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Keith Rowe (born in Plymouth, England) is an English free improvisation guitarist and painter. Rowe is a founding member of AMM in the mid-1960s (though in 2004 he quit that group for the second time) and a founding member of M.I.M.E.O. He trained as a visual artist, and Rowe's paintings have been featured on most of his own albums. After years of obscurity, Rowe has achieved a level of relative notoriety, and since the late 1990s has kept up a busy recording and touring schedule. He is seen as a godfather of electroacoustic improvisation, and many of his recent recordings have been released by Erstwhile Records. Rowe began his career playing jazz in the early 1960's--notably with Mike Westbrook and Lou Gare

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Three Matchless Recordings

Read "Three Matchless Recordings" reviewed by John Eyles


Eddie Prévost has accumulated a range of achievements, any one of which would have guaranteed his place in the pantheon of improvised music. One of the founding members of AMM back in 1965, drummer Prévost is the only ever-present member of the iconic group. In November 1999, he first convened the hugely influential London ...

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Article: Album Review

Cartoon: Change Of Meaning

Read "Change Of Meaning" reviewed by Roger Farbey


The Confront Recording's Collectors Series is distinguished by the packaging of its CDs which arrive in a DVD sized metal box. Rather than any cover art, there are instead simple stickers affixed to the front and rear denoting the artist, title and track names. The CD itself quaintly replicates the grooves and track markers of a ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Butcher

Read "John Butcher" reviewed by John Eyles


In the Building a Jazz Library article on Evan Parker, it says that seasoned Parker followers would describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Curiously, many of those same people would use exactly that phrase about John Butcher. The simple explanation for this apparent contradiction is that we are talking about two generations; ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

In Memory of Lou Gare

Read "In Memory of Lou Gare" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Best known for his work with the experimental, avant-garde collective AMM Music, Lou Gare began his career in jazz in the early 1960s, playing in one of Mike Westbrook's early groups. In more recent times, in Devon, he reconnected with Westbrook and became a stalwart member of Westbrook's orchestra and an inspiration to its younger musicians. ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Evan Parker

Read "Evan Parker" reviewed by John Eyles


In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising ...

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Article: Live Review

String Theory 2016

Read "String Theory 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson


String Theory 13 North Great Georges Street jny: Dublin, Ireland May 20-21, 2016 String Theory, a two-day celebration of avant-garde guitar craft was no ordinary festival. The fact that the music was experimental, largely improvised and inherently risk-laden isn't what set this inaugural Dublin festival apart, after all it's what ...

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Enough still not to know

Label: SOFA
Released: 2015
Track listing: First Part; Second Part; Third Part; Fourth Part.

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Article: Album Review

Keith Rowe and John Tilbury: Enough still not to know

Read "Enough still not to know" reviewed by John Eyles


It was back in late 2011 that the last collaboration between Keith Rowe and John Tilbury was issued, E.E. Tension and Circumstance (Potlatch, 2011), having been recorded live in Paris in December 2010. As that was their second duo recording, following the double CD Duos for Doris (Erstwhile, 2003), and they had not played together since ...

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Article: Album Review

Mural: Tempo

Read "Tempo" reviewed by John Eyles


The most significant thing about Tempo is that it was recorded live in concert at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. This octagonal space (pictured on the album cover, right) opened in 1971, a year after Mark Rothko's death. It is sparsely furnished and painted white, with fourteen of Rothko's late works--large black canvasses--displayed around its ...


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