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Albert Ayler: Copenhagen Live 1964

Read "Copenhagen Live 1964" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il 1964 fu un anno cruciale nella vicenda artistica di Albert Ayler: l'abbondante pubblicazione di suoi lavori, tra cui Spiritual Unity e New York Eye and Ear Control, focalizzò l'attenzione sul sassofonista, sulla sua musica abrasiva e tenera, tellurica e spirituale. Epica. Fu anche l'anno in cui Ayler venne in Europa per la seconda volta, lasciando ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Samuel Blaser: Taktlos Zurich 2017

Read "Taktlos Zurich 2017" reviewed by John Sharpe

Although in existence since 2013, Taktlos Zurich 2017 constitutes the first record by Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser's Trio with French guitarist Marc Ducret and Danish drummer Peter Bruun. It's worth the wait as Blaser helms a very responsive trio, so attuned to one another's movement that the spaces are as eloquent as the notes. One of ...

Anthony Braxton Quartet: (Willisau) 1991 Studio

Read "(Willisau) 1991 Studio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Picture Miles Davis finishing a solo and stepping off the bandstand to smoke, while John Coltrane steps up to the microphone to play. I'll bet that never happened with the legendary Anthony Braxton Quartet (1985-1994). His quartet with pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Gerry Hemingway may be the best vehicle to appreciate Braxton's ...

Matthew Shipp: Symbol Systems

Read "Symbol Systems" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Recorded originally in 1995 and released on No More Records, Matthew Shipp's Symbol Systems finds new life on Hatology in 2018. This was Shipp's first solo-piano recording whose genesis lay in the ideas of producer Alan Schneider. The recording is the result of a day spent in the studio by Shipp effusing what Shipp described to ...

Silvan Schmid Quintet: At Gamut

Read "At Gamut" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

30-year-old Swiss trumpeter Silvan Schmid performs at a level of ingenuity and craftiness that some listeners might consider out of the ordinary for such a young artiste. Nonetheless, he's developed a mature and rather cunning compositional style. Among other noteworthy aspects, Schmid employs tubaist Lucas Wirz and cellist Silvan Jeger to build the lower-register bass parts ...

Matthew Shipp: Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich

Read "Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich" reviewed by John Sharpe

On Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich, echoes of the jazz and classical traditions rub shoulders in a bewitching amalgam of insistent phrases, left hand tumult, undulating abstractions and gossamer melody. “No change there then," you might say when considering this installment of Matthew Shipp's solo oeuvre from May 2016. By this stage in his career the ...

Paula Shocron, Germán Lamonega, Pablo Diaz: Tensegridad

Read "Tensegridad" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Una pianista di Rosario, un bassista e un batterista dell'area di Buenos Aires, età media qualche anno sopra i trenta, compongono uno dei trii pianistici più eccitanti che ci sia capitato di ascoltare da un po' di tempo in qua. La formula, si sa, è stereotipata, tipizzata, come nessun'altra, per cui se il vento che attraversa ...

Myra Melford: Alive In The House Of Saints Part 1

Read "Alive In The House Of Saints Part 1" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

All'inizio degli anni novanta Myra Melford, Lindsey Horner e Reggie Nicholson piombarono sul mondo del jazz con un piano trio che miscelava come pochi tradizione e modernità, blues e avanguardia, gospel e sofisticata scrittura. Ciò era percepibile già in Jump (1990) e Now & Now (1992) i primi due album in studio per Enemy, ma è ...

Ran Blake: Something To Live For

Read "Something To Live For" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Con copertina diversa, torna a quasi diciannove anni dalla sua prima edizione (1999; incisione Boston, marzo '98) un album certamente prezioso (per quanto magari un po' discontinuo) di quel singolare pianista (e personaggio tout court) che è Ran Blake, oggi ottantatreenne. L'album si compone, adesso come allora, di diciannove brani, per lo più brevi o molto ...

Samuel Blaser with Marc Ducret & Peter Bruun: Taktlos Zurich 2017

Read "Taktlos Zurich 2017" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser continues his upward mobility within cutting-edge jazz and improvisational realms on this live trio date as he realigns with unconventional French guitar hero Marc Ducret and utilizes the skills of resourceful Danish drummer Peter Bruun. Here, the trio merges inward-looking dialogues with an all-inclusive rite of passage, sparked by dips, spikes, free-form ...