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John Bickerton

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"It’s like being submerged beneath the surface of the ocean or a large lake experiencing the otherworldliness, the sense of new, the out of the ordinary, that’s where I try to go with each song.” This highly personal, searching aesthetic is what drives New York-based pianist and composer John Bickerton. His latest recorded effort, Submerged, is the first release on the musician-run, independent new music label, Simple Harmonic Motion. On Submerged, John invites listeners on an imaginative journey using elements of free jazz and contemporary piano technique. The record is a set of six performances including highly transformed readings of Led Zeppelin’s Going to California, Neil Young’s Sugar Mountain and the Beatles’ Within You Without You

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Submerged

Label: Simple Harmonic Motion Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Psalm, Mob Job, Going to California, That's What They'll Tell You, Sugar Mountain, Within You Without You.

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John Bickerton: Submerged

Read "Submerged" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Pianist and composer John Bickerton has been absent from active recording since his 1999 Shadow Boxes (Leo Records). That trio outing established his proficiency at blending lyricism, free jazz and the avant-garde as he had done on his previous release Drinking from the Golden Cup (Loud Neighbors Music, 1997). He returns almost twenty years later with ...

Album

Shadow Boxes

Label: Leo Records
Released: 1999
Track listing: Answers Not Asked; Spirit World; Stilts & Pirouettes; Cortege; Shadow Boxes; Divining Rod; Aviary Breakout; Meeting After Dark.

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The John Bickerton Trio: Shadow Boxes

Read "Shadow Boxes" reviewed by Robert Spencer


Sometimes an artist doesn't need a big canvas on which to work. Miniatures can be just as artistically exacting and just as pleasing to the audience. John Bickerton is a worker in miniatures: he favors little phrases, not simply repeated but re-aired, re- floated, remade in different conjunctions and combinations. Matthew Heyner (bass) and Rashid Bakr ...

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John Bickerton Trio: Drinking From the Golden Cup

Read "Drinking From the Golden Cup" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The cover gets your attention, even before the music comes on. On the front, all is peaceful: three birds in flight form the golden cup of the title, from which they drink. Expecting a placid “sounds of the seasons” album, you turn to the back and see those enigmatic titles. “Don Quixote and Don Juan Meet ...


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