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Borah Bergman: The River of Sounds

Every now and then, the inadequacy of language to describe a musical performance fairly well smacks you upside the head-especially when the performance in question is a free improvisation. In the case of pianist Borah Bergman’s The River of Sounds, that difficulty is all the more ironic because Bergman suggests there is a storyline underpinning … Read More “Borah Bergman: The River of Sounds”

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Curlew: Meet the Curlews!

The Knitting Factory chose wisely when it selected Curlew’s kinetic, tuneful “St. Croix” to open the first of its Live at the Knitting Factory releases back in 1991. The brainchild of Mississippi-born saxophonist and composer George Cartwright, Curlew was among the most distinctive bands to arise from the primordial soup that bubbled in the Knit’s … Read More “Curlew: Meet the Curlews!”

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Ballin’ the Jack: The Big Head

Saxophonist and clarinetist Matt Darriau’s swing band Ballin’ the Jack made its aims clear on its first album, Jungle. Instead of offering the typical carefully embalmed versions of swing-era repertoire-or even the tightly puckered, airless readings of Don Byron’s Bug Music-Darriau’s crew offered fresh, bawdy performances that captured the brash fire of the originals. The … Read More “Ballin’ the Jack: The Big Head”

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Archie Shepp: The Sound and the Fury

Cincinnati’s April riots, ignited by the police shooting of Timothy Thomas and fuelled by lingering racial tensions, took me back to the culmination of Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing: I was searching for a context in order to understand the images of violence and destruction unfolding on my television. The blazing sun … Read More “Archie Shepp: The Sound and the Fury”

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Michael Blake: Drift

The titular drift of saxophonist Michael Blake’s sophomore effort might well be of the continental variety-large masses of land have parted company in less time than it took to follow up his debut release, 1997’s dazzling Kingdom of Champa. Happily, the long wait proves to have been worthwhile. Blake has once again assembled a crack … Read More “Michael Blake: Drift”

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Bill Bruford and Earthworks: The Sound of Surprise

Best known for his high-profile stints in Yes and King Crimson, drummer Bill Bruford has been taking little vacations from his day job for something like two decades now. With each of his successive side projects, he’s edged closer to the trappings of mainstream jazz, stripping away the electronics and gimmicks until finally, on The … Read More “Bill Bruford and Earthworks: The Sound of Surprise”

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