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Joel Futterman Piano Indian Flute Known for his spirited, highly imaginative, and innovative piano technique, Joel Futterman is an internationally recognized veteran pioneer into the frontiers of spontaneous, improvised music. He is considered one of the foremost inventive and adventurous artists shaping the creative, progressive music scene today. Futterman continuously pushes the limits of the piano as he explores new musical horizons. He has performed across North America and Europe including at such noted music festivals as The Tampere Jazz Festival in Finland, the Vision Festival in New York, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Nickelsdorf Festival in Austria, the Guelph Festival in Canada, the Siberia Jazz Festival in Russia, teaching and performing in Denmark at the Jyderup School,, and performances at many other festivals and venues

A Tribute to Alvin Fielder - Live at Vision Festival XXIV

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tribute to Alvin Fielder.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, Joel Futterman, William Parker, Hamid Drake: A Tribute to Alvin Fielder - Live at Vision Festival XXIV

Read "A Tribute to Alvin Fielder - Live at Vision Festival XXIV" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When the free jazz world lost drummer Alvin Fielder in 2019, it lamented the passing of someone who had in many ways worked to expand the reach of avant-garde jazz, to widen its accessibility to fans and students alike. His well-known status as a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) ...

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Mats Gustafsson/ Alfred Vogel: Blow + Beat

Read "Blow + Beat" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Swedish saxophone powerhouse Mats Gustafsson was playing with his trio--The Thing--at the 2016 Beazau Beatz Festival when he hooked up with the excellent, but under-recognized, Austrian drummer Alfred Vogel, who hosts the outing. The resulting Blow + Beat is an extraordinarily challenging musical experiment from two fearless advocates of free thought. The saxophone/drum duo is an ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Borah Bergman/Kidd Jordan/William Parker/Michael Wimberly: Vita Brevis

Read "Vita Brevis" reviewed by John Sharpe

Vita Brevis represents maverick pianist Borah Bergman's last session before his death at age 85 in 2013. In the liners label boss Joe Chonto speculates that Bergman suffered from undiagnosed Aspberger's syndrome. As such it's perhaps not a surprise that he found his niche in outsider music--the jazz avant-garde. However his musical ability was never in ...

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Guelph Jazz Festival: Guelph, Canada, September 7-11, 2011

Read "Guelph Jazz Festival: Guelph, Canada, September 7-11, 2011" reviewed by Sara Villa

Guelph Jazz Festival, Colloquium & Nuit Blanche Guelph, Canada September 7-11, 2011 As Prez used to say, if you are a good improviser you are able to tell a soulful story. What happens, then, when some of the most experimental improvisers from Canada, Australia, Norway, and England (among the others) are involved in ...

Avant Piano and Saxophone Duets: Interaction & SAMA

Read "Avant Piano and Saxophone Duets: Interaction & SAMA" reviewed by John Sharpe

Joel Futterman/ Kidd Jordan Interaction self produced 2010 Matthew Shipp/ Sabir Mateen SAMA Not Two 2010 Sax-piano duets have an illustrious lineage. The vast majority have relied on compositional ...

Traveling Through Now

Label: Charles Lester Music
Released: 2009
Track listing: Primal Center; Illumination; Ascendence; Life's Whisper; Dance of Discovery; Moment Dweller; Outertopeia; Connextions; Triple Question; Freescapes.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Joel Futterman / Alvin Fielder / Ike Levin Trio: Traveling Through Now

Read "Traveling Through Now" reviewed by Henry Smith

Free jazz has always defined itself more by what it is not than by what it is. With an embrace of complete freedom of form comes a nearly infinite realm of musical possibility that has continued to expand since its cultural relevance began in the early 1960s. As various interpretations arose, a sort of nonlinear historiography ...

Enigma

Label: Charles Lester Music
Released: 2006
Track listing: Convergence; Wonder; Discourse; Enigma; Formations; Riddlesque; Conciliation; Urbanscapes; Assembly.


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