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    Music, Reinventing Bent-Bop

    Reinventing Bent-Bop

    Everyone knows Monk. The bent-bop pianist who came up in the postwar '40s has long been an establishment darling. There's even a school named in his honor (the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz) that sponsors an annual high-stakes competition, crowning…
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    Calendar, Performance Cutting Edge

    Cutting Edge

    THURS-SUN 6/5-8 Billing itself as "a festival of contemporary performance," the Berkeley Edge Fest embraces the true colors of West Coast creative music in all its motley iconoclasm. From classical orchestrations to gamelan works to electro-acoustic improvisations, this year's four-day…
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    Music, Record

    Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd

    Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd Monk's Dream (Verve) Forty years ago, Thelonious Monk went to New York's 5 Spot club to hear a young soprano saxophone player named Steve Lacy; a few months later, he added Lacy to his…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This

    Hear This

    For many fans, jazz really is a church, a place in which to explore the deeper principles and remember the elders. So concerts at Grace Cathedral, which have become an annual feature of the San Francisco Jazz Festival, have a…
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    Hear This

    Steve Lacy The clarity and integrity of saxophonist Steve Lacy's vision as a jazz composer/improviser have inspired fans and musicians alike for more than four decades. Eminent Bay Area reedmen Larry Ochs, Dan Plonsey, and Ben Goldberg explain why: "What…
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    Hear This

    Steve Lacy With an Apollonian ear for melody and almost superhuman technique, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy is god to two kinds of jazzheads -- post-boppers and outcats. More than 40 years ago, Lacy heard the genius of Thelonious Monk and…
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    Hear This

    "Improvise a Picnic" with Rova Saxophone Quartet Explorative jazz improvisers (and their fans) seem like nonparticipants in the greater cultural community. They don't pretend to be hip by catering to the mass-marketed tastes du jour, and they don't sport the…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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