Bagatellen Reviews

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Torben Snekkestad – Conic Folded

Inspired by Jimmy Giuffre’s trio with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow, Norwegian Torben Snekkestad – here featured on saxophones and clarinet – releases his first solo CD after having honed his skills in various positions, either relative to jazz or chamber music: he can play with the London Improvisers Orchestra and The Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen […]

Jim McAuley – The Ultimate Frog

Releases like The Ultimate Frog don’t come around very often, if at all. This double-disc set from Los Angeles guitarist Jim McAuley is a true transcendence of musical genres; though mostly improvised it does speak to the idea of a gestational improvised music, or of improvisation as the “first” music (the “dik” […]

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Klaus Kugel/Mark Tokar: Free Jazz, Ukraine Style

Kugel and Tokar are interviewed.

Mark Tokar is a key person in the Ukrainian free jazz scene. The same could be said about Klaus Kugel who is a frequent guest at different jazz venues in the Ukraine. Besides Buchkys both musicians play with prominent Ukrainian saxophonist Yuriy Yaremchuk in a trio called YATOKU. So the conversation was mostly on the topic of those international groups, their most recent musical projects, and the free music scene in the Ukraine.

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Nodding to Jazz Tradition While Pursuing the Ideal

The Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet at the Iridium is reviewed.

Mario Pavone’s jazz can possibly be heard two different ways. His gig at Iridium on Wednesday night had two traditions running through it: the rhythmic and harmonic grids of bebop and all that descends from it, and the cathartic tracing-in-air of free jazz.

But that’s a pretty brain-first, ears-second way to put it. The mixture proposed by Mr. Pavone — his third way — represents its own tradition. And it’s a pretty old one, encompassing music made in the 1960s by Ornette Coleman, Andrew Hill, Jackie McLean, Paul Bley and many others.

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AMN Picks of the Week

Fred Anderson in 2005; Photo by Seth Tisue
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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Hamiet Bluiett & Concept – Live at Carlos 1 (1986, free jazz)
Paul Bley – Live at Sweet Basil (1991, free jazz)
Roy Campbell / Pyramid Trio – Ethnic Stew and Brew (2001, free jazz)
Joe Morris – You Be Me (1996, free jazz)
Terminal Function – Measuring the Abstract (2008, avant-metal)
Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Mostly Other People Do The Killing (2005, free jazz)
Paal Nilssen-Love – Townorchestrahouse (2005, free jazz)
Mingus Dynasty – Sounds of Love (1988, jazz)
Russian Circles – Station (2008, instrumental post rock)
Trio Hurricane – Suite of Winds (1986, free jazz)
John Zorn – The Crucible (2008, avant-garde)
Ellery Eskelin – Figure Of Speech (1993, free jazz)
Roscoe Mitchell and the Sound Ensemble – 3 x 4 Eye (1981, free jazz)
Fred Anderson / Hamid Drake – Back Together Again (2004, free jazz)
Meshuggah – ObZen (2008, avant-metal)
Jimmy Lyons / Andrew Cyrille – Burnt Offering (1991, free jazz)
Paul Rogers – Time of Brightness (2006, free jazz)

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