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From Cuneiform: “RELEASES FOR SEPTEMBER 2011”

Cuneiform Records

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The Claudia Quintet WHAT IS THE BEAUTIFUL?
Cuneiform RUNE 327

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“Throughout the decade of the 2000s, the Claudia Quintet recorded, toured, and became one of the top five progressive jazz units in the U.S. and the world. For 2010 they continue with Royal Toast, implying elegance and a golden brown, perfectly prepared, even buttery music. …Versace’s role is that of shading or propping up these melodies, and one should listen closely to his contributions here. It’s another extraordinary musical experience from the Claudia Quintet, who deserve all the high marks they receive as an innovative, thought-provoking, singularly unique contemporary ensemble.” – All Music Guide

Drew Gress – double bass
John Hollenbeck – drums, percussion, composition
Matt Moran – vibraphone
Ted Reichman – accordion
Chris Speed – clarinet, tenor saxophone

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Dead Cat Bounce Chance Episodes
Cuneiform RUNE 323

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From All About Jazz

“Dead Cat Bounce, Boston’s Outstanding Jazz Act (Boston Music Awards, Phoenix Music Poll and Improper Bostonian) and recipient of commissions from Meet the Composer and Chamber Music America, is one of the few recent jazz bands to have arrived on the scene with its own distinctive voice. Featuring four saxophones of all ranges plus upright bass and drums, Dead Cat Bounce is the unique artistic vision of Matt Steckler, its founder and leader. The group formed late in 1997 as a recording project. Word of DCB’s high caliber as a performance ensemble quickly spread, and now the group plays festivals, concert series and notable clubs throughout North America.”

Sorry, I could not find a listing of personnel beyond its leader.

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BILL LASWELL, RAOUL BJÖRKENHEIM, MORGAN ÅGREN BLIXT
Cuneiform RUNE 335

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MATS/MORGAN BAND LIVE
Cuneiform RUNE 337

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The Music or the Money? was the second album by Mats [Öberg] keyboards/Morgan [Ågren] drums, which was originally self-released in 1997 and only available at their shows. The album showcases two different halves to the musician’s work; spontaneous playing on compositions and improvisations by the duo with and without additional musicians and as a sort of stylistic counterpoint to that, music that relies on heavily programmed electronic materials, in the vein of Frank Zappa’s synclavier works – it remains Mats’ favorite album by the group. Both are top drawer players, but their music is not simply a chops-fest of blurred, fast notes – there is a lot of humor and restraint mixed into the virtuosity, which gives them a unique sound. This new edition of The Music or The Money? adds over 45′ of unreleased material, all of which features the current version of the Mats/Morgan Band; Mats, Morgan and bassist Gustaf Hielm, who was the bassist of technical metal legends Meshuggah for many years.”

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SAO PAULO UNDERGROUND (featuring ROB MAZUREK) TRES CABEÇAS LOUCURAS
Cuneiform RUNE 325

Mauricio Takara • Rob Mazurek • Guilherme Grando • Richard Ribeiro

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