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Casserley / Illvibe / Morgan / Sjostrom: Live At The Club Polnischer Versager

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Four musicians, two songs, one clocking in at 32:06 minutes and the other at 23:39 minutes. The action takes place deep in outer space, the club is located in Berlin and the physical event was recorded in 2016. The four musicians had never before played together, but they are all professional players so the chemistry is ...

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Jeffrey Morgan: Quasar-Mach

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Stark, electronic, space-age, experimental jazz by Jeffrey Morgan and friends, a gift from the 1980s when the left field was exuberant, loud and sometimes harsh. In those halcyon days, when you saw that a musician played more than one instrument on a tune, there was no multitracking, each musician would have an array of instruments laid ...

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Jordan VanHemert: I Am Not A Virus

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The craft is tight, the feeling is refreshing, the sound is quick and precise, and the gestalt brings the individual voices of the musicians into group form, taking turns soloing and working together, interpreting the now into the fabric of the groove. The album covers a full range of expressive energy. “The Path Ahead" (9:28) starts ...

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Morgan & Casserley: Exoplanets

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Exoplanets is an album which explores the darkness that is all around us. Is it all catastrophe and despair? Clearly not, because science transcends emotions, and happiness survives negative emotions. Each of the track titles refers to a planet, the sound is experimental and cosmic, from the “free jazz" school of expression. In our local galaxy, ...

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Thomas Peters: Lamentations

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Inspirational instrumental meditations, quiet and serious, each intimately related by both structure and content into an overall singularity, and yet with each a separate work. Thomas Peters moves in a new artistic direction with his bowed NS Design® EU6 designed by the legendary Ned Steinberger, and a laptop computer. In the past, when he was creating ...

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Samir Bodhi: Stairway To Nirvana

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Traditional Indian instruments and vocals blended with synthesizers, studio effects and electric guitar in an amazing cinematic sounding production. Strong, resonant sounds encourage directed attention on a journey through the stages of life, moving from the mournful to joyful, and eventually ascending to reach enlightenment, engaging with naturally restorative influences. Vana means “weaving" and ...

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Jeff Coffin / Derek Brown: Symbiosis

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Rhyming dragons and synergetic saxophilia, in seven tracks. Two monsters of the single reed doing the sway. Oh, wait, what about the rhythm section? They brought their own! This duo has the intuitive chemistry that comes only from epochs of experience playing together. Jeff Coffin on tenor saxophone, bass flute, bass clarinet, and clarinet; one finishes ...

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Andreas Vollenweider: Quiet Places

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Music for the heart and mind, bliss and joy for the ears and spirit. It has been 10 years since the last album from Andreas Vollenweider and now he emerges with new music--three new albums, the first is Quiet Places. The new album has 10 tracks and features several homages to ancient arts as well as ...

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Derek Brown: All Figured Out

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The recommended first exposure to this guy originally from Alma, Michigan, saxophonist Derek Brown, is through YouTube. His solo adventures and small ensemble numbers (mostly duets) are great fun. He has a very playful spirit and complicated sense of humor. He likes to play in acoustically interesting places which range from creepy but beautifully lit old ...

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Fiona Joy Hawkins: Moving Through Worlds

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This is a great time for something brighter and lighter, something that brings some ease to the weary listener, who is seeking feelings of harmony and simple respite from a troubled world. The gifted composer, singer, and pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins has just the thing, an album titled Moving Through Worlds, an enchanting exploration of themes ...


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