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Barry Altschul


Barry Altschul is a drummer who gained fame in the late 1960s with the pianists Paul Bley and Chick Corea, playing in the "outside" style of jazz that had been evolving steadily since the innovations of Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane. His first major gig in the late 1960s was with Paul Bley's trio. In 1969 he joined with Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Anthony Braxton to form the group Circle. At the time, he made use of a high-pitched Gretsch kit with add-on drums and percussion instruments, which he integrated seamlessly in a whirlwind of sound. No one sounded quite like him at the time, and his nuclear energy served him well when he teamed up with Sam Rivers and Anthony Braxton throughout the 1970s. Altschul also made a few albums as a leader, but after the mid-1980s he was rarely seen in concert or on record


Ode To O

Label: TUM Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Ode to O; Justice; Me without Bela; Da Bang; The Other Side; Caring; OGJB #3; Bass Bottom; OGJB #4; Apaixonado.


The Wailing Sounds of Ricky Ford: Paul’s Scene

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2022
Track listing: Ricky's Bossa; Fer; The Wonder; That Red Clay; The Essence ofYou; The Stockholm Stomp; Angel Face; Paris Fringe; I Can't Wait to See You; Paul's Scene; Frustration; Mabulala.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz "Twofers": Nina Simone, Lester Bowie, Bob Brookmeyer And More

Read "Jazz "Twofers":  Nina Simone, Lester Bowie, Bob Brookmeyer And More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

In the tradition of Classic Rock radio's “Twofer Tuesdays," this show features sets of two (or three) tracks by a single jazz artist displaying some of the variety of music they have played in their careers. Musicians featured on this program include Nina Simone, Lester Bowie, Jazz Passengers and Bob Brookmeyer. Playlist Henry Threadgill ...


Article: Album Review

OGJB Quartet: Ode To O

Read "Ode To O" reviewed by John Sharpe

An assemblage of stars doesn't always result in a constellation. But astronomers will need to take note in the case of the OGJB Quartet, called after the forename initials of the four members: reedman Oliver Lake, cornetist Graham Haynes, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer Barry Altschul. On the venerable collective's second album Ode To O following ...

Article: Album Review

Paul Bley: Touching & Blood Revisited

Read "Touching & Blood Revisited" reviewed by Vic Albani

Credo che la maggior parte degli appassionati e ascoltatori di musica jazz che hanno progressivamente conquistato la materia durante i primi anni di ascolto, si sia presto resa conto della immensa peculiarità che un trio-jazz porta con sé, specialmente dopo gli anni in cui un certo Bill Evans portò agli onori della cronaca le particolari geometrie ...


Article: Album Review

The OGJB Quartet: Ode To O

Read "Ode To O" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The OGJB Quartet, a formidable all-star grouping of saxophonist Oliver Lake, cornetist Graham Haynes, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer Barry Altschul, are back with their second album, one even more wide-ranging and soulful than their first, Bamako, (TUM, 2019). The album combines tracks based on gutbucket rhythms with others full of exploratory abstractions. The ...


Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda: Thread Of Light

Read "Thread Of Light" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Damn the liner notes! If you didn't read the explanation of how this duo recording was produced, you would never guess it was not a studio session between pianist Satoko Fujii and bassist Joe Fonda. Thread Of Light was actually a product of the pandemic isolation, with Fujii in Kobe, Japan, and Fonda in New York. ...


Article: Six Picks

March 2022

Read "March 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel

Jun MiyakeWhispered Garden Enja Records / Yellowbird Records 2022 Leaving the hazy Lost Memory Theatre (Enja, 2013, 2015, 2018) behind and moving on to the equally shrouded Whispered Garden, Paris-based trumpeter, composer and sound-architect Jun Miyake introduces us to a musical magnum-creation, his newest, that seems to encompass everything from ...


Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda: Thread Of Light

Read "Thread Of Light" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Music finds a way. The potentially deadly Covid-19 virus and the quarantines cannot stop it; they cannot even slow it down. Resourceful artists continue to create, and pianist Satoko Fujii and bassist Joe Fonda continue to be perhaps the most resourceful and creative voices out there. Thread of Light, the Fujii/Fonda teaming's fifth album ...


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