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Tomeka Reid Quartet, Piero Bittolo Bon & Ratchet Orchestra


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I guess this episode could be termed a "friendly" one, as it just so happens a number of my musical friends have new releases out for sampling, so I dove right in. Toronto drummer Nick Fraser has an excellent album out with Tony Malaby and Kris Davis and they open the show. Violist Ig Henneman from Amsterdam is part of a very non-traditional trio with trumpeter Jaimie Branch and flautist Anne La Barge—I know Ig from working with her and the Queen Mab Trio. In fact, she was just in Winnipeg with the Nail Quartet which happens to have clarinetist Lori Freedman (also a Queen Mab alumna) and bassist Nicolas Caloia as members (Ab Baars is the fourth member.) Lori and Nicolas both play in the (Ratchet Orchestra which Caloia leads. And lastly, a long time buddy, multi-reedist Glen Hall is part of a Toronto trio with pianist Bill Gilliam and percussionist Joe Sorbara that has a new recording out as well. There! I didn't miss anyone.

And I didn't overlook some other great new projects: Tomeka Reid's quartet, Piero Bittolo Bon and Bread & Fox from Italy, saxophonist Daniel Rorke, and a pair of releases from Hungary's BMC label (Hugues Mayot and Mihaly Borbely).



  • Nick Fraser, Kris Davis, Tony Malaby "Events" from Zoning (Astral Spirits) 00:00
  • Host speaks 07:11
  • Nick Fraser, Kris Davis, Tony Malaby "Sketch 46" from Zoning (Astral Spirits) 08:29
  • Cristiano Calcagnile "Calebasse's Call -Them For Migration Birds" from The Gift Of Togetherness (Caligola) 17:27
  • Cristiano Calcagnile "Birds Traveling Across the Storm" from The Gift Of Togetherness (Caligola) 22:27
  • Tenor Triage "Off Kilter" from Tenor Triage (Ropeadope) 26:23
  • Host speaks 31:43
  • Tomeka Reid Quartet "Peripatetic" from Old, New (Cuneiform) 33:45
  • Tomeka Reid Quartet "Niki's Bop" from Old, New (Cuneiform) 38:40
  • Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen "Fallow" from Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen (We Jazz) 42:59
  • Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen "Kobi" from Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen (We Jazz) 46:02
  • Host speaks 49:11
  • KVL "Peaceable" from Volume 1 (Astral Spirits) 50:40
  • Jaimie Branch "Love Songs" from Fly or Die II -Bird Dogs Of Paradise (International Anthem) 59:21
  • Host speaks 1:05:17
  • Ig Henneman, Jaimie Branch, Anne La Barge "Steven's Dog" from Dropping Stuff And Other Folk Songs (Relative Pitch) 1:06:39
  • Olivier Le Goas "Courante" from The Gravitation Sessions (Neuklang) 1:11:40
  • Gaël Mevel "De Loin" from Quartet Alta (Self-released) 1:16:31
  • Host speaks 1:21:30
  • Ratchet Orchestra "Streak" from Coco Swirl (Ambiances Magnétiques) 1:23:27
  • Ratchet Orchestra "A Letter" from Coco Swirl (Ambiances Magnétiques ) 1:33:21
  • Adam Pieronczyk "The Storks Of Marrakech" from El Buscador (Jazzwerkstatt) 1:40:22
  • Host speaks 1:48:24
  • Piero Bittolo Bon & Bread and Fox "Extreme Menstrual Monster From Mestre" from This Is Sour Music (Trouble In The East)1:49:52
  • Dan Phillips Quartet Next "Restless Reflection" from Dutiful Dissent (Lizard Breath) 1:57:30
  • Host speaks 2:03:58
  • Hugues Mayot "En Souvenir D'Une Terre" from L'Arbre Rouge (BMC) 2:05:26
  • Miles Perkins Quartet "The Runaround" from The Point In Question (Clean Feed) 2:16:00
  • Daniel Rorke "I'm Benter" from Naked Allies (Orenda) 2:22:19
  • Sylvaine Hélary's Spring Roll "Ballade Pour Rémi" from Episodes (Clean Feed) 2:27:09
  • Host speaks 2:32:22
  • Bill Gilliam, Glen Hall & Joe Sorbara "Sinuous Movements" from Counterstasis: Refracted Voices (Self-released) 2:34:03
  • Nick Dunston "Contraband Peanut Butter" from Atlantic Extraction (Out Of Your Head) 2:39:26
  • Host speaks 2:47:22
  • Mihaly Borbely Quartet "Our Favorite Things/Kedvenc Dolgaink" from Grenadilla (BMC) 2:48:31


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