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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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Joke Lanz & Ute Wassermann: Half Dead Half Alive (Live in Nickelsdorf)

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Swiss noise musician, performance artist & turntablist Joke Lanz and German vocalist, composer & sound artist Ute Wassermann have been working as a duo for some time; Half Dead Half Alive (Live in Nickelsdorf) is their first album release together. As the title suggests, it is a recording of their performance at the 2019 Nickelsdorf jazz ...


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Muster: _am_

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Although the duo Muster--electric guitarist James O'Sullivan and electronicist Dan Powell-- were thrown together by events beyond their control, their debut album Find A City To Live In (Invisible City records, 2019) showed them to be made for each other and tuned into one another's instincts, particularly impressive as that album was created by the two ...


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Frisque Concordance: Distinct Machinery

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The group Frisque Concordance began back in October 1992 when the quartet—comprising UK saxophonist John Butcher and the Germans pianist Georg Graewe, double bassist Hans Schneider and drummer Martin Blume—was recorded live at the Ruhr Jazz Festival in Bochum, Germany. The results were released in 1993 as Spellings, the first album on Graewe's Random Acoustics label. ...


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Contrasting releases from Lina Allemano

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In 2020, Canadian-born trumpeter, composer and bandleader Lina Allemano, who splits her time between jny: Toronto and jny: Berlin, simultaneously released two contrasting albums on her own Lumo label, one by her Berlin-based trio OHRENSCHMOUS, the other an entirely solo album, her first. The contrast between the two highlighted the scope of Allemano's versatility and talent. ...


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Berlin Mallet Group: Sogni D’oro

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Berlin Mallet Group is a new ensemble in which all five members play vibraphone and/or marimba, making it a unique group, the only improvising mallet ensemble of its kind. Two members of the quintet are key, David Friedman and Taiko Saito who together produced Sogni D'oro (Italian for “Sweet Dreams"). Considered an influential vibraphonist in the ...


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Gus Garside & Hervé Perez: The Unexpected Visitor

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The Unexpected Visitor represents the first meeting of double bassist Gus Garside and saxophonist Hervé Perez as an acoustic duo, the two having previously worked together in the Ron Gaines / Martin Archer Axis group, recording the albums Les Oiseaux De Matisse (Discus, 2018) and Dream Feathers (Discus, 2020) on which the versatile Perez supplied shakuhachi, ...


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The Workers: Altbüron

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Altbüron is the first album release from The Workers, a newly-formed quartet of experienced Swiss improvisers, each of whom had previously collaborated with at least one other member; the quartet comprises soprano saxophonist Urs Leimgruber (born 1952), alto saxophonist, flautist and voice Omri Ziegele (born 1959), bassist Christian Weber (born 1972) and drummer Alex Huber (born ...


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Alexey Kruglov, Carolyn Hume, Paul May, Oleg Yudanov: Last Train from Narvskaya

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In 2019, the UK-based Leo Records was celebrating the fortieth anniversary of its formation by the Russian émigré Leo Feigin, the self-styled “enthusiastic amateur" who managed to attract a host of first-rate musicians to the label, as well as developing many who were little-known when they joined Leo. An important part of the celebrations was the ...


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Two Contrasting Rising Stars from Norway

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While it is comparatively easy to reel off the names of numerous Norwegian jazz and improv stars, such lists do not convey the breadth, depth and variety of the music that has been produced in the country in recent decades, a statement that is equally true of Norway's Scandinavian neighbours. Rather than copying musical styles from ...


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