Bill Shoemaker

Bill’s Contributions

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April 2003    Countercurrents

Chicago 2002
Paul Rutherford

Though it is a single CD, British trombonist Paul Rutherford's Chicago 2002 (Emanem) is something of a two-fer. Recorded at the Empty Bottle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music, the album is divided between Rutherford's trailblazing solo music and a septet...

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April 2003    Countercurrents

USA Tour/April 2001/Live
Carlo Actis Dato

One of Italian Instabile Orchestra's merriest pranksters, saxophonist/clarinetist Carlo Actis Dato relies largely on Italian folk music, whether he is working in one of his own groups or in ad-hoc settings like those documented on USA Tour/April 2001/Live...

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April 2003    Countercurrents

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Michael Moore/Peggy Lee/Dylan van der Schyff

Michael Moore is so thoroughly identified with New Dutch Swing that a periodic reminder that he is an American is in order. Though the California-born clarinetist/saxophonist is based in Amsterdam, he has also retained a Left Coast profile, often with the...

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April 2003    Countercurrents

Shaken
Roland Ramanan

For decades, persons of color have shaped British jazz and improvised music. Even without the legendary South African exiles, it's still an impressive lot, starting with pioneering altoist Joe Harriott in the '60s, continuing with saxophonists Courtney Pine...

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April 2003    Countercurrents

Pasta Variations
No Spaghetti Edition

Pat Thomas' ongoing work with No Spaghetti Edition, an Oslo-based ensemble with a frequently changing line-up, is representative of his edgy electronics and keyboards. Though NSE's second CD, Pasta Variations (Sofa), finds the group trimmed down from 12...

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April 2003    Countercurrents

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Joelle Leandre/Masahiko Satoh/Yuji Takahashi

French bassist Joelle Leandre has a unique combination of credentials in both contemporary classical music-she has played with Boulez's Ensemble Intercontemporain and has had works composed for her by Cage, Scelsi and others-and improvisation, an endeavor...

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April 2003    Countercurrents

Right Off
Derek Bailey/Carlos Bechegas

One of the tenets of post-Cage experimental music that has gained real traction among improvisers is the ability, in essence, to program indeterminacy using computers and MIDI technology. Portuguese flutist Carlos Bechegas creates an impressive variety of...

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April 2003    Countercurrents

In Black and White: On Tour, Ann Arbor/NYC
Trio X

What good is freedom that frowns upon the blues and standard tunes? Especially if it inhibits the creativity of someone who has broken new ground decade after decade since the '60s like Joe McPhee? Luckily, the puritans of improvised music do not deter the...

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January/February 2003    Albums

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Cecil Taylor/Bill Dixon/Tony Oxley

Now in his 70s, pianist Cecil Taylor has more strength and stamina than many musicians half his age. But recent recordings like The Willisau Concert (Intakt) suggest that Taylor has slowed by a nanosecond or two, his legendary raw voltage being replaced...

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December 2002    Albums

Lift Every Voice
Charles Lloyd

Like countless Americans, Charles Lloyd sought refuge and recovery in music after 9/11. The two-CD Lift Every Voice is something of a diary of Lloyd's terror-induced journey within-coincidentally, the California-based tenor saxophonist was in New York City...

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December 2002    Albums

Live - In Paris
Sonny Simmons Trio

Now should be the time for Sonny Simmons, who turns 70 next year. The alto saxophonist is as persuasive as he was in the 1960s, when he collaborated with Prince Lasha on the minor classic, Firebirds (OJC), and contributed to such overlooked albums as the...

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November 2002    Features

Hamid Drake: Percussion Functions

Tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson and percussionist Hamid Drake have just brought a capacity Lisbon, Portugal, crowd to its feet after an exhilarating hour-plus exchange at the 2002 Jazz em Agosto festival. The organic flow of materials was frictionless, cresting...

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November 2002    Albums

Coltrane (Deluxe Edition)
John Coltrane

Coltrane, Ballads and A Love Supreme succinctly trace the arc of John Coltrane's early '60s ascendancy as an artist and as a market force, which still shapes jazz today. In the span of three years, the saxophonist went from an artist requiring a makeover...

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10/29/02    Concerts

San Francisco Jazz Festival 2002

The San Francisco Jazz Festival has a lot to celebrate on its 20th anniversary. What was initially a three-day presentation of Bay Area artists has grown into a three-week marathon of concerts featuring internationally renowned headliners and legends. In...

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October 2002    Albums

Song for My Sister
Roscoe Mitchell & the Note Factory

Some jazz-related composers are noteworthy for their original vocabulary; some are lionized for their ability to give a variety of existing styles their personal imprint. Among the first wave of AACM composer-instrumentalists, Roscoe Mitchell has perhaps...

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October 2002    Albums

Live at the Bracknell Jazz Festival, 1986
Don Cherry

The mid-1980s were a pivotal period for Don Cherry. Much of his energies had been devoted to co-op projects like Codona and Old and New Dreams, and he also helped jumpstart the Leaders. The time being ripe to form his own ensemble, Cherry created Nu, a quintet...

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