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Article: Live Review

Some Loose Assemblies 2 at the Hundred Years Gallery

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Douglas Benford, Andrew Lisle, Keisuke Matsui, Loz Speyer, Alan Wilkinson, Thodoris Ziarkos Hundred Years Gallery Some Loose Assemblies 2 London, UK July 14, 2021 As its title suggests, Some Loose Assemblies 2 was the second (of three) events with a common theme. The events were curated by visual artist ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Elsewhere Return Visitors

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As the Elsewhere label's third anniversary, in July 2021, closely followed the June release of its fifteenth and sixteenth albums, it seemed an appropriate time to look back. In a way, those two albums tell a large part of the story as, together, they feature three musicians who are all return visitors to the label, Anastassis ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Russell

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On Tuesday 19th January 2021, one month after his 66th birthday, guitarist John Russell died peacefully at home after a long battle against cancer. A flurry of obituaries furnished details of Russell's life and fifty-year career as an improvising musician, some also praising his many music-related achievements far beyond his skills as a guitarist. Some obituaries ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Explore Ensemble debut on Another Timbre

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For some time, Apartment House (or prominent members such as Anton Lukoszevieze, Mira Benjamin or Philip Thomas) have featured on the lion's share of Another Timbre releases to the extent that the ensemble could almost be considered the label's house band; given the high quality of Apartment House's players and their playing, that has been good ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Two Great Canadian Female Composers

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When Another Timbre released its groundbreaking ten-album Canadian Composers Series in 2017 and 2018, the record label made a subtle point by including two albums each from composers Linda Catlin Smith and Cassandra Miller. Smith's album Dirt Road had already been issued by the label in 2016, but Miller's two albums in the series--O Zomer! and ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Stefan Keune, Old & New…

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The two releases below both feature renowned German saxophonist Stefan Keune. They were recorded just over a decade apart, in January 2010 and September 2020, with different small groups. Keune plays alto saxophone in the earlier one, tenor saxophone in the later. Such differences mean that the two discs work well together to provide a triangulated ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Spoonhunt's First CD Releases

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Like the notorious London buses, with musician-run independent record labels, you wait ages for one to arrive and then two come along together. Just as punters were welcoming N.O. Moore's new dx/dy label, along comes the first batch of releases on bassist Dominic Lash's charmingly-named Spoonhunt label. To be fair, Spoonhunt is not totally new. Since ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

N.O. Moore starts his own dx/dy label

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With his Debut label, founded in 1952, Charles Mingus is often credited as being the first musician to set up his own independent record label, to avoid the hassle of working for major companies. Although Debut was rather short-lived, it paved the way for other improvising musicians to set up their own labels with greater success; ...

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Article: Album Review

Insub Meta Orchestra: Ten / Sync

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During the Covid-19 lockdown, the INSUB label managed to maintain a steady flow of excellent new releases, both digital and on CD. These tended to be by duos or trios, such as Ize (INSUB, 2020), by the trio of Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Pierre-Yves Martel & Philip Zoubek, or Paratopia (INSUB, 2021), by Jason Khan & Antoine ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Two from Max Bober

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In July 2020, the Argentine-born, Warsaw-based violinist and composer Max Bober attended Wandelweiser's annual week-long festival Klangraum, in Dusseldorf, as he had been doing since 2018 when he first met Wandelweiser's Managing Director Antoine Beuger and had a mentoring week with him. At the 2020 Klangraum, Bober led daily realisations of his piece “We Have Time" ...


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