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New releases from Trio Grande, Chris Potter, Michael Manring and more

Read "New releases from Trio Grande, Chris Potter, Michael Manring and more" reviewed by Len Davis


Challenging music from A Love Supreme Electric, Trio Grande and much more. Playlist The Backstage “Isolation" from Isolation (Self Produced) 00:00 Trio Grande “Scoville" from Trio Grande (Whirlwind Records) 06:45 Henry Kaiser-Vinny Golia “Acknowledgement" from A Love Supreme Electric (Cuneiform) 13:36 Chris Potter “Rising Over You" from There is a Tide (Edition) 20:24 Sonar ...

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Article: Album Review

Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 1)

Read "Tranceportation (Volume 1)" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The Swiss band Sonar released Vortex (RareNoiseRecords) in 2018, bringing American avant-garde guitarist David Torn along for the ride. The addition of a third guitar to Sonar's two guitar / bass / drums lineup was a crunchy, hypnotic, funk-grooving, hard-driving multi-layered success. A follow-up of sorts, Tranceportation (Volume 1) brings more of the same, and then ...

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Article: Album Review

Sonar with David Torn: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by John Kelman


It might be all too simple to explain away Sonar, the Swiss twin-guitar/bass/drums quartet now in its eighth year together, through a series of touchstones. King Crimson, by way of that band's co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft? Check. The influence of Nik Bartsch and Don Li's innovative meshing of Steve Reich-ian minimalism with deceptively complicated polyrhythmic ...

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Article: Album Review

Sonar with David Torn: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Swiss art rock/minimalist band Sonar have always had a way with a groove, combining repeating patterns (frequently in mixed meters) into a hypnotic blend. In this they have a lot in common with Steve Reich's Musicians (in the new-music world) and fellow Swiss Nik Bärtsch's Ronin (in the jazz world). Sonar has always sounded like a ...


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