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Artist: BRAIDA & GIANCARLO LOCATELLI, ALBERTO
Title: The Big Margotta
Format: LP
Label: Broken Research
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"This marks the third release for the duo of Alberto Braida and Giancarlo Locatelli, the first being the incredibly austere Diciannove Calefazioni which was our initial introduction to perhaps the premier group of purpose and restraint in improvising music. Big talk I know but the fact is that these two have developed a dialogue thru their long partnership and friendship that stands as reminder of the potential that contemporary improvisation has always held and the manifestation of many of its myriad possibilities. Our primary regard for Diciannove Calefazioni [Nineteen Calefactions] and our recent regard for the slightly more boisterous Big Margotta is how well considered their approach to reduction is. Rather than the methodology of Berlin or of Boston, what the group did was to take Becketts approach to language and apply it to music; that is, to reduce it right to the point of collapse. In Becketts case language still operates within the rules of grammar and in this duos case they still operate within the rules of harmony but sans goofball mawkishness, tropes or boring melodicism. If there were fewer notes it wouldnt work and if there were more it would be overbearing. The duo language here is so fleet and well-handled it gives the listener an opportunity to hear experimental music that fulfills both of those qualifications. Pro-printed sleeve/edition of 300." -Broken Research

Artist: DIXON, BILL
Title: Weight/Counterweight
Format: Double LP
Label: Broken Research
Country: USA
Price: $37.00
"Bill Dixon with Aaron Siegel and Ben Hall. Heavyweight gatefold sleeve. Recorded in April of 2008, Weight/Counterweight, the new release by Bill Dixon, marks his return to small group playing, his first trio since the Dixon/Taylor/Oxley Victoriaville recording. The group, assembled by Hall at Dixons suggestion, marks a new direction in Dixons instrumentation with no untreated trumpet whatsoever and a barrage on pitched and unpitched concert percussion, creating landmark skeletal architecture which Dixon pushes out into unmediated solos of gravity and weightlessness." -Broken Research
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Artist: JOHANSSON, SVEN-AKE
Title: Cymbals In The Night
Format: LP
Label: Broken Research
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"Heavy solo release from deep as Marianas Trench Swedish drummer Sven-Ake Johansson. Johansson is primarily known in the US as the drummer on the two hugely influential Brotzmann recordings: For Adolphe Sax and Machine Gun. However, the Berlin-based percussionist/composer/filmmaker/performance artist/painter -- all of which he is remarkably adept at -- also has numerous FMP releases and a well documented relationship with Alexander Schlippenbach. Notable contributions to the canon of experimental music include his Concert for 12 Tractors and performance piece for movement performed with Neubauten singer Nick Cave guitarist Blixa Bargeld. Johanssons mode here is pure clarity in terms of form, technique and content. Quiet as a kitten on clouds in social settings, this recording ranges from pure Krupa swing on corrugated cardboard *cymbals* to dirty styrofoam shrieks and then even further out to close-micd cymbal investigations of tone and vibration. In performance, hes a pro and even in a recorded situation he manages to engage the listener with humor and experiment. Pro printed sleeve/edition of 300." -Broken Research

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