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Ljubljana Jazz Festival: Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 20–29, 2012

By Published: July 26, 2012
Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra consisted of tenor/soprano saxophonist David Bindman
David Bindman
David Bindman

sax, tenor
, alto saxophonist Avram Fefer
Avram Fefer
Avram Fefer

saxophone
, baritone saxophonist Matt Bauder
Matt Bauder
Matt Bauder
b.1976
sax, tenor
, trombonist Reut Regev and drummer Igal Foni, plus two trumpeters—Nate Wooley
Nate Wooley
Nate Wooley
b.1974
trumpet
and, from Porto, Susana Santos Silva
Susana Santos Silva
Susana Santos Silva
b.1979
trumpet
, replacing Taylor Ho Bynum
Taylor Ho Bynum
Taylor Ho Bynum
b.1975
cornet
in the lineup of Ashcan Rantings (Clean Feed, 2010).

Lane is the type of player based in improvised as well as contemporary composed music, having written works including a string quartet and a bass clarinet concerto. Some of his formative artistic references and teachers include Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
b.1945
reeds
, Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith
b.1941
trumpet
, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Klaus Huber, and the outstanding Italian bass virtuoso Stefano Scodanibbio. He worked with Darius Jones
Darius Jones
Darius Jones

sax, alto
on the alto saxophonist's Man'ish Boy (AUM Fidelity, 2009); has a trio with saxophonist John Tchicai
John Tchicai
John Tchicai
1936 - 2012
saxophone
, trumpeter Paul Smoker
Paul Smoker
Paul Smoker
b.1941
trumpet
and drummer Barry Altschul
Barry Altschul
Barry Altschul
b.1943
drums
, and appears on the "Bawlers" segment of singer/songwriter Tom Waits' Orphans (ANTI-, 2006). Lane is an accomplished bassist, capable of propelling an ensemble of this format, quickly bringing about sophisticated transitions and opening up space for cutting edge improvisation. The group had a great tight/loose feeling with a classic jazz sound, well-balanced but unusual figures and solid solo work.



This festival edition had an emphasis on trumpet. The first evening introduced three of them, from different generations: Joe McPhee (1939), Nate Wooley (1974) and Susana Santos Silva (1979). Wooley is a highly demanded and ubiquitous player; Silva is a member of the outstanding Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, last heard on singer Maria João & OJM's Amoras e Framboesas (Universal 2011), is a member of the egalitarian Lama trio of Oneiros (Clean Feed, 2011), and released her own trio debut, Devil's Dress (2011), on the Portugese TOAP label. McPhee also performed solo the next day, along with the other trumpet-besieger of the moment, Peter Evans
Peter Evans
Peter Evans

trumpet
. Evans and Wooley then paired and teamed up with percussionists Jim Black
Jim Black
Jim Black

drums
and Paul Lytton to play the premièring concert of this brand new combination. This première would be preceded by a performance of Silva's Lama Trio. Last, but not least, new trumpet voice Ibrahim Maalouf performed on the finishing night at Križanke.

June 29: Abstract Society

This day started with Joe McPhee's solo performance in the small Štih amphitheater of Cjankar house. Standing in the middle of the audience, McPhee revealed much more than in his duo performance with Flaten the previous night, evoking plenty of curiosity. McPhee worked in two parts: first on pocket trumpet, then on saxophone. He created fascinating multiphonics, with a simultaneously sung melody coming from far and deep inside; he was able to do this whistling, too.

McPhee refuses to be restricted in his imagination, and the idea of bringing it into reality. Watching and listening to him play is a special experience. His sounds develop without waiting for or being forced into something special or sensational, whereas his efforts to open up and enter the sound domains of his playing are easy to feel. This reinforces confidence and openness, and leads to a joyful, creative listening experience.



The second solo concert was given by advanced trumpeter Peter Evans (1981). Watching Evans play, it is hard to believe that what was being heard was the sound of just one (pocket) trumpet—whether or not it was the first time experiencing him live. Evans, who started in the New York scene nine years ago, is now famous as trumpet innovator, and as a member of the bands Carnivalskin (with Klaus Kugel
Klaus Kugel
Klaus Kugel
b.1959
drums
and Bruce Eisenbeil), Mostly Other People Do the Killing (with Jon Irabagon
Jon Irabagon
Jon Irabagon

saxophone
, Moppa Elliott
Moppa Elliott
Moppa Elliott
b.1978
bass
and Kevin Shea), and his collaborations with other artists including Evan Parker
Evan Parker
Evan Parker
b.1944
sax, tenor
, Nate Wooley and Tom Blancarte. Circular breathing, different kinds of multiphonics, hyper-rapid tone sequences, all kinds of loudness and whispers, it was all manifested in his dazzling playing.


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