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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Gets Charmed (!) by Melt!

Bouncer Gets Charmed (!) by Melt!

My favorite line from Vacation is uttered by Cousin Eddie: "I don't know why they call this stuff Hamburger Helper. It does just fine by itself." I feel the same way about Melt! in North Beach — it's a fondue…
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Calendar, Night&Day Doctor Parker

Doctor Parker

New York bassist William Parker believes in music as a healing force, a vehicle for ecstatic transformation, similar to the meditative chants of Buddhist monks and the mystical dances of Sufi dervishes. His basic concept is to mix earthy grooves…
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Calendar, Night&Day Miles Ahead

Miles Ahead

The Biblical proverb that a prophet is without honor in his own home goes a ways toward explaining why the young saxophonist Albert Ayler split for Sweden in the early 1960s. Stockholm was a whole lot freer than Ayler's native…
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Henry Kaiser/Mike Keneally/Vinny Golia/Aurora Josephson/Joe Morris/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter

An icon of 1960s free jazz, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler's singularly extreme approach influenced figures disparate as John Coltrane, Peter Brötzmann, and Patti Smith. Healing Force pays tribute to Ayler's oft-reviled late period, including late-'60s albums New Grass and Music…
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Music, Tenor Sax Player Pharoah Sanders Lives Large at SF Jazz Fest

Tenor Sax Player Pharoah Sanders Lives Large at SF Jazz Fest

"Trane was the father, Pharoah was the son, I was the Holy Ghost," tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler said in the mid-'60s. He was speaking of the free-jazz sax hierarchy headed by John Coltrane and followed by himself and Arkansas-born Pharoah…
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Music, Reviewed Marc Ribot, Roy Campbell, Henry Grimes, Chad Taylor

Marc Ribot, Roy Campbell, Henry Grimes, Chad Taylor

Marc Ribot is the postmodern guitarist. From crusty garage rock to graceful classical, sculpted white noise to sultry Afro-Cuban grooviness, the New York native is a master of myriad musical forms and a slave to none. But Ribot's distinction lies…
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Music, Reviewed Albert Ayler

Albert Ayler

Holy Ghost is an extraordinary career-spanning box set of rarely heard material by revolutionary saxophonist Albert Ayler. But it may not be a must-have for even the most serious jazz collector. While the archival aspect of the package is noteworthy…
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Music, Reviewed Industrial Jazz Group

Industrial Jazz Group

L.A.-based composer Andrew Durkin's Industrial Jazz Group is young, hip, and, despite its evocative moniker, not predisposed to swing covers of Trent Reznor tunes. "Industrial" refers to "an approach that gets at the 'industry' (or craft) of musical creation," the…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Veteran saxophonist John Tchicai is an excellent example of the old tenet that most improvisers only sound as good as the company they keep. In the early '60s, the Copenhagen-born Tchicai moved to NYC, where he established himself as a…
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Hear This

Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant Bassist Trevor Dunn has lived a double life, both as demented thrasher (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas) and upright jazz improviser (Ben Goldberg, Graham Connah's Sour Note Seven). The two sides of his personality are reconciled on Debutantes &…
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Hear This

Mats Gustafsson Even in the most adventurous music circles, it's rare when a player invents a radically unique sound on his instrument. But that's precisely what Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson has achieved. And he's only 35 years old. Jumping off…
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Hear This

Glenn Spearman Double Trio In reference to his incendiary approach toward improvisation, Glenn Spearman once said: "I'm never gonna quit playing this way, man. ... That's my rifle -- my saxophone. It's also my peace pipe." Not unlike '60s-era Albert…
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Prophet of Doom

In recent years, my conversations with other youthful, stymied professionals have turned increasingly apocalyptic. A decade ago, for instance, declarations about the need for a revolutionary cabal of young and highly sexualized political assassins would be greeted with excited affirmations…
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