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Jon Balke / Batagraf: Statements

Read "Statements" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Batagraf is less a group or band than a collection of like-minded musicians who have come together to explore ideas related to rhythm and language. Made up of four percussionists and five vocalist/reciters, along with but two “normal" instrumentalists (trumpet and alto saxophone) and Balke himself playing electronic keyboard and percussion, plus some vocals and sound ...

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Jon Balke / Batagraf: Statements

Read "Statements" reviewed by John Kelman

Even the most distinctive artists, who have honed voices that distinguish them from their peers, typically have some identifiable precedents. Norwegian pianist Jon Balke's earlier works with Oslo 13 and the Magnetic North Orchestra all bear obscured antecedents that can be found by digging deep enough. Recent albums like Diverted Travels (ECM, 2004) seem to operate ...


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