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Dino Betti van der Noot: Here Comes Springtime

Read "Dino Betti van der Noot: Here Comes Springtime" reviewed by AAJ Staff

There are some musicians whose instrument is the orchestra. They hear multiple voices, textures, harmonic designs. And if they are jazz composers, they hear the sweet and pungent tension between the orchestra and the improvising soloist. If, moreover, they are composers interested in more than self-gratification, they hear, as they write, particular players so that the ultimate scores reflect a range of individual personalities, each of them telling their own stories as well as that of the composer.

Multiple Reviews

Daniel Humair in the Lions' Dens

Read "Daniel Humair in the Lions' Dens" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Drummer Paul Motian is well-known for his “melodic" percussion, in which he skits and dodges arrhythmically, letting the guitars and saxophones mark the pulse of the composition. But for all the praise breathlessly--and deservedly--heaped upon Motian for this approach, the number of drummers who follow his example somewhere on this side of the free-jazz frontier, is relatively small. Swiss drummer Daniel Humair is one such example. Humair is too little known in the US, despite having worked with reed players ...

Album Review

Daniel Humair / Joachim Kuhn / Tony Malaby: Full Contact

Read "Full Contact" reviewed by Martin Longley

This transatlantic collaboration features the long-established partnership of Swiss sticksman Daniel Humair and German pianist Joachim K ühn, but the presence of saxophonist Tony Malaby further establishes the latter's fast-ascending status outside of the US. The reedman isn't blowing as belligerently as usual, tempted into exposing his softer side, his warm tone denuded of its lime-scale textures. The material is clearly composed, but in such a manner that much of the trio's interaction sounds completely improvised (there ...

Album Review

Daniel Humair: Baby Boom

Read "Baby Boom" reviewed by John Kelman

Trust drummer Daniel Humair, who has had more musical lives than the proverbial cat, to continue to reinvent himself by surrounding himself with a group of young players who are equally at home with both composed and free styles of music. Baby Boom unites Humair with saxophonists Matthieu Donarier and Christophe Monniot, bassist Sebastien Boisseau and guitarist Manu Codjia—all players who have only emerged on the scene in the past couple of years. But what they lack in years of ...

Album Review

Daniel Humair, Marc Ducret, Bruno Chevillon and Ellery Eskelin: Liberte Surveillee

Read "Liberte Surveillee" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

Here's one that has it all, including the package itself-so good here, I'll start the review with it. Fittingly recognized as part of the art presented, the case's brushstrokes on the cover are reflected on the discs inside. It features the best photos of musicians I've seen on an album this year, by Christian Ducasse, taken at Paris' Swiss Cultural Center during the run of shows that captured these beautifully recorded live performances. The back cover portrait of Humair makes ...

Album Review

Daniel Humair - Bruno Chevillon - Marc Ducret - Ellery Eskelin: Liberte Surveillee

Read "Liberte Surveillee" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

There’s been a lot of (positive) chatter about this recent release! Firstly, due to the superstar implications of the personnel and secondly for the sheer intensity and roaring firepower, witnessed throughout. Recorded live in Paris, this quartet owns up to its expectations! Daniel Humair has always been a highly regarded drummer within European jazz circles, while tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and guitarist Marc Ducret’s legacies span multiple European and American modern jazz type endeavors. Moreover, Eskelin frequently tours abroad with ...


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