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Business is Bad

Label: XtraWATT/ECM
Released: 2015
Track listing: Catch as Catch Can; My Magic Pencil (Wrote This Melody); Speak French; Wintertime; Surviving You; Business is Bad; I Can't Afford My Lawyer; My Solo; That Damn Volcano.

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Karen Mantler: Business is Bad

Read "Business is Bad" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist Karen Mantler's fifth release as a leader, Business is Bad, is a set of nine intimate sketches of everyday life. Delivered in Mantler's unique musical style, the pieces range from the whimsical “My Magic Pencil" to the elegiac “Surviving You" and everything in-between. Mantler does not so much sing these engaging soliloquies as ...

Album

Business is Bad

Label: XtraWATT/ECM
Released: 2014
Track listing: Catch as Catch Can; My Magic Pencil (Wrote This Melody); Speak French; Wintertime; Surviving You; Business is Bad; I Can't Afford My Lawyer; My Solo; That Damn Volcano.

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Karen Mantler: Business is Bad

Read "Business is Bad" reviewed by John Kelman


It's been nearly two decades since Karen Mantler last released an album under her own name on the XtraWATT label belonging to her similarly coifed mother, pianist/composer Carla Bley, but she's been anything but idle. Work on Bley albums like Appearing Nightly (Watt, 2008), recordings by father Michael Mantler like Folly Seeing All This (ECM, 1993), ...

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Into the Woodwork

Label: XtraWATT/ECM
Released: 2013
Track listing: Sad Old Candle; Into the Woodwork; From Whom It May Concern; Back in Action; Grisly Business; Unnatural Causes; The Butler Did It; Suitable for Framing; Small Comfort; Still There; Never Know; Exit Stage Left.

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The Swallow Quintet: Into the Woodwork

Read "Into the Woodwork" reviewed by John Kelman


In the press sheet for Steve Swallow's Into the Woodwork, the award-winning electric bassist is quoted, saying: “Good humor before and after the red light goes on is very important. Music-making should be fun, after all." Those fortunate enough to see Swallow with Steve Kuhn and Joey Baron this past summer--including a memorable stop at the ...

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So There

Label: XtraWATT/ECM
Released: 2007
Track listing: Oh No; Names; Here Again; Ambition; Indians; from Histoire De Florida; Sufi Sam Christian; Later; from Wellington, New Zealand / from Eight Plus; Miles; Just in Time; Return; Echo; Sad Advice; Riddle; Blue Moon; I Know a Man; A Valentine for Pen.

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Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley: So There

Read "So There" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


Steve Swallow goes for a varied approach on So There, combining string quartets, piano and bass, all of this inspired by the poetry of Robert Creeley, one of the most important American poets. This is his second release inspired by Creeley's poetry; in 1980 Swallow and Kuhn (and vocalist Sheila Jordan) released Home on ECM.

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Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley: So There

Read "So There" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Ci si deve abbandonare completamente e lasciarsi trasportare da suoni e parole per gustare appieno la magia di So There. Steve Swallow aveva già omaggiato l’arte poetica di Robert Creeley con Home, album del 1980 registrato insieme a Sheila Jordan e Steve Kuhn. Ma senza nulla togliere alla splendida cantante di Detroit, sentire i versi declamati ...

Album

So There

Label: XtraWATT/ECM
Released: 2006
Track listing: Oh No; Names; Here Again; Ambition; Indians; from Histoire De Florida; Sufi Sam Christian; Later; from Wellington, New Zealand / from Eight Plus; Miles; Just in Time; Return; Echo; Sad Advice; Riddle; Blue Moon; I Know a Man; A Valentine for Pen.


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