World of Jazz 329

  1. Chuck Deardorf – Lullaby – Perception (Origin Records) 00:00
  2. Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan – You Only Live Twice – Epistrophy (ECM) 07:23
  3. Josh Lawrence – We’re Happiest Together – Triptych (Posi-tone) 16:23
  4. Matt Brewer, Damion Reid, Mark Shim – Ganymede – Ganymede (Criss Cross Jazz) 20:56
  5. Tom Harrell – The Fast – Infinity (High Note) 27:50
  6. Wadada Leo Smith & Tumo – Journey : Resistance and Unity – Rosa Parks: Pure Love, An Oratorio of Seven Songs (TUM Records) 35:34
  7. Chuck Deardorf – Silver Hollow – Perception (Origin Records) 40:32
  8. Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan – Epistrophy – Epistrophy (ECM) 49:22
  9. Josh Lawrence – Sugar Hill Stroll – Triptych (Posi-tone) 56:37
  10. Matt Brewer, Damion Reid, Mark Shim – Afro Centric – Ganymede (Criss Cross Jazz) 1:01:20
  11. Tom Harrell – Folk Song – Infinity (High Note) 1:09:19
  12. Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake – Formless Form – Chi (Rarenoise Records) 1:15:08
  13. Wadada Leo Smith & Tumo – Defence, Justice and Liberation – Rosa Parks: Pure Love, An Oratorio of Seven Songs (TUM Records) 1:24:41
  14. Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan – Pannonica – Epistrophy (ECM) 1:30:15
  15. Chuck Deardorf – Falling Grace – Perception (Origin Records) 1:37:31
  16. Matt Brewer, Damion Reid, Mark Shim – When Sunny Gets Blue – Ganymede (Criss Cross Jazz) 1:43:41
  17. Tom Harrell – Taurus – Infinity (High Note) 1:50:06
  18. Josh Lawrence – Sunset in Santa Barbara – Triptych (Posi-tone) 1:56:30

SHOW NOTES

Chuck Deardof – Lullaby – Perception

Veteran Seattle bassist Chuck Deardorf brings together longtime musical friends and compatriots for this album, filled with spontaneous interaction, gritty grooves and melodic beauty. With the quartet of pianist Dawn Clement, drummer Matt Wilson and saxophonist Hans Teuber, Deardorf explores seldom-heard compositions by Kenny Barron, Keith Jarrett and Monk, while a second trio with Marc Seales & Gary Hobbs performs music by Jack DeJohnette and even the “Blind Faith” rock classic, “Can’t Find My Way Home.” “Perception” displays an inspired group aesthetic, as it provides a look into the creative vision that has made Deardorf a favorite musical partner to the countless jazz legends he’s accompanied over the years.

Chuck Deardorf – acoustic bass, acoustic bass guitar, fretless electric bass
Dawn Clement – piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, synthesizer
Matt Wilson – drums, percussion
Hans Teuber – tenor saxophone, flute

info@originarts.com

Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan – You Only Live Twice – Epistrophy

Bill Frisell electric guitar
Thomas Morgan double-bass

2019 ECM 2626

Like their acclaimed ECM release Small Town of 2017 – which The Guardian called “wistful and mesmerizing… tonally ingenious and haunting” – Epistrophy by guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan was recorded at New York City’s Village Vanguard. The new album once again captures the rare empathy these two players achieve together in this intimate environment. There are further poetic takes on pieces from the duo’s beloved Americana songbook (“All in Fun,” “Red River Valley,” “Save the Last Dance for Me”), as well as another intense version of a composition by Paul Motian (“Mumbo Jumbo”), an artist whom both the guitarist and bassist knew well. Frisell and Morgan communicate the essence of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” and the Frank Sinatra hit “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” so much so that the famous words seem to hang in the air even without a singer. At the center of the album is a pair of pieces by Thelonious Monk: the funky, angular “Epistrophy” and the ruminative ballad “Pannonica.” And as with “Goldfinger” on Small Town, Frisell and Morgan offer a glowing duo interpretation of a melody-rich John Barry title tune from a James Bond film – “You Only Live Twice”. The heart of Epistrophy belongs to Thelonious Monk, with the title track and the ballad “Pannonica,” tunes Frisell calls “magical.” The cover painting – by the late Charles Cajori, part of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists – is also titled Epistrophy.

Josh Lawrence – We’re Happiest Together – Triptych

The tasteful trumpet stylings of Josh Lawrence add color to the scene while listeners are encouraged to keep their focus on the frames of “Triptych.” Employing a wide palette of tones and sounds, this gifted instrumentalist makes a bold statement of purpose with both his stunning musicianship and his combined presentation of three unique original minisuites on his third album for Posi-Tone. Lawrence’s melodicism shines throughout the session with able assistance of some of the hippest cats on the scene today, including the collective brotherly genius of bassist Luques Curtis and pianist Zaccai Curtis, the drumming excellence of Anwar Marshall, and scintillating sounds of alto saxophone sensation Caleb Curtis. With this latest release, Lawrence not only confirms his status as one of the biggest rising stars in jazz today, but also shows that he is clearly a visionary musical artist for jazz fans to keep their eyes fixed upon for years to come.

  • Josh Lawrence – trumpet
  • Caleb Curtis – alto sax
  • Zaccai Curtis – piano
  • Luques Curtis – bass
  • Anwar Marshall – drums

Posi-tone

positonerecords@gmail.com

Matt Brewer, Damion Reid, Mark Shim – Ganymede – Ganymede

Recorded September 11, 2018 in New York

Matt Brewer bass
Mark Shim tenor saxophone
Damion Reid drums

2019 Criss Cross Jazz 1403 CD

Matt Brewer’s third Criss Cross leader album, Ganymede, follows a pair of inspired ensemble recordings (Mythology. Criss 1373; Unspoken, Criss 1390), for which the master bassist convened some of the most accomplished individualists of 21st century jazz to interpret original music that showcased Brewer’s sophisticated compositional skills, lyric gifts, and state of the art chops.

Here, Brewer pares down to the trio format, allowing tenor saxophone hero Mark Shim, drum virtuoso Damion Reid and himself ample room to stretch out on challenging “inside” repertoire by Ron Carter (“R.J.”) and Joe Henderson (“Afro-Centric”), “outside” songs by Ornette Coleman (“Eos”), and Dewey Redman (“Willisee”), a complementary piece by Shim, and four of his own well-wrought originals.

Tom Harrell – The Fast – Infinity

Tom Harrell trumpet, flugelhorn
Mark Turner tenor saxophone
Charles Altura, guitar
Ben Street bass
Johnathan Blake drums

2019 HighNote HCD 7321

When pianist Bill Charlap featured Tom Harrell at a recent gig with his trio at New York’s Jazz Standard, he summarized the trumpeter’s genius as concisely as anyone could. “It is our honor and privilege,” he announced, “To share the bandstand with a man who is a living, breathing melody.” For this latest HighNote release, featuring a razor-sharp quintet with saxophonist Mark Turner and guitarist Charles Altura, Harrell & company combine complex compositions, seductive rhythms, advanced harmonic concepts, vibrant solos and sheer inspiration in an album which transcends the jazz idiom. This is perhaps Harrell’s most imaginative recording to-date, with the scoring for the piano-less, tenor sax and guitar front line ensemble sui generis among his work.
“The trumpeter Tom Harrell has been doing this a long time, through various schools and vogues: He can play slow and fast and in between, sometimes all within a single line. But his improvising is always temperate and proportionate. He keeps you on the hook, but doesn’t shout, doesn’t stop the clock. Plenty of improvisers are specialists in now-ness, revealing a solo as a series of events, or present-tense flashes. With Mr. Harrell, it’s all one event. He’s always processing ahead and behind, and you feel as if you’re hearing the whole of the narrative at all times, from was to is to will be…Mr. Harrell has been one of the best composers, improvisers and bandleaders in jazz since the late ’80s, and he knows how to make contrasts sound exciting: playing slowly over a fast tempo, playing quietly but with power. But he also uses the contrast of his own sound set against that of the groups he’s playing in.” (The New York Times)

Wadada Leo Smith & Tumo – Journey : Resistance and Unity – Rosa Parks: Pure Love, An Oratorio of Seven Songs

Wadada Leo Smith´s latest album features “Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs,”another extended composition by Smith inspired by the civil rights movement in the United States. This new major work is composed for the iconic civil rights hero Rosa Parks (1913-2005) and performed by three vocalists, a double-quartet and a drummer with electronics. The album  released February 2019 to celebrate Rosa Parks´ birthday on February 4.

Wadada Leo Smith composer, trumpet
Diamond Voices, RedKoral Quartet, BlueTrumpet Quartet, Janus Duo
Texts by Wadada Leo Smith, except text for “No Fear” by Rosa Parks

2019 TUM Records TUMCD 057

Chuck Deardof – Silver Hollow – Perception

Marc Seales – piano
Gary Hobbs – drums

Thomas Marriott – flugelhorn (4)
Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan – Epistrophy – Epistrophy

Josh Lawrence – Sugar Hill Stroll – Triptych
Matt Brewer, Damion Reid, Mark Shim – Afro Centric – Ganymede

Tom Harrell – Folk Song – Infinity

Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake – Formless Form – Chi

Recorded live May 8,2018 at The Stone, New York

Dave Liebman soprano, tenor saxophones, piano , wooden recorder
Adam Rudolph kongos, djembe, tarija, sintir, multi-phonic vocal, percussion, electronic processing
Hamid Drake drumset, vocal, frame drum, percussion

2019 Rarenoise Records RNR102

Wadada Leo Smith & Tumo – Defence, Justice and Liberation – Rosa Parks: Pure Love, An Oratorio of Seven Songs

Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan – Pannonica – Epistrophy

Chuck Deardof – Falling Grace – Perception

Marc Seales – piano
Gary Hobbs – drums
Matt Brewer, Damion Reid, Mark Shim – When Sunny Gets Blue – Ganymede

Tom Harrell – Taurus – Infinity

Josh Lawrence – Sunset in Santa Barbara – Triptych

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World of Jazz 327

  1. Russ Lossing – Jack of Clubs – Motian Music (Sunnyside) 00:00
  2. Paul Motian Quintet – Hide and Go Seek – Jack of Clubs (Soul Note) 07:16
  3. Gordon Grdina – Apocalympics – Inroads (Songlines) 12:41
  4. Joe Lovano – Alone Together – Joyous Encounter (Blue Note) 22:40
  5. Russ Lossing – Dance – Motian Music (Sunnyside) 28:20
  6. Adam Kolker – Dolphin Dance – Sultanic Verses (Satchmo Jazz) 33:59
  7. Michael Attias – Fenix Culprit – Renku in Coimbra (Clean Feed) 39:53
  8. Adam Kolker – Last Night When We Were Young – Flag Day (Sunnyside) 43:51
  9. Russ Lossing Trio – Love and Beauty – Oracle (Hatology) 50:07
  10. Kirk Knuffke – Iago’s Credo – Witness (SteepleChase) 58:25
  11. Adam Kolker and Russ Lossing – Whispers – Whispers and Secrets (Fresh Sounds Records) 1:04:47
  12. Paul Motian – Drum Music – Jack of Clubs (Soul Note) 1:12:37
  13. Russ Lossing, Michael Formanek, Gerald Cleaver – Reminiscence – Changes (SteepleChase) 1:19:21
  14. Adam Kolker – Cycles – Beckon (Sunnyside) 1:30:54
  15. Gordon Grdina – Albert The Monk – Think Like The Waves (Songlines) 1:39:13
  16. Russ Lossing – Psalm – Motian Music (Sunnyside) 1:43:54
  17. Bobo Stenson – Jack of Clubs – Goodbye (ECM) 1:51:07
  18. Paul Motian Quintet – Jack of Clubs – Jack of Clubs (Soul Note) 1:53:53

This week music from Russ Lossing, Adam Kolker, and a focus on Paul Motian’s  Jack of Clubs album.  Some fellow travellers also appear in between…..

Russ Lossing – Jack of Clubs – Motian Music

Russ Lossing piano
Masa Kamaguchi bass
Billy Mintz drums

2019 Sunnyside SSC1532

… “Russ Lossing’s piano is very much the sound of a singular voice sculpted through his background of improvisational jazz and classical music. Bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Billy Mintz had recorded with Lossing for over a decade before this release, as early as 2007’s Oracle (HatOLOGY). The effect this experience has had is that the trio is cohesive, never thrown off by their leader’s unpredictable nature. Having played since age seven, he offers a clearly and confidently defined approach to his chosen instrument. One of a line of records inspired by Paul Motian but certainly not the last, Motian Music is a fitting and worthy tribute to one of jazz’s most important and celebrated drummers. ” –PETER HOETJES , AAJ Feb 2019

Paul Motian Quintet – Hide and Go Seek – Jack of Clubs

the second album by Paul Motian to be released on the Italian Soul Note label in 1985

Paul Motian – drums
Bill Frisell – electric guitar
Joe Lovano – tenor saxophone
Jim Pepper – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Ed Schuller – bass

Gordon Grdina – Apocalympics – Inroads

Gordon Grdina guitar, oud
Oscar Noriega alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Russ Lossing piano, Rhodes
Satoshi Takeishi drums

2017 Songlines SGL 1624-2

Grdina’s debut recording, Think Like the Waves, (playing later) was a trio with his mentor Gary Peacock and Paul Motian, and there is something of that group’s deep improvised jazz roots at work here, along with the compositional, classical music bent of his East Van Strings project (The Breathing of Statues). It’s also a reaction to his rock playing in recent years in Dan Mangan’s band and his own instrumental duo Peregrine Falls. Says Grdina, “I felt a strong inner urge to write music that was more unexpected, that didn’t repeat itself so much and was more challenging than what I had been playing. Forms can sometimes feel like you’re being strangled and talked down to. I wanted the music to continually move, feeling free but clearly directed.

Joe Lovano – Alone Together – Joyous Encounter

Joe Lovano – tenor & curved soprano saxophones
Hank Jones – piano
George Mraz – bass
Paul Motian – drums & cymbals

Recorded September 8-9, 2004 at Avatar Studios, NYC.

Blue Note 2004

Russ Lossing – Dance – Motian Music

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Adam Kolker – Dolphin Dance – Sultanic Verses

Recorded at Tedesco Studios, Paramus New Jersey. June, 14 2001

Adam Kolker tenor, soprano saxophone
Bruce Barth piano
John Hébert bass
Billy Hart drums
Ray Barretto percussion

2003 Satchmo Jazz SJR CD00034
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Michael Attias – Fenix Culprit – Renku in Coimbra

Recorded June 7, 2008 at Salão Brazil, Coimbra, Portugal

Michaël Attias alto saxophone
John Hébert double bass
Satoshi Takeishi drums, percussion
Russ Lossing piano (4)

2009 Clean Feed CF162

The three-night residency of the Michaël Attias Quintet in the 2008 edition of the Coimbra’s Jazz ao Centro festival was documented on a live album, Twines of Colesion, to be released in early 2010; and now we have this one, recorded in one afternoon at the same Club in Coimbra where the concerts took place, this time behind closed doors. The session featured the core trio without Tony Malaby’s saxophones and Russ Lossing’s piano (not quite: Lossing is present on one track of “Renku in Coimbra”). A “wondrous parenthesis in time”, says Attias about the opportunity, and that’s quite true: this is beautiful music with a strong improvisatory feeling and lots of space for each musician to show their respective and special skills, either individually or in collective interaction. And “collective” is the key word to describe what is in this record: hearing the music you’ll understand why Attias chose the name for what has been since 2003 his primary working band – a renku is collaborative form of traditional Japanese poetry, in which the participating poets build a long poem out of each other’s words. Over the last six years, this trio has achieved a group sound that draws from a wealth of experience of working together in numerous projects, as well as under the leadership of such mucians as Paul Motian, Andrew Hill, and Anthony Braxton. On this, their second album, Renku plays the music of Lee Konitz, Jimmy Lyons, Hébert and Attias.

Adam Kolker – Last Night When We Were Young – Flag Day

Recorded June 14, 2007

Adam Kolker tenor, soprano sax; bass clarinet
John Abercrombie guitar
John Hébert bass
Paul Motian drums

2008 Sunnyside SSC1184

Russ Lossing Trio – Love and Beauty – Oracle

Recorded May 25, 2007 at Charleston Road Studio

Russ Lossing piano
Masa Kamaguchi bass
Billy Mintz drums

2011 hatOLOGY 681

“Russ Lossing continues to collaborate and create at a voracious pace… Though this disc marks a recording debut, this particular trio has been active for the past six years, operating out of the musical hotbed that exists around a handful of cross-pollinating venues in Brooklyn, New York. As Lossing describes it: “That’s where we developed our particular language as an ensemble in terms of the interdependence, functionality, and expressiveness of each individual within the whole. Each sacrifices something for the sound of the trio and in so doing nothing is lost from the one”… Testament to the trio’s shared fortitude, spontaneity also supplanted premeditation in the studio. Lossing pulled selections from a stack of pieces they had been working up and allowed the compass of collective experience to take over. The date was recorded without isolation or headphones in an intimate studio space. No second takes were necessary.”-Derek Taylor, from the liner notes
Kirk Knuffke – Iago’s Credo – Witness

Kirk Knuffke cornet
Steven Herring baritone voice
Ben Goldberg contra alto clarinet, clarinet
Russ Lossing piano

2018 SteepleChase SCCD 31859
Adam Kolker and Russ Lossing – Whispers – Whispers and Secrets

Recorded on May 26, 2014 at Charlestown Road Studio, Warren, New Jersey

Adam Kolker tenor, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet
Russ Lossing piano
Masa Kamaguchi bass
Billy Mintz drums

2018 Fresh Sound Records FSRCD 5102
Paul Motian – Drum Music – Jack of Clubs
Russ Lossing, Michael Formanek, Gerald Cleaver – Reminiscence – Changes

Recorded May 2018

Russ Lossing piano
Michael Formanek bass
Gerald Cleaver drums

2019 SteepleChase SCCD 31863
Adam Kolker – Cycles – Beckon

Recorded February 2-3, 2016 at Trading 8s Recording Studios, Paramus NJ

Adam Kolker tenor saxophone, flute and clarinets (7)
Steve Cardenas guitar
Billy Mintz drums
Larence Feldman flutes
David Gould clarinet, bass clarinet
Jackie Henderson basson

2017 Sunnyside SSC1486
Gordon Grdina – Albert The Monk – Think Like The Waves

Gordon Grdina guitar, oud
Gary Peacock bass
Paul Motian drums

2006 Songlines SGLSA 1559-2

Russ Lossing – Psalm – Motian Music
Bobo Stenson – Jack of Clubs – Goodbye

Recorded Apr 2004

Bobo Stenson piano
Anders Jormin bass
Paul Motian drums

2005 ECM Records 1904

Paul Motian Quintet – Jack of Clubs – Jack of Clubs

World of Jazz 326

  1. Chris Potter – Hold It – Circuits (Edition) 00:00
  2. Matthew Shipp Trio invites Nicole Mitchell- Elements – All Things Are (RogueArt) 07:41
  3. Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux – Path of Totality – Path of Totality (Whirlwind Recordings) 15:45
  4. Angela Verbrugge – Si Tu Pudieras Quererme (You and the Night and the Music) – The Night We Couldn’t Say Good Night (Gut String Records) 22:05
  5. Karin Plato – This Could Be The One – This Could Be The One (Stikjazz Music) 26:36
  6. SLUGish Ensemble – The Tower – An Eight out of Nine (SLUGish) 30:31
  7. Chris Potter – Circuits – Circuits (Edition) 39:11
  8. Matthew Shipp Trio invites Nicole Mitchell – Void of Ground – All Things Are (RogueArt) 48:34
  9. Sunjae Lee – World on Fire – Entropy (Sunjae Lee) 55:02
  10. Angela Verbrugge – The Night We Couldn’t Say Good Night – The Night We Couldn’t Say Good Night (Gut String Records) 1:02:15
  11. Karin Plato – Heart and Soul – This Could Be The One (Stikjazz Music) 1:06:38
  12. Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux – March Macabre – Path of Totality (Whirlwind Recordings) 1:10:54
  13. Sunjae Lee – Foxdeer – Entropy (Sunjae Lee) 1:24:42
  14. Allegretti, Friedlander, Malaby – -1 (#1) – Stoddard Place (Damian Allegretti) 1:34:13
  15. Matthew Shipp Trio invites Nicole Mitchell – All Things Are – All Things Are (RogueArt) 1:41:03
  16. Sunjae Lee – Alternative Facts – Entropy (Sunjae Lee) 1:49:50
  17. Chris Potter – Queens of Brooklyn – Circuits (Edition) 1:58:16

Chris Potter band image credited to Dave Stapleton

 


Featured albums from Chris Potter, Matthew Shipp Trio, and, Sunjae Lee together with  releases from vocalists Angela Verbrugge and Karin Plato, and one or two surprises in between…..

Circuits is the major new album from one of the most influential and inventive improvisors of his generation. Rooted in groove, with a new home at Edition Records, Chris Potter’s Circuits features keyboardist James Francies, drummer Eric Harland and bassist Linley Marthe.

Chris Potter – Hold It – Circuits (Edition)

released on 22nd February on Edition Records/Bandcamp

Matthew Shipp Trio invites Nicole Mitchell – Elements – All Things Are

Matthew Shipp piano
Nicole Mitchell flute, alto flute
Michael Bisio double bass
Newman Taylor Baker drums

2019 RogueArt ROG-088

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux – Path of Totality – Path of Totality

Quinsin Nachoff tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
David Binney alto saxophone, C melody saxophone
Matt Mitchell piano, Prophet 6, modular synthesizer, Novachord, harpsichord, Estey pump harmonium
Kenny Wollesen drums, Wollesonic percussion
Nate Wood drums
2019 Whirlwind Recordings WR 4733

Angela Verbrugge – Si Tu Pudieras Quererme (You and the Night and the Music) – The Night We Couldn’t Say Good Night

Angela Verbrugge – vocals
Ray Gallon – piano
Cameron Brown – bass
Anthony Pinciotti – drums

Recorded Aug 2017 at Trading8

Released February Gut String Records
Karin Plato – This Could Be The One – This Could Be The One

Vancouver-based vocalist  The album is a result of a decade of Plato composing and arranging music specifically for her Vancouver-based Quintet.

Plato describes the songs and themes as “characters” many of us meet on life’s journey. Some are related to a feeling, or an experience, reflecting life’s joys and sorrows:

This Could Be The One was recorded in the famed Warehouse Studio in Vancouver (Bryan Adam’s studio) with recording Engineer Sheldon Zaharko who was able to capture a spacious, warm, and natural “live off the floor” sound. Special guests include blues star Jim Byrnes and Rebecca Shoichet who each sing a duet with Plato, and trombonist Rod Murray who is the featured guest on two other songs.

Plato’s  band is Chris Gestrin (piano) James Danderfer (clarinets) Laurence Mollerup (bass) and Joe Poole (drums)

“This Could Be The One” is her eighth recording of jazz standards and originals. The recording is an audiophile delight, with all the ambience and exquisite detail captured in a “live off the floor” session. The interplay of each instrument perfectly complements Karin’s voice as she weaves her tales of love, joy and sadness.

This Could Be The One will be officially released worldwide on Friday, April 12th, 2019 on Stikjazz Music.

SLUGish Ensemble – The Tower – An Eight out of Nine

released October 5, 2018

Steven Lugerner – Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Bb Clarinet, Flute & Alto Flute
Carmen Staaf – Piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Todd Sickafoose – Acoustic Bass
Allison Miller – Drumset
Justin Rock – Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Danny Lubin-Laden – Trombone
Max Miller-Loran – Trumpet
Mark Clifford – Vibraphone
Crystal Pascucci – Cell

Chris Potter – Circuits – Circuits (Edition)
Matthew Shipp Trio – Void of Ground – All Things Are

Sunjae Lee – World on Fire – Entropy

Entropy is the first studio album released by Sunjae Lee since moving to Korea in 2014, featuring trumpeter Peter Evans, a longtime collaborator from Sunjae’s upbringing in Boston, MA. They are joined by regular trio members Minki Cho on Bass and Junyoung Song on Drums, and guest Chris Varga on Vibraphone as well. Entropy is a celebration of randomness and chance, represented by compositions that focus on guided improvisation or indeterminate elements. The album seeks to capture the meeting point between order and disorder, and the gradual progression towards chaos that is implied in the title.

Angela Verbrugge – The Night We Couldn’t Say Good Night – The Night We Couldn’t Say Good Night
Karin Plato – Heart and Soul – This Could Be The One

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux – March Macabre – Path of Totality
Sunjae Lee – Foxdeer – Entropy

Allegretti, Friedlander, Malaby – I (#1) – Stoddard Place

Damian Allegretti drums
Erik Friedlander cello
Tony Malaby sax

own label released in 2013

Matthew Shipp Trio – All Things Are – All Things Are
Chris Potter – Queens of Brooklyn – Circuits (Edition)

 

 

World of Jazz 325

  1. Gregor Huebner – Equinox – El Violin Latino Vol.3 : Los Soñadores (Zoho) 00:00
  2. Alexandra Grimal – Meltemi – Naga (Ovni Records) 06:38
  3. Eave – Denver Bob – Eave (Astral Spirits) 18:10
  4. Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble – Fractured – Polygon (Inner Circle Music) 22:43
  5. Evan Parker, Paul G.Smyth – Baffled, Standing In The Air – Calenture and Light Leaks (Weekertoft) 30:02
  6. Gregor Huebner – Zapata Apretao – El Violin Latino Vol.3 : Los Soñadores (Zoho) 38:48
  7. Anna Webber – Sleeping Is Giving In – Percussive Mechanics (Pirouet Records) 45:53
  8. Anna Webber – Washington – Simple (Skirl) 53:48
  9. Anna Webber’s Simple Trio – Rectangles 3b – Binary (Skirl) 1:01:50
  10. Anna Webber – Kore II – Clockwise (Pi) 1:04:00
  11. Atomic – Pet Variations : Pet Sound – Pet Variations (Odin) 1:08:55
  12. Jeremy Pelt – The Rodin Suite Pt 1. L’Appel Aux Armes – Jeremy Pelt The Artist (High Note) 1:18:10
  13. Ken Thomson – Ice Breaker – Sextet (New Focus Recordings) 1:25:58
  14. Kirk Knuffke – Elephant Boat – Little Cross (SteepleChase) 1:33:53
  15. Matt Mitchell – Brim – A Pouting Grimace (Pi) 1:39:24
  16. Alexandra Grimal – Perseus – Naga (Ovni Records) 1:47:05
  17. Gregor Huebner – Tu, Mi Delirio – El Violin Latino Vol.3 : Los Soñadores (Zoho) 1:54:53

SHOW NOTES

Gregor Huebner – Equinox – El Violin Latino Vol.3 : Los Soñadores

  • Gregor Huebner – electric and acoustic violin, octave Violin, vocals,
  • Yumarya – voice,
  • Klaus Mueller – piano,
  • John Benitez – bass,
  • Louie Bauzo – congas, bongos, quinto and caja,
  • Jerome Goldschmidt – congas, bata, cachimbo and vocals,
  • Ludwig Alfonso – drums,

Every now and then, a project comes around that makes you contemplate not just the music but the world in which we live. Gregor Huebner’s El Violin Latino Volume 3 – Los Soñadores (“The Dreamers”) is one of these productions. If it were evaluated only on the musical merits, it would be considered a high mark, one of the most virtuosic and approachable latin jazz albums of recent years. Paired with its forward-thinking message on immigration, Huebner has crafted a meditation that explores not just harmonic changes – but changing our political conversation so that we find more harmony with each other.

Huebner thought carefully about the repertoire for the project and how to give this cause a musical voice. His album begins with Equinox, which is a through-and-through groove tune, arranged in a Cuban style, the famous John Coltrane number. It’s an opening salvo for how we can listen and learn from each other. The piece quickly opens into a solo section in which Huebner’s violin does the proverbial talking, cascading colorful lines and double-stopped notes into the more enigmatic piano feature performed by Klaus Mueller.
Alexandra Grimal – Meltemi – Naga

  • Alexandra Grimal tenor, soprano, sopranino saxophone, voice, text
  • Lynn Cassiers voice, live electronics, texts
  • Marc Ducret electric, soprano guitar, voice
  • Nelson Veras guitar
  • Jozef Dumoulin fender rhodes and live electronics
  • Benoît Delbecq piano
  • Stéphane Galland drums

2019 Ovni Records

Eave – Denver Bob – Eave

Anna Webber tenor saxophone
Erik Hove alto saxophone
Vicky Mettler guitar
Evan Tighe drums

2018 Astral Spirits AS061

Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble – Fractured – Polygon

Erik Hove alto sax, clarinet, flute, electronics
Anna Webber flute, alto flute
Krisjana Thorsteinson oboe
Krista Martynes clarinet, bass clarinet
Andy King trumpet
Kate Bevan-Baker violin
Jean René viola
Jane Chan cello
Rémi-Jean Leblanc bass
Evan Tighe drums

2017 Inner Circle Music

Evan Parker, Paul G.Smyth – Baffled, Standing In The Air – Calenture and Light Leaks

Recorded March 26, 2015 Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

Evan Parker tenor saxophone
Paul G. Smyth piano

2019 Weekertoft 10

Gregor Huebner – Zapata Apretao – El Violin Latino Vol.3 : Los Soñadores

  • Karen Joseph – flute
  • Ruben Rodriguez – bass
  • Johnny Almendra – timbales

Zapato Apretao (“The shoe is tight”) i a mirthful tune – Karen Joseph’s lively flute solo over rolling timbales and crash cymbals. A   fine arrangement weaving the music of Cuba with modern jazz touches. This piece harks back to Huebner’s performances with Johnny Almendra and Los Jovenes Del Barrio in the late 1990s at Gonzales y Gonzalez, a Mexican restaurant featuring live music in Lower Manhattan, where they performed songs in the Cuban charanga tradition

Anna Webber – Sleeping Is Giving In – Percussive Mechanics

Recorded February 2012 at Greve Studios, Berlin (Germany)

Anna Webber flute, tenor sax
James Wylie clarinet, alto sax
Elias Stemeseder piano, wurlitzer
Julius Heise vibraphone, marimba, whistling
Igor Spallati double bass
Max Andrzejewski drum set, glockenspiel, percussion, whistling
Martin Kruemmling drum set, percussion

2013 Pirouet Records PIT3069

Anna Webber – Washington – Simple

Recorded in August 2013 at the Loove, Brooklyn

Anna Webber flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell piano, prepared piano
John Hollenbeck drums, percussion

2014 Skirl Records SKIRL 027
Anna Webber’s Simple Trio – Rectangles 3b – Binary

released October 25, 2016

Anna Webber – flute, tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell – piano
John Hollenbeck – drums

Recorded in May 30/31, 2016 at the Studio P4 in Berlin, Germany

Skirl
Anna Webber – Kore II – Clockwise

Anna Webber tenor saxophone, flutes
Jeremy Viner tenor saxophone, clarinet
Jacob Garchik trombone
Christopher Hoffman cello
Matt Mitchell piano
Chris Tordini bass
Ches Smith drums, vibraphone, timpani

2019 Pi Recordings 79

An homage to some of her favourite 20th Century composers as seen through the lens of their works for percussion. For the project, Webber researched and analyzed various percussion compositions by Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, Edgard Varése, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Milton Babbitt, and John Cage, isolating particular moments that could be extracted and developed into new works. The music explores notions of density and indeterminacy, using timbre as an organizing principle, continuing Webber’s ongoing exploration of the interstice between creative improvisation and tightly-prescribed compositions.
Webber has been an active performer and bandleader on the New York scene for the last decade, playing with the likes of John Hollenbeck, Dave Douglas, Matt Mitchell, and Jen Shyu. Her own projects, which are clear expressions of her knotty compositional sense, have been hailed by The New York Times as “bracing, argumentative and engineered to show the range of the group members: fulminous, intense collective improvisation; rapid, chromatic steeplechases; research into long tones and textures.

Atomic – Pet Variations : Pet Sound – Pet Variations

Fredrik Ljungkvist saxophone, clarinet
Magnus Broo trumpet
Håvard Wiik piano
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten bass
Hans Hulbækmo drums

2018 Odin Records ODINCD9568

With Pet Variations, the quintet has changed directions a bit. Where their previous recordings presented all original material, here they perform eight covers. But not just any eight. Besides Brian Wilson’s “Pet Sounds,” the music includes French composers Olivier Messiaen (“Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus”) and Edgard Varèse (“Un Grand Sommeil Noir”), Steve Lacy (“Art”), Alexander von Schlippenbach (“Inri”), Jimmy Giuffre (“Cry Want”), Carla Bley (“Walking Woman”), and Jan Garbarek (“Karin’s Mode”).

Jeremy Pelt – The Rodin Suite Pt 1. L’Appel Aux Armes – Jeremy Pelt The Artist

Recorded at Bunker Studios, Brooklyn NY on Sep 13-14, 2018

Jeremy Pelt trumpet,
Victor Gould piano   Fender Rhodes
Vicente Archer bass
Allan Mednard drums
Ismel Wignall percussion (
Chien Chien Lu vibraphone, marimba
Alex Wintz guitar

2019 HighNote HCD7325
Ken Thomson – Ice Breaker – Sextet

Recorded on January 11-12, 2017 at Flux Studios, NYC

Ken Thomson alto saxophone
Anna Webber tenor saxophone
Russ Johnson trumpet
Alan Ferber trombone
Adam Armstrong bass
Daniel Dor drums

2018 New Focus Recordings

Kirk Knuffke – Elephant Boat – Little Cross

Recorded December 4, 2014

Kirk Knuffke cornet
Jamie Saft organ hammond B3
Hamid Drake drums

2015 SteepleChase SCCD 31799

Matt Mitchell – Brim – A Pouting Grimace

Matt Mitchell piano, electronics
Kim Cass upright bass
Kate Gentile drums, gongs, percussion
Ches Smith vibraphone, glockenspiel, bongos, timpani, gongs, percussion
Dan Weiss tabla
Patricia Brennan vibraphone, marimba
Katie Andrews harp
Anna Webber flute, alto flute, bass flute
Jon Irabagon sopranino, soprano saxophone
Ben Kono oboe, English horn
Sara Schoenbeck bassoon
Scott Robinson bass saxophone, contrabass clarinet
Tyshawn Sorey conductor

2017 Pi Recordings pi71
Alexandra Grimal – Perseus – Naga

Gregor Huebner – Tu, Mi Delirio – El Violin Latino Vol.3 : Los Soñadores

With mysterious-sounding cymbal washes and violin harmonics, Tu, Mi Delirio, (“You, My Happiness”) written by Tito Rodriguez, somehow connotes the journey, the long winding journey, on which Dreamers find themselves. Those long, slurred, yet hopeful pitches are musical motives informed by real-life events. In 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) went to affect, giving Dreamers temporary status, so they could apply for driver’s licenses and social security numbers. But the program was disbanded by executive order by President Trump in 2017, and the future of these Americans is uncertain. The up-and-down passage has been both harrowing and ceaseless.

 

 

World of Jazz 323

  1. Becoming Quintet – One Track Mind – One Track Mind (Posi-tone) 00:00
  2. Dave Scott – Ludwig – In Search of Hipness (SteepleChase) 06:48
  3. Jacopo Delfini – Too many cats around – Sleeping Beauty (Self Released) 10:52
  4. Adam Hopkins – Mudball – Crickets (Out Of Your Head Records) 13:42
  5. Carol Sudhalter – On A Misty Night – Live at St Peters (Alfa Projects) 24:16
  6. Bruce Barth – Tuesday’s Blues – Daybreak (Savant) 32:38
  7. Becoming Quintet – Twisting & Turning – One Track Mind (Posi-tone) 39:24
  8. Dave Scott – Cognitive Dissonance – In Search of Hipness (SteepleChase) 43:28
  9. Jacopo Delfini – I’ll Never Smile Without Her – Sleeping Beauty (Self Released) 56:45
  10. Dave Rempis, Brandon Lopez, Ryan Packard – Crypto Vo Lans – The Early Bird Gets (Aerophonic) 1:00:04
  11. Dave Rempis, Tomeka Reid, Joshua Abrams – Chorissa – Ithra (Aerophonic) 1:06:43
  12. Ibrahim Maalouf – Questions & Answers – Wind (Mi’ster Productions) 1:16:11
  13. Larry Ochs, Nels Cline, Gerald Cleaver – A Pause, A Rose – What Is To Be Done (Clean Feed) 1:21:28
  14. Robert Landfermann – Lullaby – Brief (Pirouet Records) 1:27:15
  15. The Angle – Doctor Faustroll Ad Parnassum – Wrecks (Alessio Brocca) 1:34:53
  16. Becoming Quintet – That Uncle G Thang – One Track Mind (Posi-tone) 1:43:00
  17. Dave Scott – Black Hole – In Search of Hipness (SteepleChase) 1:48:17
  18. Jacopo Delfini – Nuages – Sleeping Beauty (Self Released) 1:57:08

SHOW NOTES

Becoming Quintet – One Track Mind – One Track Mind

The members of the Becoming Quintet—saxophonist Markus Howell, trumpeter Eric Wortzman, pianist Luther Allison, bassist Liany Mateo and drummer Zach Adleman—first joined forces as classmates at Michigan State University. The ensemble features original music by all the members of the band, plus a few selections from modern influences. Members of the group have garnered numerous awards and have taken their music around the world.

The title track , truly cementing the band’s arrival while also marking Howell as a composer of note. “The tasteful use of odd time, the dynamics, an opening and closing of the form, a strolling vibe behind the piano solo, a modal post-bop outlook”

Posi-tone 22nd February

Dave Scott – Ludwig – In Search of Hipness

Recorded February 2018

Dave Scott trumpet
Sarah Bernstein violin
Nate Radley guitar
Jacob Sacks piano
David Ambrosio bass
Mark Ferber drums

2019 SteepleChase SCCD 31864

Trumpeter Dave Scott’s fifth SteepleChase release finds him leading his other New York ensemble “The Dave Scott Violin Band”, which features some of America’s finest instrumentalists, including Sarah Bernstein on violin.
Dave Scott’s compositions allow each musician to fully engage in individual expression and the band as a whole to create distinctive tapestry of interactive improvisation. The group performs regularly in the New York City area.

Jacopo Delfini – Too many cats around – Sleeping Beauty

Jacopo Delfini, born 1980, is an Italian guitar player from Cremona (the town of the world-famous Stradivari violins), mostly known for being the guitarist and vocalist of the iconic Italian swing-band Sugarpie and the Candymen. Sleeping Beauty is Jacopo’s debut album as soloist and it’s a collection of original compositions plus “Nuages” by Django Reinhardt, soulfully performed in a personal and contemporary rendition of the gypsy jazz style. Sleeping Beauty is dedicated to Jacopo’s little son Valerio

Jacopo Delfini: guitar    Andrea Aloisi: Violin (on track 1) Michele Frigoli: guitar Claudio Ottaviano: double bass

Adam Hopkins – Mudball – Crickets

Adam Hopkins bass, compositions
Anna Webber tenor saxophone
Ed Rosenberg tenor saxophone
Josh Sinton baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Jonathan Goldberger guitar
Devin Gray drums

018 Out Of Your Head Records

Adam Hopkins’ Crickets is a head-on collision of the various musical worlds he has been a part of since becoming a bassist as a teenager. Now in his 30’s, Hopkins is an improviser and composer influenced by Tim Berne, Henry Threadgill, Michael Formanek, and Igor Stravinsky. Crickets takes those more recent musical influences and smashes them together with the bands of his youth like Nirvana, Pavement, and Fugazi. The album may be at home in a record collection somewhere between the Nels Cline Singers and John Zorn’s Naked City, but the result is something uniquely Hopkins’ own.  Released in October 2018, Crickets was the first album produced by Out Of Your Head Records, a brand new Brooklyn-based record label dedicated to presenting adventurous music heavily complimented by original visual art.

Carol Sudhalter – On A Misty Night – Live at St Peters

Alfa Projects January 18th 2019

In her career, Carol Sudhalter has proven herself to be one of jazz’s top baritone saxophonists, a fine flutist and an original tenor soloist, leading over ten albums of her own. Live At Saint Peter’s Church features her at the head of a tight and complementary quartet that includes pianist Patrick Poladian, bassist Kevin Hailey and drummer Mike Campenni. The music is straight ahead modern jazz with a few surprising twists. One of Tadd Dameron’s finest songs, “On A Misty Night,” serves as an excellent introduction to the quartet with Ms. Sudhalter displaying her deep tone on baritone and each of the musicians having an opportunity to be featured.  Carol Sudhalter has performed in nearly every significant New York jazz club, at quite a few festivals, and regularly tours Italy, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. She has led over ten albums of her own, primarily for the AlfaMusic and Carolina labels.

Bruce Barth – Tuesday’s Blues – Daybreak

Bruce Barth piano
Terell Stafford trumpet, flugelhorn
Steve Nelson vibraphone
Vicente Archer bass
Montez Coleman drums

2014 Savant SCD 2134

Becoming Quintet – Twisting & Turning – One Track Mind

Dave Scott – Cognitive Dissonance – In Search of Hipness

Jacopo Delfini – I’ll Never Smile Without Her – Sleeping Beauty

Mauro Negri: clarinet

 

Dave Rempis, Brandon Lopez, Ryan Packard – Crypto Vo Lans – The Early Bird Gets

Recorded March 2, 2018,

2019 Aerophonic AR021

The Early Bird Gets is the debut album by this working trio, comprised of journeyman Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis alongside two of the brightest talents in a younger generation of improvising musicians. Bassist Brandon Lopez is a musician whose virtuosity knows no bounds, currently one of the most in-demand bassists on the New York jazz and improvised music scene. Percussionist Ryan Packard counters that depth with his own breadth of interests, working in contemporary classical ensembles, indie rock bands, and jazz groups alike around Chicago, not to mention his doubling abilities on electronics. These two together provide a formidable rhythm section that can veer from hard-driving grooves to luscious soundscapes with total ease.

Dave Rempis, Tomeka Reid, Joshua Abrams – Chorissa – Ithra

Recorded December 18th, 2017 at Elastic Arts, Chicago IL

Dave Rempis alto, tenor saxophone
Tomeka Reid cello
Joshua Abrams bass

2018 Aerophonic AR019

This collaborative trio featuring three mid-career artists with deep roots in the Chicago improvised music scene puts forth a stunning and austere debut, a chamber-like exploration in which their three voices intertwine seamlessly into one multi-headed unit. . Rempis, Reid, and Abrams deliver a wholly original sound on this recording, straddling  free improvisation, contemporary classical, jazz, and folk music from around the world, without being contained by  any one of those influences. All of this begs the question if the music here is “freely improvised,” or “instantly composed,” or if it’s a set of pre-existing compositions that the band developed and rehearsed extensively, or if it’s a mix of all of those things? Have a listen, and take a guess.

Ibrahim Maalouf – Questions & Answers – Wind

Double Bass – Larry Grenadier
Drums – Clarence Penn
Piano  – Frank Woeste
Saxophone – Mark Turner
Trumpet [Quarter Tone Trumpet]– Ibrahim Maalouf

Mi’ster Productions 2012)

Larry Ochs, Nels Cline, Gerald Cleaver – A Pause, A Rose – What Is To Be Done

Recorded December 9, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia

Larry Ochs tenor, sopranino saxophone
Nels Cline electric guitar, effects
Gerald Cleaver drums

2019 Clean Feed CF500CD

Guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and saxophonist Larry Ochs are three experimental icons, individually and collectively drawing upon the outer limits of free jazz, structured improvisation and bicoastal noise punk.

Robert Landfermann – Lullaby – Brief

Christian Weidner alto saxophone
Sebastian Gille tenor saxophone
Elias Stemeseder piano
Robert Landfermann bass
Jim Black drums

2018 Pirouet Records PIT3103

The Angle – Doctor Faustroll Ad Parnassum – Wrecks

Recorded Feb 13-14, 2010 in Ronco Biellese, Italy

Ralph Alessi trumpet
Michele Franzini piano
Tullio Ricci saxophone
Roberto Mattei double bass
Michele Salgarello drums

2010 Alessio Brocca BA 277 CD

Some performers focus on sound, some on virtuoso, some on composing. Franzini is a rare example of a consistent research in all directions. Once I’ve heard his music I had to submit to this collective absolutely, even because Ralph was in it and because of the close connection, in terms of shape, this music has with some Newyorker movements very fascinating to me. – Michele Salgarello

Becoming Quintet – That Uncle G Thang – One Track Mind

Dave Scott – Black Hole – In Search of Hipness

Jacopo Delfini – Nuages – Sleeping Beauty

Alex Carreri: double bass on track 12

 

World of Jazz 322

  1. Ernie Watts – I Forgot August – Home Light (Flying Dolphin Records) 00:00
  2. Lisa Hilton – Twists of Fate – Oasis (Ruby Slippers Productions) 09:27
  3. Michael Wolff – Allison – Swirl (Sunnyside Records) 14:03
  4. Russ Lossing – Little Girl Blue – Changes (Steeplechase) 20:00
  5. Quintetto Lo Greco – Jazz Fever – Jazz Fever (Irma Records) 27:39
  6. Details In The Air – Departure of the Birds – Open Containers (Kilogram Records) 34:34
  7. Ernie Watts – Cafe Central 2am – Home Light (Flying Dolphin Records) 38:49
  8. Lisa Hilton – Vapors & Shadows – Oasis (Ruby Slippers Productions) 47:33
  9. Russ Lossing – Sweet & Lovely – Changes (Steeplechase) 52:17
  10. Quintetto Lo Greco – Wind Sound – Jazz Fever (Irma Records) 59:13
  11. Daniel Carter, Matthew Putman, Patrick Holmes, Hilliard Greene, Federico Ughi – Shine A Town – Telepatia Liquida (577 Records) 1:05:38
  12. Ernie Watts – Distant Friends – Home Light (Flying Dolphin Records) 1:14:08
  13. Lisa Hilton – Lazy Daisy – Oasis (Ruby Slippers Productions) 1:22:31
  14. Michael Wolff – Swirl – Swirl (Sunnyside Records) 1:27:00
  15. Quintetto Lo Greco – Icons – Jazz Fever (Irma Records) 1:32:13
  16. Pohjola, Garbowski, Gradziuk – Sapphire – Gemstones (Fundacja Sluchaj) 1:37:05
  17. Russ Lossing – Prelude To A Kiss – Changes (Steeplechase) 1:48:29
  18. Michael Wolff – Angel Eyes- Swirl (Sunnyside Records) 1:54:33

Ernie Watts – I Forgot August – Home Light

Personnel – Ernie Watts: saxophones; Christof Sanger: piano; Rudi Engel: bass; Heirich Koebberling: drums.

Flying Dolphin Records

Veteran tenorman Ernie Watts, 73, has recorded with numerable musicians in wide-ranging musical genres. Apart from  Charlie Haden Quartet West, Watts  he worked with Cannonball Adderley, Bobby Hutcherson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lee Ritenour, Gerald Wilson, and Quincy Jones, just to name a few. Outside of jazz, he got known for his collaborations with Frank Zappa, Marvin Gaye, and Carole King, as well as for touring with The Rolling Stones.

In the mid-2000s, Watts convened his European quartet with three German musicians:

“I Forgot August”, a word and structural play on “I’ll Remember April”.  Remarkable solos

Lisa Hilton – Twists of Fate – Oasis

Hilton,   counts among her jazz influences Horace Silver, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington as well bluesman Muddy Waters, rockers the Black Keys and classical giants Bartok, Stravinsky, and Steve Reich,  her latest release Oasis is a tour de force in composition and playing. Ruby Slippers Productions

Personnel: Lisa Hilton: piano; Lucques Curtis: bass; Mark Whitfield: drums.

Michael Wolff – Allison – Swirl

Michael Wolff piano
Ben Allison bass
Allan Mednard drums

2019 Sunnyside Records

“‘I felt life swirling around me. I was inspired by Bill Evans’ admonition that ‘‘Truth and beauty’ is all that matters.’”

In the summer of 2015, a grueling and often bewildering four-year battle with a rare cancer had the acclaimed pianist-composer Michael Wolff on the ropes. He’d fallen into a coma at a New York hospital, and the prognosis had moved from doubtful to defeated. His sons Nat and Alex, in the midst of their ascent as two of the most talented actors of their generation, had returned home to be with their father and try to comfort him. They played guitars and sang at his bedside, tapping into the sweet, winsome gifts that had made the Wolffs a famous musical family nearly a decade earlier, via the hit TV series The Naked Brothers Band. At one point, as Wolff was being cared for by his wife, the award-winning actress, director and writer Polly Draper, a doctor asked her if she’d signed a Do Not Resuscitate order. Through the haze of drugs and debilitating illness, Wolff interjected. Lifting his head up, he growled: “Resuscitate me!”

“I guess it just wasn’t my time,” he recalls today, chuckling.

Indeed, Wolff had plenty more life to live and music to make—including Swirl (January 25 / Sunnyside), his radiant new piano-trio album featuring bassist Ben Allison and drummer Allan Mednard, recorded live in the audiophile-worthy environs of the Yamaha piano salon in Manhattan, for a small group of invited guests.

Now 66 and completely healthy, Wolff has seen his personal and creative outlook transform in the profound way that occurs only in those who have been, as the pianist puts it, “to the brink and back.” “My view of life, art and music has changed, developed, matured, widened and focused simultaneously,” says Wolff, who continued to practice and compose diligently throughout his fight. “I savor every day, every view, every person I love and every note I can play and hear.”

Produced by Wolff and John Newcott, Swirl certainly bears out Michael’s newfound appreciation for life’s lucid, unpretentious joys. “A lot of my priorities changed,” he says. “With my music, I still want it to be exciting, but I also really want everything to sound beautiful.” The essential component of that beauty lies in the pianist’s inventive writing and arranging. But an equally crucial reason why Swirl sounds so buoyant and brilliant is the rapport shared among the trio-mates—comfortable and flowing yet full of musical risk-taking, and always interactive. “I like to play with people I love; that’s really important to me,” Wolff says. “That vibe needs to be up there on the bandstand.” When it clicks, Wolff adds, the duties of a bandleader can feel effortless: “Having a group to me is like casting a movie: If you have the right people, you don’t have to say much. You just kind of do the work.”

Russ Lossing – Little Girl Blue – Changes

Recorded May 2018

Russ Lossing piano
Michael Formanek bass
Gerald Cleaver drums

2019 SteepleChase SCCD 31863

Quintetto Lo Greco – Jazz Fever – Jazz Fever

Gianni Lo Greco drums
Enzo Lo Greco double bass
Germano Zenga tenor saxophone
Nicolò Ricci tenor saxophone
Mauro Brunini trumpet
Niccolò Cattaneo piano

2019 Irma Records IRM 1775

Quintetto Lo Greco is the project of the brothers Enzo and Gianni Lo Greco consolidated for a long time with the publication of two important successful albums in the countries of the world where jazz is valued and supported.
The Quintet represents the will and maturity of addressing the themes of the sounds and arrangements of the historical jazz of continuous evolution and research, albeit anchored to tradition, with references to the legendary quintets of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins , Dexter Gordon, Freddy Hubbard, and many others, coming to date with artists such as Roy Hardgrove, Nicholas Payton, Brecker Bros, ect …
Jazz Fever is the sound of the metropolitan cities of the world, full of charm and nocturnal atmosphere of clubs a time that are transformed into a new place of life and intense and exciting music. The arrangements and compositions of Enzo and Gianni give this idea and visions of a world that belongs to everyone.

Details In The Air – Departure of the Birds – Open Containers

Mikolaj Mikolaj Trzaska alto, baritone sax, bass clarinet
Michal Gorczynskiski Bb, bass, contrabass clarinet
Ken Vandermark Bb clarinet, tenor saxophone

2018 Kilogram Records 36

Ircha trio upgraded to international level and the explicit use of saxophones. Exquisite record, showing again that Trzaska, Górczynski and Vandermark play in the same league. There are three very different musicians here: there is Ken Vandermark, with his free-jazz free-punk approach, there is Mikolaj Trzaska with his version of free jazz combined with Slavonic drama and sad reflection, and there is Michal Górczynski with his free improvised folk and Jewish klezmer roots.
The results of this superposition/mixture are spectacular! The set starts with a wonderful collective improvisation “Departure of the Birds”.

Ernie Watts – Cafe Central 2am – Home Light

A gentle slow blues with an undercurrent of swagger

Lisa Hilton – Vapors & Shadows – Oasis

Russ Lossing – Sweet & Lovely – Changes

Quintetto Lo Greco – Wind Sound – Jazz Fever

Daniel Carter, Matthew Putman, Patrick Holmes, Hilliard Greene, Federico Ughi – Shine A Town – Telepatia Liquida

Recorded on the last night of 577’s Forward Festival 2017 in Brooklyn, the quintet of Daniel Carter (reeds & trumpet), Patrick Holmes (clarinet), Matthew Putman (piano), Hilliard Greene (bass) and Federico Ughi (drums) take their audience on three remarkable journeys of almost chamber-oriented collective free jazz, adventurous and not-to-be-missed examples of modern jazz.

Daniel Carter alto, tenor, soprano saxophone, trumpet
Patrick Holmes clarinet
Matthew Putman piano
Hilliard Greene bass
Federico Ughi drums

2018 577 Records 5807

New York-based improvising stalwart Daniel Carter (reeds, trumpet) and other regional artists perform on this 37-minute improv fest, marked by alternating flows and shifting cadences. The album title translates into a ‘telepathic understanding,’ which of course, is always a positive component for free-spirited dialogues and fruitful artistic ingenuity.

Classically trained pianist Matthew Putman is a noted scientist specializing in nanotechnology, and gets the job done here as he comps, mimics and enjoys fertile dialogues with his cohorts. Ultimately, the musicians navigate through alterable missions, developed with passion, polytonal layers and expand-contract type exchanges. One pleasantry in particular is that the quintet doesn’t hang out in one place for too long. For example, on “Shine-a-Town” drummer Federico Ughi launches the proceedings with a tribal motif on his toms, followed by Carter’s fuming tenor sax lines and counterbalanced by Putnam, as the soloists go round robin amid mutable flows, projecting sorrow, repentance and exuberance. Moreover, they raise the pitch with a sense of urgency via Patrick Holmes’ howling clarinet phrasings atop Ughi’s tumultuous drumming and Putnam’s hammering block chords.

 

Ernie Watts – Distant Friends – Home Light

Lisa Hilton – Lazy Daisy – Oasis

Michael Wolff – Swirl – Swirl
Quintetto Lo Greco – Icons – Jazz Fever

Pohjola, Garbowski, Gradziuk – Sapphire – Gemstones

According to many, the last day of the year is the worst time for announcing the premiere of the album since everyone is busy preparing for the New Year’s Eve. That can certainly be the case, but if you take a closer look or a different perspective, maybe it’s not too bad to prepare for the next year with new and intriguing music.
For that reason Fundacja Sluchaj! has prepared album “Gemstones”, on which we meet trio composed of Maciej Garbowski – double bass, Krzysztof Gradziuk on drum and the Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola. Album is offering more than an hour of studio recording enchanted in the noble form of stones, sapphire, quartz, topaz, amethyst and jasper.

Recorded live on December 9, 2017 at Institute of Music Performance, Katowice Poland

Verneri Pohjola trumpet
Maciej Garbowski double bass
Krzysztof Gradziuk drums

2019 Fundacja Sluchaj

Russ Lossing – Prelude To A Kiss – Changes
Michael Wolff – Angel Eyes- Swirl

World of Jazz 319

  1. Something Blue – Slick – Maximum Enjoyment (Posi-tone) 00:00
  2. Ken Fowser – Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors – Right On Time (Posi-tone) 06:36
  3. Devin Gray – Prospect Park In The Dark – Dirigo Rataplan (Skirl) 11:18
  4. Nick Mazzarella Trio – Boarding Pass – This Is Only A Test, Live At The Hungry Brain (Nicholas C Mazzarella / Sonichla Records) 18:48
  5. Tim Hagans – Ornette’s Waking Dream Of A Woman – The Moon Is Waiting (Palmetto) 26:07
  6. Jamie Baum Septet – Ants and other faithful beings – In This Life (Sunnyside) 32:42
  7. Devin Gray – Quantum Cryptology – Dirigo Rataplan II (Devin Gray Music) 39:19
  8. Something Blue – Aoi Blue – Maximum Enjoyment (Posi-tone) 46:50
  9. Ken Fowser – A Poem For Elaine – Right On Time (Posi-tone) 51:25
  10. Wolfgang Muthspiel – Den Wheeler, Den Kenny – Rising Grace (ECM) 57:16
  11. Wolfgang Muthspiel – Where The River Goes – Where The River Goes (ECM) 1:04:53
  12. Aaron Burnett & The Big Machine – No More Bebop – Anomaly (Fresh Sound) 1:13:15
  13. Ananda Gari – Trucks – T-Duality (Auand) 1:20:57
  14. Andrew Lamb Trio – The Casbah of Love – The Casbah of Love (Birdwatcher Records) 1:27:34
  15. Devin Gray – Jungle Design (for Hannah Shaw) – RelativE ResonancE (Devin Gray Music) 1:35:15
  16. Ken Fowser – Don’t Let Life Pass You By – Right On Time (Posi-tone) 1:46:24
  17. Something Blue – Why Aren’t You Excited – Maximum Enjoyment (Posi-tone) 1:52:29

On this weeks show new releases on Posi-tone from Something Blue and Ken Fowser, a focus on Devin Gray and Wolfgang Muthspiel, and a selection of goodies from the archives.

Something Blue – Slick – Maximum Enjoyment

Posi-Tone Records announces Something Blue, a stellar sextet of familiar artists and rising stars. Maximum Enjoyment, features saxophonists Alexa Tarantino and Sam Dillon, trombonist Nick Finzer, pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Rudy Royston for a swinging, thrilling all-star session

Ken Fowser – Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors – Right On Time (Posi-tone)

his eighth release for Posi-Tone.

Ken Fowser – tenor sax
Steve Davis – trombone
Joe Magnarelli – trumpet
Brian Charette – organ
Ed Cherry – guitar
Willie Jones III – drums

2019

Devin Gray – Prospect Park In The Dark – Dirigo Rataplan

Recorded April 30, 2011 at Systems Two Brooklyn, NY

Devin Gray drums
Ellery Eskelin tenor saxophone
Dave Ballou trumpet
Michael Formanek bass

Skirl 2012

Nick Mazzarella Trio – Boarding Pass – This Is Only A Test, Live At The Hungry Brain

Nick Mazzarella alto sax
Anton Hatwich bass
Frank Rosaly drums

2011 Nicholas C Mazzarella / Sonichla Records

Tim Hagans – Ornette’s Waking Dream Of A Woman – The Moon Is Waiting

Recorded March 3-4, 2011

Tim Hagans trumpet
Vic Juris guitar
Rufus Reid bass
Jukkis Uotila drums, piano

2011 Palmetto 721512

Jamie Baum Septet – Ants and other faithful beings – In This Life

Jamie Baum flute, alto flute, flute d’amore
Amir ElSaffar trumpet
Douglas Yates alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Chris Komer french horn
Brad Shepik guitar
John Escreet piano, fender rhodes
Zachary Lober bass
Jeff Hirshfield drums

2013 Sunnyside SSC 1363

Devin Gray – Quantum Cryptology – Dirigo Rataplan II

Recorded at Systems Two in Brooklyn NY, June 2016

Ellery Eskelin saxophone
Dave Ballou trumpet
Michael Formanek bass
Devin Gray drums

2018 Devin Gray Music

Something Blue – Aoi Blue – Maximum Enjoyment
Ken Fowser – A Poem For Elaine – Right On Time (Posi-tone)

Wolfgang Muthspiel – Den Wheeler, Den Kenny – Rising Grace

Wolfgang Muthspiel guitar
Ambrose Akinmusire trumpet
Brad Mehldau piano
Larry Grenadier double-bass
Brian Blade drums

2016 ECM Records

Wolfgang Muthspiel – Where The River Goes – Where The River Goes

Recorded February 2018 at Studios La Buissonne, Pernes-les-Fontaines (France)

Wolfgang Muthspiel guitar
Ambrose Akinmusire trumpet
Brad Mehldau piano
Larry Grenadier double bass
Eric Harland drums

2018 ECM Records ECM 2610

Aaron Burnett & The Big Machine – No More Bebop – Anomaly

Recorded April 21-22, 2018 at Figure 8 Recording Studios, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn NY

Aaron Burnett tenor, soprano saxophone
Peter Evans trumpet
Joel Ross vibraphone
Carlos Homs piano
Nick Jozwiak bass
Tyshawn Sorey drums

2018 Fresh Sound FSNT-566

Ananda Gari – Trucks – T-Duality

Recorded March 21, 2013 at Acoustic Recording Studio, Brooklyn NY

Ananda Gari drums
Tim Berne alto saxophone
Rez Abbasi guitar
Michael Formanek double bass

2014 Auand AU9041

Andrew Lamb Trio – The Casbah of Love – The Casbah of Love

Recorded March 24-25. 2018 at Birdwatcher Studios, Big Indian, NY

Andrew Lamb tenor, alto saxophone, clarinet, flute
Tom Abbs bass, cello
Ryan Jewell drums

2018 Birdwatcher Records

Devin Gray – Jungle Design (for Hannah Shaw) – RelativE ResonancE

Chris Speed-tenor sax/clarinet
Kris Davis-piano
Chris Tordini-bass
Devin Gray-drums/composition

2015 Devin Gray Music

Ken Fowser – Don’t Let Life Pass You By – Right On Time (Posi-tone)
Something Blue – Why Aren’t You Excited – Maximum Enjoyment