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CURLEW

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Curlew biography
Mixing free-jazz, rock and their own quirkiness of compositional style into their music, their avant-garde side, thus blurring the boundaries of their musical components, Curlew, lead by George Cartwright on sax, have been active since 1979 when they formed in NYC and have so far 10 releases to their name. The lineup of the band has changed with the years, and band members have included, among others, Fred Frith and Tom Cora. Most of their output was released through Cuneiform records and this is what this label has to say about them:
"Cartwright's compositions are at once direct and mysterious, possessing a clarity and focus that show both Ellington and Ornette assimilated in a most unique way. Backed by the hard-rocking unit of Chris Parker-electric keyboards and piano, Dean Granros-guitar, Fred Chalenor-bass and Bruce Golden-drums, Curlew somehow manage to combine r'n'b swagger and groove with free jazz and wild soloing into a whole that is immediately identifiable as nothing other than "Curlew"!"

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Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
Curlew's music shows their progressive and avantgarde approach to composition and blends rock with free-form jazz.



Discography:
Curlew (1984, Landslide)
Live in Berlin (1986, Cuneiform)
North America (1986, Moers)
Bee (1990, Cuneiform)
A Beautiful Western Saddle (1993, Cuneiform)
Paradise (1995, Cuneiform)
Fabulous Drop (1998, Cuneiform)
Meet the Curlews! (2002, Cuneiform)
Mercury (2003, Cuneiform)
Gussie [live] (2003, Roaratorio)

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Meet the CurlewsMeet the Curlews
Cuneiform 2002
Audio CD$14.08
$4.00 (used)
MercuryMercury
Cuneiform 2003
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A Beautiful Western Saddle / The Hardwood (CD/DVD)A Beautiful Western Saddle / The Hardwood (CD/DVD)
CUNEIFORM 2010
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BeeBee
Cuneiform 1995
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North AmericaNorth America
Cuneiform 2002
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$15.88 (used)
Fabulous DropFabulous Drop
Cuneiform 1998
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$4.35 (used)
Live At The Knitting Factory New York City: Volume OneLive At The Knitting Factory New York City: Volume One
A&M 1990
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Live in BerlinLive in Berlin
Cuneiform 2000
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ParadiseParadise
Cuneiform 1996
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Beautiful Western SaddleBeautiful Western Saddle
Cuneiform 1995
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CURLEW discography


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CURLEW top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 2 ratings
North America
1986
4.00 | 3 ratings
Bee
1987
4.00 | 4 ratings
A Beautiful Western Saddle
1993
4.00 | 3 ratings
Paradise
1996
3.88 | 7 ratings
Fabulous Drop
1998
3.33 | 3 ratings
Mercury
2003
3.50 | 4 ratings
Meet The Curlews
2003

CURLEW Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 2 ratings
Live In Berlin
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gussie
2003

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 Bee by CURLEW album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Bee
Curlew RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars Listening to this just makes me think of New York City. Not the New York City of those steriod infested Yankees, or the rude pedestrians, but the New York City of The Knitting Factory and avant garde jazz.

The compositions on this album range from all out Rock In Opposition, to RIO/jazz, to almost full fledged jazz (especially in the cleverly titled "The March or Ornette Went To Miles' House And They Didn't Get Along"). Many either start out as cacophony, and wander into melody, as my favorote song on this album, " Saint Dog" does. or start as melody, and develop into cacophany. All work sublimely.

At times, good times primarily, this band sounds like what I imagine mid-era Soft Machine might have sounded like if they could have heard Univers Zero, and been influenced by them.

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 Fabulous Drop by CURLEW album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.88 | 7 ratings

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Fabulous Drop
Curlew RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Gorgo Ourgon

4 stars 'Fabulous Drop' is arguably Curlew's finest effort. Mississippi-born George Cartwright started Curlew after his relocation to NYC. Curlew quickly got a lot of recognition in the downtown jazz scene &, while retaining his own delta/dixie approach to his instrument, Cartwright & co. adopted many of the elements of the NYC downtown jazz scene. The rhythm section is very groove-oriented & funky, while Cartwright's playing is more in the vein of Albert Ayler meets John Zorn. The dual guitar playing of Williams & Cochrane come as a noisy assault that is not unlike the early stylings of Fred Frith. This album comes highly recommended to fans of Naked City & early Henry Cow.

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