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by Jerome Wilson
Over the last forty years, saxophonist Oliver Lake, cornet player Graham Haynes, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer Barry Altschul have played with one another in various configurations, but never all as one group. That changes with the arrival of the OGJB Quartet, a group where these four veteran improvisers come together for a powerful session of full-blast modern jazz. Everyone sounds in top form here but the heart of the group is Fonda, an underrated bassist who has ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
Finland's TUM Records started out the year 2019 with two compelling releases, Around Again, an innovative piano trio set from Finish pianist Iro Haarla exploring the compositions of Carla Bley, with bassist Ulf Krokfors and drummer Barry Altschul; and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's terrific Rosa Parks: Pure Love. They follow up this opening salvo with the disc at hand, Bamako by The OGJB Quartet. An avant-garde all-star outing featuring the democratic collective of saxophonist Oliver Lake, cornetist Graham ...read more