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Mark Keresman

Mark Keresman

Chicago's Atavistic Records are reissuing some of the rarest avant-jazz records of the 70s & 80s that ever were, some recorded in America but received only minimal distribu…
Pauline Oliveros is a peer of John Cage and Terry Riley, a composer who’s written for both acoustic and electronic sound-makers and whose accordion performances have explor…
The story of blues singer Reverend Gary Davis is the stuff of which indie documentaries are made. Born in South Carolina in 1896, Davis - who lost his sight as a child - mi…
Keenan Lawler is an improvising guitarist who’s performed with Rhys Chatham, David Watson, Lukas Ligeti, Alan Licht, Kevin Drumm and Jack Wright. He concentrates on the use…
Like many long-lived bands, from Duke Ellington’s Orchestras to The Grateful Dead, The Art Ensemble of Chicago’s members have "outside projects" on the side (solo, group an…
Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, the reigning king of saxophone cool, is one of the few cats of his generation that has never really stood still. Without bowing/bending to tren…
This Cheshire cat (sorry, couldn't resist) is, for me, a pinnacle of uncommonness: a "mainstream" jazz guitarist that doesn't bore the crap out of me. True, I can appreciat…
Long before he set the jazz world - and beyond - on its collective ear with the legendary fusion band Weather Report, Joe Zawinul was featured as pianist and composer for C…
Where is the essence of swing? cries a voice in the wilderness. "Does it reside solely in old-school cats like Ruby Braff and Bucky Pizzarelli, and is it doomed to be appro…
Beth Custer is a San Francisco-based musician who's known mainly as a clarinetist for the Club Foot Orchestra and taking part in the lively, vital Bay Area improv scene. Th…