Joëlle Léandre Rocks On, Freely

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You ask, ‘Why’?” says Joëlle Léandre, 71, when asked about recording somewhere between 140 and 200 albums since 1981, with three times as many gigs under her belt. “I say, ‘Why not?’ I always say, ‘Why not?’ I never say, ‘No.’” With one foot out the door from her home in Paris — en route to Switzerland and a series of live shows — the improvisational composer and contrabass player has no intention of ever slowing, ever. Along with releasing J. LÉANDRE – C. TABORN – M. MANERI with pianist Craig Taborn and violinist Mat Maneri this month on the Rogue Art label, she’s headed to New York for the 2…

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