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Jon Raskin

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Highlights of Rova founding member Jon Raskin's early career include his '70s participation in new music ensembles directed by John Adams (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Dr. Barney Childs (University of Redlands). Before Rova, Raskin served as music director of the Tumbleweed Dance Company (1974-77), was a founding member of the Blue Dolphin Alternative Music Space and participated in the creation of the Farm- an art project that included a city farm, a community garden, Ecology Center, Dance and Theater companies and organized the creation of a city park. Highlights as a member of Rova include composing a collaborative work for SF Taiko Dojo/Rova, working with Howard Martin on the installation work “Occupancy”, composing music for Mr

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Goodheart Raskin Tarasov Trio

Label: Temescal
Released: 2021
Track listing: Under the Ice; Sound Shock; Starlight on Snow; Light on Limestone at Dusk; Midnight Sun; Acoustic Discourse.

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Book 'P' of Practitioners

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Peacock—To Bud Freeman; Pelican—To Buck Clayton; Penguin—To Vladimir Horowitz; Platypus—To Elvin Jones; Porcupine—To Serge Diaghilev; Pterodactyl—To Cat Anderson.

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Live at NIR Studios

Label: Temescal Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: a great harness for a horse; a door with a skeleton as its knocker; a dressing gown inside a locker; a city full of talking faces; the words creating noisy books.

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Songs From The Urban Forest

Label: Gold Lion Arts
Released: 2021
Track listing: Joe Hill's Last And Final Will; Cries From The Central Valley; Light And Sound On The River; The Aural Dialogues; The King Of Boulevard Park; Valley Clouds In Winter.

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Synergy Signals

Label: Artifact Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Gateway; Foldover; Inch by Inch; Magnetic Fields; Open Passage; Emergent.

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Up & Down, Sideways

Label: Temescal
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. (Plot Line) Allow For Tenderness; (Plot Line) So Many Questions; Agitating Bubbles; (Plot Line) Some Answers; Mexican Sage; All Is Not Right; Unizi l’Arresto; (Plot Line) All Kinds Of Troubles; Virtual Pond; 2 + 2 (1); Postcard Series Two pg2; 2 + 2 (2).

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Jon Raskin Quartet: Up & Down, Sideways

Read "Up & Down, Sideways" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Innovative saxophone improviser Jon Raskin continues to put out, on his own label Temescal, never before released sessions from his catalogue. The intriguing Up & Down, Sideways finds him in a quartet with long standing associates, a group that Raskin himself calls the most significant in his career outside of Rova. This short album consists of ...

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Jon Raskin: Book 'P' of Practitioners

Read "Book 'P' of Practitioners" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Saxophonist Steve Lacy was famous for writing music dedicated to artists who inspired him. Some of his rarely heard etudes for solo saxophone are divided equally into three books, each named by a letter. Of these, he only recorded one set in his lifetime, Hocus Pocus—Book 'H' of “Practitioners" (Crépuscule, 1986). Equally idiosyncratic saxophonist Jon Raskin, ...

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Georg Graewe, Kjell Nordeson, Jon Raskin Trio: Live at NIR Studios

Read "Live at NIR Studios" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


In 2009 the innovative saxophonist Jon Raskin teamed up with like-minded pianist Georg Graewe and drummer Kjell Nordeson for an electrifying concert which, in a curious foreshadowing of 2020, was live-streamed online. This was Raskin's third performance on internet radio, and he released the resulting recording, the provocative Live at NIR Studios, as a digital download ...


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