Marc Masters

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July/August 2006    Albums

Live in Japan
Satoko Fujii Four

Pianist and composer Satoko Fujii has released over 20 albums in the past decade, and Live in Japan 2004 is one of her best. Teamed with trumpeter (and husband) Natsuki Tamura, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black, Fujii crafts ripe compositions that...

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June 2006    Albums

Phenomena of Interference
Steve Dalachinsky and Matthew Shipp

New York City poet Steve Dalachinsky has performed his verse for decades, collaborating with downtown legends like William Parker, Daniel Carter and Vernon Reid. But his recorded output is sparse: Phenomena of Interference is only his third album and his...

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June 2006    Albums

Avanti Galoppi
Lou Grassi Quartet

The sound of drummer Lou Grassi’s quartet on Avanti Galoppi is pure Ornette Coleman: snaky melodies, soulful horn tones and the kind of aching melancholy Coleman injected into every note. Not that Grassi and his cohorts are imitators. Rather, they cleverly...

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June 2006    Albums

Songs for Samuel
Jay Rosen

After appearances on 39 CIMP titles in the last 10 years, drummer Jay Rosen poses alone for snapshot No. 40. Songs for Samuel offers 12 exploratory solo pieces in honor of Rosen’s father, who passed away three months before the album was recorded. Rosen...

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March 2006    Albums

Wishing You Were Here
Chris Kelsey Trio

After a self-imposed two-year break, soprano saxophonist and JazzTimes contributor Chris Kelsey stormed back in 2004 with the stellar Renewal, leading a quartet with trombonist and longtime cohort Steve Swell. Wishing You Were Here features the same group...

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March 2006    Albums

First Look/Chicago Duos
Roscoe Mitchell and Tatsu Aoki

Bassist Tatsu Aoki is a Chicago jazz veteran, having appeared on 70 albums as a sideman and another 30 as a leader. On First Look, AACM legend Roscoe Mitchell joins Aoki in a masterful series of sound explorations. Both musicians roam comfortably around...

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March 2006    Albums

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Natural History

Through more than two decades of tireless activity, Joe Morris has become free jazz's preeminent guitarist. In 2000 he added acoustic bass to his arsenal, and he plays it exclusively in Natural History, his trio with saxophonist Joe Sexton and drummer Croix...

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March 2006    Albums

Live in Helsinki
Klaus Suonsaari

Klaus Suonsaari is a Finnish drummer and composer with a strong grounding in many styles, from bop to orchestral to free jazz. On Live in Helsinki, a stunning set pristinely recorded by the Finnish Broadcasting Company, he leads his trio through a broad...

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March 2006    Albums

The Sugar Hill Suite
Trio X

Here are three more excellent albums from the tireless mind of Joe McPhee. The multi-faceted horn master recently turned 66, but his creative vault remains bottomless. Two sets by his group Trio-X (with bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen) come from...

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January/February 2006    News

The Immeasurable Sun Ra

Sun Ra's passion for words was no secret. His mythic lyrics played a huge role in his music, and his aphoristic proclamations ("History is his story; my story is mystery!") are still quoted frequently. But he was also an extremely prolific poet. Between...

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January/February 2006    Albums

The Sugar Hill Suite
Trio X

Here are three more excellent albums from the tireless mind of Joe McPhee. The multi-faceted horn master recently turned 66, but his creative vault remains bottomless. Two sets by his group Trio-X (with bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen) come from...

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January/February 2006    DVDs

Live at the River East Art Center
Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio

Delmark's first-ever DVD offers a sensational 2004 live set from percussionist Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio, filmed in a Chicago art space as painters and sculptors worked around the group. Expanded to a quartet with guest violinist Billy Bang, the band...

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January/February 2006    DVDs

The Magic Sun
Sun Ra and Phill Niblock

In 1968, filmmaker and minimalist composer Phill Niblock shot the Sun Ra Arkestra performing on the roof of a New York City apartment building. Capturing extreme close-ups (fingers striking keys, lips blowing air, cymbals vibrating rapidly) on high-contrast...

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January/February 2006    DVDs

Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise
John Zorn and Ken Jacobs

In 2004, John Zorn and filmmaker Ken Jacobs collaborated on four nights of audiovisual improvisations at NYC's Anthology Film Archives, a selection from which is presented on this bracing DVD. Jacobs uses a "Nervous Magic Lantern" to create strobing images...

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November 2005    Albums

Kaivalya Volume 1
Paul Flaherty and Marc Edwards

"Free music players are born, not made," writes saxophonist Paul Flaherty in the liner notes to Kaivalya Volume 1. "Why else would someone travel this road, if they didn't have to?" Since first heeding improvisation's call in the 1970s, Flaherty has hurtled...

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