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Pilgrims: Oriental Orbit

Read "Oriental Orbit" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


This International trio's second album contains an East meets West nomenclature, but a case can be made that their unique bridging of various modalities defies strict categorizations. Enhanced by audiophile qualities, the recording radiates a mystical communion of diverse instrumentation that toggles between conventional world jazz norms and a horde of tasty abstracts or pieces where Marco Jencarelli's electric guitar lines signal glimpses of jazz fusion. Vocalist, percussionist Tony Majdalani's Middle Eastern-based chants on various pieces float above John Wolf ...

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Brennan/Denzler/Weber/Wolfarth: Momentum 3

Read "Momentum 3" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


With its third release, this European band surges onward as a floating collective that explores atonal sounds amid throaty whispers, split tones and much more. Here, Christian Weber employs close-handed bass techniques atop Christian Wolfarth’s free-jazz drumming approach. But the group’s methodology rings more like a transformation in progress. The musicians provide downright eerie undercurrents amid edgy maneuvers and radiant voicings. They integrate a seamless flow into the grand proceedings. At times, it becomes difficult to discern who is playing ...

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John Wolf Brennan - Daniele Patumi: Time Jumps - Space Cracks

Read "Time Jumps - Space Cracks" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Recorded at an arts museum in Switzerland, the duo infuses easy to grasp, melodious pronouncements with chamber and avant-garde jazz sensibilities. However, pianist John Wolf Brennan (Ireland) and bassist Daniele Patumi (Italy) also intermix non-Western modalities into this beautifully constructed program. Known for their work with the multinational quartet, “Pago Libre,” the artists render interesting variations of generally, tuneful themes augmented by prepared bass and piano digressions. On, “Suite Arabique,” Patumi dishes out a pattern of complex bass lines for ...

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John Wolf Brennan: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Robert Spencer


This trio of pianist John Wolf Brennan, bass clarinetist Gene Coleman, and percussionist Christian Wolfarth are mainly interested on this disc in exploring sounds and textures and various possibilities of rhythm and dynamics. The Momentum of the title is honest and hard-won, for these performers are not relying on the already-realized potentials of steady rhythms for forward motion, but are attempting to establish new means of development and continuity.Some of the moments in this momentum are quite simply ...

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John Wolf Brennan / Gene Coleman / Christian Wolfarth: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Robert Spencer


This trio of pianist John Wolf Brennan, bass clarinetist Gene Coleman, and percussionist Christian Wolfarth are mainly interested on this disc in exploring sounds and textures and various possibilities of rhythm and dynamics. The Momentum of the title is honest and hard-won, for these performers are not relying on the already-realized potentials of steady rhythms for forward motion, but are attempting to establish new means of development and continuity.

Some of the moments in this momentum are quite simply astounding, ...

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John Wolf Brennan: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Momentum is all about bare bones, raw – down to the nitty-gritty improvisations from the Trio of pianist John Wolf Brennan, Gene Coleman who performs on bassclarinet and melodica and percussionist Christian Wolfarth. The liners offer several different interpretations of momentum or – for the moment-whether literal, philosophical or pertaining to musical form or composition. From the opening statements of “Robots Don’t Cough” the duo of Brennan who performs on the prepared piano and percussionist Wolfarth delve into ...


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