Essential New Music: The Necks' "Three"

Essential New Music: The Necks’ “Three”

Numerology has never seemed that important to the Necks. But the title of the Australian instrumental combo’s latest album is
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Essential New Music: Sir Richard Bishop's "Oneiric Formulary"

Essential New Music: Sir Richard Bishop’s “Oneiric Formulary”

Have you tried to reach a doctor lately? Not so easy, is it? There are good reasons why this is
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Essential New Music: Jon Hassell's "Vernal Equinox"

Essential New Music: Jon Hassell’s “Vernal Equinox”

Maybe you first heard Jon Hassell on Talking Heads’ Remain In Light, Peter Gabriel’s Passion or the two records that
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Essential New Music: Robbie Basho's "Songs Of The Great Mystery: The Lost Vanguard Sessions"

Essential New Music: Robbie Basho’s “Songs Of The Great Mystery: The Lost Vanguard Sessions”

Mystery is inherent in Robbie Basho’s music. His vocal performances extolled the wonders of both the natural and supernatural worlds.
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Essential New Music: FACS's "Void Moments"

Essential New Music: FACS’s “Void Moments”

If the first quarter of 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that whatever seemed certain can change in a moment.
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Essential New Music: Windy & Carl's "Allegiance And Conviction"

Essential New Music: Windy & Carl’s “Allegiance And Conviction”

Sooner or later, the lure cannot be resisted. Allegiance And Conviction is Windy & Carl’s concept record. The Dearborn, Mich.,
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Essential New Music: Dean Roberts' "Not Fire"

Essential New Music: Dean Roberts’ “Not Fire”

Photo by Denis Laner A dozen years separate Not Fire from Dean Roberts’ previous album, Uneasy Flowers, which he released
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Essential New Music: Irreversible Entanglements' "Who Sent You?"

Essential New Music: Irreversible Entanglements’ “Who Sent You?”

When free jazz first manifested in the middle of the 20th century, it quickly became linked to the fight for
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Essential New Music: Shane Parish's "Death Bell Knellin'"

Essential New Music: Shane Parish’s “Death Bell Knellin'”

You could call Shane Parish a guitarist, or you could call him a cottage industry. Either way, you’d be right.
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Essential New Music: Charlie Parker's "The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection"

Essential New Music: Charlie Parker’s “The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection”

Whatever fails to kill a creative endeavor makes it stronger. You can argue that the music of Charlie Parker and
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Essential New Music: CP Unit's "One Foot On The Ground Smoking Mirror Shakedown"

Essential New Music: CP Unit’s “One Foot On The Ground Smoking Mirror Shakedown”

Any tool can be used for either good or ill, but in music, virtuosity is especially double-edged. The ability to
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Essential New Music: Decoy With Joe McPhee's "AC/DC"

Essential New Music: Decoy With Joe McPhee’s “AC/DC”

Photo by Dawid Laskowski AC/DC has performed “Back In Black” many times, but Joe McPhee, who was born before any
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Essential New Music: 3 Musketiere's "Abflug"

Essential New Music: 3 Musketiere’s “Abflug”

There are plenty of reasons why the Ex has been characterized as a punk band. There’s the group's roots in
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Essential New Music: Califone's "Echo Mine"

Essential New Music: Califone’s “Echo Mine”

Echo Mine constitutes a new partnership, a farewell and a reunion. It's the name for a dance choreographed and performed
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Essential New Music: Large Unit Fendika's "Ethiobraz"

Essential New Music: Large Unit Fendika’s “Ethiobraz”

One quality that Paal Nilssen-Love has sustained across decades of work in improvised music is transparency. No matter who he
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Essential New Music: En Attendant Ana's "Juillet"

Essential New Music: En Attendant Ana’s “Juillet”

Is any topic better suited to being rendered in a non-native language than love? You want to make yourself clear,
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Essential New Music: Oval's "Scis"

Essential New Music: Oval’s “Scis”

Oval maneuvers in elliptical fashion between experimental and pop music. At one extreme, there’s methodology: Markus Popp (since 1995, the
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Essential New Music: Matthew Shipp's "Invisible Light: Live In Sao Paulo"

Essential New Music: Matthew Shipp’s “Invisible Light: Live In Sao Paulo”

Matthew Shipp has often applied the word “cosmic” to his music. While there’s nothing at all spacey about his bold
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