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Lisle Ellis

Lisle Ellis is a multifaceted creator whose work reflects his interests in music, visual art, computers/ technology, and community. As a composer and improvisor-bassist his oeuvre spans three decades and two countries and has brought him international recognition as an artist with an exceptional vision. Some critics consider him to possess an important voice and to have made a significant contribution to the field of experimental music. Recent years have also brought him attention as a creator of computer/ electronic music and as a visual artist. Ellis began playing electric bass in his teens and worked professionally from an early age in numerous environments including studios, radio & tv shows, and even strip clubs

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alvin Fielder / David Dove / Jason Jackson / Damon Smith: From-To-From

Read "From-To-From" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This quartet represents a meeting of generations and their approaches to jazz and improvised music. The quartet resembles such early free jazz units as the New York Art Quartet or the Archie Shepp--Roswell Rudd Quartet. Veteran drummer Alvin Fielder--the eldest member, with an encyclopedic knowledge of modern jazz drumming--is known for his extensive collaborations with saxophonist ...

Confusion Bleue Live and in the Studio

Read "Confusion Bleue Live and in the Studio" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The collaborative combo Confusion Bleue is a rare a phenomenon on the contemporary jazz scene. Neither that the group utilizes sound snippets, nor that all their music is entirely improvised. confers on them a singularity. It is, however, the collective ability of its members to create intricate, highly orchestrated and profoundly moving pieces on the spot ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Patrick Brennan: Rhythms of Passion

Read "Patrick Brennan: Rhythms of Passion" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt

Since moving to New York City in 1975, one-time bassist/painter Patrick Brennan has crafted a musical path that is open in its candor and indebtedness to all facets of black music. Much like trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the alto saxophonist brews a thicket of his own distinct musical language that “unlike much contemporaneous vanguard music is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Dessen Trio: Forget The Pixel

Read "Forget The Pixel" reviewed by Robert Bush

Trombonist Michael Dessen once studied with George Lewis, hung with Ray Anderson, and has ascended to their level on the creative improvising scene. Dessen has his own distinct style, one that values nuanced gestures as highly as it does exuberance; therefore his music creates a micro world of detail and organically developed themes. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kirk Knuffke: Chew Your Food

Read "Chew Your Food" reviewed by John Sharpe

Originally from Colorado, trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has been based in the Big Apple since 2005. Though he may be best known as a member of drummer Matt Wilson's celebrated Quartet, the brass man also leads his own quartet, with two previous recordings for the prolific Portuguese Clean Feed label, while he and pianist Jesse Stacken also ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Suoni Per Il Popolo 2009

Read "Suoni Per Il Popolo 2009" reviewed by Mathieu Belanger

Suoni Per Il Popolo FestivalMontreal, CanadaJune 2009For the ninth time since 2001, the whole month of June in Montreal was the affair of the Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival. In past years, it would take place at Casa del Popolo and La Sala Rossa, a logical choice since the festival is the brainchild ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Vision Festival 2009: Day 4

Read "Vision Festival 2009: Day 4" reviewed by John Sharpe

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 Miriam Parker's Corridor / Charles Gayle Trio / The Ras Ensemble / The Ayler Project / Zim Ngqawana and the Collective Quartet 14th Annual Vision Festival Abrons Arts Center New ...

Joe McPhee: Tomorrow Came Today & Sweet Freedom- Now What?

Read "Joe McPhee: Tomorrow Came Today & Sweet Freedom-  Now What?" reviewed by Robert Iannapollo

Joe McPhee / Paal Nilssen-Love Tomorrow Came Today Smalltown Superjazzz 2008 Joe McPhee / Lisle Ellis / Paul Plimley Sweet Freedom - Now What? Hatology 1994-2008 Since his earliest releases, ...

Sucker Punch Requiem: An Homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat

Label: Henceforth Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Summonings; Incantation and Ascent; Portrait of the Artist as a Young Derelict; X-Ray Gray; Perishable Fig. 1a; Bas Relief; Las Pulgas (Repelling Ghosts); Perishable Fig. 2; Color Blind (Oracle)1/2; Suicide Study; Color Blind (Oracle)2/2; For Blues and Other Spells; Perishable Fig. 1b; 57 Great Jones St. August Twelfth Nineteen Eighty-Eight; Perishable Fig. 3; Untitled (Life Stilled).


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