Jelle Roozenburg & Han Bennink Live At Galloway Studio (SON, 2024)
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1d ago
By Sammy Stein My Dutch is limited, so when I got the blurb about a recording from JIN Vinyl Club and Sound of Niche Productions, I was finding it hard to read (until Desiree from the label took pity and sent it in English at my request), but my attention was caught by some things: Han Bennink for one thing, and vinyl, live recording, and limited edition. Sound of Niche (SON) is a collaboration between the Galloway Studio and Lay Bare Recordings. They aim to produce high-quality vinyl albums by original artists. They have struck gold with their first recording and release. Han Bennink needs ..read more
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Lara Jones - Sunday Interview
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3d ago
Photo by Jess Rose What is your greatest joy in improvised music? The sharing of an unspoken language and the ability to express and communicate with people you might hardly know before playing together. It’s magical and after you know that you have shared a part of yourself with each other. It takes a lot of trust and when it works, it’s beautiful. What quality do you most admire in the musicians you perform with? Their boldness Which historical musician/composer do you admire the most? Ahhh I find it so hard to pick one musician or composer or a favourite anything. I’ve been insp ..read more
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Fire! - Testament (Rune Grammofon, 2024)
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4d ago
By Martin Schray On the one hand, Fire! (as always Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin) are absolutely predictable. That’s not meant in a negative way at all, it’s a bit like drinking a spectacular wine you know, but you haven’t had it for three years - and now you’re looking forward to tasting it again. Anticipation is the greatest joy, we all know that. Also, because on the other hand, Fire! albums are never the same. On Testament, their eighth album, the trio concentrates on the essentials for the first time: saxophone, bass, drums. No flutes (which Gustafsson has recently ..read more
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Guiseppe Doronzo - Futuro Ancestrale (Clean Feed, 2024)
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5d ago
By Sammy Stein Guiseppe Doronzo is one of the most innovative free music musicians currently on the scene. Focussing mostly on his baritone saxophone, Doronzo explores music and creates his distinctive voice, which brings together influences including contemporary classical, jazz improvisation, non-western sounds, and rhythms. He has worked with Michael Moore, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Han Bennink, Robin Eubanks, Steve Potts, Benjamin Herman, and Jim Black to name just a few. Doronzo’s ability to draw international musicians to his music is demonstrated on Futuro Ancestrale (Cleanfeed Ja ..read more
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Gush - Afro Blue (Trost Records, 2024)
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6d ago
By Stef Gijssels John Coltrane's "Live In Japan" (1991), starts with a phenomenal thirty-eight minute long rendition of the Latin jazz composition "Afro Blue" by Mongo Santamaria from his 1959 album "Mongo". (On the same Coltrane album, "My Favorite Things" lasts even fifty-seven minutes!). The original Coltrane version appears on "Live At Birdland" (1964), and Coltrane and band demonstrated already then how a joyful and entertaining tune can be moved to a completely different plane, one of authentic emotional power and depth, of spirituality and aesthetic vision. The tune became a standard i ..read more
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Joe McPhee & Clifton Hyde - New Forms, New Sounds - Music for Alain Kirili (Acitoxe Records, 2023)
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1w ago
By Don Phipps This fascinating duo consisting of the remarkable multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, whose contributions to the free jazz idiom are most noteworthy (check out his work with Trio X!), and Clifton Hyde, a noted film composer who has played with the likes of Michael Stipe (R.E.M), Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Lou Reed, and The Kinks Dave Davies, offer up an album that documents a 2006 live performance at the Roulette (located in lower Manhattan at the time of the recording but which has since moved to Brooklyn) in honor of then living French sculptor Alain Kirili. Kirili was an artist ..read more
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Joe McPhee & Clifton Hyde – Live at the Stone, NYC (March 27,2007) (Acitoxe Records, 2023)
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1w ago
By Don Phipps This set of live duets (recorded in 2007 at the Stone – an experimental NYC music venue created by John Zorn) captures multi-instrumentalists Joe McPhee (here on alto sax and pocket trumpet) and Clifton Hyde (guitars and mandolin) navigating the contours of music in both intense and intimate ways. It follows on the heels of their excellent recording of a similar meeting a year earlier at the Roulette (“Joe McPhee & Clifton Hyde - New Forms, New Sounds - Music for Alain Kirili”). Hyde again uses the guitar for percussive effects (those poor guitars!) and strums, picks, and fa ..read more
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Free Jazz Blog on Air: Black History Month
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1w ago
Listen to Free Jazz Blog's Martin Schray and radio host Julia Neupert on SWR2 for an exciting hour of Free Jazz talk and music, this Wednesday, February 21st, at 9 p.m. (CET) on SWR 2 - and streaming online for the following week. Martin explains, "The show is on Black History Month and about how Black history is told by jazz musicians. There will be music by Jason Moran, Matana Roberts, James Brandon Lewis, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Wadada Leo Smith and Matthew Shipp." Save the date and here is the link: https://www.phonostar.de/radio/swr2/live/nowjazz/s/2146  Subscribe ..read more
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Guillaume Belhomme - Eric Dolphy: A Musical Biography And Discography (Wolke Press, 2023)
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1w ago
By Paul Acquaro A couple of years ago, the French publisher Lenka Lente published a slim biography on the ever influential and somewhat enigmatic Eric Dolphy, and at the end of 2023, an English version appeared from the German Wolke Press. At 112 pages, the book is like an energy bar of biographies, packing all of the calories in an easily accessible packet. Rich with information, Eric Dolphy: A Musical Biography And Discography provides a thorough and concise overview of the enigmatic musicians life and development, but this also comes with a gentle warning: the translation could use a lit ..read more
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Kyle Jessen - Primitive (Relative Pitch, 2023)
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1w ago
By Jury Kobayashi Hailing from Omaha, Kyle Jessen is a saxophonist making really compelling and powerful music. His latest and first full-length album release Primitive is a raw and uncompromising solo saxophone album. This album is another wonderful release from Relative Pitch Records in their series of solo instrumental albums. I have always had a soft spot for solo albums and this one does not disappoint. The first thing that struck me when I listened to this album is the complexity of Jessen’s sound. The initial track, Death Trap, bursts out with a barrage of multiphonics, blisteringly s ..read more
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