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Jim O'Rourke

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Peter Brötzmann / Keiji Haino Duo: The Intellect Given Birth To Here (Eternity) Is Too Young

Read "The Intellect Given Birth To Here (Eternity) Is Too Young" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Forgiveness requested for referring to a lyric from Bruce Springsteen's composition “The Promised Land" to describe this duo recording by Peter Brötzmann and Keiji Haino: “There's a dark cloud rising from the desert floor/I packed my bags and I'm heading straight into the storm/Gonna be a twister to blow everything down/That ain't got the faith to ...

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Space Quartet: Directions

Read "Directions" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Listen closely to Directions by Rafael Toral's Space Quartet and try to ignore the voice in your head of June Tyson chanting, “space is the place, space is the place." While this is an instrumental production and Toral was born more than fifty years after Sun Ra, a similar aura permeates these six tracks. It's not ...

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Jim O’Rourke: Best that you do this for me

Read "Best that you do this for me" reviewed by John Eyles


Yes, that is the same Jim O'Rourke who was once a member of Sonic Youth, and was responsible for the awesome Nic Roeg tetralogy of albums on Drag City, among other milestones. One such achievement was that O'Rourke played for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for four years; as luck would have it, Apartment House founder ...

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Dental Kafka

Label: Trost Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ape Huci Kamuy (God Of Fire By Ainu People); Dental Kafka; Koro Koro Donguri; Bonjin.

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Rob Mazurek e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Rob Mazurek e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Mi piace fare una musica che dia sollievo, porti energia e sia capace di curare le ferite. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me L'onestà e l'umiltà. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice ...

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Bonjintan: Dental Kafka

Read "Dental Kafka" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The sophomore effort by Akira Sakata's quartet Bonjintan, which translates into “ordinary person" might actually be better interpreted as “egalitarian." Notice that neither the quartet's name nor the album cover mention the saxophonist's name. Like the initial, self-titled 2017 release on Sakata's Daphnia Records, Dental Kafka focuses on a quartet sound and four equal musicians improvising. ...

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Article: Record Label Profile

Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

Read "Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

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Ché-SHIZU: A Journey

Read "A Journey" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you ever wondered why John Zorn lived in Japan for much of the 1980s, the answer is: for the music. These were the days before eBay and Discogs, when hunting for a recording by Keiji Haino required a trip to Tokyo or Osaka. Zorn, of course, brought much of what he heard back to the ...

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The Thing: Again

Read "Again" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Wait for it. Wait. At some point during a performance or recording by the trio known as The Thing, the band attempts to rip your face off, beginning with your ears. It's been that way since they were founded in 2000. The Swedish/Norwegian free jazz/garage band have become a kind of jazz/punk royalty, cutting huge swaths ...


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