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Angles 3: Parede

Read "Parede" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This European improvising super-group reverts back to the original trio format, captured live at a Portuguese venue. Here, reedman Martin Küchen teams with fellow Scandinavians (now residing in the US), bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and drummer Kjell Nordeson. In effect, it's an invigorating performance and designed with great focus, as the musicians don't blow matters out of proportion or engage in long-winded soloing sprees. Flaten cooks up a bouncy gait via his peek-a-boo ostinato to launch “Equality ...

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Martin Kuchen: Baza

Read "Baza" reviewed by John Sharpe

On Baza Swedish reedman Martin Küchen joins forces with Polish acoustic bass guitarist Rafal Mazur for a seat-of-the-pants duet, recorded live at the titular Krakow club. Issued as a limited edition LP, but also available as a download, the program contains two cuts also named after the venue. While Küchen may be best known for his variable-sized Angles ensembles and his part in the co-operative quintet All Included, both of which perform his charts, he is also a formidable improviser ...

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From Glen Hall and Gil Evans to Charles Lloyd to Martin Kuchen

Read "From Glen Hall and Gil Evans to Charles Lloyd to Martin Kuchen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Saxophonistically speaking... this episode has an abundance of fine saxophonists lurking throughout, from Glen Hall (with Gil Evans in Gil's last project) to Frenchman Denis Guivarc'h with Hubert Dupont to Jake Wark with Chicago pianist Matt Piet. You want more? David Liebman in No Fast Food, the late Dewey Redman, Matt Nelson with Brandon Lopez, Brad Walker, and two current giants of the horn who are unafraid to speak through their music about injustice, politics and the social condition: Charles ...

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Trespass Trio: The Spirit Of Piteşti

Read "The Spirit Of Piteşti" reviewed by John Sharpe

Swedish reedman Martin Küchen ploughs a rich variety of furrows, from explorative improvised summits to his rambunctious Angles aggregations, but one of the most enduring has been his Trespass Trio. On The Spirit Of Pitești, the fourth entry in the band's discography, he is joined by the same crew there since the inception, bassist Per Zanussi and drummer Raymond Strid. As always Küchen imparts a political subtext to the music through his choice of titles, in this case alluding to ...

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Martin Küchen: The Spirit Of Piteşti

Read "The Spirit Of Piteşti" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sometimes a scene in a movie or a book persists in the mind long after being viewed or read. Sometimes an aroma can conjure a feeling from the past. Memory is often connected to emotion in an unconscious manner. Substitute sound for scent and the passions can be equally strong. The Swedish/Norwegian trio of saxophonist Martin Küchen, bassist Per Zanussi, and drummer Raymond Strid known as the Trespass Trio are the sonic equivalent of our collective memory. The ...

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Martin Küchen / Mark Tokar / Arkadijus Gotesmanas: Live At Vilnius Jazz Festival

Read "Live At Vilnius Jazz Festival" reviewed by John Sharpe

Swedish reedman Martin Küchen made three appearances at the Lithuanian capital's annual jazz bonanza in October 2015 which included a solo concert and an outing with his group Angles 9. But the set which the NoBusiness label has chosen to release, as a limited edition LP, is his first time meeting with the Ukrainian pairing of bassist Mark Tokar, who may be familiar from Ken Vandermark's Resonance Ensemble, and drummer Arkadijus Gotesmanas, now based in the Baltic country. Each side ...

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Martin Küchen / Johan Berthling / Steve Noble: Night In Europe

Read "Night In Europe" reviewed by John Sharpe

As one of Europe's premier saxophonists Martin Küchen boasts a diverse resumé. He often fronts a series of groups designed to negotiate his emotive compositions such as Angles, All Included and Trespass Trio, but also participates in more liberated sessions. One such in the company of bassist Johan Berthling and English drummer Steve Noble produced Night In Europe. Their pedigree is evident in their associations. Berthling features as part of the assorted Angles agglomerations, as well as with another incendiary ...

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Martin Küchen/Jon Rune Strøm/Tollef Østvang: Melted Snow

Read "Melted Snow" reviewed by John Sharpe

Not Quite All Included or Some Included might be appropriate names for the trio of Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen, and Norwegian bassist Jon Rune Strøm and drummer Tollef Østvang. Reason being that the repertoire on Melted Snow partially replicates that on Satan in Plain Clothes (Clean Feed, 2015) by All Included, which comprises the same threesome with the addition of trombonist Mats Alekint and trumpeter Thomas Johansson. Unsurprisingly the seven cuts on this limited edition LP boast the same mixture ...

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Angles: Every Woman Is A Tree

Read "Every Woman Is A Tree" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Good can triumph over evil. It's just that evil is just so well organized by the political parties, oil corporations, and media conglomerates that the voice of dissent is often overshadowed. Like Woody Guthrie or Charles Mingus utilizing music to protest the sins of their time, today, bubbling in between the cracks of popular culture is the requisite dissent to war, racism, nazism, and imperialistic hate. Enter the Scandinavian sextet Angles with a true gem of a live recording.


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