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The ThroesNate Wooley (Primary), Taylor Ho Bynum (Primary), Ken Filiano (Primary), Tomas Fujiwara (Primary)Two horn players of the mid ‘70s who over the last decade not only have shown the stamina for the long run but also the skills and talent to be leaders in early 21st century creative improvising music. Here is Free music in a face-off between trumpet and cornet presenting what is obviously post 20th century Jazz, thankfully free of the rote and cliche of so much of today’s music. Everybody contributes compositions. Ken Filiano and Tomas Fujiwara keep a flow and edge to the always compelling music. The Hues of DestinyAndrew Lamb (Primary), Tom Abbs (Primary), Warren Smith (Primary)Andrew Lamb is contemplative. And this contemplation may be the reason why he has led so few sessions over the past two decades. This is second CIMP and the first part of an extended two-CD session (CIMP 389 will complete the concert) and follows five years after his first CIMP. The seven compositions offer structure that, though thoughtful, offer plenty of room for emotive improvisation and intensity. Pacing and passion mark Andrew’s work. This is just the latest of his carefully growing discography. EverlastingBrian Landrus (Primary), John Lockwood (Primary), Jason Palmer (Primary), Bob Moses (Primary)This recording follows up Brian Landrus’ Cadence Jazz (#1218) recording, “Forward,” a CD that received more than the usual notice from writers and listeners. For this, Brian brings back Jason Palmer, John Lockwood, and Bob Moses on a program of 13 Landrus originals that feature his baritone sax and bass clarinet. Brian put himself in some challenging situations, a gutsy move that led to music of consequence worthy of this “new horn in town.” In The AtticTim Siciliano (Primary), Dominic Duval (Primary), Brian Willson (Primary)CIMP has recorded a number of artists making their leadership debuts (and sometimes any kind of recording debut) in their 40s or 50s. Tim Siciliano was 50 when he recorded this disc. While his roots are in the later guitar Bop masters, his mentor was Attila Zoller. Producer Bob Rusch characterized this session as “a good get-together.” Music well worth the 50 year wait. In the hands of these three, it brings new life to the bopstream, swinging and free of cliches. Lonely House (Covers)Tomas Ulrich (Cello), Rolf Sturm (Guitar), Michael Bisio (Bass), Cargo Cult (Primary)Tomas Ulrich's Cargo Cult: certainly one of the definitive string groups of the 21st century and perhaps the most versatile and expansive. This latest release follows up CIMP 375 and Cadence Jazz 1214 with a recording that references a wide range of compositions. The inspirations here range from Leadbelly to Monk. Definitely an enchanting and fun listening experience. Symbols Strings and MagicJimmy Bennington (Drums), Perry Robinson (Clarinet), Ed Schuller (Bass)Jimmy Bennington's debut CIMP recording follows up his quartet sides with Perry Robinson on Cadence Jazz 1219. Bennington is an understated drummer-—in time or out he carefully listens and supports. This soulful and unhurried concert is arguably one of the finest displays of Perry's unique talents. Ed Schuller's full and supportive bass adds to the intimacy of this wonderful listening experience. A masterful display of restraint and potent focused improvising expression. Porgy / Bess Act 2David Arner (Piano), Michael Bisio (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)Here is the companion to CIMP 374 as David Arner gives us his concluding takes of "Porgy & Bess." No rehash here. Just imaginative playing inspired by Gershwin. Familiar in its suggestions yet out on the edge. If you heard Act 1 (CIMP 374) then Act 2 will be an equally pleasant indulgence for the mind and ears. Mr. Fubar, I PresumeESATrio (Primary), Bill Gagliardi (Saxophone), Ken Filiano (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)Time and time again, people listen to Bill Gagliardi and wonder why he is not better known and why he waited until age 50 to record. This latest release won't answer any of those questions and in fact will only give new voice to the wondering. If a trio comprising Gagliardi, the remarkably full and inventive Ken Filiano, and the driving Lou Grassi suggests to you a full and stimulating listening experience, then you are correct. For the full experience, listen to the previous ESATrio release on CIMP 370. Cargo CultTomas Ulrich (Cello), Rolf Sturm (Guitar), Michael Bisio (Bass)Cargo Cult’s first recording (Cadence Jazz Records 1214) was so inspiring, CIMP moved quickly to make this recording. And this recording further inspired CIMP enough to record two more (to be released in the near future) performances by this group. Here is a string trio like you’ve never heard before. Passionate, improvising, beautiful compositions, and soulful delivery. Try this and listen to what the fuss is all about. Porgy/Bess Act 1David Arner (Piano), Michael Bisio (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)Inspired by Miles’ and Gil Evans’ interpretations of Porgy & Bess, the genuflecting stops there. This is the first volume of a concert that will please listeners of post Bop piano trio music as well as fans of the Gershwin classic, but will not please the traditionalists and purists. An inspirational and accessible outing. November ManErnie Krivda (Saxophone)Twelve solo cuts by one of the most distinctive stylists on today’s Improvising Music scene. Ernie alone with his thoughts. A bit more mellow than usual but full of the logic, development, and passion that has been his hallmark for over three decades. AMMichael Bisio (Bass), Avram Fefer (Saxophone), Stephen Gauci (Saxophone), Jay Rosen (Drums)Here at last is the mate to CIMP 360. Fresh from recent gigs in Austria and New York, this power quartet wows everybody whenever they play. Michael Bisio’s compositions and driving force make great demands but Messrs. Fefer, Gauci, and Rosen have power and imagination in reserve. Meaty music for the hungry and discriminating listener. Blue Flint GirlDavid Haney (Piano), Michael Bisio (Bass), Adam Lane (Bass)David Haney continues to impress and confound a listening audience. Totally unpredictable on this concert, there are shades of Dada, Old-timey, Avant, New music—all interwoven with two of the finest bassists in play. It’s hard to prepare (i.e., make assumptions) for a Haney recital. So here are nine cuts that come at you from all directions. Relax and enjoy the ride. And then there are those bassists ... KenbillouESATrio (Primary), Bill Gagliardi (Saxophone), Ken Filiano (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)The ESATrio is Bill Gagliardi's latest venture into his wonderful world of improvisation. And who better to team up with than his old partner, Lou Grassi, and the phenomenal bassist, Ken Filiano. With these three musical minds at play you can expect grit and wit as they set up, dig in, and mine. Music of substance—pure and hip.