CD/LP/Track Review

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andreas Schaerer/Hildegard Lernt Fliegen meets the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy: The Big Wig

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The Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy and the sextet Hildegard Lernt Fliegen come below Andreas Schaerer on the billing on this CD/DVD offering, suggesting the star quality of this unique contemporary composer/vocalist. The Big Wig suite-- composed and orchestrated by Schaerer--comprises newly composed material and reworkings of several tunes from Hildegard Lernt Fliegen's The Fundamental Rhythms of Unpolished Brains (2014). Schearer's wildly colorful, idiosyncratic narratives and his operatic vocals lend themselves well to the orchestral setting, while the sextet ...

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Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is the Dream

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Saxophonist/composer Chris Potter's two previous ECM albums as leader both had a “special project" air about them. The Sirens (2013) was inspired by the epic poem The Odyssey, and featured an unusual quintet with two keyboardists. Imaginary Cities (2015) featured the Underground Orchestra, an expansive lineup of his Underground quartet plus two bassists, percussion, and string quartet. For this third release Potter presents a new acoustic quartet. It's not a studio band: the recording sessions were preceded by a long ...

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Bill Evans: Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert

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Musical performance archeologist Zev Feldman again provides the Bill Evans discography with important, previously unreleased material. Another Time documents pianist Evans, in the company of bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette, in concert at the Netherlands Radio Union VARA Studio 8 in Hilversum on June 22, 1968. The release complements the previously released Some Other Time: the Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance, 2016), by featuring the same trio performing live two days after the sides for Some ...

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Yang: The Failure of Words

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World class German touch guitarist Markus Reuter (Stick Men, Europa String Choir) and Benjamin Schäfer enhance this soundscape with sterling audio processes to extract the inherent power and resiliency of this French / German quartet on its 3rd release. Abetted by a detailed soundstage that highlight's the band's commanding presence, the packaging references late artist Bruno Medonca's work that keenly merges a sense of antiquity with an ultra-modern stance.Yang is an explosive yet disciplined band amid all the ...

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Peter Dominguez: Groove Dreams

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Groove Dreams resonates on a number of levels. In the most obvious sense, it's a testament to the skill, imagination, and resourcefulness of bassist Peter Dominguez, an artist who operates with a profound depth of understanding in both formal and creative realms. But it's also a link to the relationship that Dominguez formed with bass icon Milt Hinton, a showcase for the latter's finely crafted eighteenth-century Italian instrument, and a piece of documentary evidence indicative of the high value that ...

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Itaru Oki - Nobuyoshi Ino - Choi Sun Bae: Kami Fusen

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Prominent Japanese trumpeter Itaru Oki and bassist Nobuyoshi Ino recorded this album in 1996 at a Café in Yamaguchi, Japan, and Korean trumpeter Choi Sun Bae flew into town just for this gig. Consequently, no drums or chordal instruments enable the trio to work from an open forum with few if any restrictions, especially when considering the free jazz aspects. Yet, they do convey a cozy group-centric deportment on these works consisting of variable ebbs and flows amid bright and ...

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PHO: Two

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PHO, the Minneapolis funk band, is one of the hottest rising stars on the modern funk music scene. Even Prince thought so. The Purple One got hip to PHO, and then invited the group to open for Larry Graham at Paisley Park. Since then, PHO has played with The Motet, Dopapod, Dam-Funk, Dumpstaphunk and many more. It was early 2016 when Prince found the band via Youtube and posted about them on his social media. This ...

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Hampshire And Foat: Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand

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Greg Foat has been making waves on the British jazz scene for several years now with albums such as Dancers At The End Of Time prime examples of his creative originality. He's a big fan of the “golden age" of British jazz spanning the 1960s and 70s but his compositions are never derivative. Foat has teamed-up here with his mate from the Isle of Wight, Warren Hampshire whose day job is as a member of British indie band The Bees.

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Quercus: Nightfall

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It may have taken seven years for the innovative British trio featuring singer June Tabor, saxophonist Iain Ballamy and pianist Huw Warren to find a label and release their first album together, but they sure landed on their feet. Not only was the trio's 2013 debut, Quercus, released on the renowned ECM imprint; it was also enthusiastically received by critics and fans alike, winning that year's prestigious German record critics' Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Jahrespreis (Album of the Year). And ...


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