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Article: Album Review

Sylvie Courvoisier: Chimaera

Read "Chimaera" reviewed by John Sharpe

Even though pianist Sylvie Courvoisier has bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen on hand for Chimaera, the six-piece band is a long way from being merely the storied threesome, which made Double Windsor (Tzadik, 2014), D'Agala (Intakt, 2018) and Free Hoops (Intakt, 2020), plus added guests. As she explains in the liners, ...



Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Le pavot rouge; La joubarbe aragnaineuse; Partout des prunelles flambolent; La Chimère aux yeux verts; Annâo; Le sabot de Venus.


Article: Year in Review

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2023

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2023" reviewed by Troy Dostert

With a steady supply of fantastic music, 2023 offered an abundance of riches to fans of creative jazz. With groups spanning the gamut from small combos to large ensembles, there is a good deal of diversity on offer here, but what these artists all have in common is an uncompromising commitment to making music that transcends ...


Article: Album Review

Sylvie Courvoisier: Chimaera

Read "Chimaera" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It says something about pianist Sylvie Courvoisier's current profile in creative jazz that she could assemble such a distinguished ensemble for her latest release, Chimaera. Augmenting her usual trio of bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen are trumpeters Wadada Leo Smith and Nate Wooley, and with the always interesting Christian Fennesz completing the group on ...


Article: Album Review

Ensemble Dedalus + eRikm: Fata Morgana

Read "Fata Morgana" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you have the belief that your house plants are talking amongst themselves, you may not be crazy. French composer and electronics musician eRikm aka Eric Matt, with the help of the experimental chamber Ensemble Dedalus, transmutes sounds created beyond the frequencies of human hearing into a spectrum accessible to our limited range. This process reveals ...


Article: Live Review

Punkt 2019

Read "Punkt 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Sørlandet Art Museum, Kick Scene, Domkirken, Kilden Punkt Kristiansand, Norway September 5-7, 2019 Punkt, with its 15th anniversary, is a quite young member among this year's prominent jubilees. It is still in the thrilling and promising future that has taken its course from 2005 on. Punkt then brought studio-technology to the ...


Article: Year in Review

Il meglio del 2016 secondo Luca Canini

Read "Il meglio del 2016 secondo Luca Canini" reviewed by Luca Canini

Un anno di ascolti. Di musica, di amori, scoperte e delusioni. Nel segno di Henry Threadgill e del suo Old Locks and Irregular Verbs, il punto più alto toccato in dodici mesi che hanno riservato più di una bella sorpresa. Sia in ambito strettamente “jazz," da Nels Cline a Wadada Leo Smith, da Cristiano Calcagnile a ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Time Is A Blind Guide

Read "Time Is A Blind Guide" reviewed by John Kelman

Over the past couple of decades, Thomas Strønen has become, perhaps, best-known for his unfettered improvisational forays in electro-centric contexts: sometimes freewheeling and frenetic, as in Humcrush, the drummer/percussionist/electronics wizard's hardcore duo with his similarly inclined Norwegian partner, keyboardist Ståle Storløkken (and occasional guest, singer Sidsel Endresen); other times more spaciously ambient in the atmospheric Anglo/Norwegian ...

Article: Album Review

Food: This Is Not a Miracle

Read "This Is Not a Miracle" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Torna Food, il duo di fine anni Novanta (nato però come quartetto) composto dall'alchimista sonoro Thomas Stronen, dal sassofonista Iain Ballamy a cui si aggiunge qui il chitarrista Christian Fennesz. La formazione che ha sformato un'avventura sonora completamente differente dalla precedente ogni qual volta ha deciso di entrare in studio di registrazione, in questa occasione incrocia ...


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