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Roscoe Mitchell and The Note Factory: Far Side

Read "Far Side" reviewed by Charles Walker

In his recent book about the AACM, A Power Stronger Than Itself (University of Chicago, 2007), trombonist/composer/critic George Lewis makes a serious, thoroughly researched argument for its members creating their own lineage of American “experimental music," influenced as much by pan-African musics or juke joint jam sessions as by European high art music, and yet beholden ...

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Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory: Far Side

Read "Far Side" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

A settant'anni Roscoe Mitchell continua a essere una delle figure più originali della scena afroamericana e i suoi lavori per organico allargato lontani dall'Art Ensemble ne confermano tutta la geniale condotta espressiva: è certamente il caso della Note Factory, ottetto di coppie imperfette [a due batterie, due contrabbassi e due pianoforti si affiancano infatti le ance ...


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Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory: Far Side

Read "Far Side" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Roscoe Mitchell's Far Side, with its theatrical quality, could easily function as a soundtrack to a modernist play. The beginning of the first and longest piece, “Far Side/Cards/Far Side," is reminiscent of the works of 20th century composers like Alfred Schnitke and Arvo Pärt, in the ominous sea of notes pouring out of the dual pianos ...


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Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory: Far Side

Read "Far Side" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been over a decade since reed and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Roscoe Mitchell--a veteran of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), which he helped establish in the mid-1960s, in addition to co-founding the groundbreaking Art Ensemble of Chicago, around the same time--released Nine to Get Ready (ECM, 1999), with his Note Factory group. Far ...


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Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory: Song for My Sister

Read "Song for My Sister" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The band comes out swinging, lush, loose, rollicking, on the disc's title track, “Song for My Sister". Leader/multiple reedman Roscoe Mitchell on tenor sax, front line partner Corey Wilkes blowing trumpet. The band is filled with duos--two pianos, a pair of basses, a couple a drummers. “Song for My Sister", the song, is lush, full-bodied without ...


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