Jessica Pavone plays viola and handles the compositions here – with a group that's less an ensemble than a well-matched trio – with Abby Swidler on viola, and Erica Dicker and Angela Morris on violins! The group's a bit like a string quartet, but with an extra viola instead of a cello – but the sound here is much more in the mode of some of the giants of avant jazz violin from years back – some of the careful textures of Leroy Jenkins, mixed with some of the lower sonic ranges of PhilWachsmann, and an overall execution that has some of the more complex sonic elements as Roscoe Mitchell's orchestrations for strings. The album features four long tracks, all with a very drawn-out, almost minimalist approach – as the quartet slow-builds their way into tunes that have a very spacious vibe. Titles include "Lost & Found", "Nice & Easy", "Rise & Fall", and "Pros & Cons". (Jazz, Out Sound)CD
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Stellari String Quartet (Wachsmann/Hug/Mattos/Edwards) —
Vulcan ... CD Emanem (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
A string quartet, but one with a real difference – as all the members here are long-skilled improvisers, which makes the performance very different than usual for such a group! And instead, the record should be thought of more as a set of free jazz by a group with stringed instruments – Philipp Wachsmann on violin, Charlotte Hug on viola, Marcio Mattos on cello, and John Edwards on double bass – all coming together with the sorts of revolutionary sounds that were first unlocked during a generation of 70s string improvisation, taken here to fantastic new directions! Some moments are very sonically subtle, others are more dynamic – and titles include "Tujle", "Pulvermaar", "Dallol", "Ambrym", "Batu Tara", and "Mauna Kea". (Jazz, Out Sound)CD