A quartet session led by longtime Arkestra trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah and featuring Charles Brackeen on tenor, Malachi Favors on bass, and Alvin Fielder on drums. CD
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Other Dimensions In Music with Fay Victor —
Kaiso Stories ... CD Silkheart (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ...
Vocalist Fay Victor joins the wonderful group Other Dimensions In Music – for a performance that really helps deepen the sound and knock the whole thing out of the park! Make no mistake, we already love the instrumental side of the group – Roy Campbell on trumpets and other instruments, Daniel Carter on saxes and flute, William Parker on bass, and Charles Downs on drums and percussion – all shifting instruments, and working together in a mode that's very strongly in a legacy that runs from the AACM through the loft jazz generation! But the presence of Victor's voice really adds a whole new layer – contributions from various texts, which are spoken and sung, but in ways that are as unconventional as the music that Campbell and Carter make on their horns. Titles include "An Open Letter", "We Is We Trini", "Saltfish Refried", "Three Friends Advised", "Kitch Goes Home", and "John Gilman Wants Tobacco". CD
A tribute to Bela Bartok from the great trombonist Steve Swell – but a record that's very much in the spirit of all of the other fantastic records that Steve's been giving us! There's nothing too compositional here – the record is all original music, not versions of Bartok pieces – but the legendary avant classical figure would certainly appreciate the evocative tones and strong use of space from the group – a sublime quintet that also features Rob Brown on alto, Connie Crothers on piano, William Parker on bass, and Chad Taylor on drums! With a lineup like that, it's hard to miss – and these guys really knock it out of the park – on long, moody numbers that include "Roswellian Folk Song", "Lent Oh", "Ultima", "Attack Of The Mikrokosmos", "Bartok Screams", and "After SQ4". CD
Kidd Jordan/Joel Futterman/Alvin Fielder —
Spirits ... CD Silkheart (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ...
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A wonderful set, and one that's definitely filled with spirits – most particularly from the tenor of Kidd Jordan, which has all this subtle power behind it, at a level that really gives proof to Jordan's many years on the freer side of the jazz spectrum! The trio here also features Alvin Fielder on drums and percussion, and Joel Futterman on piano, Indian flute, and curved soprano sax – but throughout the proceedings, which are freely improvised, the tenor of Jordan seems to be the real anchor in sound – an element that can match the modes of the other players, but also provide some direction too. Titles include "Start Stop", "Run Drop", "Start Continue", "Ripples, and "Double Strike". CD