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Composer/performer Pauline Oliveros based in Kingston, New York since 1981 has performed worldwide as a soloist on her just tuned accordion and with the Deep Listening Band. (Tuning chart) As a composer her recent awards include the Bessie Award from Dance Theater Workshop for Contenders (1991) a work for Susan Marshall Dance Company, A Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1992 for composing Epigraphs in the Time of Aids for the Deep Listening Band and a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance 1994 for her work. Her most recent compact disc Pauline Oliveros and American Voices (1994) is already gathering critical acclaim

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Unconventional Instruments

Read "Unconventional Instruments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


ECM regularly tops lists of the best jazz labels though their full name--Edition of Contemporary Music--would argue for a broader scope of content. A substantial number of their most popular albums, such as Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill (1974), Egberto Gismonti: Dança Dos Escravos (1989), Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer (1997), and many more, are not ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Pt. 1

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Pt. 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Part 1 | Part 2 The entire world was in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis and of course, that includes musicians. Unable to tour and record with their various ensembles, many prepared solo projects (some recorded before the virus struck) for your listening pleasure. Most of the music is very personal, as if the ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Article: Album Review

Gary Husband & Markus Reuter: Music Of Our Times

Read "Music Of Our Times" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


A tour of Japan was canceled. Some lag time ensued. So Leonardo Pavkovic—el jefe at MoonJune Records—set up some studio time for multi-instrumentalist (pianist here) Gary Husband and guitarist Markus Reuter. The result is Music Of Our Times. The set is spontaneously-composed. It is tranquil, moody and atmospheric. The first impression of the opening ...

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Article: Album Review

Jonah Prazen-Johnson: Imagine Giving Up

Read "Imagine Giving Up" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


When Jonah Parzen-Johnson released his first full-length album, Michiana (Primary Records, 2012), the Brooklyn-based artist seemed to give priority status to the electronics through which he filtered his baritone saxophone compositions. Even more so, Parzen-Johnson's 2015 follow up, Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow (also on Primary), was dominated by ambient drones. Parzen-Johnson has continued to ...

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Article: Album Review

Tyshawn Sorey and Marilyn Crispell: The Adornment of Time

Read "The Adornment of Time" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Two of music's true geniuses, drummer-percussionist Tyshawn Sorey and pianist Marilyn Crispell, join forces on an extraordinary album. The Adornment of Time is a single-track project running almost sixty-five-minutes. The music was improvised and recorded live at the multi-purpose Greenwich Village club, The Kitchen. Outside their considerable composing and instrumental skills, Sorey and Crispell are known ...

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Article: Album Review

Jon Irabagon: Invisible Horizon

Read "Invisible Horizon" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The inexhaustibly adventurist saxophonist Jon Irabagon has repeatedly challenged his listeners with each project he undertakes. The 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition champion and former member of the rebel outfit Mostly Other People Do The Killing can be heard in Mary Halvorson's projects, The Dave Douglas Quintet, and Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor, beside leading his own ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême

Read "Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The newly opened Théatre des Champs-Elysées was sold out on the night of May 29, 1913. The well-heeled Parisian audience had come to enjoy the much-anticipated premiere of Igor Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring" which featured the choreography of the acclaimed Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Some accounts of what transpired that night appear to be exaggerated. ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe McPhee/John Butcher: At The Hill Of James Magee

Read "At The Hill Of James Magee" reviewed by John Eyles


The roots of this album lie in two previous John Butcher recordings, his four solo pieces recorded in the resonant Oya Stone Museum, Utsunomiya City, Japan, in November 2002, which featured on Cavern With Nightlife (Weight of Wax, 2004), and Resonant Spaces (Confront, 2008) which documented a 2006 tour he made of various resonant sites--including a ...


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