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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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Joe McPhee/Ingebrigt Haker Flaten : Brooklyn DNA

Multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee and Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten have been collaborating for the better part of a decade, chiefly through McPhee’s work with Flaten’s agro-jazz trio The Thing. Their second duo release is a far more restrained affair, full of loosely sketched melodic information rather than sonic carpet-bombing. The album pays tribute to Brooklyn, … Read More “Joe McPhee/Ingebrigt Haker Flaten : Brooklyn DNA”

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Joe McPhee, Mikolaj Trzaska, Waclaw Zimpel, Paweł Szamburski, Michael Górczyński: Lark Uprising

For any bandleader, it is a challenge to pull together a group whose members work well with each other, especially as an improvising unit. Polish multi-reedman Mikolaj Trzaska achieved success with the musicians he assembled for his clarinet quintet: Waclaw Zimpel, Paweł Szamburski and Michael Górczyński. Trzaska put the icing on the cake by inviting … Read More “Joe McPhee, Mikolaj Trzaska, Waclaw Zimpel, Paweł Szamburski, Michael Górczyński: Lark Uprising”

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Joe McPhee, Peter Brötzmann, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang: The Damage Is Done

Recorded live at the Alchemia Club in Krakow, Poland, The Damage Is Done holds two uncut sets from four heavy-hitting improvisers: trumpeter and reedist Joe McPhee, multi-reedist Peter Brötzmann, bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Michael Zerang. Working as a quartet since 2004, this nameless group grew out of Brötzmann’s Tentet, which consists largely of Chicago-based … Read More “Joe McPhee, Peter Brötzmann, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang: The Damage Is Done”

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Joe McPhee/Roy Campbell/William Parker/Warren Smith: Tribute to Albert Ayler: Live at the Dynamo

On a three-week European tour in the fall of 2008, tenor sax-man Joe McPhee, drummer Warren Smith, bassist William Parker and trumpeter Roy Campbell traveled on the wings of Albert Ayler. Had it not been for producer Gérard Terronès’ persuasion, Tribute to Albert Ayler: Live at the Dynamo might have not been recorded. Clearly explained … Read More “Joe McPhee/Roy Campbell/William Parker/Warren Smith: Tribute to Albert Ayler: Live at the Dynamo”

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