The title might be a bit of a joke, but the music here is something else entirely – tremendously well-formed, well-played work from a group headed by bassist Mark Dresser – who also wrote all the material on the set! There's almost an AACM vibe to the whole thing – a mixture of larger concepts and individual spirits, always coming together in a highly collaborative way – and shining in the brilliance of players who include Nicole Mitchell on flutes, Marty Erlich on clarinet and bass clarinet, Michael Dessen on trombone, Joshua White on piano, David Morales Boroff on violin, and Jim Black on drums and percussion. The woodwinds have these shading, sliding qualities that are completely sublime – and often echoed, and augmented by the violin – in work that takes us back to the 70s brilliance of players like Leroy Jenkins or Billy Bang. Dresser's presence is felt strongly throughout – and titles include "Sedimental You", "Newtown Char", "Two Handfuls Of Peace", "Will Well", and "Trumpinputinstoopin". CD
A beautiful tangle of reeds from this all-star group – Evan Parker, Daunik Lazro, and Joe McPhee – working together here in a sublime live performance that's over 20 years old, but still blows away most of the work by the younger generation! Each individual player has a very strong sense of texture – so that as the horns and moods shift, things only get more interesting, and more complex – that special way of hearing that can result in shapes and tones that few others on the instruments might imagine! Parker plays tenor and soprano, Lazro plays alto and baritone, and McPhee plays alto and soprano – as well as alto clarinet and pocket trumpet. Titles include "Florid", "Echoes Of Memory", "Concertino In Blue", "Tree Dancing", and "To Rush At The Wind". CD
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Bruno Parrinha/Luis Lopes/Ricardo Jacinto —
Garden ... CD CleanFeed (Portugal), 2016. Used ...
Chicago Plan (Swell/Ullmann/Lonberg-Holm/Zerang) —
Chicago Plan ... CD CleanFeed (Portugal), 2016. Used ...
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Loose, open, longform sounds from this really great quartet – a well-matched lineup that features Steve Swell on trombone, Gebhard Ullmann on tenor and bass clarinet, Michael Zerang on drums, and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics! The music has some of that spacious feel of some of Fred's earlier work, but more bite, too – as these guys open up, find their places, then come together with razor-sharp energy – really making for stark contrast with the silence, with some especially wonderful pairing of trombone and tenor. Titles include "Deja Vu", "For Henry", "Rule 1 Make Sure You Can Play Your Own Tune", "Variations On A Master Plan (part 3)", and "Composite #10". CD
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Lisa Mezzacappa —
Avant Noir ... CD CleanFeed (Portugal), 2017. Used ...
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A set of music that was initially inspired by Paul Auster's New York Trilogy – but which takes off in some very weird and wonderful directions of its own! Lisa Mezzacappa's music isn't nearly as straightforward as some other jazz/noir projects that have come out over the years – and really creates an individual feel, both in the way the instrumentation is laid out, and in the way that Mezzacappa constructs the individual compositions. The lineup features the leader on bass and samples – with Aaron Bennett on tenor, Josh Finkbeiner on guitar, William Winant on vibes and percussion, Tim Perkis on electronics, and Jordan Glenn on drums. And while the vibes and tenor sometimes echo an older noir spirit, the other instruments often work against any sort of easy cliche, and write their own sort of urban narrative. Titles include "A Bird In The Hand", "Quinn's Serenade", "Ghosts", "Babel", and "The Ballad Of Big Flora". CD
One of the headiest Peter Brotzmann albums we've heard in years, thanks to the sound of the Black Bombaim group from Portugal – who play with a guitar-heavy drive that almost takes us back to Brotzmann's Last Exit recordings of the 80s! The group play with a forward energy that takes off right from the start – heavy drums and full-on fuzzy guitar, plus some deep electric bass as well – all of which puts the reedman in a different setting than most of his recent projects, and one that reminds us just how well-suited he can be for such an experience! Some of the performances here really blow our minds all over again – with a tone that's strong, and incredibly clear – sometimes even more focused than on some of Brotzmann's other recent records, but still very free and sharp-edged overall. The album was recorded live in the studio, with a very jamming vibe – and the CD seems to have one more track than the vinyl LP. CD
Searing duets between drummer Steve Noble and reedman Kristoffer Berre Alberts – stretching out here on three long tracks that build and build with intensity! Alberts is an amazingly deft, amazingly bracing player on his instrument – able to spin out bold, sharp notes with effortless ease – kind of cascading in sound, even before Noble drives him onward even more strongly with his drums! The record's got the feel of some of the drum/tenor power trio improv sessions from the European scene – but a leaner feel overall, which makes the whole thing even more powerful. Titles include "Animal Settlement", "Inclination", and "Order Left Behind". CD
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A totally cool combination of musical elements – baritone sax and analog electronics – both played here by Jonah Parzen-Johnson with a style that's unlike anything else we can think of! Sure, saxes and electronics have come together before – ever since Richard Tietelbaum and Anthony Braxton first recorded together back in the 70s. But there's also a very different vibe here that comes both from the baritone, and its deeper sonic range – and the way that Jonah uses his electronics, sometimes with flutteringly rhythmic elements that really make the music shimmer, but without overwhelming it at all. He's also not afraid to blow straight and soulfully at times too – which is especially great when the electronics are more abstract – and throughout, the album's full of these revelatory moments that make the whole thing a delight. Titles include "These Shoulders Those Shoulders", "Cabin Pressure", "I Have Questions", "What Do I Do With Sorry", "Guns Make Us Murderers", and "Too Many Dreams". CD