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Lisa Mezzacappa: avantNOIR

Read "avantNOIR" reviewed by Nicola Negri

avantNOIR--an homage to the tradition of hard-boiled fiction and film noir? The imaginary soundtrack for an abstract crime novel? A reimagining of Fifties' jazz combos through the language of avant-garde? This new record by bassist Lisa Mezzacappa is all of the above and much, much more.

Equally inspired by the hard-boiled novels of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Aaron Bennett / Darren Johnston / Lisa Mezzacappa / Frank Rosaly: Shipwreck 4

Read "Shipwreck 4" reviewed by John Sharpe

Named after the Oakland studio where the disc was recorded, the Shipwreck 4 brings together three West Coast improvisers with Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly for a program of six collectively created selections. As apparent on Everybody's Somebody's Nobody (Clean Feed, 2016), his duet with guitarist Fred Frith, trumpeter Darren Johnston's work maintains a melodic core, albeit ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bay Area Meets Chicago For A New Quartet CD Release With Aaron Bennett, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa And Frank Rosaly - "Shipwreck 4"

Bay Area Meets Chicago For A New Quartet CD Release With Aaron Bennett, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa And Frank Rosaly - "Shipwreck 4"

Shipwreck 4 celebrates the first quartet meeting of jny: San Francisco Bay Area improvisers Darren Johnston, Aaron Bennett and Lisa Mezzacappa with jny: Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly. Johnston, a major figure in the Bay Area music scene, has nonetheless retained close ties to Chicago’s jazz community, and made the introductions here—the group assembled to play a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Touch and Go Sextet: Live at the Novara Jazz Festival

Read "Live at the Novara Jazz Festival" reviewed by Robert Bush

Drummer Vijay Anderson formed the Touch and Go Sextet in the Bay Area as a vehicle for performing and interpreting the works of visiting musicians, but his concurrent studies with alto sax legend Roscoe Mitchell gave him the confidence to steer this three-reed, one trumpet and double-bass ensemble into original compositions, the results of which are ...

Lisa Mezzacappa Trio: X Marks The Question

Read "X Marks The Question" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

X Marks The Question is one of two concurrent September 2013 releases on separate record labels by burgeoning San Francisco Bay Area-based, bassist composer Lisa Mezzacappa. On Comeuppance (Not Two Records, 2013) she fronts a quartet featuring saxophonist Aaron Bennett but here, spearheads a power-packed progressive jazz trio, highlighting lead soloist, guitarist Chris Welcome. And as ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch: What Is Known

Read "What Is Known" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

"Baith & Switch è il mio garage jazz quartet che suona musica da me composta, ispirata ai miei eroi musicali, Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill, A.E.O.C., Roloand Kirk, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra". Sono le parole di Lisa Mezzacappa, bassista e compositrice molto attiva nella Bay Area, e forniscono le coordinate per orientarsi e addentrarsi nel suo mondo musicale. Ma sono ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Two Lisa Mezzacappas Shake Up LA

Read "Two Lisa Mezzacappas Shake Up LA" reviewed by Neal Colgrass

Lisa Mezzacappa
Cafe Metropol, Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
Los Angeles
Dec. 5 and 6, 2009



Lisa Mezzacappa led two concerts in Los Angeles in December, one imbued with a musical smile and one with the ferocity of a howling, avant-garde battleground. Her smile was easy to love; the avant-garde battle required ...

Aaron Bennett: Luggage

Read "Luggage" reviewed by AAJ Staff

With this recording of mostly solo soprano sax improvisations, Aaron Bennett invites the obvious comparisons with Steve Lacy. Both players possess a breathtaking command of the instrument, and both keep an ear open to freer sounds. Bennett, however, has a thicker sound and more of an open approach on Luggage. Where Lacy might doggedly pursue theme ...

Aaron Bennett: Luggage

Read "Luggage" reviewed by AAJ Staff

With this recording of mostly solo soprano sax improvisations, Aaron Bennett invites the obvious comparisons with Steve Lacy. Both players possess a breathtaking command of the instrument, and both keep an ear open to freer sounds. Bennett, however, has a thicker overall tone and uses more of an open approach on Luggage. Where Lacy might doggedly ...

Aaron Bennett: Luggage

Read "Luggage" reviewed by AAJ Staff

With this recording of mostly solo soprano sax improvisations, Aaron Bennett invites the obvious comparisons to Steve Lacy. Both players possess a breathtaking command of the instrument, and both keep an ear open to freer sounds. Bennett, however, generally has a thicker tone and utilizes more of an open approach on Luggage. Where Lacy might doggedly ...


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