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Fish-scale Sunrise: No Queen Rises

Read "No Queen Rises" reviewed by John Sharpe

Dutch reedman Ab Baars goes out of his way to avoid sentiment in his playing. He plots courses that veer willfully from melodic to shrill, but always remains in control. The most striking aspect of Fish-scale Sunrise, named after a poem by Wallace Stevens, is how much this approach to improvising is reflected in his composing ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Quartet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Dutch Jazz master Benjamin Herman, Peter Beets, Ruud Jacobs and Han Bennink have been playing together for five years and swinging from day one, when they hit the stage on New Year's Eve 2013. Since then, every one of their performances has offered something fresh and surprising. A highlight of their collaboration was a series of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Thomas Heberer / Yoni Kretzmer / Christian Weber: Big

Read "Big" reviewed by John Sharpe

On a preliminary scan of the album sleeve, the instrumentation suggests chamber jazz, while the collective genesis of the six pieces suggests free jazz or free improv. But that tells only part of the story. In fact what German-born, NYC-based trumpeter Thomas Heberer (Nu Band, ICP Orchestra), Israeli saxophonist now resident in Brooklyn Yoni Kretzmer (Outnow ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Josh Green & The Cyborg Orchestra: Telepathy & Bop

Read "Telepathy & Bop" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Joshua Green is an award-winning composer who earns his living as Music Supervisor for ITV America, writing soundtracks for various reality television shows and commercials. On this CD he shows off his more creative side, putting together a set of large ensemble works that draws equally from jazz and contemporary classical music.

Green mashes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Yoni Kretzmer: Five

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NYC-based Israeli saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer has pulled together a dynamite cast for the debut of his quintet. Kretzmer's thoughtfully arranged compositions engender classic small group free jazz by what comes across as a little big band. It's the sort of session you might have found on the Black Saint label in its heyday, but given a ...

ICP Orchestra: Restless in Pieces

Read "Restless in Pieces" reviewed by Vic Albani

Con gli intelligenti insegnamenti di creatività e humor che l'ormai da qualche tempo fuori gioco Misha Mengelberg ha sempre inserito nella “sua" straordinariamente attiva e divertente ICP Orchestra, nonostante l'assenza del leader spirituale di quello che davvero tutti hanno sempre riconosciuto il migliore esempio di “new swing" europeo, Restless in Pieces brilla dei concetti di sempre. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ab Baars Trio & NY Guests: Invisible Blow

Read "Invisible Blow" reviewed by Vic Albani

Questa volta la mettiamo giù come un compitino e la scelta, in casi come questo, credetelo, è ovviamente ironica.

Per celebrare i venti anni di attività dello splendido trio di Ab Baars, sassofonista olandese più volte passato anche da queste colonne, il leader decise di festeggiare con un sostanzioso tour di concerti che ...

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Tobias Delius / Olie Brice / Mark Sanders: Somersaults

Read "Somersaults" reviewed by John Sharpe

Any lineup which contains reedman Tobias Delius deserves attention. Born in England to an Argentinean father and a German mother, Delius was a longtime staple of the adventurous Amsterdam scene before his relocation to Berlin in 2007, though he's still a fixture with the ICP Orchestra. On Somersaults, he teams up with the talented British rhythm ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

ICP Orchestra: East of the Sun

Read "East of the Sun" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The Holland-based Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra has amassed 51 albums since its inception in 1967 and due to health-related issues, legendary co-founder, pianist Misha Mengelberg is unable to perform. But guest artist, pianist Guus Janseen duly integrates his artistry into the orchestra's distinct constitution. And of course inimitable drummer Han Bennink helps support and steer ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

ICP Orchestra Plus Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley at FringeArts

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ICP Orchestra
FringeArts
Ars Nova Workshops
Philadelphia, PA
January 11, 2015

Despite a cold and damp Sunday night in January, a packed house came to hear a stellar group of musicians from the Netherlands for a performance at the FringeArts Center in the Old City section of town. This ...