist now resident in Brooklyn Yoni Kretzmer (Outnow ...

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Article: Album Review

Josh Green & The Cyborg Orchestra: Telepathy & Bop

Read "Telepathy & Bop" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Joshua Green is an award-winning composer who earns his living as Music Supervisor for ITV America, writing soundtracks for various reality television shows and commercials. On this CD he shows off his more creative side, putting together a set of large ensemble works that draws equally from jazz and contemporary classical music. Green mashes ...


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