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Ingrid Laubrock: Two Works For Orchestra With Soloists

Read "Two Works For Orchestra With Soloists" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Large ensemble recordings are just not attempted these days. That is unless one is blessed with Lincoln Center's budget or you happen to be Anthony Braxton or maybe Maria Schneider. Further, to assemble a large cast of 47 musicians plus two conductors for a recording that features written classical music, free improvisation conduction, and superstar soloists is practically unthinkable. But here it is. Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock presents a Mary Shelley modern Prometheus “It's Alive" discovery. Two Works For ...

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Wayne Horvitz, Kamil Piotrowicz and More

Read "Wayne Horvitz, Kamil Piotrowicz and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This week we focus on a number of intriguing 'firsts.' The playlist includes acclaimed saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's first foray into composing orchestral works, Wayne Horvitz' first traditional piano trio format recorded in the mountains of Montana, as well as Polish rising star pianist Kamil Piotrowicz and his sextet, Krzysztof Komeda's compositions interpreted by a top Australian ensemble led by Andrea Keller and Miroslav Bukovsky, Satoko Fujii's new trio Amu with a tap dancer, and Francois Houle, Alexander Hawkins and Harris ...

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Ingrid Laubrock: Contemporary Chaos Practices

Read "Contemporary Chaos Practices" reviewed by Don Phipps

From the first startling attack of Contemporary Chaos Practices, Ingrid Laubrock lets the listener know she wants your attention. And the music is certainly attention-grabbing. Or would startling, fascinating, and incredible be better words? For nothing quite sets the table for what the listener will experience on this album. It is as if heaven and earth have been distilled into a musical tome that seeks, justifiably, to confront the anxiety and irrationality that darkens contemporary times. German composer ...

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Ingrid Laubrock Serpentines: Serpentines

Read "Serpentines" reviewed by John Sharpe

On the eponymous Serpentines, German-born, NYC-based saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's unveils a new outfit featuring unconventional instrumentation, peopled by an all star cast. For this line up Laubrock takes her enigmatic charts for groups such as Anti-house and Ubatuba to another level, as improv jazz meets the classical avant-garde in pieces where mood and texture often trump individual pyrotechnics. It's fair to say that the assembled talents very much reside at the service of Laubrock's tightly drawn yet organic frameworks.

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Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba

Read "Ubatuba" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It's hard to believe that German born saxophonist and composer Ingrid Laubrock has been recording since the late 1990s, perhaps because there is a distinct newness to every project she releases. Although she trained with Jean Toussaint in London for a short time and later with Dave Liebman, Laubrock is very much a self-made artist with a style that is plainly her own. She came to wider recognition with her self-titled Sleepthief trio debut (Intakt, 2008) and more so with ...

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Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House: Roulette of the Cradle

Read "Roulette of the Cradle" reviewed by John Sharpe

The fact that Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-house is an established working band is borne out by the degree of trust the German saxophonist places in her world class cast of collaborators. But even though she doesn't put in an appearance until part way through the second track, her imprint is all over the outfit's third release, which builds confidently on the success of its predecessors; the first outing of the same name (Intakt, 2010) and Strong Place (Intakt, 2013). Laubrock has ...

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Ingrid Laubrock Octet: Zurich Concert

Read "Zurich Concert" reviewed by John Sharpe

Even though numbering just eight strong, Ingrid Laubrock makes such skillful use of the talented cast at her disposal on Zurich Concert that the band delivers an almost orchestral experience. She achieves that through the deployment of three chordal instruments in Mary Halvorson's guitar, Liam Noble's piano and Ted Reichman's accordion. Not that you would characterize the music as overly dense. Laubrock exploits the possibilities inherent in her unusual line up to the full. Not everyone plays at the same ...


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