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Boston-based saxophonist Steve Norton has been performing and recording for over 30 years, with a bunch of folks to whom he is deeply and forever in debt. His recent work has taken a turn toward more sound-based concerns and investigations into performance gestalt. His focus is on improvisation, which is filtered through a strongly compositional sensibility. Current projects include Duck That, Grizzler, Symptomatic, Kilter, Metal & Glass Ensemble, Spam and solo performance as well as ad hoc groupings. Norton was a member of Debris, the Great Circle Saxophone Quartet and Either/Orchestra and has also performed and/or recorded with Gino Robair, Tom Plsek, Joe Morris, Laurence Cook, Herb Robertson, Steve Adams, Dave Gross, Bhob Rainey, Vic Rawlings, Matt Samolis, Gregory Damien Grinnell, Greg Kelley, Ken Vandermark, Andrea Parkins and Tim Berne

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Leap of Faith/Thomas Heberer: Solution Concepts

Read "Solution Concepts" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The twenty year history of Leap of Faith includes an eleven year hiatus that is noteworthy more for the cooperative's ability to seamlessly pick up the pieces than for an uber-extended break. Cellist Glynis Lomon--a one-time student of Bill Dixon--was working the Boston circuit with multi-reedist PEK in the 1990s. The two honed their far reaching ...

It's Hard Not To Be Who You Are

Label: hat ART
Released: 2010

Battery Steele - Six Improvisations

Label: hat ART
Released: 2010

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Grizzler Big Band: Dave's Not Here

Read "The Grizzler Big Band: Dave's Not Here" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Dave Gross, Andrew Eisenberg, Steve Norton, et al.November 12, 2010Private Loft, Fort Point ChannelBoston, MassA giant, three-pound onion ring keeps growing. “Now, it's four pounds!" says the announcer. “It seemed like an overly heavy onion blossom," musician Angela Sawyer said. “It was in a cartoon on Adult Swim in 2002. It ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Katt Hernandez: Spiral Passes

Read "Katt Hernandez: Spiral Passes" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Katt Hernandez plays violin with a hand and eye versed in the vagaries of natural sound. A student of microtonal music, she is also steeped in European folk traditions, and skilled in classical forms of improvisation. While her work goes in many directions, it stays sharp and swift and supple. She is equally adept ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Multi-Reedist Steve Norton Interviewed at AAJ

Multi-Reedist Steve Norton Interviewed at AAJ

Multi-reedist Steve Norton is best known for his work with the 1990s Boston-based band Debris. Debris was an ambitious, exuberant, puzzling band that puzzled together serialism, free jazz and funk. Their music is in equal measure exhilarating and exhausting. It was the combination, in part, that burned Norton out about ten years ago, as well as ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Steve Norton: Debris and Beyond

Read "Steve Norton: Debris and Beyond" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Multi-reedist Steve Norton is best known for his work with the 1990s Boston-based band Debris. Debris was an ambitious, exuberant, puzzling band that puzzled together serialism, free jazz and funk. Their music is in equal measure exhilarating and exhausting. It was the combination, in part, that burned Norton out about ten years ago, as ...

Firehouse Futurities

Label: hat ART
Released: 1999


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