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Christoph Erb / Michael Vatcher: Yellow Live

Read "Yellow Live" reviewed by John Sharpe

At one time a drum and saxophone encounter would always invoke comparisons with the urtext of John Coltrane's Interstellar Space (Impulse, 1974). While that is still a potent model, present day practice encompasses almost every possible mood and temperament. Swiss saxophonist Christoph Erb and formerly expatriate American drummer Michael Vatcher touch on many such wayward territories ...

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Christoph Erb - Jim Baker - Frank Rosaly: Parrots Paradise

Read "Parrots Paradise" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

If you're a free-jazz experimentalist or basically open-minded, then a glimmer of paradise might become reality after listening to this off-centered, sinewy session that occasionally sounds like it's bursting at the seams. And while its largely discordant, the musicians' polytonal exchanges and sound-sculpting mechanisms generate loads of interest, coupled with the trio's unsystematic musical lingo.

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The Urge Trio: Live at the Hungry Brain

Read "Live at the Hungry Brain" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Tomeka Reid e Keefe Jackson sono tra i protagonisti emersi dalla nuova scena jazz di Chicago, molto giovani ma già esperti collaboratori in una miriade di progetti importanti e loro stessi leader in ascesa. Insieme allo svizzero Christoph Erb, musicista altrettanto interessante attivo tra Europa e USA, formano lo Urge Trio, il cui nuovo disco esce ...

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Michel Wintsch, Christian Weber, Christian Wolfarth: Thieves Left That Behind

Read "Thieves Left That Behind" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Arriva al quarto album, questo trio svizzero dedito alla musica improvvisata, il primo per l'etichetta Veto dopo passaggi su Leo, Monotype e Hatology. Stavolta la formazione vede il pianista Michel Wintsch impegnato solo su strumenti elettrici -sintetizzatore e piano elettrico -cosa che porta il trio in una direzione atipica e tutta da esplorare.

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The Urge Trio: Live in Toledo

Read "Live in Toledo" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Swiss reedman and noted improviser Christopher Erb performs with likeminded Chicago cohorts, cellist Tomeka Reid and reedman Keefe Jackson, captured during the final gig of their 2013 US tour at the Robinwood Concert House in Toledo, OH. Hence, they vibrantly interact and create a predominately stark or perhaps naked soundscape, devised on minimalism, pathos, probing dialogues ...

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Erb/Lonberg-Holm/Jackson/Reid: Duope

Read "Duope" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Fred Lonberg-Holm e Christoph Erb avevano già registrato in duo nel 2011 per l'interessante etichetta svizzera Veto Records/Exchange, gestita dallo stesso Erb, il CD Screw and Straw: ora la formula che abbinava violoncello e clarinetto basso (in quel caso anche sax tenore) viene semplicemente raddoppiata, con l'inserimento di Keefe Jackson ai clarinetti basso e contrabbasso, e ...

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Adasiewicz - Erb - Roebke: Yuria's Dream

Read "Yuria's Dream" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Experimental saxophonist Christoph Erb recorded this lone 43-minute track in Chicago with prominent improvisers and composers, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and bassist Jason Roebke amid a tour of the US. Here, the trio articulates an immense plane of perceptions, and if charted, may appear as a histogram that contains various deviations from the mean, when considering dips ...

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Bererberg Trio: Josh Berman - Christoph Erb - Fred Lonberg-Holm: Feel Beetrr

Read "Feel Beetrr" reviewed by Libero Farnè

L'improvvisazione radicale è come il blues! Vale a dire sempre uguale a se stessa e sempre diversa: uguale e pervicacemente ripetitiva nel metodo, nella prassi e negli obiettivi perseguiti nei decenni, sempre minutamente diversa nei risultati, variando di volta in volta gli umori, i retroterra culturali, le capacità espressive, le personalità dei singoli creatori. Ovviamente variano ...

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Erb / Lonberg-Holm / Rosaly: Sack

Read "Sack" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il multistrumentista svizzero Christoph Erb sembra aver trovato nella fervida scena impro di Chicago un terreno ideale per esprimere al meglio alcune delle sue molteplici visioni musicali. Questa serie di registrazioni in solo, duo, trio, quartetto hanno trovato pubblicazione nella collana Exchange dell'etichetta svizzera Veto fondata dallo stesso musicista. Tra i vari esponenti della Wind City il violoncellista Fred Lonberg-Holm ...

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Erb - Longberg-Holm - Roebke - Rosaly: Sack

Read "Sack" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Swiss saxophonist Christoph Erb aligns with prominent exponents of Chicago's nu-jazz, avant-garde scene for a highly expressionistic incursion, modeled with his breathy microtonal notes and free-form abstractions. Blotted by manifold sound-sculpting implementations, rolling rhythms and budding crash and burn stylizations, the musical characteristics radiate an extended reach where anything is possible.

The band kicks off ...