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"Anthony Braxton, conductor & soprano sax; Christine Duncan, voice; Parmela Attariwala, violin; Tilman Lewis, cello; Ken Aldcroft, guitar; Justin Haynes, guitar & harmonica; Nicole Rampersaud, trumpet; Scott Thomson, trombone; Rob Piilonen, flute; Ronda Rindone, Eb & ...
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SPL130 | SPOOL

"Box Cutter cuts through stylistic boundaries. The players weave in and out of free-form improvisations, grooves, and lyrical melodic statements with equal enjoyment. The band leaves no stone unturned, making use of every possibility that presents itself. This is a band ...
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SPL129 | SPOOL

"Oh dear, another good guitar album! Grdina is based on Vancouver. Plays oud and an interest in Arabic classical music, but here it's just guitar, in a quartet with François Houle on clarinets. Houle is terrific. Grdina mostly pushes things along, momentum the secret ...
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SPL128 | SPOOL

"The time-honored tradition of an accomplished jazz artist traveling alone, hooking up with like-minded musicians far off the beaten path, and creating music that approaches or belongs in the first tier of the artist's recordings, is alive and well on Open Spaces. Alto ...
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SPL127 | SPOOL

"Broken Record Chamber was inaugurated in September 1998, barely moments after the smoke and debris were cleared in the wake of a momentous double bill featuring Otomo Yoshihide, Martin Tetrault and Ruins. Since that time Broken Record Chamber have participated in the ...
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SPF301 | SPOOL

"MENTAL SCARS just digs in deeper, using the same ingredients as the previous release, RETREAT: unconventional grooves in strange atmospheres, special sampling, distorted voices over 'scratchy' text, weird acoustic and electronic mixtures and interludes with unusual ...
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SPA403 | SPOOL

"The intersection of the four Vancouver-based musicians (collectively known as Talking Pictures) with Seattle based Wayne Horvitz has roots that extend back to 1987 when Horvitz was in residence at the Western Front working with Vancouver musicians, including Ron ...
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SPL125 | SPOOL

"Lee has won an international following for the strength and beauty of her improvisational style: she's fearless and sweet, just as likely to sing her heart out in a rhapsodic melody as she is to plunge headfirst into a gnarly exploration of knotty chords...Lee's ...
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SPL124 | SPOOL

"An eclectic collection of new music compositions by John Korsrud. Works: Girl on the Grass (2001): Ron Samworth, guitar; John Korsrud, trumpet. Glurp (1997): Combustion Chamber (Amsterdam). Xs & Os (2001): John Korsrud, programming. VAP DIST for orchestra (2000) ...
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SPP203 | SPOOL

"Hansen/Krakowiak attack and disseminate both the turntable and the drum. Their improvisations are built through layers of sound where the instrumentation interpolates becoming musical coitus. Hansen/Krakowiak constuct new waves of contemporary sound, influenced by ...
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SPF304 | SPOOL

"As the long, appreciative applause at the end suggests, you should have been there. Still, Pieces of Time captures a glimpse of what was a momentous meeting on an auspicious night. Five brilliant improvisations recorded live at the Western Front in Vancouver. Kang, ...
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SPL104 | SPOOL

"Recorded April 6 & September 4, 1997 at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre at the University of Guelph, Ontario. The performances were part of an exhibition of sculptural work by Reinhard Reitzenstein. The exhibition was in two parts, a sound installation entitled Klang ...
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SPL106 | SPOOL

"Second release from the extraordinary ensemble. Lee's compositions kick, simmer and sing, and confirm her as a major talent of what Muhal Richard Abrams called contemporary creative music. The seamless improvisations which colored the first recording so vividly and ...
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SPL117 | SPOOL

"Their meeting is a friendly unpretentious one, where van der Schyff, the man of all trades, puts on his Dutch avant-garde jazz hat, participating in Delius and De Joode's witty and spirited free-form exchanges like he'd been living in Amsterdam for the last two ...
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SPL119 | SPOOL

"Rosenberg's compositions are as thorny and challenging as their titles ("Shrrr", "Sdppd", "Sttm"...) - his scores leave much room for improvisation, but also present fiendish problems of ensemble coordination, which are brilliantly handled by the Skronktet West. It's ...
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SPA401 | SPOOL

"John Shiurba has assembled an impressive West Coast octet, featuring vocalists Lara Bruckmann and Morgan Guberman, drummer Gino Robair, and bassist Matthew Sperry (among others), and conducts them through five of his tortuous compositions. Hearing the violent, sharp ...
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SPA402 | SPOOL

"She can scrape and stridulate as required, but her cello playing also grants due place to clarity of line and sweetness of tone. Both aspects of Lee's musical character inform her compositions and their performance by an entirely sympathetic sextet." (The Wire) Peggy ...
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SPL105 | SPOOL

RAKE - S/T (CD)

"Enter rake, a musically adventurous trio based in Ottawa, Canada's capital of anything but free music. With the unusual instrumentation of two percussionists and a reed player who features bassoon as much as sax, rake creates rich, widely variegated textures. There ...
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SPL108 | SPOOL

"The string trio is one of the most versatile vehicles for Free Improvisation, largely due to the broad variety of sounds and flexibility of the instruments. It is also one of the few groupings that remain partially untapped. Sitting somewhat uncomfortably on the ...
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SPL120 | SPOOL

SOME RA - RAKE-STAR (CD)

"Rake-Star nails the Ra mantra-approach with their huge sound. The band is heavy on the bottom end and the reeds suggest floating in a zone removed from earth's gravitational pull. Even though the listener can't see the dancer, this live recording is reminiscent of a ...
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SPL123 | SPOOL

with Danielle DeGruttola. "Recorded October 1996 and November 1997. These two masters of improvisation unfold a melange of musical wonderment. They are joined on several tracks by the rich, sonorous sounds of Danielle DeGruttola's cello. By turns, whimsical, ...
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SPL103 | SPOOL

"Gathering brings together the most exceptional music and video art of Toronto duo Smash and Teeny, created live in performance, studio and site-specific outdoor locations in Canada, the U.S. and England between 2001-2003. In this double-CD debut of Smash and Teeny, ...
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SPF305 | SPOOL

"And indeed this music has the radical openness, the lack of boundary, the myopic detail (eschewing grand, overarching gesture), the (perhaps subtle) intricacy (...), and the particularity that I've ascribed to the idea of ornament. ... I think Cameron's pieces are ...
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SPP202 | SPOOL