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John Blum

John Blum was born in New York City, April 15, 1968 and has been a mainstay of the free-jazz community there for over 15 years. While in Europe in 1992, he recorded with Clarinetist Tony Scott’s Trio which included Antonio Grippi on Alto Sax. Upon returning to New York City, Blum became a member of the Improvisers Collective (1993-1995) and also initiated projects as a soloist and a group leader. By early 1998 he joined together with Antonio Grippi on Saxophone, William Parker on Bass, and Denis Charles on Drums to form The” Astrogeny Quartet”. A CD of this group was released on Eremite records in 2005

Duplexity

Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blood and Bone; Wind and Wing.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Vision Festival, NYC, Days 6-7: June 16-17, 2012

Read "Vision Festival, NYC, Days 6-7: June 16-17, 2012" reviewed by John Sharpe

Days 1-2 | Days 3-5 | Days 6-717th Annual Vision FestivalRouletteBrooklyn, NYJune 16-17, 2012 Chapter Index June 16: Steve Swell Quintet / Trio 3 / Jason Kao Hwang Burning Bridge June 17: Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House / Burnt Sugar Holy Ghost & Fire / Rob Brown/Daniel ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Matthew Shipp: Shipp Shape

Read "Matthew Shipp: Shipp Shape" reviewed by Chris Rich

Pianist Matthew Shipp is very keenly attuned to the details and nuances of what has to be the most forlorn and anemic environment imaginable for anything a sensible person would call business. Think of it as the sort of business ecosystem that resembles the least habitable places on earth, say a fumarole at the bottom of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

John Blum Astrogeny Quartet and Farewell Denis Charles

John Blum Astrogeny Quartet and Farewell Denis Charles

John Blum played piano on several cuts of Sunny Murray's excellent Perles Noires Eremite two-CD set. Beyond that his Astrogeny Quartet (Eremite 049) is my first exposure to his playing in depth. The album has a classic free-new thing ring to it, thanks to all involved. William Parker centers the music with his usual very strong ...

Who Begat Eye

Label: Konnex Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Who Begat Eye; Who Begat Fear; Who Begat Wing; Who Begat Bone; Who Begat Granite; Who Begat Sweat; Who Begat Nothing; Who Begat Never; Never Never Never.

In The Shade Of The Sun

Label: Ecstatic Peace
Released: 2010
Track listing: In the Shade of the Sun, Part 1; First and Last; Misanthrope's Dream; Out of this Nettle; Transmigration; In the Shade of the Sun, Part 2.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Swell: Steve Swell's Slammin' The Infinite

Read "Steve Swell's Slammin' The Infinite" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Using something that Walt Whitman said about prolific writing, trombonist Steve Swell posits that the more he creates--the more he writes and therefore performs--the more likely he is to produce something worthwhile. Although he does not mention it, this also suggests pushing the boundaries and being nonjudgmental about any of his work until he arrives at ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Blum: Who Begat Eye

Read "Who Begat Eye" reviewed by Martin Longley

Pianist John Blum is a native New Yorker who has been immersed in the city's free improvisation scene for the last 15 years. His work with bassist William Parker and drummer Sunny Murray has had the highest profile and last year's release by this trio, In The Shade Of Sun, appeared on guitarist Thurston Moore's Ecstatic ...

William Parker: Temporary & In the Shade of the Sun

Read "William Parker: Temporary & In the Shade of the Sun" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

William Parker / Giorgio Dini Temporary Silta 2009 John Blum with Sunny Murray and William Parker In the Shade of Sun Ecstatic Peace 2009 Bassist William Parker is deeply familiar ...


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