World of Jazz 281

  1. John Zorn – Pulsations – Insurrection
  2. Lotte Anker, Pat Thomas, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Ståle Liavik Solberg – In Flight – His Flights At Ten
  3. John Coltrane – The Inch Worm – Coltrane
  4. Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy – Bowie – Spirit Moves
  5. Jeff Williams – Purple, Blue and Red – Another Time
  6. Olie Brice Quartet – Red Honey Yellow Honey – Day After Day
  7. Dave Ballou – Line – Amongst Ourselves
  8. Jeff Williams – New and Old – Outlier
  9. Olie Brice Quintet – Snake Path – Immune To Clockwork
  10. Barre Phillips – Mountainscapes VIII – Mountainscapes
  11. Qouan – Moon Cage – Fine Dining
  12. Dave Valentin – Land Of The Third Eye – Land Of The Third Eye
  13. Miles Davis – Oleo – Miles Davis At Carnegie Hall- The Complete Concert
  14. John Zorn – The Journal Of Albion Moonlight – Insurrection

John Zorn 


Insurrection is an intense new instrumental project featuring guitar wizards Julian Lage and Matt Hollenberg with the incredible rhythm section of Trevor Dunn and Kenny Grohowski. Inspired by some of the greatest experimental novels of the 20th century the music is incredibly varied, combining rock, funk, blues, jazz, classical and more—often in the same song! Gnarly atonal melodies, bizarre harmonies, astonishing guitar fireworks and telepathic group interaction make this one of Zorn’s most scintillating and adventurous new projects.  As always Zorn pulls the very best out of the musicians and they play some of the most outrageous solos you have ever heard. (Tzadik 2018)

Lotte Anker, Pat Thomas, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Ståle Liavik Solberg

In Flight

Iluso Records presents His Flight’s At Ten, a stunning live concert recording by free music luminaries Lotte Anker (saxophones), Pat Thomas (piano), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (double bass) and Ståle Liavik Solberg (drums and percussion). His Flight’s At Ten comprises three long-form pieces of spontaneously improvised music by this quartet of acclaimed improvisers in an encapsulating concert performance at the 2016 Blow Out! Festival in Oslo. All the energy and nuance of this captivating convert are captured in this stunning live recording. Both exhilarating and hypnotic, the album is a cutting edge release traversing the worlds of contemporary classical music and avant-garde jazz by a group of improvisers at the forefront of the creative music world.


Copenhagen-based Lotte Anker is a saxophone player and composer of unsurpassed reputation in the creative music world. She works in the field between experimental jazz/improvisation and contemporary music and leads acclaimed trios with Craig Taborn/Gerald Cleaver and Sylvie Courvoisier/Ikue Mori. Anker has performed with Tim Berne, Okkyung Lee, Joelle Leandre, Raymond Strid, Sten Sandell, Andrew Cyrille, Phil Minton and many others.

Electronic experimenter and piano player Pat Thomas is a unique voice in the UK/European creative music scene. Embracing improvisation, jazz and new music, his significant contribution has included performances and recordings with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra, Lol Coxhill, Steve Noble and Alex Ward.

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten is an internationally sought after double and electric bassist in the jazz, free jazz, and improvised music worlds. He is most known through his work in the hard-hitting bands The Thing, Atomic and Scorch Trio. Flaten has worked with Joe McPhee, Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen Love, Neneh Cherry, Thurston Moore, and Ken Vandermark.

Drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg is a central part of Oslo’s thriving improvised music scene. Working with ensembles VCDC, Will it float? (with John Russell, Steve Beresford & John Edwards), Silva-Rasmussen-Solberg trio and in duos with Fred Lonberg-Holm and John Russell. His endlessly creative drumming is renowned in the world of free jazz/creative music.

John Coltrane

The Inch Worm

From Coltrane a 1962 album on Impulse recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studios in New Jersey that year. Frank Loesser’s song is transformed to a modal three quarter time vehicle for Trane’s soprano explorations. The classic quartet of Coltrane, Tyner, Garrison and Jones.

Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy 


The 29th album by trumpeter Dave Douglas – Spirit Moves. It was released on the Greenleaf Music label in 2009 and features Douglas band Brass Ecstasy. Dave Douglas: trumpet, Vincent Chancey: French horn, Luis Bonilla: trombone, Marcus Rojas: tuba and
Nasheet Waits: drums with a fitting tribute to the late Lester Bowie

Jeff Williams (Featured Artist)

Five tracks featuring the American Drummer.  Across a career spanning four decades, it would seem easiest to consider the musicians with whom Jeff Williams hasn’t worked. A respected stalwart of the international jazz circuit, he has notably rubbed shoulders with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie and Joe Lovano. Williams has graced innumerable New York and London stages over the years, making frequent Atlantic crossings between the two cities.

Jeff Williams – Purple, Blue and Red – Another Time (2011, Whirlwind Recordings)

Recorded September 12, 2010 at Trout Studio, Brooklyn NY. Jeff Williams drums, Duane Eubanks trumpet, John O’Gallagher alto sax, and John Hébert bass
Olie Brice Quartet – Red Honey Yellow Honey – Day After Day (2017, Babel Label)

Olie Brice double bass, Alex Bonney cornet, Mike Fletcher alto saxophone, George Crowley tenor saxophone, Jeff Williams drums.
Dave Ballou – Line – Amongst Ourselves (1998, Steeplechase)

Trumpeter/composer Dave Ballou makes his debut as a leader with a fine quartet comprised of tenorist Tony Malaby, bassist Michael Formanek, and  Jeff Williams.  While the album showcases Ballou’s trumpet playing very effectively, none of the music would be what it is without the far-reaching input of all the group’s members. There’s often a blurring of the traditional boundary between soloist and rhythm section, clearing the way for improvised passages that seem to unite the players in a single consciousness.

Jeff Williams – New and Old – Outlier (2016, Whirlwind Recordings)

Recorded April 13-14, 2015 at Fish Factory Studio, London. Jeff Williams drums, percussion, rhodes, Josh Arcoleo tenor saxophone, Phil Robson guitar, Kit Downes piano, rhodes, Sam Lasserson acoustic, electric bass. The third recording with this label.

Olie Brice Quintet – Snake Path – Immune To Clockwork (2014, Multi Kulti)

Recorded at the Fishmarket Studios, on June 4, 2013. Olie Brice double bass, Mark Hanslip tenor saxophone, Waclaw Zimpel alto clarinet, Alex Bonney trumpet, Jeff Williams drums

Barre Phillips

Mountainscapes VIII

Recorded at Studio Bauer in Ludwigsburg, West Germany in March 1976 and released on ECMBarre Phillips — bass, John Surman — soprano saxophone. baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, synthesizer, Dieter Feichtner — synthesizer, Stu Martin — drums, synthesizer, John Abercrombie — guitar


Moon Cage

A new release on Orenda Records Recorded October 19, 2017 at 64 Sound, Highland Park, Calfornia.  Two prominent Los Angeles’s wind/brass improvisers join forces with a formidable New York rhythm section on the album Fine Dining under the band name Quoan. Though clarinetist Brian Walsh and trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom have collaborated in numerous bands and projects for more than a decade, this is their first co-led ensemble, and the results are  excellent Bassist Sam Minaie and drummer Mark Ferber   drive the group with a remarkably nimble approach as the   group navigates the timbral landscapes of a modern chord-less quartet.   Classic avant-garde jazz  with grace, creativity, and a  sense of humour that is somewhat infectious.

 Dave Valentin 

Land of The Third Eye

1980 album on GRP in full on disco mode. Dave Grusin produces. Unmistakeably Marcus Miller on bass.

Miles Davis


A live album subtitled The Legendary Performances of May 19, 1961, it was released by Columbia Records. The album This live performance features Davis with his regular quintet and also accompanied by Gil Evans and his 21-piece orchestra. The orchestra is heard on several selections drawn from Miles Ahead as well as a complete reading of the adagio movement from Concierto de Aranjuez as recorded on Sketches of Spain. That was just the quintet performing Sonny Rollins Oleo. Miles Davis – Trumpet, Hank Mobley – Tenor saxophone, Wynton Kelly – Piano, Paul Chambers – Bass, Jimmy Cobb – Drums

John Zorn

The Journal Of Albion Moonlight


World of Jazz 262


  1. Michael Attias – Bad Lucid – Spun Tree
  2. Ralph Towner – Ralph’s Piano Waltz – Solo Concert
  3. John Abercombie and Ralph Towner – Fable – Sargasso Sea
  4. Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – A Tone Parallel to Harlem (Harlem Suite) – Ellington Uptown
  5. Beak – Spinning Top – Beak >>
  6. Rudresh Mahanthappa – Enhanced Performance – Codebook
  7. Rip Rig and Panic – A Dog’s Secret – I Am Cold
  8. E L B – Zig Zag – Peter Erskine, Nguyên Lê, Michel Benita
  9. John Zorn – Naked Lunch (for Vibraphone, Bass, and Drums) – The Interpretation of Dreams
  10. Duke Ellington and his Orchestra –  Controversial Suite, Pt. 1: Before My Time – Ellington Uptown
  11. John Butcher, John Edwards, Mark Sanders – Lucid – Last Dream Of The Morning
  12. Chris Cundy – Sweet Tobacco – Gustav Lost
  13. Azimuth with Ralph Towner – The Longest Day – Départ
  14. Michael Attias – Creep – Renku in Coimbra
  15. Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Controversial Suite, Pt. 2: Later – Ellington Uptown


  1. Clean Feed (2012) – Michaël Attias alto saxophone, Ralph Alessi trumpet, Matt Mitchell piano, Sean Conly double bass, Tom Rainey drums.  Recorded at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY o April 11th, 2012
  2. ECM (1980) – Ralph Towner – 12 String Guitar, Classical Guitar, Recorded live at Amerika Haus in München, Germany and Limmathaus in Zürich, Switzerland in October 1979
  3. ECM (1976) – John Abercrombie — electric guitar, acoustic guitar, Ralph Towner — twelve-string guitar, classical guitar, piano. Recorded Talent Studios Olso May 1976
  4. Columbia (1952) – Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn – piano,  Shorty Baker, Willie Cook,   Clark Terry  , Francis Williams  – trumpet, Ray Nance – trumpet,   Juan Tizol  – valve trombone, Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet, tenor saxophone, Willie Smith  alto saxophone, Russell Procope – alto saxophone, clarinet, Paul Gonsalves  – tenor saxophone, Harry Carney – baritone saxophone,  Wendell Marshall – bass, Louis Bellson – drums. Recorded in New York on December 7, 1951.
  5. Invada/Bandcamp (2012) – Billy Fuller – bass,  Matt Williams – keyboards, Geoff Barrow –  Turntables, samples, keyboards, drums.
  6. Pi (2006) –  François Moutin – bass, Rudresh Mahanthappa – alto saxophone,  Dan Weiss – drums, Vijay Iver – piano. Recorded April 21 , 2006 Systems 2, Brooklyn.
  7. Virgin (1982) – Bruce Smith, Gareth Sager, Mark Springer, Sean Oliver.
  8. ACT (2001) –  Michel Benita – bass, Peter Erskine – drums,  Nguyên Lê – guitar. Recorded and mastered at Rainbow Studios, Oslo, Norway on October 30+31, 2000
  9. Tzadik (2017).  Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz – bass.   Tyshawn Sorey  – drums.
    Sae Hashimoto  – vibraphone.  Recorded May 08, 2017 at EastSide Sound, NYC & May 10, 2017 at Orange Music, NJ.
  10. Columbia (1952) –   Wendell Marshall – Bass,  Louis Bellson – Drums,   Duke Ellington – piano.  Harry Carney,  Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Russell Procope – saxophones. Britt Woodman, Juan Tizol, Quentin Jackson – trombones.  Clark Terry, Francis Williams , Harold Baker, Ray Nance, Willie Cook – trumpets. Recorded At – Columbia 30th Street Studio
  11. Relative Pitch (2017) – John Butcher – saxophone, John Edwards – double bass, Mark Sanders – drums. Recorded on November 17th, 2016 at The Fish Factory, in Willesden, UK
  12. FMR Records (2016) – Chris Cundy – bass, contrabass clarinet,  Fyfe Dangerfield – piano , Mat Martin –  guitar , Hannah Marshall – cello, Dominic Lash – double bass , Mark Sanders – drums, percussion.  Recorded on June 2-3, 2015 at Wincraft Studios, Gloucestershire UK.
  13. ECM (1980) – John Taylor – Piano, Norma Winstone – Voice, Kenny Wheeler – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Ralph Towner – Guitar. Recorded December 1979 at Talent Studios, Oslo.
  14. Clean Feed (2009) –  Michaël Attias – alto saxophone, John Hébert – double bass, Satoshi Takeishi  – drums, percussion. Recorded June 7, 2008 at Salão Brazil, Coimbra, Portugal
  15. as 10.



World Of Jazz 239


  1. Hampshire and Foat – Galaxies Like Grains of Sand – Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (Athens of the North 2017)
  2. Stuart McCallum – Inhale – City (Naim 2015)
  3. Ralph Towner – Drifting Petals – Solstice (ECM 1975)
  4. John Abercrombie – Sunday School – Up and Coming (ECM 2017)
  5. Labyrinth Lounge – Trouble Won’t Last – Porgy (Rufftone Records 2017)
  6. A Tree Grows – Future Calculations – A Tree Grows (Rufftone
    Records 2017)
  7. Walter Bishop Jr. 4th Cycle – Sweet Rosa – Keeper of My Soul (Black Jazz Records 1973)
  8. Charles Mingus – Duke Ellingtons Sound of Love – Changes One (Atlantic 1975)
  9. Willem Breuker – Ponduet – Baal Brecht Breuker (BV Haast Records 1973)
  10. William Parker Quartets – Criminals In The White House – Meditation/Resurrection (AUM Fidelity 2017)
  11. Miles Davis – Footprints – Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 (Columbia 2016)
  12. Eivind Aarset – Wanderlust – I.E. (Jazzland 2015)
  13. John Coltrane – Giant Steps – The Heavyweight Champion : The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Atlantic 1995)
  14. Colin Towns & NDR Big Band – Peaches En Regalia – Frank Zappa’s Hot Licks (And Funny Smells) (Provocateur Records 2005)
  15. Dave Douglas and Chet Doxas – No Good Without You – Riverside (Greenleaf 2014)
  16. Jimmy Giuffre Time Will Tell/ Future Plans – Free Fall (Columbia 1962)
  17. John Zorn’s Masada – Sippur – Live In Middelheim (Tzadik 1999)
  18. Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw – Hub-Tones – Double Take (Blue Note 1986)