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Spinifex

Spinifex explores the contrast between extremely tight irregular structures and extensive free improvisations. With its fearsomely explosive combination of musicians, Spinifex is all about compelling grooves, strong dynamics and challenging improvisations. 

Named after a tough Australian species of grass, Spinifex may at first sound like a combination of jazzcore, math-metal and other typically Western contemporary music. However, beneath the surface the listener will discover ancient cyclical rhythms of Turkish and Indian origin.

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Zack Lober, Orbit, Chris Potter & Family Band

Read "Zack Lober, Orbit, Chris Potter & Family Band" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This one's kind of all over the place: pure free jazz from the German trio of saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert, guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi & drummer Klaus Kugel, hard nosed music from Chris Potter, English quartet, Family Band, trio music from France's Orbit and the Aussie avant-garde trio The Necks' latest, a further voyage into ZZAJ: Jazz ...

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Spinifex, Greene / Smith / Moses & Devin Brahja Waldman Ra Kalam Bob Moses

Read "Spinifex, Greene / Smith / Moses & Devin Brahja Waldman  Ra Kalam Bob Moses" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This edition of One Man's Jazz tends to a lot of music out on the edge, starting with a tune from a 2019 release called Life's Intense Mystery by Burton Greene, Damon Smith & Bob Moses, before heading to the powerful and unpredictable band from Amsterdam, Spinifex; they've added singers to the mix on their latest. ...

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Moers Festival Interviews: Spinifex

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Spinifex will make an extremely welcome return to the Moers Festival in early June 2022. This heavily international group specialises in a collective meshing, combining the precision of composed themes with ample leeway for crashing over the barriers, splattering down onto a grassy field of wild improvisatory freedom. Heavy activity over a decade's span makes this ...

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Spinifex: Beats The Plague

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Finally, a band of brothers retaliates against the coronavirus. The scientists and the anti-vax antipodes have had their day. Time for some partisan guerrilla action. Okay, maybe just a pipe dream, but these nine tracks by the Amsterdam based Spinifex deliver a much needed counterattack to this diabolical infective agent. Recorded in June of ...

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GulfH of Berlin, Adam O’Farrill & Eunhye Jeong

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Sampled this episode are new releases featuring saxophonists (Rich Halley, Daniel Carter, Irek Wojtczak, Yuma Uesaka (with Marilyn Crispell) and Gebhard Ullmann (GulfH of Berlin), trumpeters Adam O'Farrill and Joaquin Muro, and pianists Eunhye Jeong from South Korea and Satoko Fujii. Toss in some great stuff from William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, and L.A.'s The Gathering ...

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Wadada Leo Smith, William Parker & Aakash Mittal

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Two of the most important creators of original music are featured in this episode—trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and his Great Lakes Quartet with the entire “Diamond Symphony" from The Chicago Symphonies, the second of two releases by Tum Records, and bassist William Parker with a piece from Painters Winter and one from Blue Limelight, one of ...

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Gijs Levelt

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Gijs Levelt is a trumpet player, composer and teacher. In his work he explores the boundaries of world music, improvised music, contemporary composed music and pop music. As a trumpet player, he is best known for his work with the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, with whom he has toured the world since 1997, released 15 albums and entered into various international collaborative projects. He was also founder and co-band leader of several crossover bands and ensembles, including STriCat, the Axyz Ensemble and Spinifex. As a sideman and guest musician he has played with a large number of artists in different genres, from the Willem Breuker Kollektief to Chef's Special, in clubs, theaters and festivals all over the world. Together with composer / flutist Ned McGowan, Gijs led the Karnatic Lab, a concert series, a series of festivals, a record label and a number of ensembles for years

Album

Soufifex

Label: TryTone
Released: 2019
Track listing: Confrerie; Drinks & Logistics; Zarbi Owj; AHAP; Unnecessary Lines; Marifa; Dikri

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No Euros Required

Read "No Euros Required" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's a heavy European flavour to this episode as we explore the current scene in eleven different countries. Two albums on the Hungarian BMC label introduce BMC's latest round of releases: pianist Aki Takase (Germany) & her band, Japanic, and saxophonist Istvan Grensco & his Collective Special 5 (Hungary), which features the great American reed man, ...


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