- The Comet Is Coming “Super Zodiac” from Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery (Impulse) 00:00
- The Fictive Five “Immediate Human Response (for Spike Lee)” from Anything Is Possible (Clean Feed) 05:19
- Sylvie Courvoisier & Alfred Vogel “The Sense Of An Ending” from Pulse (Boomslang Records) 17:24
- Jorgen Mathison’s Instant Light “Mayhall’s Object” from Mayhall’s Object (Clean Feed) 24:38
- Cykada “Dimension Stepper” from Cykada (Astigmatic Records) 33:10
- Chicago Odense Ensemble “Parallel Motions” from Chicago Odense Ensemble (El Paraiso Records) 39:35
- Roil (Chris Abrahams, Mike Majkowski, James Waples) “Raft of the Meadows” from Raft of the Meadows (NoBusiness Records ) 50:15
- Jemeel Moondoc Quartet “Ornette Gone By” from The Astral Revelations (RogueArt) 1:00:05
- Steph Richards “Take The Neon Lights” from Take The Neon Lights (Birdwatcher Records) 1:07:48
- David Weiss & Point of Departure “Black Comedy” from Snuck In (Sunnyside) 1:14:33
- Thomas Johansson, Oyvind Storesund, Paal Nilssen-Love “Close As Hall” from Revolution Before Lunch (Tammtz Records) 1:24:02
- Sylvie Courvoisier & Alfred Vogel “The Water Lily” from Pulse (Galileo Music Communication | Boomslang Records) 1:36:29
- Charles Rumback, Jim Baker, James Singleton, Greg Ward “Dragons In Denver” from Cadillac Turns (Astral Spirits) 1:43:29
The Comet Is Coming “Super Zodiac” from Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery (Impulse)
Personnel: King Shabaka (Shabaka Hutchings) : saxophones; Danalogue (Dan Leavers): keys/synth; Betamax (Max Hallett) : drums
Released 15 March 2019
Recorded 20th-22nd February 2017, 3rd August 2017 , Studio Total Refreshment Studios, Dalston, London
Genre – Nu jazz progressive rock neo-psychedelia space rock electronica jazz fusion
The Fictive Five “Immediate Human Response (for Spike Lee)” from Anything Is Possible (Clean Feed)
Larry Ochs quintet with trumpeter Nate Wooley, bassists Ken Filiano and Pascal Niggenkemper and drummer Harris Eisenstadt started with an intriguing ambition: to create soundscapes (landscapes with sound, or what the acousmatic French composers call “cinema pour l’oreille” – cinema for the ear in English) with the language of jazz and the procedures of improvisation. To fulfill this concept, Ochs sought inspiration from visual artists and film directors like William Kentridge and Wim Wenders. Or, the reverse: upon realization of the soundscspe, he dedicated the work to a film-maker; essentially invititing the invitee (and all listeners) to create imagery for the now-existing soundscape. –Clean Feed
Recorded at Orange Music Sound Studios, in West Orange, New Jersey, on May 29th, 2018
2019 Clean Feed CF514CD
Sylvie Courvoisier & Alfred Vogel “The Sense Of An Ending” from Pulse (Galileo Music Communication | Boomslang Records)
Sylvie Courvoisier, the Swiss pianist and long term resident of New York and the Austrian drummer Alfred Vogel had never played together prior to meeting to record their first joint Album ‘Pulse’. Neither knew what to expect. They entered a huge room that wanted to be filled. With sound. With imagination. With pulse. So, they began to play. With each other, around each other in a devoted pas de deux of spontaneous ideas. Intuitively, a series of dynamic sound sculptures evolved which, when listened to retrospectively, reminded of the art of the master of dynamics Alexander Calder and led to each of the eight pieces being named after one of his works.
Having forgotten to bring along his bag of drum sticks, Vogel was forced to make do with new equipment which led to him taking a much more minimalistic and transparent approach than we are used to hearing from this bundle of energy. Courvoisier, with psychoacoustic sensitivity, triggers expectations on the grand piano only to divert them at the last moment. Her playing is like a powerful whisper on the keys.
Sensitized to each other to the extreme, the two poles palpate each other and transmit what they hear to their fingers via tendons, nerves and muscles until it is finally translated into sound. Or not. On “Pulse”, Sylvie Courvoisier and Alfred Vogel have proven themselves to be authorities of dynamic transformation.
Jorgen Mathison’s Instant Light “Mayhall’s Object” from Mayhall’s Object (Clean Feed)
Saxophonist Jorgen Mathisen (The Core) composes for and leads his quartet with fellow Norwegian players Erlend Slettevoll on piano, Trygve Waldemar Fiske on double bass, and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen on drums, through six lyrical free jazz compositions, often in a Coltrane mode, his music influenced by sci-fi, Sun Ra, and Philip K. Dick; a solid record of modern jazz.
Recorded at Athletic Sound, in Halden, Norway, on May 11-12, 2018
Jorgen Mathisen tenor, soprano saxophone
Erlend Slettevoll piano
Trygve Waldemar Fiske double bass
Dag Erik Knedal Andersen drums
2019 Clean Feed CF508CD
Cykada “Dimension Stepper” from Cykada (Astigmatic Records)
Mixing jazz, Turkish, Flamenco and West African influences, Cykada recorded the five compositions at Total Refreshment Centre during December 2017.
The band includes bassist Jamie Benzies, keyboardist Tilé Gichigi-Lipere, drummer Tim Doyle, trumpeter Axel Kaner-Lidstrom, saxophonist James Mollison and guitarist Javi Pérez.
Chicago Odense Ensemble “Parallel Motions” from Chicago Odense Ensemble
In 2008 the Danish group Causa Sui of guitarist Jonas Munk and drummer Jakob Skott ventured to Chicago, meeting and setting up the studio session for this excellent electric jazz session in a 70’s Miles mode, with cornetist Rob Mazurek, Tortoise members Jeff Parker and Dan Bitney.
Recorded in February 2008 at Matt Fusello’s Studio in Chicago, Illinois
Rob Mazurek cornet
Jeff Parker guitar
Dan Bitney drums, percussion
Matthew Lux bass
Brian Keigher percussion
Jonas Munk guitar, electronics
Jakob Skott drums, percussion
2019 El Paraiso Records EPR 051CD
Original release: 2011 Adluna Records AR004CD
ROIL (Chris Abrahams, Mike Majkowski, James Waples) “Raft of the Meadows” from Raft of the Meadows
Free improvisation using the jazz idiom as a jumping off point from the trio of pianist Chris Abrahams (The Necks), bassist Mike Majkowski, and drummer James Waples, superb technical playing with a melodic intent and excellent pacing.
Tracks 1-3 and 6 recorded in Sydney, February 9th, 2013
Tracks 4-6 recorded in Sydney, February 6th, 2014
Chris Abrahams piano
Mike Majkowski bass
James Waples drums
2014 NoBusiness Records NBLP 80
“Established in 2007, Roil play their own original style of jazz-inspired improvised music, and have released 3 albums thus far: Meaning (2009) on Australian label, Rufus, Frost Frost (2011) on uk label, Bo’weavil Recordings & Raft Of The Meadows (2014) on Lithuanian label NoBusiness records.
Their music draws upon a varied pallet; at times it comes close to free jazz, at other times to experimental improvisation, while also referencing other styles such as minimalism, reductionism and ambient music. A Roil piece incorporates aspects of textural improvisation, bringing extended techniques to bear on a collective sound world; while also being melodic and conventionally rhythmic. Bringing together the abstract and the figurative.”-Roil
Jemeel Moondoc Quartet “Ornette Gone By” from The Astral Revelations (RogueArt)
Recorded live at Bimhuis, Amsterdam on February 5, 2016
Jemeel Moondoc alto saxophone
Matthew Shipp piano
Hilliard Greene double bass
Newman Taylor Baker drums
2018 RogueArt ROG-0081
Steph Richards “Take The Neon Lights” from Take The Neon Lights (Birdwatcher Records)
After her “spellbinding” (NPR) debut record celebrated by the New York Times as a “bold pronouncement” last year, trumpeter Stephanie Richards follows up with a release of her second project: Take The Neon Lights on Birdwatcher records. Using NYC as a backdrop, her compositions are named from poems by icons Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and Allen Ginsberg, to name a few. Her music explores a spontaneous prose of grit and brilliance; the ugly beauty of NYC. Featuring James Carney on piano, Sam Minaie on bass and Andrew Munsey on drums.
Steph Richards trumpet, flugelhorn
James Carney piano
Sam Minaie bass
Andrew Munsey drums
2019 Birdwatcher Records
David Weiss & Point of Departure “Black Comedy” from Snuck In (Sunnyside)
A cover of Tony Williams Black Comedy from Miles In The Sky
Recorded Mar 25, 2008 at New York’s Jazz Standard
David Weiss trumpet
J.D. Allen tenor saxophone
Nir Felder guitar
Matt Clohesy bass
Jamire Williams drums
2010 Sunnyside 1256
Thomas Johansson, Oyvind Storesund, Paal Nilssen-Love – Close As Hall – Revolution Before Lunch
Recorded on February 16-17, 2015 at Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria, Oslo
Thomas Johansson trumpet, flugelhorn
Øyvind Storesund double bass
Paal Nilssen-Love drums
2016 Tammtz Records TZR001
This ad-hoc Norwegian trio was formed by trumpeter Thomas Johansson in 2015 as a part of his Master’s Degree at The Norwegian Academy of Music. It features the original rhythm section of Gjerstad Trio, Nilssen-Love and double bass player Øyvind Storesund. Johansson plays in Nilssen-Love Large Unit and in other modern jazz outfits as Cortex, All Included, and Friends & Neighbors.
This trio was recorded at the Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria club in Oslo on February 2015, and the recording is the debut one of Johansson newly-founded Tammtz label. Johansson is a charismatic musician with a strong sound of his own, assured, round and full, flowing with arresting ideas. The rhythm section of Nilssen-Love and Storesund keeps him on his toes, forcing him to adjust his ideas into the urgent, propulsive rhythm section that keeps shifting its rhythmic dynamics. Nilssen-Love and Storesund sound as a telepathic, inseparable unit, but wisely leaving enough space for Johanssen to deliver his commanding solos.
The first two pieces, the propulsive “Close As Hail” and the more moderate “Pouch Of Skin”, sound as an introduction to the 26-minutes tour-de-force of “Incomprehensible Beats”. After Johansson adapted himself to the immediate, shifting dynamics of Nilssen-Love and Storesund, these two experienced improvisers push Johansson even further, opening and varying the rhythmic envelope constantly, coloring his extended breathing techniques and some of his most lyrical playing with great imagination and detail. Johansson meets this challenge with remarkable success, claiming his status as a leader to reckon with in the rich legacy of fiery, free jazz meets free improvised trio format.
Sylvie Courvoisier & Alfred Vogel “The Water Lily” from Pulse
Charles Rumback, Jim Baker, James Singleton, Greg Ward “Dragons In Denver” from Cadillac Turns
Recorded at the Instigation Festival (Chicago) at Constellation September 7, 2017
Charles Rumback drums
Jim Baker piano
James Singleton bass
Greg Ward alto saxophone
2019 Astral Spirits AS097