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A ubiquitous critical tool is to equate the playing, compositional techniques, or general approach of the writer’s subject to that of other musicians. These comparisons are not useful, but here they are anyway.

Derek Bailey   Chicago Reader, Phoenix New Times, Pop Matters “does not sound (thankfully) like,” Village Voice critic Tom Hull (“Chicago’s answer to Derek Bailey,” subsequently promoted to “about as close as anyone to being an American analog to Derek Bailey”), Chitarra Edintorni     Mick Barr   The Wire     Anthony Braxton   All Music Guide (twice, once as “The Anthony Braxton of the guitar”), Culture Jazz     Lenny Breau   Touching Extremes     Gavin Bryars   Cadence     John Cage   Dusted     Nels Cline   Dusted     Larry Coryell   Jazzthetik     Jean Derome   All Music Guide     Eric Dolphy   Cadence, Midwest Jazz, The Wire     Dave Douglas   Jazziz     Morton Feldman   Dusted, Cadence     Simon H. Fell   All Music Guide     George Foreman   Touching Extremes “the George Foreman of titling”     Fred Frith   All Music Guide, Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter     Jim Hall   Signal to Noise, Hi-Fi News, One Final Note     Mary Halvorson (she is similar to Derek Bailey, Joe Morris, Scott Fields, Nels Cline)   Taringa!     Jimi Hendrix   Midwest Record     Henry Kaiser   Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter     Makoto Kawabata   The Wire     Eyal Maoz   All Music Guide     John McLaughlin   The Stash Dauber     Olivier Messiaen   Cadence     Roscoe Mitchell   jazzreview.com “a cross between Ralph Towner and Roscoe Mitchell”     Thelonious Monk   Cadence     Joe Morris   Chicago Reader, Swingin‘ Thing Magazine, Phoenix New Times, Jazz Times, Rubberneck, Bagatellen, Free Jazz Blogspot, Jazz Para Descargar     Tisziji Muñoz   The Wire     Roy Nathanson   Jazziz     Bern Nix   Jazzthetik     Larry Ochs   Chitarra Edintorni     Les Paul   Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter     Joe Pass   Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter     Marc Ribot   Jazziz     John Scofield   Culturejazz     Sonny Sharrock   Sound of Music “like Sonny Sharrock, but without the fire”     Gary Snyder   Jazz Podium     Ali Farka Toure   Dusted     Cecil Taylor   Spectator Magazine, Cadence, Midwest Jazz     Tortoise   The Wire     Ralph Towner   All About Jazz, jazzreview.com “a cross between Ralph Towner and Roscoe Mitchell,” Touching Extremes     James Blood Ulmer   Jazzthetik     Frank Zappa   Midwest Jazz     John Zorn   All Music Guide, Jazziz

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