Autor: Roger Farbey

Oliver Lake: Right Up On

Despite having performed with the Flux Quartet since as long ago as 2002, this is actually the first recording of compositions by saxophonist m: Oliver Lake featuring the Quartet. Lake himself is a septuagenarian of renown having been a founder member of the {{m: World Saxophone Quartet…  …

Alexi Tuomarila: Kingdom

Piano-led power trios have proliferated over the last twenty years or more thanks to the likes of the m: Esbjorn SvenssonTrio and m: The Bad Plus whose respective approach was undeniably a more consciously dynamic one than the reflective approach of say {{m: Bill Evans = 6592…  …

Mark Lewandowski: Waller

Thomas Wright ‘Fats’ Waller was born in New York on May 21, 1904 and died in Kansas from pneumonia on December 15, 1943 at the tragically young age of 39. During his relatively short life he became one of the most popular entertainers and composers in the USA …

Antonio Adolfo: Hybrido – From Rio To Wayne Shorter

With well over thirty albums to his name, Brazilian composer and pianist m: Antonio Adolfo has now conjured up a really attractive paean to the master saxophonist and composer m: Wayne Shorter. The selection of tracks is excellent because it clearly demonstrates just how key a… Source: …

Michael Rabinowitz: Uncharted Waters

Like the harp, oboe and tuba, bassoon in jazz is not a common instrument but all have been occasionally successfully employed as lead soloing instruments. Amongst a handful of others, m: Illinois Jacquet and Lindsay Cooper both played bassoon in a jazz context. Cooper, who died of MS …

Olli Hirvonen: New Helsinki

Hailing from Finland but now resident in Brooklyn, New York, m: Olli Hirvonen won first prize in the 2016 Socar Montreux Jazz Electric Guitar Competition. Significantly, the jury was presided over by m: John McLaughlin. “Arps” opens with cascades of m: Robert Fripp… Source: Album Reviews

Freddie Gavita: Transient

Freddie Gavita graduated from London’s Royal Academy of Music in 2008 after having taken a degree there in jazz trumpet under the watchful eye of Nick Smart, the Academy’s Head of Jazz and a virtuoso trumpet player himself. Gavita is increasingly in demand both in big bands (including …

Kenny Warren Quartet: Thank You For Coming To Life

Born in Denver, Colorado m: Kenny Warren is now an established member of the New York improvised music scene having moved to NYC in 2002. He’s been kept busy with various projects including his folk-jazz outfit Laila and Smitty, and playing with pianist m: Bobby Avey and teno… …

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

Partikel: Counteraction

Counteraction is Partikel’s fourth album to date and their follow-up to 2015’s String Theory. Without wishing to wrap this review up in a couple of sentences, it’s probably their best to date and adopts their customary deployment of heterogeneous instrumentation–strings and reeds notably–and chara… Source: Album Reviews