Bagatellen Reviews

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Bill Gerhardt – All That I Have

Solo recitals are a standard vehicle for jazz pianists, the chance to prove one’s story-telling mettle in the absence of ensemble support. It’s also a medium for unalloyed personal expression, even when the familiar vessels of standards are involved. Bill Gerhardt arrives at the exercise somewhat late in the offing career-wise, but not […]

Mary Halvorson Trio – Dragon’s Head

Dragon’s Head is the first recording of guitarist Mary Halvorson that presents entirely her own music for a small group. Anyone who’s followed her career (or at the very least her discography) will see that it’s diverse: work with Anthony Braxton and Tim Berne, a chamber-improvisation duo with violist Jessica Pavone, avant-rock […]

Dragons 1976 – Dragons 1976

Looking over the precipice that is creativity, a couple of choices spring to mind—making a clean break into uncharted territory, or looking back to glean something significant from what came before. The Dragons 1976 trio keeps both approaches in the forefront. Formed in 2002 in Chicago by reedman Aram Shelton (now […]

Eric Rasmussen – School of Tristano 3 (Steeplechase)

Steeplechase has never been averse to embracing quantity when quality of associative music merits it. Billy Harper’s epic trilogy documenting his early Nineties tour the Far East is one example that’s easy to recollect. Altoist Eric Rasmussen’s three-volume treatise on the Tristano School songbook is the most recent of these projects to receive completion, […]

Ferran Fages – al voltant d’un paral‘lel (Etude)

Cremaster sure seems ages ago. It could be said that his duo projects with Alfredo Costa Monteiro comprised the formative years for Ferran Fages, yet Cremaster’s music (2001 — 2003, roughly) remains so… tip-of-the-spear. While Fages and Monteiro were utilizing in their music electronic equipment and instrumentation that was on its way […]

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