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Shawn Lovato

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Shawn Lovato is a bassist and composer whose work is part of a scene of musical experimentation that spans the many traditions, approaches, and styles of creative contemporary music. Growing up on the outskirts of New York City, Lovato has roots in its local underground music of hip hop, metal, and punk rock. These early fringe sensibilities are evident in his commitment to contemporary concert and improvised music, bringing him from CBGB to The Stone to Lincoln Center. As a member of the contemporary ensemble Hotel Elefant he has worked with composers such as John Luther Adams, Richard Carrick, David Lang, and Michael Gordon

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Stephen Gauci / Santiago Leibson / Shawn Lovato / Colin Hinton: Live at Scholes Street Studio

Read "Live at Scholes Street Studio" reviewed by John Sharpe


When tenor saxophonist Stephen Gauci was offered a set at Brooklyn's Scholes Street Studio performance space in December 2019 he leapt at the chance. At short notice he pulled together three former duet partners in the classic jazz quartet formation, though they had never previously performed as a single unit. So this is both the group's ...

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Simulacra

Label: Panoramic
Released: 2020
Track listing: Obversify; Synesthopy (intro); Synesthopy; What Was; Breath; Slab Warmth.

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Live at Scholes Street Studio

Label: Gaucimusic
Released: 2020
Track listing: Improvisation 1; Improvisation 2.

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Vijay Anderson, Francois Houle & Susan Alcorn

Read "Vijay Anderson, Francois Houle & Susan Alcorn" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


One could almost make the case that this episode is a reverse sandwich, with the filling on the outside, considering the first tracks from a sizzling hot Vijay Anderson Trio and the windup tune from pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn and her fine band of Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Mark Feldman and Ryan Sawyer. You could ...

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Celebrating Gauci Music

Read "Celebrating Gauci Music" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week a selection of new albums including material from Stephen Gauci's gaucimusic imprint, a first look at a new electric album celebrating the music of John Coltrane, new music from Rebecca Hennessey, and two great new releases from the ears&eyes label. Playlist Hans Tammen, Jeremy Carlstedt, Stephen Gauci “#1" from Studio Sessions Vol. 11 (gaucimusic) ...

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Colin Hinton: Simulacra

Read "Simulacra" reviewed by John Sharpe


It would have been a shame if drummer and composer Colin Hinton's Simulacra, released in 2019, fell through the cracks. On this, his second leadership outing in the wake of Glassbath (Snake And Cornelia, 2018), he captains a crew of current and former Brooklyn-based talent in a mysterious but satisfying set. Hinton merges compositional elements with ...

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Cycles of Animation

Label: Skirl Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Loose Noodle; Static Phases Illuminated; Animated Cycle I: Sow, Harvest; Brain Drain; Animated Cycle II: Inhale, Exhale; 7th Street Jig; Animated Cycle III: Labor, Rest; Unplugged Slug.

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Shawn Lovato: Cycles of Animation

Read "Cycles of Animation" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


For his debut album, Cycles of Animation, New York bassist Shawn Lovato has gathered an impressive, equally forward-thinking cast of musicians, comprised of guitarist Brad Shepik, saxophone virtuoso Loren Stillman, Argentinian pianist Santiago Leibson and drum stick juggler Chris Carroll. The innovative guitarist Shepik has been going at it in various formations, experimenting with a vast ...

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Shawn Lovato: Cycles of Animation

Read "Cycles of Animation" reviewed by Troy Dostert


The title of bassist Shawn Lovato's debut record, Cycles of Animation, is wholly appropriate, as Lovato's compositions are filled with incessant motion. With a good deal of rhythmic dynamism and a fluid, loosely-structured sound, the album is a convincing statement from Lovato and a sign of even better things to come. Lovato has a ...


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