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Sonic Liberation 8

Sonic Liberation 8 brings together a mix of post-modern chamber-jazz and Afro -Cuban-Lukumi tradition with influences as far afield as Ornette Colemen, Eric Satie, Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons, Lasaro Ros, and Charles Mingus… All under the watchful eyes of the Orishas.

Sonic Liberation 8: Kevin Diehl – bata & drumkit, Matt Engle – bass, Veronica Jurkiewicz – viola, Elliot Levin – woodwinds, Connor Przybyszewski – trombone, Tom Lowery – percussion & drumkit, Ron Howeton – bata & percussion, Nichola Rivera – bata & percussion


Best Music of 2012 Pick of the week AVANT MUSIC NEWS Best of 2012 (honorable mention) AVANT MUSIC NEWS


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“[a] sundry collection of wonders. It’s among the years greatest excitements.” – JAZZTIMES, Micheal J. West DEC 2012

“an artful sense of space and sound… especially intriguing…seductive” – PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Karl Stark, , Sunday, January 5, 2013

“While it builds from a firm foundation of AfroCuban rhythms, the SLF also evokes the Sun Ra Arkestra in its raucous, expansive sound” DOWNBEAT, Shaun Brady, April 2013

“a wild joy… it’s tempting to think that the kind of sound Coltrane had inmind wouldn’t have been very different from what Murray recorded overthreeand a half decades later with the Philadelphia based free jazz collectiveSonic Liberation Front.”THE WIRE UKAdventures in Modern Music April 2011, Dan Warburton

“So in this beautiful album, there’s a mixture of sacred and profane,African- American song and ritual Cuban beat (influenced by Santería).”JAZZ Magazine (France), June 2011, François-René Simon

“SLF reject the motifs that have congealed into cliché, and come up with a music where intuitive rhythm and analytical intellect jostle each other and become one… ludicrously superb.” – Ben Watson, The Wire {Aug 2004}




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