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Trios, Ivo and 'Trane

Read "Trios, Ivo and 'Trane" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show music from trios lead by Adam Nolan, Gerry Eastman and Fran Nava. There's another track from the newly released live version of John Coltrane with A Love Supreme Live in Seattle as well as further exploration of Ivo Perelman's Brass and Ivory Tales Box Set. Portland, Oregon also features, a city that inspires the music of Barry Deister.Playlist Adam Nolan Trio “Ancient Mayan Temple" from Prim and Primal (Self Released) 00:00 Barry Deister Quintet “The ...


Album Review

Adam Nolan: Prim and Primal

Read "Prim and Primal" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Whether stalking the perimeters or cutting to the bone, Irish alto saxophonist Adam Nolan's full throated assault on alternative facts takes you by storm on his fourth (and hopefully breakthrough) disc, Prim and Primal. Like Ornette Coleman, like Anthony Braxton, Nolan and his fellow non-shy improvisors—bassist Derek Whyte and drummer Dominic Mullan—keep the music stark. Impassioned. Jabbing darkly, waxing in and out of time and shadow. Animated. Keening. Upon their maiden voyage, Nolan, Whyte, and Mullan ...


Album Review

Adam Nolan: Prim and Primal

Read "Prim and Primal" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Tell you what. A lot of listeners have never been particularly big fans of free jazz. “It is difficult to understand." Really? “Formalism," said Sergei Prokofiev, “is the name given to music not understood on first hearing." This, recall, was a statement made in defense of Dmitri Shostakovich and his Fourth Symphony. This is not to compare Adam Nolan with Shostakovich. Yet one could imagine Stalin objecting mightily to the Kilkenny saxophonist's 2021 recording as “muddle instead of music." Because, ...


Album Review

Adam Nolan Trio: Prim and Primal

Read "Prim and Primal" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Prim and Primal is a cool name for a record. It does, however, take some balls to put out a record with such a title. It leaves listeners with deep expectations. To paraphrase the old saying, though, “It's okay to talk the talk if you can walk the walk." Alto saxophonist Adam Nolan has a pair of rhythm section mates, double bassist Derek Whyte and drummer Dominic Mullan, that step and groove to the same beats. Collectively they improvise from ...


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