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Marc Copland David Liebman Duo: Impressions

Read "Impressions" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There is no telling what an imaginative musician such as saxophonist Dave Liebman might do if he were given the kind of room to maneuver--to let his soul soar free--as pianist Marc Copland affords him on Impressions. It is as if the pianist gifted the saxophonist with a very large and empty canvas for Liebman to ...

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Noah Kaplan: Descendants

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Who knew that tenor saxophonist Noah Kaplan would turn out to be an old soul? Probably no one, especially those who have heard his extraordinary propensity for wailing in a sea of microtones and xenharmonics. But the truth is that Kaplan has made his lineage clear. He goes further back, from reeds-master Joe Maneri to the ...

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Bobby Bradford / John Carter Quintet: Comin' On

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In a music industry that is for-profit by definition, the relative ignorance of history and the importance of musicians who made it historic borders on the criminally insane. How else could the complete disregard for contributions of Herbie Nichols by the industry be explained? Add to that a slew of greats who continue to be ignored ...

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Matthew Shipp: Duos With Mat Maneri & Joe Morris

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To Matthew Shipp, the piano is a vast kaleidoscopic landscape that will always remain tonally uncharted. Sometimes it is daunting to traverse; at other times it is familiar. When faced with the prospect of the former, Shipp's dynamic and pianistic attack is quite different. He is aroused by the challenge of a pursuit flushed with mysterious ...

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Pi-Hsien Chen: Arnold Schonberg - Works for Piano

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The very first striking aspect of Arnold Schönberg's Works for Piano, is that few of these piano pieces are longer than a few minutes; some of them, the fragments, are not even that long. However, their impact goes far beyond bringing absolute delight to the ear; these are works of a highly evolved artist, whose significance ...

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Morton Feldman: Neither

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Neither is not an opera in any sense of the conventionally accepted form. There is no story, a dramatis personae of just one; no mise-en-scène... and no libretto; just 87 words by the poet and playwright, Samuel Beckett, set down on a page as if it were poetry. While there is a distinct drama in the ...

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John Cage: Ryoanji

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In the vivid imagination of John Cage, a perfect storm of ideas was always at work. And when the composer's mind opened up to the exactitude of spatial geometry and the asymmetrical balance of nature, magical things happened in the world of music. One of these was Ryoanji, a singularly beautiful work inspired by a visit ...

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Ensemble Fur Neue Musik, Zurich: Women Composers I

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Even in the liberal societies of the Western world, women have rarely been recognized for their contributions to the arts in the same manner as men. Music has been a particularly difficult field for them to break into, despite some having rather sublime talent. From Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann to Lili Boulanger and her sister, ...

Piano in the Foreground

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The piano has been a much coveted instrument ever since its invention and never less so than within the 20th century avant-garde. As a central character in the narrative of music since 1900, the instrument has been hugely dominant. Its near infinite range of harmonics and rhythmic extrapolations have afforded musicians who write for or performed ...

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Steve Lacy Five: Blinks...Zurich Live 1983

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Few musicians bestrode the world of the avant-garde like the proverbial Colossus, but Steve Lacy did. He played with the heart of a giant and a soul in which a flame was lit in the '50s, when he began his career playing Dixieland music. By the time he made his presence felt in the avant-garde playing ...


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