Aural Delights 311

  1. Flea – Everyone Dreams of Money – parasitic insects teach us humility
  2. Jump for Neon – Solace – Put Me Down Dinosaur
  3. The Goon Sax – Sleep EZ – We’re Not Talking
  4. Elma – September – Dreamland
  5. Pixies – Caribou – Live from The Fallout Shelter
  6. The Moth Poets – The Battles of Tiny Colossus – Doll
  7. Orions Belte – New Years Eve #2 – Mint
  8. Gematria – Thoth – Gematria
  9. Inferior Complex – Southampton Punks – Single
  10. Dave Graney – Birds ‘n’ Goats – Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Where I Hide
  11. The Goon Sax – We Can’t Win – We’re Not Talking
  12. The Blackeyed Susans – Make it Easy On Yourself – To Hal and Bacharach
  13. The Apartments – Great Fool – Fête Foraine
  14. Flea – Get A Life – parasitic insects teach us humility
  15. Holygram – Modern Cults – Modern Cults
  16. The Oscillation – Descent – Live at Beursschourwburg, Brussels Jan 2014
  17. Mississippi John Hurt – Coffee Blues – Coffee Blues
  18. Sundays & Cybele – Burning Flag – On The Grass
  19. Polly Panic – Hollows – Losing Form
  20. Orions Belte – Le Mans – Mint
  21. Jump For Neon – Can’t Say No – Put Me Down Dinosaur
  22. Elma – Settle Down – Dreamland
  23. Flea – Golf Show – parasitic insects teach us humility
  24. The Goon Sax – A Few Times Too Many – We’re Not Talking
  25. Daughters – The Reason They Hate Me – You Wont Get What You Want
  26. Jump For Neon – Suzie – Put Me Down Dinosaur
  27. Polly Panic – The Sidepiece – Losing Form
  28. The Dwarfs of East Agouza – Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers – Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers



World of Jazz 307

  1. Ark Ovrutski – Second Line – Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 00:00
  2. Lars Jansson Trio – The Masquerade Is Over – What’s New (Spice of Life) 05:22
  3. Pablo Held Trio – Birkenhain – Investigations (Edition) 12:53
  4. Perry Smith – Rise and Fall – New Angel (Smith Tone Records) 19:37
  5. Alex Sipiagin – Tijuana Gift Shop – Mirrors (Criss Cross Jazz) 27:39
  6. Ark Ovrutski – Only For Toddlers – Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 36:39
  7. Lars Jansson Trio – In Search Of Lost Time – In Search Of Lost Time (Spice of Life) 41:06
  8. Pablo Held Trio – Bernstein Fantasie – Investigations (Edition) 48:16
  9. Perry Smith – Monk’s World – New Angel (Smith Tone Records) 55:40
  10. Thelonious Monk – Pannonica – Brilliant Corners (Riverside) 1:02:56
  11. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hanoi 6 – IC01 Hanoi (Jagjaguwar) 1:10:53
  12. Ark Ovrutski – Dolphin Dance – Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 1:19:16
  13. Pablo Held Trio – Mountain Horn Song from Romanian Folk Songs – Investigations (Edition) 1:26:03
  14. Perry Smith – Hope For Peace – New Angel (Smith Tone Records) 1:32:42
  15. Lars Jansson Trio – Waltz for Bill – Just This (Storyville) 1:34:52
  16. Bill Evans – Walkin’ Up – Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest (Resonance Records) 1:41:57
  17. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – Au Privave – Long Ago and Far Away (Impulse!) 1:47:42

Ark Ovrutski – Second Line – Journey Moments

Ark Ovrutski bass
Myron Walden saxophone
Benito Gonzalez piano
McClenty Hunter bass

2018 Ark Ovrutski

Bassist/band-leader/composer Ark Ovrutski’s fourth release – a collection of five originals and four  covers  ….Walden channeling Eddie Harris….
Lars Jansson Trio – The Masquerade Is Over – Whats New

Recorded April and June 2010 at Nilento Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden

Lars Jansson piano
Thomas Fonnesbæk double bass
Paul Svanberg drums

2010 Spice Of Life SOL SV-0013

What’s New is the first (mostly) standards album by Jansson, who has so far been focused on playing his own music. And what a beautiful album it turned out to be! His beautiful touch, imagination, sophisticated sense of harmony and ability swing hard when necessary, all combine to make a very satisfying program of (mostly) standards.
Playing with him are younger bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek who has played with guitarist Ulf Wakenius and talented drummer Paul Svanberg who happens to be Jansson’s son.   One of the best piano trio releases of 2010! Very highly recommended!
Pablo Held Trio – Birkenhain – Investigations

Pablo Held piano
Robert Landfermann double bass
Jonas Burgwinkel drums
2018 Edition Records

Pablo Held’s releases his landmark 10th album ‘Investigations’ on his new home and international label Edition Records, marking the progression of a new, global trajectory for this supremely talented musician.

The beautiful music of the Pablo Held Trio is to me an important example of the evolution of the piano trio in jazz. They embody the poetry and depth of this tradition, while extending the harmonic and rhythmic possibilities of the tradition. The music of this trio brings me joy knowing that this great art form continues to grow and flourish.” Ralph Towner

released April 13, 2018

Recorded at Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne by Christian Heck from August 30th till September 2nd 2017
Perry Smith – Rise and Fall – New Angel

Recorded on February 5th, 2017 at the Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY

Perry Smith guitar
Jon Irabagon saxophone
Glenn Zaleski piano
Matt Aronoff bass
Allan Mednard drums

2018 Smith Tone Records

At the core of everything that guitarist/composer Perry Smith does is the desire to create personal and musical connections with the artistic community. That’s true of the community he’s built around his inclusive weekly series in Brooklyn, “The Nest Session;” it’s behind his decision to use social media as a means of reaching out, not cutting off. And it lies at the very heart of his third album as a leader, New Angel — both in the close relationships he shares with his bandmates and in his desire to make the sometimes heady concepts of modern jazz something accessible and deeply personal.

New Angel marks the debut of the gifted guitarist’s stellar new quintet, which features saxophonist Jon Irabagon, pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Matt Aronoff and drummer Allan Mednard. While they’ve all played together in a variety of contexts, Smith’s decision to bring together this particular group stems directly from their shared experiences at Nest Sessions jams, which he and Aronoff have co-led for more than three years.

The band’s thrilling chemistry is vividly apparent from the opening moments of “Rise and Fall,” whose title makes the tune’s shifting moods and tempos sound deceptively simple. The gentle, memorable melody is prime evidence of Smith’s gift for crafting compositions that embrace the listener while providing plenty of spark for improvisation.

Alex Sipiagin – Tijuana Gift Shop – Mirrors

Recorded June 2, 2002 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Bolleman

Alex Sipiagin trumpet, flugelhorn
Seamus Blake tenor saxophone
Adam Rogers guitar
David Kikoski piano
Boris Kozlov bass
Jonathan Blake drums
Donny McCaslin tenor, soprano saxophone
Josh Roseman trombone

2003 Criss Cross Jazz 1236 CD

Ark Ovrutski – Only For Toddlers – Journey Moments

welcome to the world of an oscar pettiford-ism melody, played with a lot of humor and wit. note the jokes exchanged between MW and AO…musical humor at its best. a thoroughly enjoyable joy ride..
Lars Jansson Trio – In Search Of Lost Time – In Search Of Lost Time

Lars Jansson piano
Christian Spering bass
Anders Kjellberg drums

2009 Spice Of Life SOL SV-0011

Pianist Lars Janssoncleared out the music room of his home in Gothenburg, on Sweden’s west coast, and in the process, found some old songs he’d written but forgotten. Inspired by Marcel Proust’s epic novel, A la recherche du temps perdu, he put them together with some new ones to create an album that sheds new and often surprising light on the familiar territory of piano jazz.

Pablo Held Trio – Bernstein Fantasie – Investigations
Perry Smith – Monk’s World – New Angel

The spikiness of “Monk’s World” immediately evokes the keen-edged genius and eyebrow-arched joy of the great Thelonious Monk. Smith wrote the piece on the chord changes of Monk’s classic “Epistrophy” as a way of paying homage to the legendary pianist’s outsized influence. “In my experience on the jazz scene in New York,” Smith says, “musicians are always more excited about playing Monk’s tunes than anybody else’s — more than even Coltrane or Wayne Shorter or Herbie. I think it has to do with the playful nature of his songs and the cool, creative melodies that he wrote, which open a lot of freedom in the landscape.”

Thelonious Monk – Pannonica – Brilliant Corners

It was his third album for Riverside Records,[ and the first, for this label, to include his own compositions.

Thelonious Monk – piano and celeste on “Pannonica”
Ernie Henry – alto saxophone
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Oscar Pettiford – double bass
Max Roach – drums

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hanoi 6 – IC01 Hanoi

IC-01 Hanoi is the fifth studio album by Portland Oregon based  New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra, released on 26 October 2018 through Jagjaguwar. It is the group’s second album of 2018 after Sex & Food, released in April, and their first instrumental album.[ The album was recorded entirely in the city of Hanoi and originated from sessions for Sex & Food, with frontman Ruban Nielson’s father Chris Nielson also contributing instrumentation to the record.

Ruban Nielson – Guitar
Kody Nielson –
Jacob Portrait – Bass
Minh Nguyen – sáo trúc
Chris Nielson – flugelhorn, keyboards, saxophone

Ark Ovrutski – Dolphin Dance – Journey Moments

complexity of this arrangement…6/8 to 4/4 and a variety of
shifting rhythms in between…a real picture of a/this group playing

Pablo Held Trio – Mountain Horn Song from Romanian Folk Songs – Investigations
Perry Smith – Hope For Peace – New Angel
Lars Jansson Trio – Waltz for Bill – Just This

Lars Jansson piano
Thomas Fonnesbæk bass
Paul Svanberg drums

2018 Storyville 1014320

Just This, the latest album from Lars Jansson Trio  out October 19th, is an album of immense talent and musical excess from three of Scandinavia’s most renowned jazz musicians.
Bill Evans – Walkin’ Up – Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest

This Bill Evans trio session was recorded on June 20, 1968, nearly 10 years after the legendary Kind of Blue sessions with Miles Davis, and five days after the famous live performance at the 1968 Montreux Jazz Festival, which was released on Verve and won a Grammy. This is the only studio album recorded of this trio and features Evans in trio, duo and solo configurations with jazz greats bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette.

The album album was recorded by the renowned MPS Records producer and label owner, Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, at his studio in Villingen, Germany (aka “the Black Forest”). Originally produced by HGBS. It’s only the second official Bill Evans release with Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette.
Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – Au Privave – Long Ago and Far Away

“As a result we have a dazzling testament to the interaction between two genius musicians: piano and bass, their brilliance resounding through the hallowed space of an art nouveau cathedral, recorded on November 5, 2007. (…) Charlie is gone now, and this recording was made “long ago and far away”, yet the music remains immediate. The music is now.” – Ruth Cameron Haden, July 2018. After meeting for the first time back in 1993, Haden found a way to bring Mehldau out to LA to perform with himself and Lee Konitz at the Jazz Bakery in 1996. This led to a trio recording on Blue Note (1997) called Alone Together. In 2011, he and Brad recorded a live album with Lee Konitz and Paul Motian for ECM called Live at Birdland. Mehldau and Haden remained friends from the time of their first meeting – they had a special connection. In the early days, Haden, in a sense, mentored this young pianist in life lessons. He would later go on to pronounce Mehldau one of the most important musicians of his generation because of his unique voice, his depth of knowledge and facility on the instrument, and how he has moved the language of jazz forward.

Aural Delights 310

  1. m.t. scott – Don’t mention the war – Don’t mention the war
  2. The Ombudsmen – Dr Who – Demo Shite
  3. Elma – Dreamland – Dreamland
  4. Daughters – The Flammable Man – You Wont Get What You Want
  5. Jump For Neon – Miss America – Put Me Down Dinosaur
  6. The Goon Sax – Losing Myself – We’re Not Talking
  7. Malcolm Hill & Live Flesh – Cosmic Love – Single
  8. Dave Graney – Man On The Make – Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Where I Hide
  9. The Goon Sax – Somewhere In Between – We’re Not Talking
  10. The Mon – Hedy Lamarr – Doppelleben
  11. The Moth Poets – A Hole In The Mothship – Doll
  12. Vouna – Drowning City – Vouna
  13. Saloli – Ice World – The Deep End
  14. Claiming Neptune – Girl Next Door – Claiming Neptune EP
  15. Velvet Elevator – The Blood Moon Prophecy – Principium
  16. Fucked Up – Dose Your Dreams – Dose Your Dreams
  17. Jozef Van Wissem – Bow Down – We Adore You, You Have No Name
  18. Loose Tooth – You Say – Keep Up
  19. Polly Panic – Purpose – Losing Form
  20. The Goon Sax – Strange Light – We’re Not Talking
  21. The Babe Rainbow – Supermoon – Double Rainbow
  22. The Moth Poets – Mothship Song – Doll
  23. The Ombudsmen – Bastard – Demo Shite
  24. Claiming Neptune – In Time – Claiming Neptune EP
  25. Malcolm Hill & Live Flesh – Anybody Seen My Girl – Single
  26. Daughters – Less Sex – You Wont Get What You Want
  27. Elma – Slo Mo – Dreamland
  28. Jump For Neon – Rabbit Hole – Put Me Down Dinosaur
  29. Polly Panic – Precious – Losing Form
  30. Randall Dunn – Mexico City – Beloved


Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want  – Ipecac Recordings  – 26 October 2018

Daughters, the Rhode Island-based noise impresarios,   highly-anticipated and much speculated full-length album, You Won’t Get What You Want, RELEASED October 26th via Ipecac Recordings.

by titling their 2018 fourth full-length and debut for Ipecac Records, You Won’t Get What You Want, Daughters send a crystal clear message. The quartet—Alexis Marshall [vocals], Nick Sadler [guitar], Jon Syverson [drums], and Sam Walker [bass]—once again follow the same internal compass that guided them to blur the lines of fickle heavy music sub-genres in the first place and quietly ignite a cult fervor typically reserved for grindhouse phenomen/a#


MALCOLM HILL & LIVE FLESH present their new single Cosmic Love bw Anybody Seen My Girl 

These two songs are from recording sessions for an album due in late 2018.

This single features Malcolm Hill on vox & guitar, Helen Smart on drums, Liam Elhay on guitar, accompanied by the crème de la crème of Melbourne musicians.

released August 14, 2018 Bandcamp

Malcolm Hill – vocals, guitar, Helen Smart – drums , Liam Elhay – guitar
Stu Thomas – bass
Roshan Khozouei – keyboard
Nick Treweek – percussion
Heidi McDermott – backing vocals
Philippa Nihill – backing vocals
Lisa Salvo – backing vocals


The Mon – Hedy Lamarr DOPPELLEBEN – Supernatural Cat  8 November 2018

The Mon is the solo name of a new project by Urlo, best known as the lead vocalist, bass and synth player in heavy trio Ufomammut. DOPPELLEBEN is the debut album to be released on 8th November via Supernatural Cat.

Where Ufomammut create mind-expanding, heavy psychedelic, almost other-dimensional sounds, The Mon by comparison is far more intimate, looking inward, as Urlo explores and examines his inner most thoughts through music.

The Moth Poets – A Hole In The Mothship – Doll

The Moth Poets is the work of Edinburgh based musician, Billy Gilbert. As a guitarist he has previously played in a few local indie bands including, The Horizon Project. He has also previously released a split album, “Live At The River Lounge” with Japanese artist/musician, Swamp Sounds – in which they contributed 4 tracks each. He has also previously recorded as part of international collaborative project, Anata Wa Sukkari Tsukarete Shimai (AWSTS). They have, to date, released 2 Eps and 1 album, “The Lost Charles Underscore” on Bearsuit Records.

The album   released – initially, as a digital album only – via Bearsuit Records – on the 20th of October 2018. It is now also available from the usual outlets i.e. I-Tunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

Vouna – Drowning City – Vouna

American Black Metal Band Wolves in the Throne Room are releasing a cinematic/epic debut album by synth-driven funeral doom band Vouna via their Artemisia Records label on November 9th.

The record evokes a devastating and beautiful journey of becoming the last person on earth. Razor sharp tremolo picked guitars cut through the heart like a knife. Mournfully sung vocals and cinematic melodies are combined with crushing doom drums, while layers of primitive 90s digital synths conjure a lush and rugged soundscape.

All of the music on the album was composed and all instruments performed by Vouna frontperson Yianna Bekris (previously of Vradiazei, Eigenlicht, and Sadhaka). The music was inspired and influenced by Finnish funeral doom, English masters My Dying Bride, Eastern European black metal, and Greek folk music.

Vouna was recorded at the Wolves In The Throne Room studio, Owl Lodge, which is located at the edge of an ancient forest in Olympia, Washington State. Nathan Weaver collaborated with Yianna to create the artwork, which mixes archaic Hellenic mythic images with Cascadian atmospheres.

At 31 minutes the five track album does not overstay its welcome. The sounds are indeed grand in scale varying between simple strummed acoustic guitars and full on orchestral workouts. Yianna’s plaintive and mournful voice dominates and her multi-instrument dexterity is impressive . The sound varies between arcadian folk and cinematic doom metal via post-rock. Music of this kind can tend to be overlong and overblown but in this instance brevity and impressive structure result in a highly entertaining listening experience. At times I was taken back to the epic grandeur of the first King Crimson album.

Saloli – Ice World – The Deep End

The Deep End is the first solo release from Portland based Saloli, real name Mary Sutton.  tThe album was borne out of a performance she gave at a clothing-optional soaking-pool sauna. “I had never composed for synth before,” she says of the experience, “but wanted to make something people sitting motionless and naked in hot bubbly water would want to hear.”

She cites the 19th- and 20th-century avant-garde composer Erik Satie as a key influence on the album’s nine tracks, which she wrote specifically to be played live, with no over-dubs or post-production.

Claiming Neptune

Lisa Borjon*Vocals
Derrick Yeoman*Guitar
Robert Jenkins*Guitar
Jean Loustaunau*Drums
Adam Barone*Bass
Home Town
Austin, TX
Velvet Elevator – The Blood Moon Prophecy – Principium (cardinal fuzz)
 The debut album from Wollongong’s Heavy Psychedelia outfit Velvet Elevator. With guitars set to Open C and amps, cabs and fuzz pedals set 11 Velvet Elevator build a wall of sound so dense that at first it may seem too big to fit into your ears. Covering themes of Anthropomorphism, Religion and Armageddon and focused roughly on the Revelation chapter of the bible the two closing tracks of Principium tell the story of the Blood Moon which is traditionally a series of apocalyptic beliefs appearing in the bible. Velvet Elevator bring the dirge but they show there garage chops with a sound the shares comparisons to The Heads and Sabbath and of course The Wiz as tracks delve into Drone,Psychedelia and Doom. Heavy isn’t about volume, it’s about attitude and these Wollongong boys have it.  A 300 Pressing on blood red and black swirl vinyl. Presented in a 320gsm gloss laminated wide spine sleeve with download code.
Jozef Van Wissem – We Adore You, You Have No Name  -Consouling Sounds -9 November 2018

The medieval drone single ‘Bow Down’ is a drinking song. As Van Wissem writes “The lyrics address the medieval practice of preferring to drink alcohol instead of the not so safe water. Sort of like nowadays. The song is also about the underdog, always falling down”.

 Randall Dunn – Mexico City – Beloved  – figureight  – 9 November 2018
Dunn has proven to be a valuable studio asset as a musical collaborator. He’s lent his arrangement ideas to artists like SunnO))) on records like Monoliths and Dimensions and Earth on The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull. He’s gone beyond producing and provided instrumentation on albums by Six Organs of Admittance, Anna von Hausswolf, Tim Hecker, and longtime colleague Stephen O’Malley. But after a turbulent year change and loss, Dunn took a moment away from helping others realize their visions and channeled his energies into his first solo effort, Beloved.

Across seven tracks, Dunn explores the various textures and compositional possibilities offered by an array of early digital and analog synthesisers.





World of Jazz 306

  1. Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Serpent Kane – Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 00:00
  2. Christian McBride – Walkin’ Funny – Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Mack Avenue Records) 06:59
  3. Bob Gluck – Spirit Unleashed – Infinite Spirit Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band (FMR Records) 10:38
  4. Pandelis Karayorgis – Outward On Pleasant Spheres – Matchbox (Driff Records) 21:28
  5. Noah Preminger – Where or When – Before The Rain (Palmetto) 27:04
  6. Noah Preminger – Where Seagulls Fly – Dry Bridge Road (Nowt Records) 29:52
  7. Noah Preminger – My Blues For You – Genuinity (Criss Cross Jazz) 38:45
  8. Pandelis Karayorgis – How Daisies Jiggle – Matchbox (Driff Records) 45:56
  9. Bob Gluck – Dolphin Dance – Something Quiet (FMR Records) 52:52
  10. Christian McBride – The Middle Man – Christian McBride’s New Jawn  (Mack Avenue Records) 1:02:14
  11. Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Mon Calpe – Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 1:07:14
  12. Fredrik Nordström – Hometown Prophet – Needs (Clean Feed) 1:15:30
  13. Ada Rave Cuarteto – Baila Con Monk – La Continuidad (Pan Y Rosas Discos) 1:21:57
  14. Arild Andersen – Shimri – Shimri (ECM) 1:30:06
  15. Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva, Torbjorn Zetterberg – Find Nothing – Child of Illusion (Clean Feed) 1:36:26
  16. Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Wellenpeitschen – Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 1:49:35
  17. Christian McBride – John Day – Christian McBride’s New Jawn  (Mack Avenue Records) 1:56:24

Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Serpent Kane – Headlands

Russ Johnson trumpet
Rob Clearfield keyboards
Matt Ulery bass
Jon Deitemyer drums

2018 Woolgathering Records

Trumpeter and Composer Russ Johnson was commissioned to premiere a new band and set of compositions for the 2015 Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago: the result is “Headlands,” a 12 movement Suite he composed for a collection of Chicago’s finest musicians, including Rob Clearfield on keyboards, Matt Uleryon bass, and Jon Deitemyer on drums.
Headlands is a through composed work that is intended to be listened to in its entirety. The Suite consists of six compositions connected by solo improvised passages by each member of the ensemble. A short theme serves as bookends to the proceedings. The music is designed to be structurally open/elastic to allow for (maximum) flexibility in live performance while still maintaining a strict overall from to give the work coherence. The Headlands Suite is music that traverses the areas between modern jazz and the avant-garde. The music covers a wide range of compositional and improvisational styles.

Christian McBride – Walkin’ Funny – Christian McBride’s New Jawn

Jawn [jän]: noun. A slang terminology from Philadelphia. All-purpose term for a person, place or thing

If there’s one thing the acclaimed bassist knows, it’s that when it comes to grit there’s no better resource to draw from than his own hometown, Philadelphia. So, McBride turned to one of the city’s most beloved colloquialisms to christen his latest project, Christian McBride’s New Jawn. On the band’s eponymous debut, these four stellar musicians ably walk the razor’s edge between thrilling virtuosity and gut-punch instinctiveness. The release   available on October 26 via Brother Mister Productions, McBride’s own newly launched imprint of his longtime label, Mack Avenue Records.

Marcus Strickland: saxophone; Josh Evans: trumpet; Christian McBride: bass; Nasheet Waits: drums.

Bob Gluck – Spirit Unleashed – Infinite Spirit Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band

Recorded June 25, 2015 at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ

Bob Gluck piano, electronics
Billy Hart drums
Eddie Henderson trumpet
Christopher Dean Sullivan bass

2016 FMR Records FMRCD398-0915

Pandelis Karayorgis – Outward On Pleasant Spheres – Matchbox

Recorded on July 19, 2014 at Wellspring Sound Studio, Acton, Massachusetts

Jorrit Dijkstra alto saxophone, lyricon, analog synth
Pandelis Karayorgis piano
Nate McBride bass
Curt Newton drums

2015 Driff Records 1501

Noah Preminger – Where or When – Before The Rain

Noah Preminger saxophone
Frank Kimbrough piano
John Hébert bass
Matt Wilson drums

2011 Palmetto 2145

For his Palmetto debut and his second CD as a leader, 24-year-old tenor saxophonist Preminger has defied expectations by releasing an album of mostly ballads—giving himself and collaborators Frank Kimbrough, John Hebert and Matt Wilson the opportunity to delve into highly nuanced solo and ensemble playing. Before The Rain is marked by the same sense of adventure and exploration as Preminger’s 2008 debut CD Dry Bridge Road, but with more compositional depth and group interplay. The tempos never rise above medium, but the creativity and passion remain extremely high.

Noah Preminger – Where Seagulls Fly – Dry Bridge Road

Recorded August 1-2, 2007 at Park West Studios in New York.

Noah Preminger saxophone
Russ Johnson trumpet
Ben Monder guitar
Frank Kimbrough piano
John Hebert bass
Ted Poor drums

2008 Noah Preminger / Nowt Records 002

Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, jazz saxophonist Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene. Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raves about Preminger’s debut recording, Dry Bridge Road: “More than just a promising starting point, this is a display of integrity; here’s a musician you feel you can trust… unusually graceful… [he] plays with care and dry precision, dividing his time among all registers, with even tone and projection in each.” Noah’s playing and his group’s concepts are influenced by genres ranging from classic to contemporary jazz, from hard rock to ambient music. It is Preminger’s uniqueness that sets him aside from other musicians: “He plays with not just chops and composure, but already a distinct voice.” – Siddartha Mitter, Boston Globe.

Noah Preminger – My Blues For You – Genuinity

Recorded September 15, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY

Noah Preminger tenor saxophone
Jason Palmer trumpet
Kim Cass bass
Dan Weiss drums

2018 Criss Cross Jazz 1397 CD

Thirty-year-old tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger’s debut on Criss Cross in a pianoless context with trumpeter Jason Palmer and bassist Kim Cass, who record here with the brilliant drummer Dan Weiss for the first time on this occasion.
The hour-long program consists of nine Preminger originals. Each evokes a different mood and ambiance with strong melodies and percolating grooves that provoke unfailingly cohesive, thematic improvisations by Preminger and Palmer.
Genuinity is consistently compelling, and repays repeated hearings.

Pandelis Karayorgis – How Daisies Jiggle – Matchbox

Bob Gluck – Dolphin Dance – Something Quiet

Bob Gluck piano
Joe Giardullo soprano saxophone
Christopher Dean Sullivan bass

2011 FMR Records FMR 294-0810

Christian McBride – The Middle Man – Christian McBride’s New Jawn
Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Mon Calpe – Headlands

Fredrik Nordström – Hometown Prophet – Needs

Recorded March 23, 2018 at BAS, Bandhagen Sweden

Left channel:
Fredrik Nordström tenor, baritone saxophone
Mats Äleklint trombone
Filip Augustson double bass
Christopher Cantillo drums

Right channel:
Fredrik Ljungkvist clarinet, tenor saxophone
Niklas Barnö trumpet
Torbjörn Zetterberg double bass
Fredrik Rundqvist drums

2018 Clean Feed CF496CD

In his new album, saxophonist and composer Fredrik Nordström deals with a format that reminds of a double quartet of the same type as Ornette Coleman recorded in the early 1960’s. For someone always interested in exploring different possibilities of group interaction, the decision isn’t really a surprise in itself: what surprises us are the results. Instead of acting as a double quartet, Nordström and his fellow Swedish musicians sometimes acts as an octet or as a trio, a quintet, or, you name it! The (double) rhythm section shows off some groovy and hard swinging parts as one unit, but the freedom to contribute individually in this collective of great improvisers is fundamental.

Nordström’s writing and conduction of the improvisational developments are, as always, subtle and meticulous, like hidden geometrical forms in an (apparently) abstract canvas. And if the double quartet matrix is generally connoted with the free jazz subgenre, in “Needs” something else is in equation, coming from the bop and hard bop traditions (Nordström’s tenor style owes something to Dexter Gordon) adding adventurous compositions with dazzling improvisations and giving expression to what the leader of this one day session calls «progressive jazz with unquestionable influence of contemporary classical and rock music». A must. —CF

Ada Rave Cuarteto – Baila Con Monk – La Continuidad

Recorded July 02, 2011

Ada Rave soprano, alto, tenor saxophone
Wenchi Lazo guitars
Martín de Lassaletta double bass, keyboards [6]
Martín López Grande drums

2012 Pan Y Rosas Discos pyr042

Arild Andersen – Shimri – Shimri

Bass – Arild Andersen
Drums, Percussion – Pål Thowsen
Piano – Lars Jansson
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute [Flutes], Percussion – Juhani Aaltonen

Recorded October 1976 at Talent Studios, Oslo

ECM 1977

Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva, Torbjorn Zetterberg – Find Nothing – Child of Illusion

Recorded on December 22nd, 2017 at The House Of The Lord

Chris Pitsiokos alto saxophone
Susana Santos Silva trumpet
Torbjorn Zetterberg double bass

2018 Clean Feed CF498CD

“When the music we call jazz continues to reveal a number of new values with the surprising qualities of Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva and Torbjorn Zetterberg, you have the final confirmation: this musical genre is in very good health these present days. And when musicians like the ones reunited in Child of Illusion distinguish themselves on the scene, you can only hope to find them in the same band.

Here it is, for our common pleasure entirely. Pitsiokos, a New Yorker who is filling a new page of the book telling the history of the alto saxophone in jazz, justifies his fame as a super skilled player who is expanding the technical and lexical possibilities of his instrument, either with his own projects or in association with the greatest, from Tyshawn Sorey and Peter Evans to Lydia Lunch and Otomo Yoshihide.

Silva, a Portuguese now living in Stockholm, has a warm and acid trumpet sound which quickly positioned her in the Olympus of this music, in the company of mavericks of older generations like Fred Frith, Joe Morris, Mats Gustafsson, Joelle Leandre and Mat Maneri.

Zetterberg, one of the top double bassists in Sweden, turned to be an international reference, due to his work as the leader of Hot Five or in the company of like-minded musicians who are making a difference, from Jonas Kullhamar and Alberto Pinton to Mats Aleklint and Jon Falt. If you don’t know them yet, this is a magnificent opportunity for an update.”-Clean Feed

Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Wellenpeitschen – Headlands

Christian McBride – John Day – Christian McBride’s New Jawn

Aural Delights 309

  1. Sam Smith – Under The Waves Off Kanagwa – Under The Waves Off Kanagwa
  2. Matthew Hopkins – Something – Something
  3. Mistletoe – Made To Break – Made To Break
  4. All Them Witches – Fishbelly 86 Onions – ATW
  5. St Lucifer – Kerosene – Crucible
  6. Polly Panic – Annie – Losing Form
  7. K Michelle Dubois – Orchid – Harness
  8. Jump For Neon – Somewhere Else – Put Me Down Dinosaur
  9. KIDSØ – Apart – Apart
  10. The Apartments – Please Don’t Say Remember – Initials PMW Live at the Junk Bar
  11. The Goon Sax – Love Lost – We’re Not Talking
  12. St Lucifer – Crucible – Crucible
  13. The Ombudsmen – Sputum – Demo Shite
  14. Dave Graney – I’m Not Afraid To Be Heavy – Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Where I Hide
  15. Jump For Neon – Baggage – Put Me Down Dinosaur
  16.  Polly Panic – Losing Form – Losing Form
  17. Mistletoe – The Mochileros – Made To Break
  18. Fucked Up – None of your business man – Dose Your Dreams
  19. Banshee – Wave To The Police – Caw
  20. The Apartments – Sunset Hotel – Initials PMW Live at the Junk Bar
  21. Jump For Neon – All We Really Have Is The Night – Put Me Down Dinosaur
  22. Polly Panic – Beggar Rose – Losing Form
  23. The Goon Sax – She Knows- We’re Not Talking
  24. Firefriend – Shut Down Your Electronic Hallucinations – Yellow Spider
  25. The Ombudsmen – Myomper – Demo Shite
  26. Mistletoe – Planet Pop – Made To Break
  27. St Lucifer – The Ballad of Mickey Strangeways – Crucible
  28. Daughters – Long Road No Turns – You Won’t Get What You Want


World of Jazz 305

  1. Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Thank you Mr. Monk – NPU : No Prohibition Unit (CAT Sound Records) 00:00
  2. Orrin Evans – The Scythe – Presence (Smoke Sessions Records) 05:49
  3. Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – Down 8 Up 5 – Time Like This (Intakt) 16:06
  4. Mikkel Ploug & Mark Turner – Faroe – Faroe (Sunnyside Records) 25:38
  5. Friends & Neighbours – Kubrick’s Rude – What’s Next (Clean Feed) 31:39
  6. Orrin Evans – Flip The Script – Presence (Smoke Sessions Records) 39:56
  7. Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Dow Jones – NPU : No Prohibition Unit (CAT Sound Records) 49:58
  8. Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – This May Get  Ugly – Time Like This (Intakt) 54:21
  9. Farmers By Nature – For Fred Anderson – Out Of This World’s Distortions (Aum Fidelity) 1:06:38
  10. Fred Anderson Quartet – Like Sonny – Birdhouse (Okka Disc) 1:15:33
  11. Sonny Stitt – Four – Just Friends (Live At Bubba’s Jazz Restaurant, 1981) (Universe) 1:31:51
  12. Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Outlaw – NPU : No Prohibition Unit (CAT Sound Records) 1:41:23
  13. Orrin Evans – Presence – Presence (Smoke Sessions Records) 1:46:24
  14. Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – The New Normal – Time Like This (Intakt) 1:55:33

Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Thank you Mr. Monk – NPU – No Prohibition Unit

From Verona, Italy. A trip through the jazz of the Roaring Twenties. An album to pay homage to the big heroes who led music to such a great innovation in spite of all of the social and political problems of the Prohibition Era.

  • Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Piano
  • Valerio Poantrndolfo – Tenor Sax
  • Luca Pisani – Double Bass
  • Massimo Chiarella – Drums

CAT Sound records (2016)

Orrin Evans – The Scythe – Presence

Now in the Bad Plus of course here is Orrin Evans with a much larger ensemble The Captain Black Big Band

Caleb Wheeler Curtis and Todd Bashore  alto sax ; John Raymond,Bryan Davis, and Josh Lawrence   trumpets. David Gibson, Brent White, and Stafford Hunter e trombones. Hard honking, streetwise Troy Roberts   tenor sax.  Rhythm section bassist Madison Rastand the double drumming attack of Anwar Marshall and Jason Brown. Orrin on Piano

Recorded   live at Philly’s South Jazz Kitchen and Chris’ Jazz Cafe,

Smoke Sessions Records 2018

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – Down 8 Up 5 – Time Like This

Recorded February 14th, 2018, at Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, New York

Michael Formanek double bass
Tony Malaby tenor, soprano saxophone
Kris Davis piano
Ches Smith drums, vibraphone, haitian tanbou

All music by Michael Formanek

2018 Intakt CD 313

In putting together the Elusion Quartet, interpreting his music with these specific musicians, Michael Formanek says he sought “a more direct connection to emotions: mine, theirs and the listener’s.” Hank Shteamer writes in the liner notes: “As one zeroes in on the details of Time Like This, it’s clear that this sort of emotional immediacy permeates the album.

Mikkel Ploug & Mark Turner – Faroe – Faroe

While tenor saxophone heavy Mark Turner has toured with guitarist Mikkel Ploug’s quartet for approximately a decade, the unique musical alliance developed between this pair has never before received such a high degree of attention. With Faroe, Ploug presents thirteen original compositions written or rearranged specifically to telescope their bond(s), explore the very essence of the melodic-harmonic communion, and artfully merge the precomposed and the improvised.

Sunnyside Recordss 2018
Friends & Neighbours – Kubrick’s Rude – What’s Next

A great example of the Norwegian creative jazz scene, the quintet of Andree Roligheten on sax & clarinet, Thomas Johansson on trumpet, Oscar Gronberg on piano, Jon Rune Strom on double bass, and Tollef Ostvang on drums take their name from an Ornette Coleman LP, as they show us ‘What’s Next’ by blending lyrical and free approaches with unexpected twists and turns.

Recorded February 8-9, 2018 at Athletic Sound, Halden, Norway

2018 Clean Feed CF499CD

A recreation of the free jazz spirit of the Sixties and Seventies, going from Ornette Coleman to John Carter, through Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders, but with a perspective very much of the present times (at the end of the second decade of the 21st century is obvious we love melodies, and that’s what you have here: melodic free jazz) and a playing style with all the characteristics of Norwegian jazz.

Orrin Evans – Flip The Script – Presence

Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Dow Jones – NPU – No Prohibition Unit

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – This May Get  Ugly – Time Like This

Farmers By Nature – For Fred Anderson – Out Of This World’s Distortions

Recorded on June 24, 2010 at Scrootabe Labs, Brooklyn NY

Gerald Cleaver drums
William Parker bass
Craig Taborn piano

2011 AUM Fidelity AUM067

This album was recorded almost exactly 2 years to the date of their highly acclaimed debut (AUM053) from which they take their group name. The pieces proceed & flow exactly as they were performed in the studio that day (manifest on album!), opening with an exquisite elegy to the late great saxophonist Fred Anderson (who passed the evening before)

Fred Anderson Quartet – Like Sonny – Birdhouse

released in 1996 on Okka Disk.

The title refers to Anderson’s Chicago club that closed in 1978. Three pieces are played by a quartet with pianist Jim Baker and long-time collaborators bassist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Hamid Drake, while the remaining “Waiting for M.C.” is a duo Anderson-Drake performed while the tapes were rolling as they awaited pianist Marilyn Crispell for the studio rehearsal the day before the live recording Destiny. “Like Sonny” is dedicated to saxophonist Sonny Stitt.

Sonny Stitt – Four – Just Friends (Live At Bubba’s Jazz Restaurant, 1981)

Bass – Donn Mast
Drums – Duffy Jackson
Piano – Eddie Higgins
Tenor Saxophone – Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Sonny Stitt
Trumpet – Harry “Sweets” Edison*
Live at Bubba’s Jazz Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, Nov 11, 1981.

Roberto “Zizzi” Zanetti 4et – Outlaw – NPU – No Prohibition Unit
Orrin Evans – Presence – Presence
Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – The New Normal – Time Like This

Aural Delights 308

  1. Fucked Up – Came Down Wrong (feat. Jennifer Castle & J Mascis) – Dose Your Dreams
  2. Lizard Brain – If Only She Could Feel – That Has A Nice Ring To It
  3. Augustus Pablo – Dub Organiser – This Is Augustus Pablo
  4. Charlie Marshall – Hannah – Travel Easy
  5. Alkymist – Ghost – Alkymist
  6. The Apartments – Black Ribbons – Initials PMW — LIVE at The Junk Bar
  7. Dave Graney – Night of the Wolverine 4 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Where I Hide
  8. Mistletoe – Children’s Home – Children’s Home
  9. Annabel Allum – Sofa Song – Single
  10. Night Operations – Forbidden Fruit SLC Remix – Area 51 EP
  11. The Lazlo Device – You Stumble, I Fall – You Stumble, I Fall
  12. Lizard Brain – Put Some Love – That Has A Nice Ring To It
  13. The Go Betweens – Mrs Morgan – Bright Yellow Bright Orange
  14. Lusterlit – Wax Wolf – Meat Cake
  15. Lusterlit – Cutting – Meat Cake
  16. Moongoose – Gone – Single
  17. Moongoose – Sleep To Disappear – Single
  18. The Triffids – Too Hot to Move, Too Hot to Think – The Black Swan
  19. The Lazlo Device – Alderon – You Stumble, I Fall
  20. Dave Graney – Feelin’ Kinda Sporty – Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Where I Hide
  21. The Lazlo Device – Change – You Stumble, I Fall
  22. Richard Thompson – The Rattle Within – 13 Rivers
  23. William Fowler Collins -We Are Hear To Help You – Field Music
  24. The Apartments – All You Wanted – Initials PMW — LIVE at The Junk Bar
  25. Lizard Brain – Sweet Blessed Miracle – That Has A Nice Ring To It
  26. The Goon Sax – Make Time 4 Love – We’re Not Talking
  27. Auster Boys – NSJ3 – Work In Progress