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Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte: You Don’t Know The Life (RareNoise)

The mission statement of the RareNoise label is “to detect and amplify contemporary trends in progressive music.” Since 2008 it has been prolific in the production of confrontational records with a bias toward electronics, groove, and the jumbling of genres. Jamie Saft looms large on the label. You Don’t Know the Life is Saft’s 18th … Read More “Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte: You Don’t Know The Life (RareNoise)”

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Roswell Rudd/Jamie Saft/Trevor Dunn/Balazs Pandi: Strength & Power

Strength & Power shows how opting for brute force in a totally improvised context can yield the sort of explosively coherent free jazz that transcends noisemaker stereotypes. The trio of pianist Jamie Saft, acoustic bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Balazs Pandi have concocted propulsive, pure improvisations alongside guitarist Joe Morris in the band Slobber Pup, … Read More “Roswell Rudd/Jamie Saft/Trevor Dunn/Balazs Pandi: Strength & Power”

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Joe McPhee/Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Charles Downs: Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga has an irresistible backstory. Jamie Saft and Joe Morris discovered a mutual love for John Coltrane’s much-maligned 1966 album Live at the Village Vanguard Again! Proclaiming Alice Coltrane his favorite pianist, Saft wanted to make a record inspired by the album. Morris contacted Joe McPhee, who happened to have been front and center at … Read More “Joe McPhee/Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Charles Downs: Ticonderoga”

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Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte: The New Standard

On the surface, Strange Bedfellows seems like an appropriate name for this trio. Keyboardist Jamie Saft and drummer Bobby Previte, both fiercely eclectic yet technically gifted player-composers, have collaborated before, in settings as far out as the improvised-extreme-metal group Beta Popes. (Saft played guitar there.) Veteran bassist Steve Swallow might seem like an odd piece … Read More “Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte: The New Standard”

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The Spanish Donkey: Joe Morris, Jamie Saft, Mike Pride: XYX

Sometimes, it is just easier to let the mind go and be “one” with music rather trying to analyze it. Such is the case with The Spanish Donkey’s XYX. There is so much sound on this recording that finding a resting place is occasional, if simply rare. Jamie Saft wallows in the electronics that render … Read More “The Spanish Donkey: Joe Morris, Jamie Saft, Mike Pride: XYX”

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