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Mako Sica & Hamid Drake: Ronda (Feeding Tube/Astral Spirits)

Since 2007, the free-improv-minded rock trio Mako Sica has been a vital cog in Chicago’s eclectic avant-garde scene, meandering through similar astral planes to the ones that beguiled John Coltrane, Sonny Sharrock, and hometown heroes the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The cosmic kinship that guitarist/trumpeter Przemyslaw Drazek, vocalist/guitarist Brent Fuscaldo, and … Read More “Mako Sica & Hamid Drake: Ronda (Feeding Tube/Astral Spirits)”

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Jungle: Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/Hamid Drake: Live at Okuden

Pianist Matthew Shipp and drummer Hamid Drake are among the greatest musicians ever to play avant-garde jazz. Mat Walerian, on the other hand, is almost a complete unknown, having only one other widely distributed album-a duo with Shipp-to his name. But the Polish reedsman, who was 28 when this trio calling itself Jungle recorded Live … Read More “Jungle: Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/Hamid Drake: Live at Okuden”

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