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Anthony Braxton : Quintet (Basel) 1977 (Hatology)

Reissuing and remastering Braxton 1977 outstanding radio concert for Radio DRS in Safranzunft, Basel in 1977 in quintet with George Lewis on trombone, Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, Mark Helias on double bass, and Charles "Bobo" Shaw on drums. ... Click to View


Jackson Harrison Trio: Sintering (Hatology)

Melodic and texturally rich jazz from the trio of pianist Jackson Harrison with Ben Waples on double bass and brother James Waples on drums, a lyrical album of original compositions named for the process of coalescing a powder into a solid by heating it without liquefaction. ... Click to View


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Canada's premiere music magazine, with articles on The Sound Future of Virtual Reality; Roarke Menzies; Heidi Chan; Erin Gee; Eric Normand; Carmen Braden; Nick Dourado; plus a CD with recordings from Eric Normand, Carmen Braden, Erin Gee, Nick Dourado, Heidi Chan, and Plumes Ensemble. ... Click to View


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Reissuing the debut album by vocalist Annette Peacock and pianist Paul Bley recorded during their first European tour in 1970, in a quartet with compatriots Mario Pavone on bass and Laurence Cook on drums, Bley using an early Moog synthesizer; unique and original avant jazz. ... Click to View


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Oren Ambarchi: Hubris [VINYL] (Editions Mego)

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Bill Orcutt / Chris Corsano: Live At Various / Various Live [VINYL 2 LPs] (Palilalia)

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Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: The Organ Grinder [VINYL 2 LPS] (Rarenoise Records)

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The Quartet: Quartet, The [CASSETTE] (Wee Space Tapes)

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Capturing 2 performances from '82 &'83, the improvising quintet of Howard Walmsley, Ken Hollings, Eddie Sherwood, Colin Seddon, Graham Massey present "an unpredictable "post-punk avant-funk" mix of spoken word, percussion, random tapes, films and free-form soloing". ... Click to View


John Cage / David Tudor / Christian Wolff: San Francisco Museum Of Art, January 16th, 1965 [VINYL 2 LPs] (Modern Silence)

First vinyl release of this historic performance of minimalist music from 1965 recorded for KPFA Radio, bringing conceptual composers John Cage and David Tudor to perform two "Variations", a "Duet for Cymbal", and composer Christian Wolff's "For 1, 2 Or 3 People". ... Click to View


William Burroughs S.: Curse Go Back [VINYL] (Paradigm)

Tape experiments from author and audio experimenter William S. Burroughs, recorded in London in 1968 nd originally issued in 1998, this version has been edited to the core of the original recording, which uses random drop-ins and cut-ups of Burrough's readings. ... Click to View


Scarcity Of Tanks: Ringleader Of Lies (Total Life Society Records)

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The 40th Anniversary release for the creative free improvising jazz trio of Gerry Hemingway (drums), Mark Helias (bass) and Ray Anderson (trombone), with guests Joe Lovano on sax and Jason Moran on piano; superb lyrical soulful collective improvisation of the finest order. ... Click to View


Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You (Firehouse 12 Records)

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Chris Cundy: Gustav Lost (FMR)

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John Zorn: 49 Acts Of Unspeakable Depravity In The Abominable Life And Times Of Gilles De Rais (Tzadik)

Simulacrum's 5th CD, with John Medeski on organ, Kenny Grohowski on drums and Matt Hollenberg on guitar, powerful playing that blends heavy rock, blues, funk and jazz with modern classical music, here performing composer John Zorn's 10 part suite on decscending into madness. ... Click to View


Antonin Gerbal : Sound Of Drums (Umlaut Records)

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Simon Rummel Ensemble: Nichts Fur Alle (Nothing For All) (Umlaut Records)

Cologne pianist and composer Simon Russell wrote these compositions, melding jazz, classical, electronic, even tango music into lyrical and joyfully quirky works, performed by his ensemble with Goerg Wissel, Matthias Muche, Udo Moll, Carl Ludwig Hubsch, &c. ... Click to View


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  Steve Dollar 
  Jazz Guide to New York City  
  (The Little Bookroom) 

   review by Kurt Gottschalk
  2004-04-27
Steve Dollar: Jazz Guide to New York City (The Little Bookroom)

Steve Dollar is asking for it. Compiling a Let's Go-style compendium of places to hear live jazz in New York City is the kind of task which will leave you as dogged by people combing for mistakes and omissions as it will thankful tourists looking to find what lies beyond The Blue Note and The Village Vanguard. Surely as soon as you've written one thing down, something else will have changed, a downtown gallery will suddenly crop up with an interesting series of programs or some old reliable will give in to the pressure of catering to beer-swigging rockers.

Fact is, however, Dollar has done an admirable job in mapping the city, and the omissions are more than outweighed by his thorough reporting and easy prose. The little black book rounds up nearly 100 Manhattan venues and tracks down a handful in Brooklyn and Queens as well. No doubt he missed something in the Bronx and Staten Island - if only the occasional perfomance at The Bronx Museum of the Arts or the Snug Harbor Cultural Center - but for tourists trekking the usual routes or newbies interested in more context than Time Out has to offer, it's an excellent resource.

Dollar approached the project as more than a reference book. His writing is natural and entertaining, and he peppers the listings with bits of New York jazz lore. He provides a peek into where bassists go for strings, relates the story of Sonny Rollins on the Williamsburg Bridge and waxes briefly about subway musicians. He also gives some undeserved praise to the sound system at Iridium, strangely claims that "you won't find a more enjoyable place to see - and hear - live music" than Joe's Pub, and corrects the German grammar for the Neues Kabarett concert series at the Brecht Forum. (I was a cofounder of that series, but no hard feelings.) He dishes some attitude ("Intrusive waitrons, ill-mannered diners smacking and slurping, the piercing jangle of cutlery - everything exists to distract you from the performers, who might as well return to their long-forsaken Holiday Inn gig," he writes, without pointing fingers, of the ever-present dinner club), but what Dollar achieved is no small feat; he went to dozens of dark rooms with a saxophonist on one side and a bar on the other and found what made each distinct. It's a valuable little handbook, even though it will be out of date before Cab Calloway's 100th birthday.





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