All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

Empty Cage Quartet
Gravity (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Mike Keneally
Scambot 1 (Exowax)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Uwe Oberg / Christof Thewes / Michael Griener
Lacy Pool (Hatology)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Peter Brotzmann
Peter Brotzmann: Die Like A Dog
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Tony Malaby‘s Apparitions
Voladores (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Lucien Dubuis Trio with Marc Ribot
Ultime Cosmos (Enja Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Dave Douglas‘ Tiny Bell Trio
Constellations (Hat Hut Records)
Reviewed by Chris May

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Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear:

Robert Van Heumen – Stranger
(Creative Sources)

Max Roach / Archie Shepp – The Long March

Timothy Leary, Ph.D. – Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Satoko Fujii / Myra Melford – Under the Water

Digital Primitives (Cooper-Moore / Tsahar / Taylor) – Hum Crackle Pop

Rhodri Davies / Stephane Rives / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Carlos Santos – Twrf Neus Ciglau
(Creative Sources)

Franck Vigroux & Matthew Bourne – Call Me Madame (Good News From Wonderland)
(D’Autres Cordes)

Derek Bailey – A Silent Dance

Brendan Murray – Wonders Never Cease

Roscoe Mitchell – Congliptious

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Bagatellen Reviews

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Jeph Jerman and Tom Cox — if/when

if/when comes housed in a compelling handmade box containing mushroom prints, the cd itself, and various organic matter. A profitable collaboration that involved Tom sending various recordings to Jeph who then reconstituted and playfully juggled them into their individual selves. I highly recommend looking inside this box as the […]

Mary Halvorson, Reuben Radding & Nate Wooley – Crackleknob

In Brooklyn, as with Chicago, improvising enembles are comparable in number to tadpoles teeming in a pond. It’s a condition of the creative explosion that continues to sustain both communities. Nate Wooley, Reuben Radding and Mary Halvorson are poster people for the idea that diversification staves off artistic stasis. A thick chunk of the […]

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble – No Now is So

Though only on his third recording and first as a leader (the other two – Convergence Quartet and Barkingside – are cooperative groups), it’s safe to say that English pianist Alexander Hawkins is coming into his own as a “young lion” of contemporary improvisation. His other projects feature a semi-typical horn-and-rhythm lineup, but […]

rossetto. rossetto.

Further activity from Vanessa Rossetto, who, including the production of three recordings last year on her Music Appreciation label, has developed a distinctive, recognizable voice within a field of music that is hyper-productive, to put it lightly. She’s an interesting (and rewarding) musician to follow, and it deserves mention that, for many, both in […]

Graham Halliwell & Lee Patterson — Terrain

When I first listened to Terrain (Confront), we were in the midst of an unexpected second snow in North Carolina. There was something alien and unpredictable about this circumstance, and it seemed to suit this lovely recording from Graham Halliwell and Lee Patterson. Halliwell’s stunning saxophone feedback seems perfectly apposite here, a presence in […]

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From Free Jazz:

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Double Double Bass

Sunday, June 7, 2009
Jon Irabagon & Mike Pride – I Hear Nothin’ But The Blues (Loyal, 2009) ****
Ellery Eskelin, with Andrea Parkins & Jim Black – One Great Night … Live (Hat Hut, 2009) ****½

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Bagatellen Reviews

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From Bagatellen:

Lucio Capece, Sergio Merce – Casa
By Paul Baran ? December 5, 2008 ? One comment
Organized Music from Thessaloniki
Argentine by birth, but a resident of Berlin since 2004, sound designer Lucio Capece has carved out a distinctive voice in his collaborations with key players in the international electro-acoustic improv scene. Formed Records’ recent SLW, with Burkhard Beins, Rhodri Davies and Onkyo feedback king, Toshimaru Nakamura, is the latest documented […]

Alfredo Costa Monteiro – Centre of Mass: for Cymbal and Resonant Objects
By clifford ? December 5, 2008 ? Post a comment
Another Timbre at-b01
The term “sound art” is an often blankly pregnant phrase that usually refers to an installation of sonic work in an environment that has some lasting perceptual effect on the listener. It is often process-based, and expects of the individual a certain aesthetic awareness of environment to emerge in relation to sound. […]

Baseline – Estado Líquido
By Al ? December 4, 2008 ? Post a comment
Baseline is the project of young Spanish sound artist, Pilar Baizán. She’s been a mainstay at European and US festivals for the last few years, primarily with her attention-grabbing video works embellished by a rich soundscape. Witnesses of these productions deem her performances no less than trance-inducing. Having cut her teeth in […]

Taylor Ho Bynum – Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths
By derek ? December 4, 2008 ? Post a comment
An avalanche of pixels and ink has been spent documenting the instrumental prowess of Taylor Ho Bynum. His command of the trumpet family is almost scary in its completeness. This second project by his sextet offers another cargo of proof, but perhaps more importantly it points attention to the expansiveness in his compositional acumen. Bynum’s […]

Andrew Liles and Daniel Menche – The Progeny Of Flies
By Massimo Ricci ? December 4, 2008 ? Post a comment
Beta-lactam Ring
When two creative personalities like Andrew Liles and Daniel Menche join forces, fans are entitled to great expectations, no questions asked. This writer, hardly au fait with the activities of the overwhelmingly prolific Englishman but for a handful of releases and, on the whole, suspicious of certain overly enthusiastic reactions in front of anything […]

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