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Gush: Afro Blue

Read "Afro Blue" reviewed by John Sharpe

Time brings perspective. The three members of the Swedish band Gush--pianist Sten Sandell, drummer Raymond Strid and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson--were amazed at the quality of the music on this archive tape when they heard it again a quarter century after it was recorded, having forgotten about it completely in the interim. And they are right to be taken aback. The recording, from a concert in Stockholm in December 1998, is simply magnificent. This is unsurprising in retrospect, as all three ...

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Westgaard / Hernandez / Strid: The Knapsack, The Hat, and The Horn

Read "The Knapsack, The Hat, and The Horn" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The Knapsack, The Hat, and The Horn is a compelling exploration of free improvisation and acoustic sounds. The album, recorded in a single day in Gävle, Sweden, features Hein Westgaard on acoustic steel string guitar, Katt Hernandez on violin and Raymond Strid on drums. It dives into a rich soundscape that merges elements of hypnotic folk motifs, chamber music and abstract sonic territories, creating a unique listening experience that feels both adventurous and deeply personal.The music draws inspiration ...

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Trespass Trio featuring Susana Santos Silva: Live In Oslo

Read "Live In Oslo" reviewed by John Sharpe

Although Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen is the toast of festival-goers across Europe for the variously sized Angles ensembles he fronts, which revel in sometimes exuberant, sometimes heart-rending riff-fuelled anthems, he also pursues somewhat more somber strands of expression. One involves the sort of adventurous sonic explorations heard on Animal Quotes (Relative Pitch, 2022). But another, and the one heard on Live In Oslo, finds him in small group settings designed to negotiate his often dirge-like compositions. For this ...

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Trespass Trio featuring Susana Santos Silva: Live in Oslo

Read "Live in Oslo" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Adding Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva to Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen's Trespass Trio for the 2018 Blowout Festival in Oslo, Norway was “a no-brainer." The inclusion of her trumpet, which features in ensembles led by Mats Gustafsson, Fred Frith, and Torbjörn Zetterberg, to name but a few, requires little or no thought. It is as if the four previous Clean Feed releases by the Trespass Trio, The Spirit Of Pitești (2017), Human Encore (2013), Bruder Beda (2012), and “---was there ...

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Pat Thomas: Bagman Live At Cafe Oto

Read "Bagman Live At Cafe Oto" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Cacophony! Cataclysm! Clamor! Construction! Reconstruction! Deconstruction! These are some of the signposts that lie ahead while listening to the relentless siege of Bagman Live at Cafe Oto. The sonic destroyer, British pianist Pat Thomas—who at age 60 is beginning to cut a wider swath through the free jazz world then ever before— spearheads fellow raconteurs, drummer Raymond Strid and saxophonist Sture Ericson, through a senses-clearing blowout of maximum proportions- Call the music what you will, even call it ...

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Sture Ericson / Pat Thomas / Raymond Strid: Bagman Live At Cafe Oto

Read "Bagman Live At Cafe Oto" reviewed by John Sharpe

An improvised set from London's Cafe Oto in 2019 by an Anglo/Swedish trio brings together the piano and electronics of Pat Thomas (Derek Bailey's Company, Blacktop, Shifa), the saxophones of Sture Ericson (Position Alpha, The Electrics) and drums of Raymond Strid (Gush, Tarfala Trio, Barry Guy New Orchestra). After years of familiarity they united under the moniker Bagman in 2018, though this is the outfit's debut. As befits the principals' backgrounds in improv, free jazz and slightly more mainstream fare, ...

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Joëlle Leandre - Francois Houle - Raymond Strid: Last Seen Headed: Live at Sons d'Hiver

Read "Last Seen Headed: Live at Sons d'Hiver" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La gestione avviata nel 2009 da Stéphane Berland aggiunge al catalogo dell'agguerrita Ayler Records una pubblicazione di ottima fattura, che documenta un concerto tenuto dal trio Léandre-Houle-Strid nel corso del festival Sons d'Hiver. Si tratta della seconda prova discografica di questa formazione, dopo il gia' promettente 9 Moments pubblicato dalla Red Toucan nel 2006 e comprendente registrazioni sia dal vivo che in studio. L'attenzione dei musicisti si dimostra massima sin dalla prima traccia, con l'arco della Léandre a immedesimarsi ora ...


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