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Stirrup: Cuts

Read "Cuts" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The good news about the end of record stores as brick-and-mortar businesses is that people like you--weirdos and freaks (ok, me too)--cannot be segregated into the jazz section, and Fred Lonberg-Holm's music may be available to a wider listening audience. That might be just our dream, but with music coming from his trio Stirrup, internet crawlers and open-ear listeners can get hip to what he's putting down. Lonberg-Holm plays his signature cello, plus electronics and electric guitar here ...

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Fred Lonberg-Holm/Ken Vandermark: Resistance

Read "Resistance" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When you consider all the musicians that have recorded duos with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, it sounds kind of like the SPAM Monty Python sketch comedy piece. “Yes, I'll have some Fred Lonberg-Holm and Ken Vandermark." What, you don't want Fred Lonberg-Holm and Axel Dörner, or Fred Lonberg-Holm and Mats Gustafsson, or Fred Lonberg-Holm and Peter Brotzmann, or Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paal Nilssen-Love, or Fred Lonberg-Holm and Frode Gjerstad or Fred Lonberg-Holm and Nick Stephans, or Fred Lonberg-Holm and David Stackenäs, ...

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Party Knüllers: Was Something Lost in Translation?

Read "Party Knüllers: Was Something Lost in Translation?" reviewed by John Eyles

The duo Party Knüllers is a transatlantic collaboration between Chicago's own Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello & electronics and Norway's Ståle Liavik Solberg on drums & percussion. The two played together in a quartet, also including clarinetist Frode Gjerstad and vocalist Stine Janvin Motland, on VC/DC (Hispid, 2011), the inaugural release of the label that now releases two albums by the duo themselves. One of these albums is a vinyl collaboration with Chicagoan Jim Baker on analogue synthesizer, bearing a bizarre ...

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Stirrup: Sewn

Read "Sewn" reviewed by Troy Collins

The collective trio Stirrup is a salient example of the genre-defying cooperative spirit that defines Chicago's creative improvised music scene. Accustomed to collaborating with a wide variety of artists, these three musicians seamlessly incorporate an array of influences and approaches on Sewn, their debut recording as a trio.Drawing upon the folksy lyricism that underpins their ensemble work as the rhythm section of the Horse's Ha (a band that also features vocalist Janet Bean of Freakwater and Eleventh Dream ...

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Stirrup: Sewn

Read "Sewn" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's apparent why Ken Vandermark invited cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm to join the now defunct Vandermark 5 a decade ago. His versatility allows him to play a full spectrum of music from chamber jazz to stadium rock. One minute he's Pablo Casals, the next Jimi Hendrix. His adventures have taken him from Peter Brotzmann's Tentet to Dave Rempis' Ballister, to Chicago's Fast Citizens, and his own Valentine Trio, Seval, ADA Trio, and The Boxhead Ensemble. Stirrup is a trio ...

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Motland / Lonberg-Holm / Solberg / Gjerstad: VCDC

Read "VCDC" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This unconventional quartet is comprised of Frode Gjerstad, fellow Norwegians and citizens of the Norwegian reeds hero's hometown, Stavanger, vocalist Stine Janvin Motland and drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg (known also as the MotSol duo, for whom Gjerstad produced the debut, Strap on (FMR, 2006)). Frequent Gjerstad collaborator, Chicago-based cellist Fred Longberg-Holm, rounds out the quartet, his last collaboration with the reed player, Sugar Maple, together with Chicago drummer Michael Zerang, released by FMR in 2010. Even though ...

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Fred Lonberg-Holm Trio: Other Valentines

Read "Other Valentines" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Cellists are few and far between in the jazz world, which is just one reason Fred Lonberg-Holm is special. His approach to the instrument is decidedly non-classical, reaping as it does all sorts of alternative tonal colors that would be deemed “incorrect," which makes it ideal for the sort of in-and-out improvisation that he favors. Lonberg-Holm has called Chicago home since the late '90s, and in the last few years he's built up important relationships with several local players, including ...

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Fred Lonberg-Holm: Dialogs

Read "Dialogs" reviewed by Clifford Allen

The list of truly formidable improvising cellists is rather short, for its perceived role as a classical instrument keeps it, like the French horn, out of the traditional jazz ensemble. Fred Katz, Ron Carter, Calo Scott, Joel Freedman, Abdul Wadud, Ernst Reijseger and Fred Lonberg-Holm are the most visible among the ranks, and the latter two are particularly notable for being galvanizing forces among their respective communities of musicians. Lonberg-Holm has, as a result of his extraordinarily varied ...

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Fred Lonberg-Holm: A Valentine For Fred Katz

Read "A Valentine For Fred Katz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jazz cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm pays tribute on this Valentine to his predecessor, the composer/arranger Fred Katz. Just as Katz did with Chico Hamilton's bands of the 1950's, Lonberg-Holm proves the cello doesn't have to be the redheaded stepchild of the double bass. Katz, a classically trained cellist and student of Pablo Casals, plied his craft in settings from cool jazz to the outward reaches of Eric Dolphy and Ken Nordine's spoken-word jazz.

Lonberg-Holm followed a similar path through ...