Akira Miyazawa —
Four Units ... LP Takt/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Some of the most arch-modern work we've ever heard from Japanese reedman Akira Miyazawa – proof that even though he was one of his nation's greatest straight jazz sax players in the 60s, he could also open up experimentally too! Akira's playing both flute and tenor here – and he's working with a quartet that features piano and arrangements from Masahiko Sato – who's clearly the key modern influence on the session. Many tunes have a slightly tentative, almost improvised feel at points – sound building in the space between the piano, the bass of Yasuko Arakawa, and the drums of Masahiko Togashi – often given strongest focus by Miyazawa's horn. Tracks are all somewhat longish, and the titles are in Japanese – and the set was released as part of the "Japanese Top Jazz Men" series from the Union label – definitely a good indication of the energy going on here! LP, Vinyl record album
Great work from the trio of pianist Joe Sera – a very soulful player who could give 60s Les McCann or Oscar Peterson a run for their money! Some tracks feature added vibes or guitar – and titles include "Playin", "Mac's Blues", "Watermelon Man", "Ehe He", "Fuzzy & Wild", "Can't Get Over The Bossa Nova", "So Danco Samba", and "Corcovado". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the original textured gatefold cover – but without heavy cardboard tray. Cover has light wear.)
A cool little record – one that features a bit of talking from Kikko at the beginning of each track, but with a groove that's mostly 60s instrumentals overall! Kikko talks sweetly and somewhat sexily – introducing each tune in Japanese briefly, before the record then rolls into some very groovy sounds that are right up there with the best overseas easy work of the time! Many numbers have a slightly gentle groove – bits of guitar, tenor, and strings all stepping nicely together – with that slinky feel that we've heard in other Japanese easy listening records of the period. Titles are all in Japanese, and the album comes as a groovy gatefold with some nice cheesecake photos! LP, Vinyl record album
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James Brandon Lewis —
Molecular ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis just keeps getting deeper and deeper with each new release – very different than the artist who first emerged a number of records back, and one with a strong ability to explore the farther sides of the jazz spectrum! That's definitely the case here – as Lewis plays tenor at the head of a quartet with Aruan Ortiz on piano, Brad Jones on bass, and Chad Taylor on drums – a lineup who are more than fluid enough to move with the ideas that flow effortlessly both from the compositional pen of the leader, and his well-crafted, very personal lines on tenor sax! The tunes vary in length, which further deepens the individuality of the set – and titles include "Helix", "Per 1", "Breaking Code", "An Anguish Departed", "Loverly", "Molecular", "Cesaire", and "A Lotus Speaks". CD
Irene Schweizer & Hamid Drake —
Celebration ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2021. New Copy ...
Pianist Irene Schweizer always has a fantastic amount of energy in her music – a quality that's all her own, informed by the freedoms of the European improvisers of the 70s, but also brought into a focus that always makes her music make a heck of a lot of sense, even to the uninitiated! That's a quality we can also ascribe to the percussion work of Hamid Drake – who is a perfect partner here for Irene in a set of live duets that come off beautifully – each with a different sort of spirit in the way the instruments come together, as an ongoing testament to the spontaneous creative powers of both artists. We always love Schweizer's music, but this set is one that we enjoy even more than most – with titles that include "Twister", "Stringfever", "Blues For Creller", "Celebration", "A Former Dialogue", and "Song For Johnny" – dedicated to Johnny Dyani. CD
A fantastic combination of players – both musicians who have an incredible ability to be all over their instruments at once, yet always somehow sound completely in control! Drummer Joey Baron's demonstrated this ability for years, but maybe not as strongly as on this recent album with pianist Irene Schweizer – a set that has him matching all the wonderfully dynamic energy we've always loved on her albums for Intakt – sounds that are almost a small separate branch of the European improvising world, because they've got a quality that's so individual and distinct! Irene can keep things surprisingly tuneful, even when free – and Baron opens up the most tuneful side of his percussion talents, really at home in the territory. Titles include "String Fever", "Up The Ladder", "The Open Window", "Saturdays", and "Jungle Beat II". CD
Co Streiff & Russ Johnson —
In Circles ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2011. Used ...
Co Streiff on alto and soprano saxophone, Russ Johnson on trumpet, Christian Weber on bass, and Julian Sartorius on drums. CD
There's some great energy going on in the group of tenorist Ohad Talmor – this way of making these bold chunks of sound together – crackling with the sort of life that you might find in a more outside sort of record, but with this cohesion and pulsing unity that really keeps things swinging – albeit in an offbeat way! Many elements in the music often come down on the groove together, then splinter apart – the trumpet of Shane Endsley, guitar of Miles Okazaki, piano of Jacob Sacks, bass of Matt Pavloka, and drums of Dan Weiss – all given good guidance by the leader, who also brings in some flutes, clarinets, and bansuri on one track too. Titles include "Layas Lines", "Casado", "Scent", "Groupings", and "Musique Anodine". CD
The title's a great one – a very apt description of the sorts of sounds created by the improvising duo of Tomeka Reid on cello and Alexander Hawkins on piano – as the performance has this sharp, stark approach at times – jagged sounds from either instrument, almost as bursts of spontaneity – but constellated together to form a beautiful progression of music! The work is maybe a great illustration of that way that, taken as a snapshot, free improvisation might seem like nonsense – but taken as a whole, there's an intrinsic logic that really holds together the creative magic between two very imaginative performers like this duo. Reid maybe has more of an edge than usual, and Hawkins' work on piano really lives up to the best legacy of the Intakt label – on titles that include "If Becomes Is", "Albert Ayler", "A Guess That Deepens", "Shards & Constellations", "Danced Together", and "Strange Familiar". CD
Alexander Von Schlippenbach on piano with Evan Parker on tenor saxophone and Paul Lovens on drums. CD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case - and is priced accordingly.)
Tim Berne's Snakeoil —
Deceptive 4 ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy 2CD ...
Out Of Stock
There's nothing deceptive about this quartet – as the group work here live, completely unfettered – with the kind of honest, open interaction that have made Snakeoil one of the greatest musical contributions from reedman Tim Berne! The lineup has a special sort of edge – no bass, and lots of interplay between Berne's alto and the clarinets of Oscar Noriega – reed lines that on their own would be enough, but which get exactly the kind of right support from the piano of Matt Michell and drums of Ches Smith – all four members often working together in these sonic clusters that really reflect their long-running understanding of each others strengths and talents! The tracks here are all nice and long – performed live at Firehouse – and titles include "OCDC", "Moornoats", "Perception", "Deception", "Seven", "Scanners", and "Hemphill". CD
Ingrid Laubrock & Kris Davis —
Blood Moon ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ...
Out Of Stock
A beautiful duo, improvising freely – the piano of Kris Davis and very vivid tenor and soprano sax of Ingrid Laubrock – both interwoven in these incredible ways that make the whole thing seem like an effortless act of spontaneous creation – nothing forced, nothing overdone, just two well-matched minds spinning out an amazing array of notes and tones together! Laubrock's soprano is especially nice – often used spatially, in ways that are not unlike some of the more modern moments we've heard from Jimmy Giuffre – and Davis can hold back one minute, attack the next – always with a strong degree of sensitivity to the reeds. Titles include "Flying Embers", "Whistlings", "Jagged Jaunts", "Golgi Complex", "Gunweep", and "Blood Moon". CD
Some of the boldest work we've ever heard from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an artist you might know from his bigger label recordings for Okeh/Sony, but who sounds completely unbridled here in the company of the great drummer Chad Taylor! Taylor's a player who can step outside strongly, yet still find this inherent sense of swing – and that balance works beautifully alongside the tenor of Lewis, and seems to encourage him to take some great chances throughout the set – with some especially great moments of drums and tenor that almost evoke the way that David Murray or Sonny Rollins might handle such a performance! A really revelatory set – and a great reminder of Taylor's genius, too – with selections that include "Watakushi No Sekai", "Matape", "Come Sunday", "Imprints", "Twenty Four", "Radiance", and "Under/Over The Rainbow". CD
Drummer Tom Rainey is the leader, but he's a nicely subtle talent here – really letting the group finds its sound and shape as a whole – which makes for some beautiful interplay between the trumpet of Ralph Alessi, saxes of Ingrid Laubrock, piano of Jacob Sacks, and bass of Drew Gress! All five elements of the group have an immediate resonance together – one that almost makes you feel as if the set was conceived as a drum-less session at the start, letting the other four sounds come together – although that would hardly be the case, with Tom's name up front! Alessi and Laubrock sound especially nice in each others' company, and Gress has a way of hanging low, and really filling out the sound – on titles that include "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Just In Time/In Your Own Sweet Way", "What's New/There Is No Greater Love", "Stella By Starlight", and "If I Should Lose You". CD
With Stefan Aeby on piano, Andre Pousaz on bass, and Michi Stulz on drums. CD
Ellery Eskelin/Christian Weber/Michael Grenier —
Pearls ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2019. New Copy ...
Out Of Stock
Tenorist Ellery Eskelin really sounds great here – carving out these soulful, angular lines in the kind of format that seems to make him shine the most – a trio, with Christian Weber on bass and Michael Grenier on drums! Some of the tunes are of older origin, which brings out some roots in the players we might not expect – while others are originals composed by the three, and presented in a style that mixes the modern and traditional in a very captivating way. Titles include "Magnetic Rag", "ABC", "Black Drop", "Jive At Five", "The Pearls", "La Fee Verte", "Ru Jardiniere", and "Il Gatto". CD
Dave Gisler Trio with Jaimie Branch —
Zurich Concert ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ...
Out Of Stock
Trumpeter Jaimie Branch makes a very strong addition to the trio of guitarist Dave Gisler – bringing her tremendous sense of sound to the carefully-crafted lines of sonic color that flow from Gisler's strings! The rest of the group features Raffaele Bossard on bass and Lionel Friedli on drums – both of whom often keep things moving forward while Branch and Gisler get pretty loose and free – Dave sometimes in fuzzier territory, almost rocking at one point – other times more in a loose sense of tonal exploration. Titles include "Rabbits On The Run", "Spiegelgasse", "What Goes Up", "Nameless"- "Cappuccino", and "One Minute Too Late". CD
The legendary drum work of Andrew Cyrille has a fantastically fresh setting here – matched with the piano of Aruan Ortiz and the percussion of Mauircio Herra – both of whom add some spoken bits to the performance! Cyrille's brilliance hasn't dimmed at all over the years – and he's still one of the best folks to be able to roam freely all over the drum kit, while never losing his way – really amazing us with his sense of freedom, but in the way that freedom all makes sense – a great balance to some of the bolder moments that Ortiz brings to his piano, and filled in with work on changui bongoes, cata, marimbula, and cowbells by Herra. CD
Spacious sounds from pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach – a set dedicated to Aki Takase, a fellow pianist who's had an influence on his work in more ways than one – and who here is clearly the inspiration for slower movement and more contemplative sounds on the keys! We've always loved this side of Schlippenbach – he can be a demon when he wants to, but is often even more compelling when he works on the spaces between the notes – which is definitely the case here, as the set moves between short improvisations and some compositions that draw inspiration from the shared life of Aki and Alexander. Titles include "Cleo", "Naninga Nandemo", "Zycado", "Frage Nicht", "Dydo", "Improvisation V", "Haru No Yuki", "Improvisation III", "Tell You", "I Told You", and "Torso". CD
Omri Ziegele plays alto sax here with all these wonderfully evocative elements – twists, turns, and sharp angles that flow effortlessly from his horn – sometimes giving it the depth of a tenor, but also with the sharpness and occasional exotic qualities of a lighter reed instrument – a quality that really sets him apart from the pack! There's one tune here dedicated to Ornette Coleman – and although Ziegele doesn't have any of Ornette's rhythmic conceptions, his tone might be somewhere in the same territory – but definitely set up differently here with the bass of Christian Weber and drums of Han Bennink – the last of whom blows us away all over again in a few spots! Titles include "Donders Wonders", "Saw That Smile", "When The River Spoke", "Line For A Friend Of Mine", and "All Those Yesterdays". CD