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Common Margins

Common Margins

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Review: Lawrence Becker, Charlottesville Observer [1998] COMMON MARGINS, the new CD release from Charlottesville musicians Michael Sokolowski and Tim Reynolds, achieves with a few natural breaths that which so much music grows long-winded chasing after. The ten improvised pieces capture the pianist and guitarist in an exchange that's not simply like a conversation, but is instead an actual, spontaneous musical dialogue, describing a variety of topics, always eschewing the phrase that is ornate for the one that is accurate. Like anything that possesses both depth and elegance, Common Margins evinces considerable knowledge but never becomes arcane. And while the ease with which it's melodies flow invites the listener in, the music is open but not amorphous. Each piece describes a small world, and each world is distinct, it's climate and character defined by musical choices that are deliberate and concrete. As we listen to these musicians' wordless speech, we know what they're talking about. 'There's no shortage of 'pretty' sounds available to us today, musical architecture that's marginally pleasant, the structures outlined on Common Margins offer that much rarer find, moments of true beauty.' About the Artists: Pianist Michael Sokolowski and guitarist Tim Reynolds have been close friends and musical associates for 17 years. Both are composers and lead their own bands (Soko and TR3, respectively). On a late winter's morning in March of 1992, they improvised together in a darkened Virgina recording studio. Few words were exchanged -- none about the music -- until after the post-session drive home. A compelling, meditative, and exploratory musical dialogue emerged. The session concluded with free-flowing interpretations of 'All Along the Watchtower' and 'Shenandoah.' Tim Reynolds is, of course, best known for his work as the virtuoso guitar half of Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, and his studio work with DMB. His groundbreaking technique, musical inventiveness, and boundless energy have assured him a place among the pantheon of great instrumentalists now playing. Michael Sokolowski plays piano and composes music for Soko,whose powerful and lyrical recording, 'In November Sunlight' features the ferocious rhythm tandem of bassist Houston Ross and and drummer John Gilmore as well as guest appearances by Dave Matthews, LeRoi Moore, Tim Reynolds, and Darrell RosePianist Michael Sokolowski and guitarist Tim Reynolds have been close friends and musical associates for 15 years. Both are composers and lead their own bands (Soko and Puke Matrix, respectively). On a late winter's morning in March of 1992, they improvised together in a darkened Virgina recording studio. Few words were exchanged -- none about the music -- until after the post-session drive home. A compelling, meditative, and exploratory musical dialogue emerged. The session concluded with free-flowing interpretations of 'All Along the Watchtower' and 'Shenandoah.' Tim Reynolds is, of course, best known for his work as the virtuoso guitar half of Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, and his studio work with DMB. His groundbreaking technique, musical inventiveness, and boundless energy have assured him a place among the pantheon of great instrumentalists now playing. Michael Sokolowski plays piano and composes music for Soko, whose powerful and lyrical recording, 'In November Sunlight' features the ferocious rhythm tandem of bassist Houston Ross and and drummer John Gilmore as well as guest appearances by Dave Matthews, LeRoi Moore, Tim Reynolds, and Darrell Rose.

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Artist: Michael Sokolowski
Title: Common Margins
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 27/09/2005
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 632128041421

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