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Peter Kowald


A member of the Globe Unity Orchestra, and a touring double-bass player, Kowald collaborated with a large number of European free jazz and American free-jazz players during his career, including Peter Brötzmann, Irène Schweizer, Karl Berger, Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, Karl E. H. Seigfried, Conny Bauer, Jeffrey Morgan, Wadada Leo Smith, Günter Sommer, William Parker, Barre Phillips, Joëlle Léandre, Lauren Newton and Evan Parker. He also recorded a number of solo double-bass albums, and was a member of the London Jazz Composer's Orchestra until 1985. He also recorded a number of pioneering double bass duets with Maarten Altena, Barry Guy, Joëlle Léandre, Barre Phillips, William Parker, Damon Smith and Peter Jacquemyn. In addition, Kowald collaborated extensively with poets and artists and with the dancers Gerlinde Lambeck, Anne Martin (formerly of Pina Bausch Ensemble), Tadashi Endo, Patricia Parker (founder of the Vision Festival), Maria Mitchell, Sally Silvers, Cheryl Banks (formerly of Sun Ra's Arkestra), Arnette de Mille, Sayonara Pereira, and Kazuo Ohno


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Ivo Perelman: Reed Rapture in Brooklyn

Read "Reed Rapture in Brooklyn" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz

Is this album fundamentally unreviewable? Are there jazz fans who do not immediately know if they need an 11-hour collection of 103 improvised duets between Ivo Perelman and a dozen saxophonists and clarinetists? It is at least describable. Perelman is faithful to his tenor, while his partners bring examples of nearly every type ...


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Damon Smith, Peter Kowald, Joëlle Léandre & Bertram Turetzky: Bass Duos 2000​-​2007

Read "Bass Duos 2000​-​2007" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz

One function of recordings is to document a performer's development. Damon Smith's Bass Duos 2000-2007 not only captures his artistic and technical evolution, his choice of duet partners represents the expanded options for the bass in creative music since the 1960s. Two of the three discs in this set were previously released, but ...


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Joëlle Léandre: Zurich Concert

Read "Zurich Concert" reviewed by Mark Corroto

A solo concert by the double bassist Joëlle Léandre is a happening, an event of the highest order. She is very much like a writer or poet who starts with a blank sheet of paper, bringing to life characters and places seemingly drawn from thin air. Of course, like the writer, Léandre's alchemy is born out ...


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François Carrier/Alexander von Schlippenbach/John Edwards/Michel Lambert: Unwalled

Read "Unwalled" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Don't you love it when a plan comes together? Even if the plan is totally improvised, as is that of Unwalled. The album is the first meeting between Canadian alto saxophonist François Carrier and German-born pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach. The free jazz pioneer Schlippenbach was the founder of the Globe Unity Orchestra back in 1966, and ...


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Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead: Volumes & Surfaces

Read "Volumes & Surfaces" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Damon Smith might be the hardest working man in show business. Free-jazz show business, that is. If there is a performance or recording somewhere in the States or Europe, there is a very good chance his double bass is in attendance. You name an improvising artist and he's recorded with them, from Roscoe Mitchell to Joe ...


Bass Duos 2000​-​2007

Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Released: 2021
Track listing: Peter Kowald & Damon Smith Broken Mirrors April 28th 1; Peter Kowald & Damon Smith Broken Mirrors April 28th 2; Peter Kowald & Damon Smith Reflections on April 28th 1; Peter Kowald & Damon Smith Reflections on April 28th 2; Peter Kowald & Damon Smith Reflections on April 28th 3; Peter Kowald & Damon Smith Reflections on April 28th 4; Peter Kowald & Damon Smith Reflections on April 28th 5; Peter Kowald & Damon Smith Reflections on April 28th 6; Peter Kowald & Damon Smith Reflections on April 28th 7; Joëlle Léandre & Damon Smith Throw off the Husk; Joëlle Léandre & Damon Smith Ancestor & the Future; Joëlle Léandre & Damon Smith Lost & Lucid; Joëlle Léandre & Damon Smith Time Dries Up (DS solo); Joëlle Léandre & Damon Smith Mirrors Without Dust; Joëlle Léandre & Damon Smith Uweaving the Threads (JL solo); Joëlle Léandre & Damon Smith Listening to the Same Blood; Joëlle Léandre & Damon Smith Hive of Instants (DS solo); Joëlle Léandre & Damon Smith Building our Erosions; Joëlle Léandre & Damon Smith Flowers Without Venom; Joëlle Léandre & Damon Smith Unfingers its Grasp; Joëlle Léandre & Damon Smith Sky Without Birds; Bertram Turetzky & Damon Smith Vulturegrip; Bertram Turetzky & Damon Smith Coalmarked; Bertram Turetzky & Damon Smith Chalkravine; Bertram Turetzky & Damon Smith Woodsong; Bertram Turetzky & Damon Smith Slickensides; Bertram Turetzky & Damon Smith Southbright; Bertram Turetzky & Damon Smith Northtrue.


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Marta Warelis / Frank Rosaly / Aaron Lumley / John Dikeman: Sunday At De Ruimte

Read "Sunday At De Ruimte" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Is it a pilgrimage or just magnetism that draws improvising artists to Amsterdam? If you've read Kevin Whitehead's book New Dutch Swing (Billboard Books, 1998), you'll understand the open atmosphere and creative jazz scene which began there in the 1960s. It was a scene sown by America's New Thing in free jazz, but also one that ...


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The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto

After the initial shock of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown, artists did what artists do. Unable to tour, many musicians created solo projects. Musicians, like other sentient beings though, crave contact, so when some of the most severe restrictions lifted, duos were formed and production returned. These small positive steps (note: some were recorded before ...


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Hans Koch & Paul Lovens: Nephlokokkygia 1992

Read "Nephlokokkygia 1992" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This live recording from a tour through Bulgaria in 1992 begs the questions: why Bulgaria? and, most importantly, why are there not more recordings from Hans Koch and Paul Lovens? Nephlokokkygia or “CloudCuckooLand" is seeing the light of day for the first time as, during the pandemic year of 2020, Koch edited tape recordings of the ...


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