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Peter Van Huffel - Alex Maksymiw: Kronix

Read "Kronix" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Hailing from Canada, but now calling Berlin home base, saxophonist Peter Van Huffel and guitarist Alex Maksymiw (Marcus Strickland) are radiant stars in the progressive jazz universe. As a solo artist, Van Huffel's Gorilla Mask band and similar undertakings have been wowing jazz audiences with a high-impact and kinetic modus operandi. And Maksymiw's Without a Word (Double Moon, 2015) features formidable saxophonist Marcus Strickland and is a program devised on the guitarist's perceptive compositional approach, tasteful riffs, strong soloing and ...

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Peter Van Huffel: Like the Rusted Key

Read "Like the Rusted Key" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

Peter Van Huffel is a Canadian-born alto saxophonist who recently settled in Berlin after a six-year period in New York. His new quartet reflects all of those geographic connections, bringing together New York pianist Jesse Stacken, a mainstay of Van Huffel's New York quintet, Canadian bassist Miles Perkin, and the Swiss-born, Berlin-resident drummer Samuel Rohrer. To call Van Huffel a composer, in the casual parlance of jazz, is almost a misnomer. He really composes; almost every piece ...

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Peter van Huffel Quartet: Like The Rusted Key

Read "Like The Rusted Key" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The Berlin-based Canadian alto saxophonist, Peter van Huffel may be one of the most intense performers on this instrument. He creates sharp images with his playing, is exceedingly energetic--in sections of music that demand quieter moments his calmness is most elastic and taut--and although he has a tendency to play with broad glissandi almost throughout Like The Rusted Key, he has an inventive sense of rhythm. In this respect he is like Eric Dolphy, who played with a pulse that ...

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Peter Van Huffel: Silvester Battlefield

Read "Silvester Battlefield" reviewed by Elliott Simon

New York City continues to be a nexus for jazz musicians from all quarters. Unmatched conservatory performance curriculum combined with world-class working venues and an audience open to creativity continues to make NYC the most vibrant jazz scene in the world. Silvester Battlefield, from Canadian saxophonist Peter Van Huffel's quintet, is illustrative of the kind of synergy that results when musicians get together and play in this fertile breeding ground. These original compositions employ an array of ...

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Peter Van Huffel: Silvester Battlefield

Read "Silvester Battlefield" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Armed with a sharp tone and attack, keen rhythmic sense and a wry compositional attitude, saxophonist Peter Van Huffel makes one sit up and listen on Silvester Battlefield. The album is brimming with ideas that manage to sound abstract in their tonality and phrasing while, at that same time, being extremely logical. Hardly a newcomer to the New York jazz scene, the adaptive Van Huffel can also be heard in Lily Maase's band theSuiteUnraveling and Dan Nettle's ...


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