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Music, Reviewed Henry Kaiser, Damon Smith, Weasel Walter

Henry Kaiser, Damon Smith, Weasel Walter

This strange and compelling debut recording by a trio of veteran Bay Area improvisers springboards off an old music-industry concept. Record labels would apparently prepare in advance "beautifully repackaged" records aimed to squeeze the last big bucks from top-selling artists…
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Since emerging from Berlin's new-music scene in the mid-'70s, reedist Wolfgang Fuchs (above right) has left listeners grasping for words to describe his work. Fuchs' fragmentary runs and ability to hit both ends of the sonic register at once (pairing…
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In the contemporary world of improvisation, string players rule. Avant-garde trailblazers like bassist Dominic Duval, cellist Tomas Ulrich, violinist Mat Maneri, guitarist Joe Morris, and kotoist Miya Masaoka have displaced the horn players and pianists who used to run the…
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As producer of the Peter Kowald Festival, local improviser Damon Smith intends to pay tribute to the renowned German contrabassist who changed his life. After hearing Kowald's ferocious free jazz for the first time, so the story goes, the Minutemen-obsessed…
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Gianni GebbiaSicilian saxophonist Gianni Gebbia is something of a pariah among international jazz hipsters. A consummately lyrical player dedicated to experimental investigation, his signature style on soprano and alto saxes (and less conventional wind instruments) defies the neat parameters set…
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Wadada Leo Smith Five months ago, veteran trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith hit the Bay Area to team up with fledgling bassist Damon Smith. Waves of envy rippled through the local jazz scene -- the 24-year-old bassist was less than half…
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