James Brandon Lewis: Eye of I ... and beyond
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James Brandon Lewis. Photo (c) Cristina Marx / PhotoMusix Interview by Paul Acquaro (with help from Nick Metzger) Last month, Nick Metzger reviewed several of saxophonist James Brandon Lewis' latest releases. In fact, one of them, Eye of I, had not yet been released. Nick wrote:  On the forthcoming 2023 release Eye of I, Lewis’ first for the Anti label, he is joined by Chris Hoffman on electric cello and Max Jaffe on percussion for a scorching trio set... Lewis explained that he loves the give-and-take of this trio, stating “The first time we played, things just lifted up right a ..read more
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Andrew Raffo Dewar, John Hughes, and Chad Popple - Reflejos IV-VII (Waveform Alphabet, 2023)
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By Sammy Stein  Reflejos IV-VII is the new release from the trio of Andrew Raffo Dewar on soprano saxophone, John Hughes on double bass, and Chad Popple on drums, percussion, and vibraphone (Waveform Alphabet February 9th, 2023). It is a follow-up to their 2018 trio CD Reflejos which showcased Dewar’s first three compositions in the Reflejos series. The trio has performed together since 2005 but this is only the second recording of their work together.  Dewar explains, “The Reflejos (reflections) series of pieces are based on mirror images and other reflection/refraction-based compo ..read more
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Esbjörn Svensson - Home.S. (ACT Music, 2022)
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4d ago
By Kenneth Blanchard There are somethings that that brilliant artists should never be allowed to do. Going anywhere near an aircraft is one of them. Scuba diving is another. Between the formation of trio, e.s.t., in 1993 and his death in 2008, Swedish pianist Esbjörn Svensson produced a marvelous body of music. Much of it was recorded posthumously, including several live albums. Apart from a few cuts on a collaboration album (Solo Flights, with Bobo Stenson, Steve Dobrogosz, Anders Widmark), I know of no solo recordings. Until now. His widow, Eva recently discovered a set of solo pieces c ..read more
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Meson - Obscurer Subjectivity (Discus Music 2022)
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By Guido Montegrandi “Everyone improvised here. My ad-libbing was in the form of condensing lines of nuance suggested by the patterns produced by my collaborators and adding fragments, as I recall, from Ahlberg, Beckett, Thompson (Hunter S.) and, probably, from almost everyone else that I have ever read, listened to and/or met - you are all to blame and so I hope you enjoy this, responsively “- Bo Meson  Words surrounded by music or words led by a music that surrounds them, words and music like the rhythm of life. Bo Meson’s words are immersed in the music made by guitarist Andy McAuley ..read more
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Maciej Staniecki - Spirals (Alpaka Records, 2022)
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1w ago
By Ron Coulter Spirals is a sprawling 11-track electroacoustic album from the Polish guitarist, Maciej Staniecki released March 29, 2022. Coming in at approximately 41 minutes, this album presents a place of timeless electronic textures and broad cinematic soundscapes. Each of the tracks is titled Spiral followed by a number as low as 20 and as high as 41, suggesting that these tracks have been selected from a much larger pool of related creative output exploring similar artistic ground. The tracks all share the constancy of sound, as silence is not an element of composition here, and a ..read more
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Abdul Moimême: Sound Sculpter / Sonic Architect
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1w ago
Abdul Moiméme. Photo (c) Nuno Martins   Introduction  By Paul Acquaro This past summer, late July to be more precise, I had a partial chance encounter with guitarist/sound sculpture Abdul Moimême outside of the Jazz Messengers record shop in Lisbon. I say 'partial' because we had been in touch about his latest recordings and had made loose plans to meet up during the Jazz em Agosto festival. This turned out to be one of several impromptu meet-ups we had during the week, the rest at an outdoor cafe after the evening concerts. Going back a bit further, my first encounter with ..read more
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Lionel Marchetti & Abdul Moimême - Ciel - Cristal (Sonoscopia, 2022)
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1w ago
By Stuart Broomer When Bebe and Louis Barron created the soundtrack for Forbidden Planet they both entered uncharted territory and created one of the tropes of 20th century culture, the collocation of electronic music and planetary exploration, or broader still, the exploration of other dimensions. The Barrons were reluctant to call their creation “music”, and so were the movie studio and the musicians’ union, leaving the Barrons credited for “Electronic Tonalities”. It was John Cage who eventually convinced the Barrons, credits aside, that they were producing “music”. Here two musicians make ..read more
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Large Unit - New Map & Clusterfuck (PNL, 2022)
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1w ago
By Eyal Hareuveni Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-love reunited his flagship band, the Large Unit, in the autumn of 2021 to three days of recordings at studio Paradiso in Oslo that produced two albums. The 15-musician version of Large Unit featured old Scandinavian comrades plus three new members - Norwegian tenor sax player Marthe Lea (who leads her own band and plays in Andreas Røysum Ensemble), and German, Oslo-based trumpeter Richard Köster (who plays in OJKOS, Orchestra for Jazz Composers in Oslo) and harpist Lotte Krüger. The twin albums, New Map and Clusterfuck (both recorded at the sam ..read more
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Spaces Unfolding – The Way We Speak (Bead Records, 2022)
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2w ago
By Fotis Nikolakopoulos One of the most fortunate events of 2022 for jazz based music and free improvisation is the resurrection of Bead records. Bead had been one of the most important second wave independent labels that, especially from the mid-1970’s up to mid-1980’s, championed new sounds, configurations and, in general, battled against any preconceived ideas about music. Some highlights really worth seeking, downloading, searching and listening: the Chamberpot quartet of Richard Beswick, Simon Mayo, Phillip Wachsmann and Tony Mayo, the Ashbury-Stabbins duo, Cholagogues by David Toop, Ne ..read more
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Gabriele Mitelli, John Edwards, Mark Sanders – Three Tsuru Origami (We Insist Records, 2022 )
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By Guido Montegrandi “The album is a dedication to the world of birds, to the creatures of the world and their migrations.” With this statement from Three Tsuru Origami's liner notes, Mitelli (trumpet, soprano sax, electronics, voice) fixes the ideal coordinates of his work with John Edwards (double bass) and Mark Sanders (drums, objects). The word “migration” in a broad sense seems to be the key to this work, migration as a display of great energy, everyday courage; migration as the artist’s sound: an “alien sound that comes in peace to find its own space (…) and, like everything that i ..read more
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