Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd’s Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project

When Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, especially those who are leaders in veterans groups, appear on news stories a point they often make is that there is a disconnect between those fighting the wars and the American public.  They often describe how the American public, at least those who are not directly involved in the war …

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Out this week: the must hear album from Rivers/Holland/Altschul

As publicists who send me review copies can attest, unless I'm working with a magazine deadline, I rarely write CD reviews close to an album's release date (I'm finishing up one such review today, in fact) - usually it's a few weeks late.  On rare occasions, I'll review one far in advance - which from …

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Reunion from Rivers/Holland/Altschul is A Must Hear

Lets get right down to it: Reunion: Live in New York, the new album on Pi Recordings, from Sam Rivers, Dave Holland and drummer Barry Altschul is an album that you absolutely need to check out.  Recorded May 25, 2007 at Columbia University during WKCR radio's week long tribute to Rivers, this stunning two disc CD …

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Christmas Gift Suggestions for that Avant Garde Lover in Your Life

If you're someone like my mom - trying to find music to give to their (in this case) avant garde music loving son - can be a tricky situation.  So, in an attempt to help those folks out there who might not know what to get that special someone in their life who loves avant …

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