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Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman (born March 9th, 1930) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He is one of the major innovators of the 1960s free jazz movement and one of the most notable figures in jazz history. Coleman was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where he began performing rhythm and blues and bebop initially on tenor saxophone. He later switched to alto, which has remained his primary instrument.

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John Butcher

British saxophonist John Butcher was born in Brighton, and currently resides in London. He is most famous for his free improvisations, especially his solo performances, which involve the use of extended techniques such as multiphonics. He has also written pieces for Chris Burn's Ensemble, Polwechsel, and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. He began playing saxophone while studying physics at Surrey University, gaining an enthusiasm for jazz through hearing music such as John Surman, Stan Tracey and Louis Moholo, and working in jazz groups of his own.

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crook&flail

Crook&Flail is the partnership between Adam Drucker and Andrew Broder. The two came together in 2009 to score the soundtrack for Unearthing, an audio/visual project from Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins. It has been confirmed that Crook&Flail will also score the follow-up to Unearthing, entitled Earthing. A release date has yet to be set. The score for Unearthing excluding Crook&Flail features musicians Stuart Braithwaite, Justin Broadrick, George Cartwright, Matt Darling, Zach Hill, Paul Metzger, Mike Patton, Josh Granowski, Michael Lewis and mixing aid from Tom Herbers.

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Ken Vandermark

Ken Vandermark (born September 22, 1964 in Warwick, Rhode Island) is an American jazz composer/arranger and saxophone and clarinet player. He grew up in Massachusetts, graduating from Natick High School. He performed and led groups while in high school and at McGill University in Montreal which he attended from 1982 to 1986. He is mostly self-taught as a musician, but studied intermittently with George Garzone in the early 1980s.

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George Benjamin

George Benjamin (born January 31, 1960, London, England) is a British composer of classical music. He is also a conductor, pianist and teacher. Benjamin attended Westminster School and then studied with Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire during the second half of the 1970s. Messiaen himself was reported to have described Benjamin as his favourite pupil. He then read music at King's College, Cambridge, studying under Alexander Goehr, and emerged in his early twenties as a mature and confident voice.

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Marcus Schmickler

German composer Marcus Schmickler first came to prominence as a member of POL, the project formed by Carsten Schulz (C-Schulz) that released Transomuba (1994), that mixes field recordings, world and techno music, and Baby I Will Make You Sweat (1995), the (vastly inferior) soundtrack to a movie. Schmickler then recorded Wabi Sabi (1996), an avantgarde work of computer-generated drones that updated Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music to the digital age. Onea Gako (Odd Size, 1994) was credited to Marcus Schmickler, and it was co-arranged and produced by C-Schulz.

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Jenny Wilson

Swedish Jenny Wilson makes elegant and sophisticated pop music with hints of synthpop. Her self-produced solo debut, Love & Youth, on which she also plays every instrument, was released to much critical acclaim in 2005. Music journalists ranked it as one of the best Swedish albums of the year. As a teenager in the early 90s, Jenny Wilson - born in 1975 - originally wanted to become a writer. At that time she discovered PJ Harvey's Rid of Me, an album that inspired her so much that she decided to give up on her writing career and focus on music.

Read more about Jenny Wilson on Last.fm.

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