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Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band: all this this here

Read "all this this here" reviewed by John Sharpe

Bassist and composer Barry Guy combines a number of his passions on All This This Here in a stunning act of synthesis. For the third major work for his Blue Shroud Band, following its eponymous debut (Intakt, 2016) and Odes And Meditations For Cecil Taylor (Not Two, 2018), Guy sets to music Nobel winning playwright Samuel Beckett's last poem What Is The Word (in two versions, both the original French and the English translation, which bookend the program).

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Torben Snekkestad / Soren Kjaegaard / Tomo Jacobson: Spirit Spirit

Read "Spirit Spirit" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

“I love the illusive, enigmatic nature of this material. Being in that space can perhaps leave the listener with the only obvious choice of just listening to what is rather than understanding any of it." Tomo Jacobson Polish-born, Copenhagen-based bassist Tomo Jacobson embraces a minimalist mode on his Spirit Spirit. The cover art is a looping line drawing on white; the music is spacious and calm, every note selected in the moment, with seeming great deliberation--although improvisation, by ...

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Per Oddvar Johansen: The Quiet Cormorant

Read "The Quiet Cormorant" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Collaboratore di alcuni dei più importanti musicisti scandinavi—da Trygve Seim a Christian Wallumrød fino alla giovane Mette Henriette—il batterista norvegese Per Oddvar Johansen è qui alla guida di un trio completato dai connazionali Helge Lien al pianoforte e Torben Snekkestad alle ance, che in due brani si allarga a quartetto con l'ingresso della chitarra di Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen, per mettere in scena musica, che ha pensato e composto durante un ritiro sulle solitarie coste nordiche. Il risultato è ...

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Torben Snekkestad / Agusti Fernandez / Barry Guy: The Swiftest Traveler

Read "The Swiftest Traveler" reviewed by John Sharpe

A trio of exploratory and quick-witted improvisers unite for an exciting and stimulating outing on The Swiftest Traveler. Norwegian reedman Torben Snekkestad and Catalan pianist Agusti Fernandez are comrades of bassist Barry Guy in his The Blue Shroud Band and also the 2020 edition of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra. The three familiars forge an alchemical transformation of disparate sounds into music, abstract in the sense of Miro rather than Pollock, in that its assembly hails from recognizable fragments.

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Torben Snekkestad: Winds Of Mouth

Read "Winds Of Mouth" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Homo sapien caveman picked up a goat's horn and blew some notes through it to entertain the Neanderthals, who had somehow, not paid the cover charge for the spring solstice show. No worries he thought, they'll soon be extinct, and I've just invented music. What the Neanderthals were fascinated with, was, just how did the caveman make those sounds? Same can be said of musician Torben Snekkestad's recording Winds Of Mouth. Actually, it's just one of three ...

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Torben Snekkestad & Barry Guy: Slip Slide And Collide

Read "Slip Slide And Collide" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Una musica del dettaglio, della sovrapposizione di brevi bagliori e schegge d'ombra. Si incontrano qui i sassofoni del norvegese Torben Snekkestad e il contrabbasso di Barry Guy, dentro tredici cellule di dialogo dichiarate della durata ciascuna di 2 minuti e 16 secondi, in realtà di durata variabile, ma prevalentemente brevi. Un “inganno" apparentemente insignificante, in realtà quasi un invito a una percezione temporale rigorosa. La violinista Maya Homburger parla, nelle note che accompagnano il disco, ...

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Torben Snekkestad: Conic Folded

Read "Conic Folded" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Patient jazz can be both restrained and determined. But, maybe the best word to describe the jazz of saxophonist/clarinetist Torben Snekkestad is persistent.

The thirty-something Norwegian reeds man is both a classical and jazz composer playing in the Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet, London Improvisers Orchestra, Trygve Seim Ensemble, and Among Machines with Thomas Stronen. Conic Folded is his debut featuring the saxophonist in a solo, duo, and trio setting with pianist Jon Balke (who has played with Arild Anderson ...

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