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Ingrid Laubrock: Contemporary Chaos Practices (Intakt) / Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey: Utter (Relative Pitch)

As a bandleader, the wildly inventive soprano and tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock shepherds all-star groups such as Ubatuba, Anti-House, and Serpentines, all category-defying projects with a bent toward unconventional instrumentation and disparate style-shifting. The Germany-born, Brooklyn-based polymath’s collaborative and side work, meanwhile, includes a regular slot in the acclaimed Mary Halvorson Octet, plus stints in … Read More “Ingrid Laubrock: Contemporary Chaos Practices (Intakt) / Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey: Utter (Relative Pitch)”

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Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suite

Composer-trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has set an impossibly high bar for himself recently with a pair of politically trenchant, inventively knotty large ensemble projects, his magnum opus Ten Freedom Summers (2012) and Occupy the World (2013). The Great Lakes Suites suffers only by contrast. Spread over 90 minutes, the six suites (Smith has added Lake … Read More “Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suite”

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