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Nate Wooley

Nate Wooley (b. 1974) grew up in a Finnish-American fishing village in Oregon. He has spent the rest of his life trying musically to find a way back to the peace and quiet of that time by whole-heartedly embracing the space between complete absorption in sound and relative absence of the same. He began playing trumpet professionally at age 13 with his father, and after studying he moved to Colorado where he studied more with Ron Miles, Art Lande, Fred Hess, and improvisation master Jack Wright. His tenure with Jack began to break Nate out of self-imposed molds and into the sound world that he has embraced as his own. Nate currently resides in Jersey City, NJ and performs solo trumpet improvisations as well as with his trio Blue Collar with Steve Swell and Tatsuya Nakatani

What If?

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2020
Track listing: What If?; New Light; Plug Vortex; Points of Fractions; Ktu; The Angle; Nova Jazz; Space Junk; The Ball; Cosmic Rumble; Circular Juice from the Matrix; Call in Space.

Morph

Label: ESP Disk
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD 1: Reckoning - Blue Threads; Reckoning; Dice; Thick; Helix; Steps; Morph; Firmament. CD2: Pacific Noir - Noir 1; Noir 2; Take the Wild Train; To Planet Earth; Epiphany; Pulse Morph; Space Trance; Noir 3; Noir 4.

TTE001: Three Studies for Future Uncertainties

Label: Pleasure Of Text Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Study for a Mass (for Agnes Martin); Intermediate Wobble Study.

Known/Unknown

Label: Fundacja Sluchaj
Released: 2020
Track listing: Known; Unknown; Untitled.

Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer

Read "Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the summer of 2020 one result of the COVID-19 isolation, and artists inability to tour and perform is that they have time to deal with projects halted by this pandemic. Musicians, producers, and engineers have mixed, mastered and released an abundance of music. Many of the titles have been, and will be covered by our ...

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Music from new label Tao Forms

Read "Music from new label Tao Forms" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Tao Forms is a new recording label launched in Spring 2020. Drummer—improviser—composer Whit Dickey is both the creative director and executive producer of this fresh endeavour. Matthew Shipp's The Piano Equation was the label's inaugural release. It was followed by Expanding Light, which is the new work by Whit Dickey himself. The music is distributed by ...

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Whit Dickey: Morph

Read "Morph" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Two players on Morph, Matthew Shipp and Nate Wooley, hardly need an introduction to those who venture into free jazz or experimental waters. But the leader, free jazz drummer Whit Dickey, is more of an enigma. Though prolific, his credits are more often in a supporting role. Dickey has been working with Shipp for nearly four ...

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Whit Dickey, Asher Gamedze, Quin Kirchner, Icepick and More

Read "Whit Dickey, Asher Gamedze, Quin Kirchner, Icepick and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Three albums by drummers highlight this episode. South Africa's Asher Gamedze's Dialectic Soul brings to light the freer, more avant side of contemporary South African jazz (perhaps in a way that the revered Louis Moholo Moholo did over fifty years ago), while drummer Quin Kirchner's latest delves into various rhythms and tributes to favorite musicians. Tying ...

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Damon Smith: Whatever Is Not Stone Is Light

Read "Whatever Is Not Stone Is Light" reviewed by Mark Corroto

A well-known standing joke instructs a concert goer that the proper time to have a conversation during a performance is to wait for the bass solo. Maybe that joke is funny because it does happen all too often. Try as one might, though, it is impossible to get side-tracked during this solo bass performance by Damon ...


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