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THE PRIME SOUND OF LEE/HANNAFIN DUO
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THE PRIME SOUND OF LEE/HANNAFIN DUO

Portland improvisers Dr. Catherine Lee and Matt Hannafin’s self-released LP Five Shapes Five Shapes lulls the mind with its gentle spaciousness into a personal creative space. It is five improvisations of nameless [See More]

LOTA’S ELECTRIC LANDSCAPE
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LOTA’S ELECTRIC LANDSCAPE

Spooky electro artist Lota released the Amarantia EP last month on Pakapi Records The haunting introduction may lead you to believe that a droning synth-noise album is in store. As soon as [See More]

The Chronology of Color

Qasim Naqvi’s musical response to the art of Pippo Lionni I received my copy of Chronology several months back. Composer Qasim Naqvi had asked me to review his forthcoming album before the experimental/electronic [See More]

Who Are US?
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Who Are US?

Silver Ochre’s road video gets to the heart of America. Thollem McDonas and partner Angela C. Villa have been on the road together, on and off, for over a decade. It was [See More]

We Can Never Escape Our Sentience
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We Can Never Escape Our Sentience

Debut CD by Beau Brother I have to admit that I’ve been sort of under water and this release was mailed to me by Jordan Dykstra months ago. Life has a way [See More]

Woken Up in a Dream
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Woken Up in a Dream

The sea, forest, stone and sky swirl together in green, pink, orange and blue, in Amanda McGlothlin’s cover art for the new EP entitled PWR.HAUS, by the band with the same name. Pine trees look [See More]

Learning to Respect Jaco
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Learning to Respect Jaco

I guess he really is the most influential pop bassist. I had always regarded Jaco Pastorius with a certain distaste, as the artist who ruined Weather Report, a 1970’s jazz fusion band [See More]

Stressing Strings Out
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Stressing Strings Out

Stressings by Jordan Dykstra: How to make the viola cry. Sometimes we need to question the difference between beautiful and pretty. I’m not about to tackle such a lofty rhetorical exercise, but [See More]

Live at the Alberta Street Pub
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Live at the Alberta Street Pub

When Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble teamed up with songwriter Catherine Feeny and jazz drummer Chris Johnedis, one night at the Alberta Street Pub last November, they produced a great show and live [See More]