Don Cherry, John Tchicai, & Irene Schweizer —
Musical Monsters ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 1980. New Copy ...
An unheard Don Cherry performance from the start of the 80s – and easily one of his most powerful recordings from the time! The vibe here is very free, open, and bold – with Don blowing much sharper notes on trumpet than some of his airier recordings of the 70s – urged on by the sharp-edged alto of John Tchicai, the freewheeling piano lines of Irene Schweizer, and deft drums of Perre Favre – all-star improvisers who work on equal terms with Cherry – in this landmark performance recorded at the Willisau jazz fest in 1980. The album features four long improvisations – based around tunes penned by Tchicai and Pierre Dorge – retitled "Musical Monsters" 1 through 4 for the album. CD
Fred Frith & Hans Koch —
You Are Here ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2017. New Copy ...
Stunning duets between two musicians who could been seen as sonic specialists as much as jazz improvisers – guitarist Fred Frith and reedman Hans Koch – both working here together in a set that's awash with unusual textures and tones! The performance is live, and features Frith on electric guitar and various small objects – matched by amazing work from Koch on bass clarinet, tenor, and soprano – often with these unusual sounds that do a surprisingly wonderful job of matching the elements of the electric guitar – but always with a sense of tune, as well – that really special way that Koch can have of opening up a reed instrument to new possibilities, while still retaining its richer tones. Titles include "Strange Is The Night Where Black Stars Rise", "Immagine Prima", "Road Mirror Forest Sea", "Ever Wonder", "Exercises Chronologiques", and "Just A Crack". CD
Aruan Ortiz Trio —
Cubanism ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2017. Used ...
(Promotional copy in a slim sleeve. Includes booklet.)
Trio 3 (Oliver Lake/Reggie Workman/Andrew Cyrille) —
Visiting Texture ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), New Copy ...
We really love the Trio 3 – as it seems to allow each of the individual members just the right sort of personal space to open up and unfold – reminding us again what important contributions they've made to jazz over the decades! Saxophonist Oliver Lake is especially strong – open, flowing, and free – but always with an inherent sense of swing and soul, even when the drumwork of Andrew Cyrille hits those beautifully loose modes that he does so well. Reggie Workman's bass is recorded with fantastic tone, and really grounds the whole proceedings – and the whole thing's a fantastic balance between freedom, spirit, and soul. Titles include "Bumper", "Bonu", "A Girl Named Rainbow", "Visiting Texture", "7 For Max", and "Epic Man". CD
Jurg Wickihalder/Barry Guy/Lucas Niggli —
Beyond ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2017. New Copy ...
Reedman Jurg Wickihalder is definitely the star of the trio here – really setting the tone with his fast flurry of notes and sounds on soprano, alto, and tenor sax – often blown with a deftness that's amazing, especially when he hews to more tuneful territory! Drummer Lucas Niggli can come on with the right sort of rhythmic boldness when needed, but also can break out to freer passages too – and although Barry Guy may well be the most famous name on the date, his contributions are often much more subtle, and supportive of the dynamic of the other two musicians. That's not to say that he's not there at all – because his sound is, as always, wonderful – and is clearly a key part of the vibe of the album. Titles include "A New One", "Relaxing In The Forest", "The Valley", "Arts & Crafts", "The Last Breath", and "Sing". CD