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Apartment House on Another Timbre

Read "Apartment House on Another Timbre" reviewed by John Eyles

In 1995 cellist Anton Lukoszevieve formed the group Apartment House. With between forty and fifty musicians listed as members —including such illustrious names as violinists Angharad Davies and Mira Benjamin, pianist Philip Thomas and clarinetist Heather Roach alongside Lukoszevieve himself--the group has a flexible line-up which changes according to the music being performed (as in the album credits below, for instance.) With well over half of the group's albums having been issued on Another Timbre--more so since the label was ...


A Musical Tryptich: Between Jazz, Folklore And Song

Read "A Musical Tryptich: Between Jazz, Folklore And Song" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The three albums below come from international European groups (among them one with a substantial Asian infusion) who recognize no boundaries in music nor borders between nations. Taking a variety of musical idioms and traditions and turning them into something new, each musician here is inspired by the lack of musical limitations that allows them to delve into the depths of their passion with the most diverse casts of sidemen and co-leaders, amounting to an exciting account of a contemporary ...


Stephen Gauci Pandemic Duets

Read "Stephen Gauci Pandemic Duets" reviewed by John Sharpe

When everything shut down in March 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, New York City native tenor saxophonist Stephen Gauci initiated what he thought would be a set of five duet recordings in a refusal to be cowed by the lack of performance opportunities. In fact the collection has run to some 19 entries over that summer, with the four releases here, each of just over 30-minutes duration, being just among the first. For this initial batch ...


The Art of ILK

Read "The Art of ILK" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Formed in 2007, ILK (an abbreviation of Independent Label of København) is an artist-run label based in Copenhagen, encompassing a collective of 21 adventurous musicians. They started out as the young rebels of the Danish jazz scene but have become the established pioneers of the new Danish avantgarde. If you think of the avantgarde as an island of likeminded musicians then the great achievement of ILK is that the label has blurred the boundaries between high art, academic research, popular ...


Two versions of one piece from Magnus Granberg

Read "Two versions of one piece from Magnus Granberg" reviewed by John Eyles

Ever since Ist Gefallen In Der Schnee, written by Magnus Granberg and performed by his group Skogen, was released to great acclaim on Another Timbre in 2012, the label has issued a steady trickle of recordings by the Swedish composer. Only a couple of Granberg albums on INSUB have bucked the trend—one a composition commissioned for the Insub Meta Orchestra, the other by a quartet comprising Skogen's Anna Lindal on violin, Granberg himself on piano plus INSUB's d'incise and Cyril ...


Samuel Blaser: Purity of Purpose In All Things

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One of trombonist/composer Samuel Blaser's more subtle talents is his uncanny ability to as fully distinguish himself accompanying other musicians as when he is leading theme. The prominence of a sideman is, by definition, not so great as the bandleader, producer etc, but to completely engage in the project of another is an exercise in generosity and humility as indispensable to the success of a given effort as the more tangible skills of playing an and improvising. On these three ...


Benjamin Koppel: Room to Roam

Read "Benjamin Koppel: Room to Roam" reviewed by Doug Collette

In his two simultaneously-released double CDs, Danish saxophonist Benjamin Koppel illustrates how fine a line exists between authentic rhythm and blues and healthily-improvised jazz. It might otherwise go without saying it takes the caliber of world-class singers and players to traverse such broad and fertile territory-- bassist Scott Colley and trumpeter Randy Brecker are just two—but, credit where credit is due to both the bandleader and his colleagues, they mesh their complementary talents in such a way that the focus ...


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