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Christoph Erb / Michael Vatcher: Yellow Live

Read "Yellow Live" reviewed by John Sharpe

At one time a drum and saxophone encounter would always invoke comparisons with the urtext of John Coltrane's Interstellar Space (Impulse, 1974). While that is still a potent model, present day practice encompasses almost every possible mood and temperament. Swiss saxophonist Christoph Erb and formerly expatriate American drummer Michael Vatcher touch on many such wayward territories on the four cuts which make up Yellow Live, which was recorded at the Gelbes Haus (hence the color-informed titles) in Erb's hometown of ...

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Christoph Erb / Jim Baker / Frank Rosaly: ...don't buy him a parrot...

Read "...don't buy him a parrot..." reviewed by John Sharpe

Swiss reedman Christoph Erb has a thing about the Windy City. He first visited in 2011 and discovered fertile ground for collaborations, affirmed by the 14 Chicago-centric releases on his own Veto imprint. Among those hookups is the trio here with pianist Jim Baker and drummer Frank Rosaly, which is also responsible for Parrots Paradise (Veto Records, 2017). In instrumentation they recall both Cecil Taylor's seminal '60s Unit as well as the still extant Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio. And they ...

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Christoph Erb - Jim Baker - Frank Rosaly: Parrots Paradise

Read "Parrots Paradise" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

If you're a free-jazz experimentalist or basically open-minded, then a glimmer of paradise might become reality after listening to this off-centered, sinewy session that occasionally sounds like it's bursting at the seams. And while its largely discordant, the musicians' polytonal exchanges and sound-sculpting mechanisms generate loads of interest, coupled with the trio's unsystematic musical lingo. Saxophonist Christoph Erb (Lucerne), analogue synth ace Jim Baker (Chicago) and drummer, sound designer Frank Rosaly --who recently relocated from Chicago to Amsterdam ...

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Adasiewicz - Erb - Roebke: Yuria's Dream

Read "Yuria's Dream" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Experimental saxophonist Christoph Erb recorded this lone 43-minute track in Chicago with prominent improvisers and composers, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and bassist Jason Roebke amid a tour of the US. Here, the trio articulates an immense plane of perceptions, and if charted, may appear as a histogram that contains various deviations from the mean, when considering dips and spikes. The musicians embrace an in-depth improvisational forum, while occasionally abutting the fringes of minimalism. But they also delve into microtonal vistas with ...

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Erb - Longberg-Holm - Roebke - Rosaly: Sack

Read "Sack" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Swiss saxophonist Christoph Erb aligns with prominent exponents of Chicago's nu-jazz, avant-garde scene for a highly expressionistic incursion, modeled with his breathy microtonal notes and free-form abstractions. Blotted by manifold sound-sculpting implementations, rolling rhythms and budding crash and burn stylizations, the musical characteristics radiate an extended reach where anything is possible.The band kicks off the proceedings with “Karung," a piece engineered with unnerving vistas and drummer Frank Rosaly's bustling asymmetrical grooves amid cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm's furious parts, projecting ...


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