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The OGJB Quartet: Bamako (TUM)

OGJB—Oliver Lake, Graham Haynes, Joe Fonda, and Barry Altschul—characterize themselves as a “leaderless” quartet. In that spirit, the compositions featured here serve as sketches to be built and elaborated on (and often entirely reconfigured), not as templates or structural frameworks. Unison passages are tightly executed, yet with just enough raggedness to their edge that the … Read More “The OGJB Quartet: Bamako (TUM)”

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Barry Altschul & the 3Dom Factor: Live in Kraków (Not Two)

Drummer Barry Altschul and saxophonist Jon Irabagon, born 35 years apart, have now collaborated on five trio albums, all ass-kickers. Two were led by Irabagon and three by Altschul in the project he calls the 3Dom Factor. They are both outcats who have sometimes performed in more straight-ahead settings. The fascination of Live in Kraków … Read More “Barry Altschul & the 3Dom Factor: Live in Kraków (Not Two)”

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Barry Altschul’s 3Dom Factor: Tales of the Unforeseen

Barry Altschul’s The 3Dom Factor was one of the strongest and most underrated albums of 2013. Released as the master drummer turned 70, it features compositions he had written throughout his career, revealing a talent that’s not as celebrated as his tenures with Anthony Braxton, Paul Bley and Sam Rivers. Rather than merely reflecting on … Read More “Barry Altschul’s 3Dom Factor: Tales of the Unforeseen”

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Barry Altschul: The 3Dom Factor

Barry Altschul’s first album as a leader in more than 25 years is a mischievous affair showcasing his irreverent drums, the magisterially sassy tenor saxophone of Jon Irabagon and the twangy (and occasionally bowed) bass of Joe Fonda, Altschul’s colleague from the FAB Trio, which also featured the late violinist Billy Bang. The approach on … Read More “Barry Altschul: The 3Dom Factor”

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