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Northwoods Improvisers

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Northwoods Improvisers

Northwoods Improvisers first came together in 1976. Early versions of the band played totally collective electro-acoustic improvised music. Around 1980 the band switched to an all acoustic instrumentation which has remained to this day. Mike Gilmore and Mike Johnston were founding members of the ensemble. Nick Ashton joined in 1986.

In the 1980's the band published several homemade cassette tapes of various live performances. in 1987 the band played several gigs with Canadian saxophonist (and Coda Magazine editor) Bill Smith.

In 1994 Northwoods released their 1st recording Fog and Fire on Trevor Watts Arc label. In 1996 Northwoods began recording on the Michigan based Entropy Stereo label owned by violinist Mike Khoury.

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“The music exists in a space cleared long ago by Coltrane's tireless modal searching and Sun Ra's insinuating pulse, yet it still appears fresh and purposeful - a music pleasingly at ease with it's own history”.
Julian Cowley ; The Wire Feb. 2007.

“Pristine earth soul jazz”.
Thurston Hunger; kfjc on-line reviews 2007

“Michigan's Northwoods Improvisers have, for over a decade, provided the underground with some of the most satisfying, confounding, and totally inventive music on the scene, though they are seldom acknowledged for it.... This may be the finest offering yet from a band that has yet to disappoint”.
Thom Janek; All Music Guide

  • Constellations

    Arc Records
    2008
  • Velvet Box

    Arc Records
    2008
  • Star Garden

    Arc Records
    2000
  • Fog And Fire

    Arc Records
    1994

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