The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Joe McPhee, Dave Rempis, Tomeka Reid, Brandon Lopez, Paal Nilssen-Love – Of Things Beyond Thule Vol. 2 (Aerophonic, 2020) *****

Gary Peacock Tribute

Jeremy Cunningham – The Weather Up There (Northern Spy, 2020) ****

Kaja Draksler Octet – Out for Stars (Clean Feed, 2020) *****

Two Lisbon Large Ensembles

Christopher Icasiano – Provinces (Origin Records, 2020) ****½

Best Jazz of September 2020 from Stereogum

Source: Stereogum.

Bassist Gary Peacock died September 4th at 85. He was one of those players whose experience spans a vast range; he was a member of Miles Davis’s quintet in 1964, subbing for Ron Carter; that same year, recorded Spiritual Unity with Albert Ayler. He played in a lot of trios, with pianists whose styles were vastly different from each other — Bill Evans, Paul Bley, Masabumi Kikuchi, Marc Copland, Marilyn Crispell — and in the late ’70s became a member of Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio with drummer Jack DeJohnette. That group lasted from 1983, when they recorded Standards Vol. 1, to 2014, when they disbanded following a farewell concert at NJPAC in Newark, NJ.

Cory Smythe Profiled

Source: Citizen Jazz (rough translation from French):

If there is a musician who makes fun of styles, boxes and labels, it’s Cory Smythe. A celebrated virtuoso pianist, he has been heard as much in Darmstadt as in the Banff Center and seen alongside violinist Hillary Hahn and Tyshawn Sorey without having a feeling of bifurcation. Long considered a performer with an unlimited spectrum, with a penchant for contemporary music, he has for several years been a prolific and demanding composer, who owes as much to Anthony Braxton as to Iannis Xenakis and cites Alan Lomax in his records as well as Andrew Hill.