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Bruce Ackley / Fred Frith / Henry Kaiser / Aram Shelton: Unexpected Twins

Read "Unexpected Twins" reviewed by John Sharpe

Sometimes looking back can be a cause of regret, but it can sometimes inspire. Happily the latter is the case with Unexpected Twins by the doubled instrumentation of guitarists Henry Kaiser and Fred Frith and saxophonists Bruce Ackley and Aram Shelton. The original Twins emerged from the early free improvisation scene in North America in 1977, ...

No Favorites!

Label: New World Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Nothing Stopped/But A Future (for Buckminster Fuller); The Double Negative; Contours of the Glass Head.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rova Orkestrova: No Favorites!

Read "No Favorites!" reviewed by Troy Collins

Ever since its formation in 1977, Rova, the pioneering West Coast saxophone quartet, has been augmenting its ranks to explore structured improvisation. No Favorites! pays homage to Lawrence D. “Butch" Morris, the inventor of Conduction, a revolutionary system for organizing large-ensemble improvisation using coded gestures. This ambitious album epitomizes a working relationship that Rova began with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chicago Reed Quartet: Western Automatic

Read "Western Automatic" reviewed by John Sharpe

After a heyday in the late 1970s which saw the World Saxophone Quartet, ROVA and the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, to list but three of the more celebrated, strutting their stuff, the format has undergone a hiatus more recently. However it remains firmly established as an instrumental configuration and perhaps the only surprise is that it ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

AACM Great Black Music Festival

Read "AACM Great Black Music Festival" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Ars Nova Workshop's AACM: Great Black Music FestivalPhiladelphia, PA June 4-13, 2011 It's been a hot half decade for the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Nicole Mitchell's tenure as co-chair (with Ernest Dawkins) came at a time when her star as a flutist and bandleader was also rising. Co-founder Muhal Richard ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jeff Dayton-Johnson's Best of 2009

Read "Jeff Dayton-Johnson's Best of 2009" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Jazz Man of the Year honors go without a doubt to Rafael Gilbert of Spain, who attended a performance by Larry Ochs of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet at the Sigüenza Jazz Festival in December, and called the police to report that, whatever it was that Ochs was playing, it wasn't jazz. Ochs was asked to play ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Nice Guy Trio: Here Comes The Nice Guy Trio

Read "Here Comes The Nice Guy Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Give three imaginative artists a yearlong residency in a performance space, located in a breeding ground for creative music and the results hopefully will turn out to be something like Here Comes The Nice Guy Trio. Canadian trumpeter Darren Johnston, now living in the Bay area of San Francisco, spent a year making music ...

Totally Spinning

Label: Black Saint
Released: 2006
Track listing: Let's Go Totally Spinning; Stiction; Radar 11/19/01; Cuernavaca Starlight (For Charles Mingus); Kick It; It's a Journey, Not a Destination; Preshrunk; Radar, Version 731.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rova: Totally Spinning

Read "Totally Spinning" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Depending on your preference among saxophone quartets, Rova (comprised of Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley and Steve Adams) and the World Saxophone Quartet would have to rank numbers 1 and 1A. Rova has always been perceived as the more avant-garde of the two, more prone to explorations of abstract sound, closer in spirit (and practice) ...


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