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publications   Jazz Times

personal contacts   None.

reviewed   48 Motive

bias   A fan of and participant in modern and avant-garde jazz.

reviewership   He sometimes misses the forest for the trees when he focuses on technical ability of musicians rather than the music as a whole. But he is knowledgeable and generous. 3.5 upturned noses.

musicianship   Fine saxophonist. 4.5 upturned noses.

aggregate rating   4 upturned noses.

from 48 Motives   Whether or not a group later than a quartet can collectively improvise in an artful manner is an open question, even thirty-odd years after the recording of those two landmark albums [Free Jazz and Ascension], but if it is to happen, it seems certain that an imposed structure is necessary to avoid the pitfalls of utter cacophony. Fields’ ensemble does that, for the most part, and while in this particular performance the effect is not wholly successful, this talented composer has given more than a hint of how it may eventually come about.

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