A 50th anniversary tribute to one of the most important groups on the European avant scene in the 70s – one of the first large improvising ensembles, led by pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach – who's still very firmly at the helm in this recent recording! In fact, the orchestra is also filled with many other classic players, plus some younger improvisers too –a lineup that features Evan Parker on tenor, Wolter Weirbos and Christof Thewes on trombone, Gerd Dudek on soprano and flute, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky on alto and clarinet, Henrik Walsdorff on alto, Paul Lovens and Paul Lytton on drums, and Axel Dorner, Tomasz Stanko, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, and Manfred Schoof on trumpets! The album features one long track, which builds in energy just like some of the group's classic recordings – with a very warm sense of sympathy in the ensemble passages, then some very strong resonance between individual instrumental voices. CD
Barry Guy & The London Jazz Composer's Orchestra —
Portraits ... CD Intakt (Germany), 1993. Used 2 CDs ...
London Jazz Composers Orchestra —
Theoria ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 1991. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Angelika Niescier with Tyshawn Sorey & Christopher —
Berlin Concert ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2018. New Copy ...
A nicely intense trio performance – featuring Angelika Niescier on tenor, working alongside the tight drums of Tyshawn Sorey and the nicely-shaped bass work of Christopher Tordini! The trio explore familiar territory here, but with lots of fresh flavors of their own – and the boldness of Tordini's bass really helps give direction to the more uptempo performances, then creates moody sonic elements at some of the more brooding moments. Sorey's as great as always – full of boundless energy, but in ways that are extremely thoughtful – and Niescier really grabs our attention with her deft performance here – at a level that will certainly have us going back to revisit her previous records. Titles include "Kundry", "5.8", "The Surge", and "Like Sheep Looking Up". CD
Pianist Aruan Ortiz really blows us away here – working on three long tracks that show a completely unique approach to the piano, but one that's as melodically pleasing as it is experimental! The trio features the great Chad Taylor on drums, and also on a bit of mbira – and Ortiz really seems to have resonance with him, as he plays these piano notes that as rhythmic as they are tuneful – balanced out by some occasional freer elements from bassist Brad Jones, whose mostly a player who has the same sense of deep soul that we love in Taylor's approach. All three musicians are a real revelation, and the long performance also features a bass solo from Jones, and inventive arrangements of slices of Chopin and Ornette Coleman. Wonderful throughout – and the kind of illuminating record that will make us dig for new jazz records until we leave this planet! CD
Great work from a really well-matched trio of players – a group who remind us yet again that age has no limits in the world of improvised music! In fact, it may well be the maturity of these musicians that makes the whole thing work so well – as the balance between individual identity and group creation is perfect – very strong on each instrumental element, yet never with any overstated ego at all – as Parker, Guy, and Lytton showcase their sense of sounds that are sometimes more understated, but as powerful as a bolder blast from each instrument – with Evan Parker on saxes, Barry Guy on acoustic bass, and Paul Lytton on drums. The album features four long pieces – each dedicated to David Mossman. CD
London Jazz Composers Orchestra —
Zurich Concerts ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 1987. Used 2 CDs ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 CD set of live performances in Zurich by Barry Guy's incredible London Jazz Composers Orchestra – a supergroup of avant garde jazz players that includes Paul Lytton, Tony Oxley, Dave Holland, Radu Malfatti, Barre Phillips, Paul Rutherford, and Phill Wachsmann. The first CD features the extended piece "Polyhymnia", which is written by Guy himself, while the second CD has the group playing a set of Anthony Braxton compositions, with Braxton himself joining the group for the performance. CD
(Out of print.)
Trio 3 (Oliver Lake/Reggie Workman/Andrew Cyrille) —
Visiting Texture ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), New Copy ...
Out Of Stock
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