All About Jazz

Home » Tag Center » Tag: Joel Futterman

Content by tag "Joel Futterman"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mats Gustafsson/ Alfred Vogel: Blow + Beat

Read "Blow + Beat" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Swedish saxophone powerhouse Mats Gustafsson was playing with his trio--The Thing--at the 2016 Beazau Beatz Festival when he hooked up with the excellent, but under-recognized, Austrian drummer Alfred Vogel, who hosts the outing. The resulting Blow + Beat is an extraordinarily challenging musical experiment from two fearless advocates of free thought. The saxophone/drum duo is an ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Borah Bergman/Kidd Jordan/William Parker/Michael Wimberly: Vita Brevis

Read "Vita Brevis" reviewed by John Sharpe

Vita Brevis represents maverick pianist Borah Bergman's last session before his death at age 85 in 2013. In the liners label boss Joe Chonto speculates that Bergman suffered from undiagnosed Aspberger's syndrome. As such it's perhaps not a surprise that he found his niche in outsider music--the jazz avant-garde. However his musical ability was never in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Guelph Jazz Festival: Guelph, Canada, September 7-11, 2011

Read "Guelph Jazz Festival: Guelph, Canada, September 7-11, 2011" reviewed by Sara Villa

Guelph Jazz Festival, Colloquium & Nuit Blanche
Guelph, Canada
September 7-11, 2011
As Prez used to say, if you are a good improviser you are able to tell a soulful story. What happens, then, when some of the most experimental improvisers from Canada, Australia, Norway, and England (among the others) are involved in ...

Avant Piano and Saxophone Duets: Interaction & SAMA

Read "Avant Piano and Saxophone Duets: Interaction & SAMA" reviewed by John Sharpe







Joel Futterman/ Kidd Jordan
Interaction
self produced
2010

Matthew Shipp/ Sabir Mateen
SAMA
Not Two
2010



Sax-piano duets have an illustrious lineage. The vast majority have relied on compositional ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Joel Futterman / Alvin Fielder / Ike Levin Trio: Traveling Through Now

Read "Traveling Through Now" reviewed by Henry Smith

Free jazz has always defined itself more by what it is not than by what it is. With an embrace of complete freedom of form comes a nearly infinite realm of musical possibility that has continued to expand since its cultural relevance began in the early 1960s. As various interpretations arose, a sort of nonlinear historiography ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joel Futterman & Ike Levin: Enigma

Read "Enigma" reviewed by Rex  Butters

This most recent collaboration between two spontaneous musicians, pianist Joel Futterman and reedman Ike Levin, finds them pushing the empathic envelope to discover new, blazing soundscapes in which to ply their art. Futterman, a reclusive genius with a rehearsal habit that stretches eight to ten hours a day, displays staggering technique with unending production of ideas. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joel Futterman / Ike Levin Trio: Live at the Noe Valley Ministry

Read "Live at the Noe Valley Ministry" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

On their initial 2001 trio recording ( Lifeline, Bay Records), Joel Futterman, Ike Levin, and Kash Killion demonstrated their comprehension of the interpersonal requirements for constructing music of complexity and artistic integrity. This follow-up expands on the parameters of spontaneous communication so skillfully honed on their first joint venture. Performed in concert at a West Coast ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Joel Futterman Ike Levin Trio featuring Kash Killion: Lifeline

Read "Lifeline" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Tenor saxophonist Ike Levin and pianist Joel Futterman make for an undeniably potent duo, evidenced by previous releases. Moving forward, the twosome augments its attack with cellist and African Wooden Whistle performer, Kash Killion on this newly issued outing.

With the opener “Paradox,” the musicians express themselves with the veracity and force of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Joel Futterman - Ike Levin Duo: The Present Gift

Read "The Present Gift" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This release represents a follow up to the artists’ 2000 trio effort featuring bassist, Randall Hunt. With this outing we find saxophonist, Ike Levin, and pianist/saxophonist, Joel Futterman enjoying a discernible comfort zone via their often-emotive call and response type exchanges and adventurous fabrications. Moreover, this production sports extraordinary sonic characteristics, where every subtlety and nuance ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Joel Futterman/Ike Levin Trio with Randall Hunt: InterView

Read "InterView" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

InterView is brought us by San Francisco Bay Area tenor saxophonist Ike Levin, bassist Randall Hunt and avant-garde pianist Joel Futterman. On this newly released project, the Ike Levin Trio offers a hearty set of original compositions recorded on-the-fly as they say, yet in some instances, the music and overall presentation sparks notions of a well-rehearsed ...