Pianist Daniel Bernardes has a lot of percussionists in his group – not just drummer Mario Costa in the core trio with Antonio Augusto Aguiar on bass – but another quartet of musicians, who add in vibes, marimba, glockenspiel, and other percussion – all in a set of tracks based on ... read moreCD
Cortex is only a quartet, but the group plays here with a sense of majesty and presence that makes them feel like a much larger lineup – in part because the record is filled with really bold original compositions by trumpeter Thomas Johansson – who then executes his music with a strong ... read moreCD
Bassist Mark Dresser has a great group here – one that features flutes from Nicole Mitchell and reeds from Marty Erlich – both players whose sense of energy really helps define the spirit of the set! Erlich is especially nice – maybe more striking than we've heard in years – ... read moreCD
Friends & Neighbors —
Earth Is # ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), New Copy ...
About October 20, 2021 (delayed)
Joao Hasselberg on double bass and electric bass, Pedro Branco on guitar, Albert Cirera on saxophone, Afonso Pais on guitar, Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva and Luis Figueiredo on piano, and Joao Lencastre on drums. CD
A wonderful wrapping of reeds – the alto of Aram Shelton and tenor and sopranino saxes of Larry Ochs – set up here as a unified spirit in the lead of the group, but always ready to break out with these bold individual moments too! The record's got a mixture of rasp and tunefulness that ... read moreCD
Nothing too blue here, although Mario Pavone's group certainly manages to hit some of the more indigo sides of the spectrum – but they also have this brighter sort of angularity, too – one that really comes from the piano work of Matt Mitchell! Mitchell's lines are angular – ... read moreCD
Tom Rainey/Mary Halvorson/Ingrid Laubrock —
Pool School ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2010. Used ...
Tom Rainey on drums, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and Ingrid Laubrock on tenor and soprano saxophone. CD
These guys already had our attention the moment we looked at the back cover – and noted that they were playing songs by Phil Cohran, Sun Ra, and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre – then they really won us over once we heard the very first few notes of the set! The group's only a quartet on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
These guys already had our attention the moment we looked at the back cover – and noted that they were playing songs by Phil Cohran, Sun Ra, and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre – then they really won us over once we heard the very first few notes of the set! The group's only a quartet on ... read moreCD
Warriors Of The Wonderful Sound —
Soundpath ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2020. New Copy ...
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That's a striking name for this all-star group – and the music is equally striking too – a large piece composed by Muhal Richard Abrams, recorded here in memory to his long legacy in jazz! The work is a classic example of the way that Abrams was able to mix larger orchestrations and ... read moreCD
The WHO here is a trio with Michel Wintsch on piano, Gerry Hemingway on drums, and Banz Oester on bass – a trio who make very different music with the songs of Duke Ellington! The vibe is very open and creative – very much in the spirit of Michel's best recordings of the past decade or ... read moreCD