Monat: März 2017

David Feldman: Horizonte

Fans of the music always remember their first aural encounters with talents of note. In the case of this writer’s awakening to the wonder that is pianist David Feldman, the initial point of contact was drummer m: Duduka Da Fonseca‘s Plays Toninho Horta (Zoho Music, 2011). That date–the… …

University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra: Sweet Ruby Suite

“The Music of m: Kenny Wheeler Featuring m: Norma Winstone and m: Dave Liebman” is the subtext of this new (March 2016) recording by the first-rate University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, more than half of which is devoted to Wheeler’s picturesque “Sweet Ruby Suite… Source: Album Reviews

Jason Rigby: Detroit-Cleveland Trio: One

The saxophone/bass/drums format has its challenge: the lack of a harmonic instrument to add depth and structure to the sound. m: Sonny Rollins put out a classic of the form: A Night At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1958). But he’s Sonny Rollins, and all the other saxophonist …

Bob Downes Open Music: It's A Mystery

Pursuing his self-styled Open Music route, multi-instrumentalist Bob Downes treads a very thin and courageous line between written jazz and total improvisation. Of his many recordings, some funky jazz rock, others wholly extemporized, there are several which involve organised pieces evolving into of… Source: Album Reviews

Eivind Opsvik: Overseas V

Like his first four Overseas albums, Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas V defies conventional descriptions. The New York resident, of Norwegian roots, has developed a peculiar style that marries experimental avant-garde with the folkloric traditions of the North Country. This had been particularly evident on… Source: Album Reviews

Martin Pyne: Behind The Mist

Ten solo vibraphone improvisations, recorded in single takes with occasional electronic processing on three tracks, form the content of Martin Pyne’s Behind The Mist. Pyne creates cool, spacious, crystalline sounds–music that seems to emerge organically from its inspirations.Pyne is a member of {{m… Source: Album Reviews

Angles 9: Disappeared Behind the Sun

The nonet, Angles 9, returns fully intact from their Injuries (Clean Feed, 2014) and with a powerful political and social statement on Disappeared Behind the Sun. The direct correlation between the title and the content is the imprisonment, torture, murder and starvation of innocent victims of world…  …

Eyot: Innate

The drama of prog, the heft of rock and the subtleties of the jazz quartet all combine on Innate, the fourth album from Serbian quartet Eyot. This time round, the group has decamped to Chicago for recording purposes. Courtesy of big-name engineer/producer Steve Albini Innate benefits from excellent… …