Even though numbering just eight strong, Ingrid Laubrock makes such skillful use of the talented cast at her disposal on Zurich Concert that the band delivers an almost orchestral experience. She achieves that through the deployment of three chordal instruments in Mary Halvorson's guitar, Liam Noble's piano and Ted Reichman's accordion. Not that you would characterize the music as overly dense. Laubrock exploits the possibilities inherent in her unusual line up to the full. Not everyone plays at the same time and novel combinations abound in an extended work of serious compositional intent, manifest in a suite like structure which ...read more
With Strong Place, New York-based German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock moves one step further in cementing her place at the heart of the Big Apple's fertile Brooklyn scene. Already on a roll with her plangent contributions to a series of stunning music including Sleepthief's Madness of Crowds (Intakt, 2011), drummer Tom Rainey's Camino Cielo Echo (Intakt, 2012), Paradoxical Frog's Union (Clean Feed, 2012), reed iconoclast Anthony Braxton's Falling River Music and pianist Kris Davis' Capricorn Climber (Clean Feed, 2013), Laubrock lives up to the high standard she set herself with Anti-house's eponymous debut (Intakt, 2010). In that, she's aided by the ...read more
Veryan Weston is one of the most creative musicians in recent times--or, perhaps, ancient times would be closer to the truth, for what is new emanates from the old and what is old gives birth to the new. Weston presides over this conundrum like a medieval apothecary concocting brilliant and powerful and magical potions that take the form of musical scores invented on the spot where time and space collide.Weston is an artist who follows the prompts of every raw, neural impulse and his music has the pulse of the eternal heartbeat that fibrillates from the centre of ...read more
As of The Madness of Crowds, saxophonist Laubrock, pianist Liam Noble and drummer Tom Rainey are one of the most rewarding bands out there. They were before, but now the clarity and depth of interaction in their music is enough to deepen that assertion, and when a signature sound also comes as part of the deal then it's time for the loud applause. Laubrock has evidently arrived at a point in her musical journey where she's more concerned with functioning as a player in a group than what might be called the customary virtuosic flights. As an ...read more
Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-HouseVortex Jazz ClubLondonJanuary 18, 2011 If music could be said to resemble a puzzle, then German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House might be described as the sonic equivalent of a Sudoku. You know all the numbers fit somewhere and that there is logic behind it, but it just escapes comprehension as to how it operates. Without wanting to stretch the metaphor beyond breaking point, that was the conundrum facing listeners at the Vortex on the first date of the reedwoman's European tour. Each band member had multiple sheets laid out on music stands in ...read more
Ingrid Laubrock's trajectory through the music reflects her choice of home. German-born, when she resided in London she was producing Latin jazz, but that proved to be only a passing phase. By the time of Forensic (F-IRE, 2004), it was clear that she was more intent on carving out an idiosyncratic space of her own. Now, having moved to New York, she's dealing exclusively in more demanding music, as this release exemplifies. Laubrock's Sleepthief trio produced one of the best albums of 2008, Sleepthief (Intakt Records). By comparison, the music on Anti-House lacks that album's extraordinary cohesion, ...read more
Her music has grown exponentially in the intervening years, but there are passages on saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House which resonate strongly with her 2004 album, Forensic (F-IRE), the disc which announced her emergence as a soloist and bandleader of propitious substance and originality. The connection is the beat. Until now, Laubrock's post-Forensic albums, notably Sleepthief (Intakt, 2008) and Paradoxical Frog (Clean Feed, 2010), have found her more involved with sonic experimentation on her horns, and in-the-moment micro-interaction with her fellow musicians, than with the loved up, serpentine grooves and ostinatos she engaged in with bassist Larry Bartley and drummer Tom ...read more
There's so much music bursting out of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, and her cultural reference points are so diverse, that you never quite know, as you take a disc out of the sleeve for the first time, what she's going to be up to--aside from going further. The intriguing Paradoxical Frog contains more surprises. Among the first fruits of Laubrock's more or less full-time relocation from London to Brooklyn, the album is a trio set made with pianist Kris Davis and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, on which the composing opportunities are shared out between the three players. Despite ...read more
Sleepthief is an album in heavy company--as with any lineup featuring saxophones, piano and percussion, it will inevitably be compared with almost four decades of work by the Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio, as well as Cecil Taylor's 1962 trio with Jimmy Lyons and Sunny Murray and perhaps even the Lester Young-Nat King Cole-Buddy Rich trio of 16 years prior. The work of soprano/tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, pianist Liam Noble and drummer Tom Rainey might miss being shored up against decidedly different works in the canon and, most importantly, one might not let the three participants and their dynamic improvisational choices ...read more
With Sleepthief (Intakt, 2008), Ingrid Laubrock--a uniquely adventurous saxophonist and bandleader on the British scene since mid decade--has made an album so exceptional that the German-born, London-based musician hasn't gone so much global as galactic.
Deep, singular and utterly compelling, Sleepthief features Laubrock in a trio with British pianist Liam Noble and American drummer Tom Rainey, on a wholly improvised program in which she dazzles both with her brilliantly inventive playing and with the paradigm-shifting sonic vocabularies she is developing on the tenor and soprano. The disc completes a sequence of work--also including Forensic (F-ire, 2004) ...read more
Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock is one of a handful of musicians who have plotted a disparate course through the music whilst ensuring that not an element of their trajectory sounds contrived. There's also an enviable lack of contrivance about her work, and this disc offers abundant proof of that. Furthermore Intakt is a label with built-in quality control and as such this meeting between musician and label feels so right.
Laubrock has already had the opportunity to build up an exceptional rapport with pianist Liam Noble and that relationship yields abundant fruit here. Drummer Tom Rainey is not in any way ...read more
Listen, this is true. With Sleepthief, Ingrid Laubrock--since mid decade amongst the most interesting saxophonists and bandleaders on the British scene--has made an album so exceptional that it positions the German-born, London-based player as perhaps the most daring and exciting saxophonist anywhere in the world in 2008. It really is that extraordinary--and momentous--a release.
Wholly improvised, with no preconceived tunes, no overdubs, no post-production and no edits, and with the tracks sequenced in pretty much the same order they were recorded, the process of music-making is audacious. It is also brilliantly realized. In British pianist Liam Noble and ...read more
Though she's frequently heard on soprano saxophone, which she uses throughout this vividly painted little masterpiece of a disc, bandleader and composer Ingrid Laubrock has probably made her biggest impact as an instrumentalist on tenor. On the most recent release by her own band, Forensic (F-IRE, 2004), and in live performances with her own quintet and Polar Bear, the wild, off-the-page textural vocabulary Laubrock has created on the bigger horn has arrived amongst the most thrilling sounds in jazz.
But Laubrock plays with character on other horns, too, particularly, though not exclusively, the soprano. The low-down, low-register, baritone funk of ...read more
Born and brought up in Germany, but resident in London since 1990, saxophonist, composer and bandleader Ingrid Laubrock started getting noticed on the UK scene in 1997, with the release of her first solo album, Who Is It?. The same year she began recording with Brazilian singer Monica Vasconcelos' band Nois, a collaboration which continues on the road and in the studio, and in 2001 recorded her second album, Some Times.
Those first two solo albums, both on Candid, documented the development of a singular and increasingly free-thinking stylist, but it was 2004's Forensic, on F-IRE, an altogether more radical ...read more
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