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Joel Futterman

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

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Ebb & Flow

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: part one part two

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The Deep

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Deep.

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Article: Album Review

Joel Futterman, William Parker, Chad Fowler, Steve Hirsh: The Deep

Read "The Deep" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Deep brings together the quartet of pianist Joel Futterman, bassist William Parker, saxophonist Chad Fowler, and drummer Steve Hirsh. Individually—and collectively—they have been the catalysts for many who wander to the farther bounds of jazz. This leaderless group has recorded in distinct member formations, with Futterman and Parker dating back to Authenticity (Kali Records, 1998). ...

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Steve Hirsh: Sparks

Read "Sparks" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Listeners are inclined to classify music into categories. There's trad jazz, bebop, hard bop, post bop, avant-garde, free jazz, third stream, free improvisation, fusion, and the list goes on and on. Needless to say, pigeonholes are for the birds. One might agree after listening to Sparks by Eri Yamamoto, Chad Fowler, William Parker, and Steve Hirsh. ...

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Joel Futterman & Steve Hirsh: Warp & Weft

Read "Warp & Weft" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, and modern Buddhist practitioners have all grappled with the concept of consciousness. On one hand, the science-oriented folk propose consciousness to be stuff that designates the 'me' inside a person vis-à-vis the world, whereas the more spiritual approach eschews a dualistic definition in favor of a universal or 'one' consciousness. If we take ...

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Warp & Weft

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1; Part 1; Part 2; Part 3: CD2: Part 1, Part 2.

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Article: Year in Review

John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2021

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2021" reviewed by John Sharpe


Whether due to pent up creative energy or release schedules making up for lost time, more terrific music has come my way than for several years, in spite of the last twelve months. From the 200 or so discs that I heard in 2021, here are ten new issues (in the order I came across them), ...

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A Tribute to Alvin Fielder - Live at Vision Festival XXIV

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

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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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