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Dennis Rea

Dennis Rea's adventurous guitar playing blends modern jazz, creative rock, experimental music, and world musical traditions into an approach that is uniquely his own, marked by haunting lyricism, enigmatic textures, agile improvisation, and the raw dynamism of rock. Over the years Dennis has led or been a key contributor to such innovative groups as Moraine, LAND, Iron Kim Style, Zhongyu, Stackpole, Savant, Earthstar, Identity Crisis, and Ting Bu Dong. He has performed or recorded with many prominent creative musicians, including acclaimed French composer Hector Zazou, Dutch jazz legend Han Bennink, trombone virtuoso Stuart Dempster, godfather of Chinese rock Cui Jian, and Korean master musician Young Sub Lee, as well as members of King Crimson, Hawkwind, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Santana, Ministry, and the Sun Ra Arkestra

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Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit. Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

Iron Kim Style

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Mean Streets of Pyongyang; Gibberish Falter; Po' Brief; Don Quixotic; Adrift; Amber Waves of Migraine; Pachinko Malice; Dreams from Our Dear Leader; Jack Out the Kims; Slouchin' at the Savoy.

Iron Kim Style

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Mean Streets of Pyongyang; Gibberish Falter; Po' Breef; Don Quixotic; Adrift; Amber Waves of Migraine; Pachinko Malice; Dreams from our Dear Leader; Jack Out The Kims; Slouchin' at the Savoy.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Iron Kim Style: Iron Kim Style

Read "Iron Kim Style" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen

On Iron Kim Style, guitarist Dennis Rea has created a CD of entirely improvised music, set against themes mostly about North Korea and it's nefarious ruler, Kim Jong-Il. Rea might not have possibly foreseen just how much the tension between North and South Korea would escalate as it has in recent times. The art work on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Iron Kim Style: Iron Kim Style

Read "Iron Kim Style" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Iron Kim Style is quite humorous but serious too--The eponymous debut of an improvisational jazz-rock quintet that is: Built around two guitars, with no keyboards, plus trumpet and bass clarinet as the other solo voices; named for both the North Korean dictator and the martial arts style instructed by Grandmaster “Iron" Kim; and, creative home for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Iron Kim Style: Iron Kim Style

Read "Iron Kim Style" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Mettete assieme la lucida follia del chitarrista Dennis Rea e la pazzia mediterranea/atlantica dello straordinario producer Leonardo Pavkovic, scuotete bene, aggiungete, tanto per gradire, un dittatore coreano in visita pastorale e avrete uno dei migliori dischi dell'anno. E lo diciamo in anticipo, visto che l'anno è ancora lungo. Ma difficilmente saremo smentiti. Perché l'energia di questo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Iron Kim Style: Iron Kim Style

Read "Iron Kim Style" reviewed by Nic Jones

It could be argued that the music Miles Davis was cutting about forty years ago still casts a shadow. Iron Kim Style stands in its shade, and for all of the original, offbeat stuff going on it's hard to shake the impression. According to the slipcase, all the music was freely improvised, which might be a ...


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