Sound Is

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Sound Is


Lowry, Peter B., IAJRC Journal


Rob Mazurek Quintet

Sound Is

Delmark 586

Rob Mazurek (cnt, keyboard), John Herndon (d, pere), Matthew Lux (b g), Josh Abrams (b vln), Jason Adasiewitz (vibes). Chicago. Dates unknown

As If An Angel Fell From the Sky/The Earthquake Tree/Dragon Kites/The Star Splitter/The Hill/Le Baiser (The Kiss)/The Lightning Field/Cinnamon Tree/The Dream Rocker/Beauty Wolf/Microraptagonafly/Aphrodite Rising/The Field/Nora Grace TT 60:06

Josh Berman

Old Idea

Delmark 588

Josh Berman (cnt), Keefe Jackson (ts), Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Anton Hatwich (b), Nori Tanaka (d). Chicago, June 2007

On Account Of A Hat/Next Year A/Let's Pretend/Nori/Next Year B/Almost Late/What Can?Db/Next Year C TT 50:48

Jason Adasiewicz

Sun Rooms

Delmark 593

Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Nate McBride (b), Mike Reed (d). Chicago, November 2009

Get In There/Life/Stake/Rose Garden/You Can't/Off My Back, Jack/ Overtones of China/Warm Valley TT 45:30

Exploding Star Orchestra

Stars Have Shapes

Delmark 595

Rob Mazurek (cnt, comp), Nicole Mitchell (flutes, voc), MattBauder (cl, ts), Jeb Bishop (tb), Jason Stein (b cl), Greg Ward (as), Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Matthew Lux (b g), Josh Abrams (b vln), John Herndon, Mike Reed (d), Damon Locks (speech), Carrie Biolo (perc), Jeff Kowalski (p). Chicago, June 2010

Ascension Ghost Impression/Chromo Rocker/Three Blocks Of Light/ Impression #1. TT 50:12

This is a quartet of relatively recent Delmark releases with some overlapping of personnel - Jason Adasiewicz on vibes is the only person on all four, one under his name. Here is a group of Chicago-based jazz musicians who are a part of the "post-Vandemark generation of Chicago impro visers"*. If there were to be a single word description to be made of the music, it would be "abstract" - in the best sense of the word. We're more in Ornette Coleman territory than Coleman Hawkins, stuff that often doesn't swing but is still interesting! This is jazz, Jim, but (maybe) not as we know it!

Rob Mazurek incorporates synthesized material (sounding like a didgeridoo on the opener) along with "real" instruments in loose-flowing improvised sound-washes. What comes to mind for me locally is The Necks, a piano trio of great popularity here and in Europe - do not know if these pieces are just started up as the spirit moves (like The Necks) or whether or not they have some prior structures to work from. …

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