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Marc Medwin


Marc Medwin was born and raised near Albany, NY, completed his B.A. in English at Ithaca College, studied musicology at Eastman School of Music, and received his Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), having completed his dissertation on the late works of John Coltrane. Marc now teaches full time at American University in Washington, D.C., where he is Assistant Professor in the Performing Arts / Music Division. Increasingly active in the fields of performance and criticism, he writes exceptionally intelligent and sensitive liner notes, CD reviews, and articles for print and online journals, including "Dusted," "Bagatellen," “Coda,” “Cadence,” “All About Jazz,” and “One Final Note.” There are long lists of his reviews and articles at http://dustedmagazine.com/writers/medwin and www.bagatellen.com/archives/reviews/000872.html


Article: Multiple Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith: Abbey Road Quartet; Spiritual Dimensions & Spirit Catcher

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Wadada Leo SmithAbbey Road QuartetTreader2009 Wadada Leo SmithSpiritual DimensionsCuneiform2009 Wadada Leo SmithSpirit CatcherNessa2009 There are few players that continue to be as ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Larry Ochs: The Celestial Septet & We All Feel The Same Way

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ROVA Sax Quartet/Nels Cline SingersThe Celestial SeptetNew World Records2010 Jones JonesWe All Feel The Same WaySoLyd2010 The synchronicity and boundless energy that separate great groupwork from everything else pervades these ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Piano & Violin: Jorge Lima Barreto/Carlos Zingaro; Borah Bergman/Stefano Pastor & Minamo

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Jorge Lima Barreto/Carlos ZingaroKits 2Numerica2009 Borah Bergman/Stefano PastorLive at TortonaMutable2009 MinamoKuroi Kawa--Black RiverTzadik2010 Here are three very different takes on the traditional ...


Article: Record Label Profile

Nuscope Recordings

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"At this point, I prefer space and beauty over noise and volume," says Nuscope Recordings producer and frontman Russell Summers. It's a bold statement, considering that much of what is called free improvisation is modeled on the “fire music" of the '60s. “Don't get me wrong," Russell is quick to add, “There was a time in ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Joe McPhee: Live in Vilnius & The Damage is Done

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Trio XLive in VilniusNo Business2009 Joe McPhee / Peter Brotzmann / Kent Kessler / Michael ZerangThe Damage is DoneNot Two2009 Though conjuring quite different and sometimes problematic soundworlds, these Joe ...


Article: Album Review

Kalle Kalima / Ed Schuller / Ernst Bier: Jazz Parasites: Very Early

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Parasites is an international trio that has been in existence for over five years. Drummer Ernst Bier and bassist Ed Schuller's long-fostered musical partnership is evident throughout, resulting in an airtight but loosely swinging rhythmic feel, no matter what the context. Similarly, guitarist Kalle Kalima demonstrates his diverse influences while never falling victim to them. He'll ...


Article: Album Review

Hans Tammen: Third Eye Orchestra

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This is a stunning live recording from one of improvised music's most fascinating proponents. Hans Tammen has gathered a dream team of 13 improvising musicians, but that's hardly the totality of this project, which combines composed material with extemporization to create a score whose modus operandi is constant change on every level. This ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Fred Frith: To Sail, To Sail, Pas de Deux & The Big Picture/Still Urban

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Fred FrithTo Sail, To SailTzadik2008 Fred Frith, Danielle Palardy RogerPas de deuxActuelle2008 Fred Frith and Arte QuartettThe Big PictureIntakt2009 Fred Frith and Arte Quartett


Article: Record Label Profile

New Artists Records

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"We prize individuality," states pianist Connie Crothers emphatically of New Artists Records. “It's an integral part of our label identity and we have always safeguarded the individuality of each musician." New Artists being a cooperative, such a statement may contain an element of contradiction, but it stands at the heart of a label that ...


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