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Joe Maneri: In Full Cry

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It’s scary to think that reedman and pianist Maneri, one of the most innovative improvisers to emerge in decades, almost slipped by us unnoticed. He’d just about given up on performing live when his violinist son, Mat, got him to play in clubs about ten years ago.

A New England Conservatory of Music teacher since 1970, Maneri has developed a style of playing that blends jazz, modern classical and ethnic, e.g. Greek, Jewish, influences. He’s been into free improvisation since the 1940s and recorded some of it playing clarinet, tenor sax and piano in the mid-50s. He employs microtonality, atonality and multiphonics.

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