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Liberty Ellman's 'Last Desert' Is Unafraid to Charm You and Challenge You

Guitarist Liberty Ellman's compositions for this brilliant sextet on Last Desert demand that you pay careful attention, but not that you tolerate harsh tonalities.

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Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd: Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project

"I risked my neck to serve my country and all I have are these bizarre nightmares."

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Bassist Stephan Crump, from Pop to Avant-Garde and Back Again

Bassist Stephan Crump makes pop with his wife Jen Chapin, experimental improvisation with guitarist Mary Halvorson, and he's a great mainstream player, too. What can't he do well?

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp

Has Henry Threadgill stumbled upon the perfect band for his creative impulses? And would we be pleased with an honest answer to that question?

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Joel Harrison String Choir: The Music of Paul Motian

This chamber music tribute to the music of Paul Motian deserves more discussion than it will likely receive.

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: This Brings Us To, Volume II

Lots of people can buck tradition, but avant-garde savior Henry Threadgill came up with a whole new system.

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Liberty Ellman: Ophiuchus Butterfly

A unique guitarist from the young New York scene plays funky, angular music with a sextet grounded in tuba and reeds.

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