JazzTimes Reviews

Source: JazzTimes.

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: All Can Work (New Amsterdam)

Adam Rudolph: Morphic Resonances (Meta)

Ed Palermo Big Band: The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren (Cuneiform)

Rob Mazurek: Rome (Clean Feed)

Borderlands Trio – Stephan Crump/Kris Davis/Eric McPherson: Asteroidea (Intakt)

Mario Pavone’s Dialect Trio: Chrome (Playscape)


The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, performing a...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Naked Wolf – Ahum (Clean Feed, 2016) ***½

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York – Fukushima (Libra Records, 2017) ****

Cannibal – s/t (ultra eczema 2017) ****

FS Massaker – s/t (Interstellar Records, 2017) ***½

Boris Hauf / Martin Siewert / Christian Weber / Steve Heather – The Peeled Eye (Shameless, 2016) ****½

Ian Brighton/Henry Kaiser – Together Apart (Fractal, 2017) ****

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio – D’Agala (Intakt, 2018) ****½

Second Inversion Reviews

English: Picture of Composer Shih-Hui Chen

Source: Second Inversion.

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘No Answer’ by Steve Layton

Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir: Aequora (Sono Luminus)

Amy Brandon: Scavenger (Self-Released)

Shih-Hui Chen: Fantasia on the Theme of Guanglingsan (Albany)

Veronique Vaka: “Gaetni (Care)” (Moderna Records)

Julia Wolfe: Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (Cantaloupe Music)

Adam Maness: “Shibuya” (Self-Released)

Dawn of Midi: Io (Thirsty Ear)

Gabriel Kahane: “Parts of Speech” (StorySound Records)

Ben Lukas Boysen: “Golden Times 2” (Erased Tapes)

Nils Frahm Live in Philadelphia Reviewed

Source: Echoes.

Walking into the slowing filling Union Transfer in Philadelphia, Nils Frahm’s stage setup immediately grabs your attention. It’s a motley collection of something like a dozen keyboards, acoustic and electronic, from a toy piano to grand piano; pipe organ to synthesizers, plus assorted synthesizer modules and processing units including what looked a couple of old tape delay machines. Some of it looks futuristic. Some looks like he just pulled it out of the attic. He has these set up in two separate cockpits of instruments and in a two-hour performance he danced between them, orchestrating a ballet of movement and sound.

Frahm is a 35-year-old German composer whose works to date have ventured into idiosyncratic solo piano releases, electronic orchestrations and curious experiments. He sits among the new music composers of his generation like Olafur Arnalds, Max Richter and Hauschka. On his latest album, All Melody, he embraces Tangerine Dream-style electronics, ambient chamber music moods, and minimalist momentum. Live, he also brings an exuberance that belies all of those designations.