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Bobby Previte / Jamie Saft / Nels Cline: Music from the Early 21st Century

A power-trio of electric guitar, keyboards, and drums takes on the challenge of free improvisation—but using primarily elements of rock and electronica as strongly as the usual creative music or jazz. The result is focused.

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Wadada Leo Smith: Red Hill

The out-trumpet icon teams with Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, and Balazs Pandi, making six bracing free improvisations that hark back to the 1970s and come fully up to date.

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Plymouth: Plymouth

So long Slobber Pup, hello Plymouth. Actually, can we have Slobber Pup back now?

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Slobber Pup: Black Aces / New Zion Trio: Chaliwa

Today, musicians like Saft can bring colleagues together to record, without the agendas or idiocy of corporate middlemen. Celebrate accordingly.

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Best Jazz of 2006

Will Layman's list of the year's best jazz records, a hearty baker's dozen, includes iconoclasts, eccentrics, avant-gardists, and some downright swingers.

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Bobby Previte: Coalition of the Willing

A "nonjazz" record of assertive instrumental rock from a great downtown drummer -- both political and funky in its intentions, it arrives with purpose.


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