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On avant-garde, progressive, postmodern, improvisational music. Jazz is the root and the core of the multi-genre music that's explored here.
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Avant Prog Group miRthkon releases new, live DVD, "Format"

Avant Prog Group miRthkon releases new, live DVD, "Format" | Wide-Spectrum Jazz | Scoop.it
... contemporary classical abstraction, avant-garde jazz, catchy hook-laden pop, or thrash metal – is held to a simple but firm standard: Does it sound good? miRthkon's forthcoming live DVD titled (Format) is a testament to the ...
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Rb's comment, January 5, 2014 11:12 AM
sounds interesting!
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Steve Lacy - Estilhacos: Live in Lisbon

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Steve Lacy
Estilhacos: Live in Lisbon
(Clean Feed)

review by Paul Serralheiro


2012-07-24Before introducing the Steve Lacy quintet, the announcer at the start of this 1972 concert at Lisbon's Cinema Monumental claims that contemporary jazz has retaken a beautiful tradition of collective improvisation.

 

The concert then starts with transistor radio signals unleashed by Irene Aebi, as the Lacy quintet of the period launches into its collective improvisation with a six-minute "Stations," which features voices off Portuguese air waves, and the ecstatic playing of Steve Pots' alto, Steve Lacy's chirping soprano, Kent Carter's probing bass and the cymbal splashes and drum rolls of Noel McGhie.

 

 

The rest of the session features playing on some other well-known Lacy pieces, "Chips," "Moon," "Dreams, " "No Baby" and "The High Way," Aebi adding cello and harmonica to the mix. As is often the case with Lacy concerts, judging from other live recordings, this is a very free reading of composed material and while the thematic material is predetermined, there is a pervasive feeling of spontaneity and the spirit of adventure reigns supreme.

 

 

A combination of intense free playing and whimsical punctuations of harmonica, as well as the occasional radio signal get thrown in throughout, with lots of textural variety.

 

 

A prominent feature of this high energy, burning group effort, is the interesting two-saxes overlaps, and the transistor radio that provides interesting entry points for the aleatory process, something that seems central to Lacy's compositional aesthetic.

 

 

Fernando Pessoa, one of Portugal's most famous 20th century poets, claimed toward the end of his life that his country was destined to become a cultural leader, and while that may seem like hyperbole, it is clear that Portuguese label Clean Feed is stepping up and releasing some music that supports the continuing efforts of the avant guard.

 

 

Even though this Lacy disc is a reissue, the music here will still give listeners (musicians and lay listeners alike) something to think about, in this era of misnamed "Jazz festivals" and in a world where jazz has become processed and stylized to the point of sterility and reductive revisionism.

 

What this album asserts is that collective improvisation is a vital defining feature of jazz that will always be best when volatile and uncaged.

 

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The Vinny Golia Sextet - Abstractions + Retrocausalities

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The Vinny Golia Sextet 
Abstractions And Retrocausalities  
(Ninewinds) 

review by Massimo Ricci
2012-08-15

Reedman Vinny Golia is quick to sing the praises of the musicians who help him in Abstractions And Retrocausalities, first "official" release of his work with this nucleus of players, all coming from the California Institute Of The Arts. The leader, who employs several saxophones and clarinets plus selected reeds from the Far East, put the compositions in the knowledgeable hands and lungs of Dan Rosenboom and Gavin Templeton as supporting airstream propellers, leaving the "jazz-rock" facets to guitarist Alex Noyce, bassist Jon Armstrong and drummer Andrew Lessman. Indeed a strong cohesion exists between the group's members, characterizing scores where the fusion of tight execution and malleable skill is mandatory. Pushing the music beyond the line of "interesting exercise" and placing it in the area of true excitement requires another kind of appetite, though.

Class being class, the CD is gratifying enough and never overstays its welcome despite a duration of circa 76 minutes. However, nothing here will cause someone to exclaim that the wheel has been reinvented. Instant terms of comparison, in consideration of the large use of odd meters and masterful arrangements, are Frank Zappa — the so-called "lighter" version or, if you prefer, the one that certain mature rocket scientists define as "commercial" after the Mothers period (pity the rigid-minded man) — and some of the collectives associated with post-RIO movements and labels such as Cuneiform or Moonjune. Think, just to drop a couple of names, about a three-headed hybrid of Muffins, Motor Totemist Guild and Phil Miller's In Cahoots, all smiles and relaxing under the Californian sun. In truth, the laid-back vibe which the sextet occasionally emits is exactly what lowers the project's magnitude a bit. Except for a few scenes (for example, the conclusive "Full Moon"), neither urgency nor paradox seem to reside anywhere near, even if the energies transmitted are quite positive and the sonorities always congenial, when not extremely familiar ("Abstroblue" appears as a veritable Waka/Jawaka offshoot).

In any case, if you're into scored density, instrumental facility and disengaged fun, there's much to be treasured here.

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Jorge Sylvester ACE Collective

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The purpose of this Blog is to talk about the Music of The ACE Collective, The ACE Trio and the historical Link between the Avant Jazz, the Afro - Caribbean music and experimentation. The ACE Collective utilizes the rich ...
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Avant-garde Jazz Mondays. Cornelia St. Café: Jean Michel Pilc, Jon Irabagon, Tony Malaby, and upcoming artists ...

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Disseminated by Soul Coughing | The Knitting Factory, NYC club for avant-garde jazz + progressive jazz-rock...

Disseminated by Soul Coughing | The Knitting Factory, NYC club for avant-garde jazz + progressive jazz-rock... | Wide-Spectrum Jazz | Scoop.it
Mike Doughty was once the doorman for The Knitting Factory, a New York City club that specialized in avant garde jazz and off-the-wall rock music. It was through his association with the musicians that frequented the club that ...
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Avant-jazz all stars Ellery Eskelin, Michael Formanek, Ralph Alessi + Devin Gray at Greenwich House, June 27...

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Avant-jazz all stars Ellery Eskelin, Michael Formanek, Ralph Alessi + Devin Gray at Greenwich House, June 27 ....
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A mindblowing collaboration: Nenah Cherry + the avant jazz sounds of The Thing | @scoopit

A mindblowing collaboration: Nenah Cherry + the avant jazz sounds of The Thing  | @scoopit | Wide-Spectrum Jazz | Scoop.it
A mindblowing collaboration – one that brings the soulful vocals of Nenah Cherry into play with the avant jazz sounds of The Thing – but...  
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Legendary jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter is still breaking sound barriers | @scoopit

Legendary jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter is still breaking sound barriers  | @scoopit | Wide-Spectrum Jazz | Scoop.it

Wayne Shorter could rest on his reputation as one of the greatest composers and saxophonists, but...  more » 

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Mulling the jazz downgrade on WGBH - Boston.com (blog)

Mulling the jazz downgrade on WGBH - Boston.com (blog) | Wide-Spectrum Jazz | Scoop.it
Mulling the jazz downgrade on WGBHBoston.com (blog)You've probably heard by now that WGBH (89.7 FM) has pulled the carpet from under weeknight jazz listeners, with plans to move Eric Jackson's venerable ...Boston noncom WGBH prompts Facebook protest...
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Change to Decoding Society roster for Kessler show « Denton Jazz ...

Change to Decoding Society roster for Kessler show « Denton Jazz ... | Wide-Spectrum Jazz | Scoop.it
Bassist, composer and producer Melvin Gibbs will step in to play electric bass for the avant-garde Jazz “experience.” Click to view Gibbs, guitarist Bill Frisell and Jackson from a Sept. 3, 1988 Stadtgarten-Koln, Germany ...
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AFRO HORN Jazz Jam – The 3rd Incarnation | Latin Jazz Network

AFRO HORN Jazz Jam – The 3rd Incarnation | Latin Jazz Network | Wide-Spectrum Jazz | Scoop.it
Guided by voices that sing of a new music , Afro-Latin drummer/composer Francisco Mora-Catlett maps the secret paths that connect avant-garde jazz to Cuban folklore, African mysticism and Mexican Surrealism.
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Free Jazz: Henry P. Warner, Earl Freeman, Philip Spigner: Freestyle ...

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There is a free jazz approach, that's for sure. But there are no drums, instead there are hand drums which are mainly played at the bottom end having the effect that they sound like an African war rhythm.
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Liberty Ellman | Tactiles

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Liberty Ellman leads an exuberantly loving guitar quartet with Mark Shim, Stephan Crump, Eric Harland and guest Greg Osby on three tracks. The nine compositions are all originals, but they groove like a classic '60s session.  (Pi Recordings, NYC)

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Amir ElSaffar / Two Rivers Ensemble -:- Inana

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Two Rivers seemed key to his unique hybridization of American and Arabic music and deserved further elaboration.

 

The genesis of his music is a story that bears repeating. It's only as an adult that he's studied the Iraqi forms he heard as a child coming from his father's turntable in their Chicago home.

 

He made the sojourn to his ancestral homeland in 2003 and found understandably and unexpectedly that the maqam masters had all fled, most of them for London.

 

He spent the next five years traveling through Europe and the Middle East, studying the centuries-old tradition, learning the structures, vocal styles and to play the zither-like santour.

 

At this juncture, the traditional maqams as well as other Arabic and Sumerian modalities are fully integrated with the jazz language the trumpeter had already embraced, although ElSaffar does also perform purely traditional music and in 2009 was a semi-finalist in the International Maqam Competition in Azerbaijan.

 

In feel, this music is at times similar to the calm before the storm of the mid 1960s, the sense of peace and group discovery in the works of John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill and Jackie McLean just before free jazz exploded.

 

In no small part that's due to the controlled fire of saxophonist Ole Mathisen and drummer Nasheet Waits. But that's not all that's at play, and his is certainly not a retro act.

 

As both a player and a bandleader, ElSaffar works the material backwards and forwards backwards into history and forwards into a new hybridization of American and global musics.

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Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club « Avant Music News

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club « Avant Music News | Wide-Spectrum Jazz | Scoop.it
From London's Vortex: Thur 21 | 8.30pm Parker, Russell, Edwards Evan Parker's monthly free improvisation residency with bassist John Edwards and guitarist John Russell. ………………………………………… Sun 24 ...
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In A Mellow Tone | Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas Quintet // Barry Guy | June 23, Kingston NY

In A Mellow Tone | Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas Quintet // Barry Guy | June 23, Kingston NY | Wide-Spectrum Jazz | Scoop.it

Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas Quintet June 23, Tanya Tagac June 23, Barry Guy June 23. Kingston, NY. GrandTheatre.
In a Mellow Tone | Jazz + Blues BlogJoe Lovano/Dave Douglas Quintet | Tanya Tagac | Barry Guy | Grand Theater, Kingston NY, June 23 Blog author Ron Sweetman has been an activist for jazz and blues since arriving in Canada in 1969. He was a founder member of L’Atelier de Musique Experimentale (1972), Jazz Ottawa (1976), and Music Now (1997). He has written for CODA magazine since 1970, and has been a member of the Down Beat International Critics Poll since 1982. He has hosted his weekly jazz and blues radio show “In A Mellow Tone” on CKCU-FM 93.1 since May 1976.
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RYOKO ONO | Avant-Garde Jazz Review | Freedom & Unity (1969), SHAKTI / REMEMBER SHAKTI (1977)...

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Freedom & Unity · 1969 · Avant-Garde Jazz; SHAKTI / REMEMBER SHAKTI Happiness Is Being Together Natural Elements (with John McLaughlin) · 1977 · World Fusion; JOHN MCLAUGHLIN Blue In Green Live At The Royal ...
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Free Jazz: Peter Brötzmann (reeds), John Edwards (double bass) and Steve Noble (drums) – all of them European free jazz royalty - kick off full speed...

Free Jazz: Peter Brötzmann (reeds), John Edwards (double bass) and Steve Noble (drums) – all of them European free jazz royalty - kick off full speed... | Wide-Spectrum Jazz | Scoop.it

Peter Brötzmann (reeds), John Edwards (double bass) and Steve Noble (drums) – all of them European free jazz royalty - kick off full speed, Brötzmann shrieking and bellowing as usual while Edwards starts by bowing a menacing ...

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Free Jazz: Generation Y

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Free Jazz: Generation Y | Photos of free jazz legends Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, and many more (who themselves replaced earlier...)   MORE >

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WGBH-FM cuts back jazz programming ... Boston.com

No place for jazz on Boston's public radio station WGBH-FM ...

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Avant-garde jazz trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran, at 85, has had a long, intriguing career...

Avant-garde jazz trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran, at 85, has had a long, intriguing career... | Wide-Spectrum Jazz | Scoop.it
Over the course of 85-year-old Kelan Phil Cohrans long career as an avant-garde jazz trumpeter,...
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Jazz icon to address brain injury seminar - PennLive.com

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Free Jazz performances begin today with Jazz at the Market - Vail Daily News

Free Jazz performances begin today with Jazz at the Market - Vail Daily News | Wide-Spectrum Jazz | Scoop.it
Free Jazz performances begin today with Jazz at the MarketVail Daily NewsVAIL — The Vail Jazz Festival, now in its 18th season, kicks off today with two free performances in Vail.
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Seaquence : Somewhat Damaged - NIN

@trent_reznor I tried to recreate Somewhat Damaged with this experimental music composition tool. What do you think?
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