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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jazz: A Revived Label Does Right by Late Trumpeter Bill Dixon

Posted By on 04.28.11 at 03:00 PM

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A couple weeks ago a meticulously produced and packaged CD reissue of Intents and Purposes, a classic and incredibly rare 1967 album by trumpeter Bill Dixon, began turning up in record shops. International Phonograph, the Chicago label behind it, isn't exactly new, but its only other release is an album by reedist pianist Richie Beirach and bassist George Mraz that came out in 1981, when the imprint was based in Los Angeles. Label owner Jonathan Horwich, a Chicago native, returned here in 2006 after living for four decades in the LA area, where he cofounded and ran Revelation Records—a jazz indie that released great music by the John Carter-Bobby Bradford Quartet, reedists Warne Marsh and Anthony Ortega, and big-band leader and arranger Clare Fischer.

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World Music: A Shady Grove on Java

Posted By on 04.28.11 at 01:00 PM

On Sunday evening Friends of the Gamelan, Chicago's only ensemble dedicated to the traditional Indonesian percussion music, will premiere a new composition by ensemble member and local experimental composer Patrick Liddell. It'll be the first time in four years that the 31-year-old group will debut an original work by one of its own.

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Metal: Brand-new Bones, Live Superchrist, and Evil-powered Beer

Posted By on 04.28.11 at 12:00 PM

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It pleases me to launch this column on Chicago metal with news of an especially Chicagoan album: the self-titled debut from Bones, due May 2 on Planet Metal, the label of Dawnbringer mastermind Chris Black. Bassist and vocalist Jon "Necromancer" Woodring (who briefly played in Nachtmystium a few years back), guitarist "Carcass" Chris Svoboda (who used to have a solo project called Eternal Hatred), and drummer Joe "Warlord" Schaeffer have been friends for more than two decades, says Black. Woodring and Schaeffer helped found Usurper in 1993, and all three played in the band for several years in the aughts.

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