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Barrage

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Batterie
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Ictus
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And Now the Queen
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Around Again
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Walking Woman
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Barrage
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 29:40

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04.22.11
We find this set of startling free jazz simply scintillating
2003 | Label: ESP'Disk

This session was recorded shortly after the October Revolution in Jazz: the first avant-garde music festival in New York, organized by trumpeter Bill Dixon and held at the Cellar Café in Manhattan. Bley's group was one of about 40 bands that played the festival. No doubt wanting to document the energy from that important event, Bley went into the studio with free jazz drummer Milford Graves (two years before he began working regularly with Albert… read more »

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Pianist Paul Bley’s early ESP free jazz session combines the influence of the Jazz Composer’s Guild with Ornette Coleman. On Barrage, Bley is joined by alto saxophonist Marshall Allen (in one of his few appearances outside of Sun Ra’s Arkestra), trumpeter Dewey Johnson (who would go on to play on Coltrane’s Ascension the following year), Eddie Gomez on bass, and Milford Graves taking care of percussion. All compositions are by Bley’s former wife, Carla Bley, with a definite nod to Coleman’s hyperactive stop-start punctuation (Paul Bley had fronted one of the earliest incarnations of the original Coleman quartet). Graves and Allen are especially irrepressible here, making Barrage a lost free jazz classic. – Al Campbell

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