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Force Majeure
Force Majeure
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoy the different moods, stories and tracks hidden there, August 12, 2014
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it's my second gitgo experience after the exciting "get in to go out" album. in the first listening and as a vague impression this one looked like more "mainstream" then ive expected. but my end result has changed after several listenings. those tunes are "structured" or "composed" in a way but they're also open to improvisations, free solos and different moods. each one has its own story and/or adventure dragged by those different moods, so nothing's "boring" here...

the first cut, "force majeure" opens up the album with giallorenzo's theme reading and develops with solos of jeb bishop on trombone and mars williams on sax. yes, opening session is more close to classic hard-boppish composing styles.

the second cut, "fits and starts" begins with mars williams "out there" solo, then comes the theme and bishop is "out there" as well. giallorenzo says "im also there" and bishop again asserts that "im still here and there" at the end!

the third cut, "rocky terrain" is "rocky" as the title suggests and the pivot of drum (anton hatwich) and bass (quin kirchner) take the principal role just before williams' soprano attacks. it reminds me vandermark 5 tunes. (and it's the only full sample that paul gillorenzo shares at soundcloud and you can check).

the fourth one, "reverberations" has a joyful theme interpreted in a somehow bluesy way. the fifth cut, "blowings on" fills your ears with a mainstream bone solo till the mid-section and an impressive piano solo follows it. maybe you can remember jj johnson and renee rosnes playin in johnson's "heroes" album.

the sixth track, "a tone", is from atonal classic school, i think... cage, webern, stockhausen and giallorenzo... then we have a dedication to great musician, roscoe mitchell, "roscoe far i", for the last track. roscoe with a funny reggae theme... maybe a call for the jamaican references of art ensemble of chicago...

hey, don't leave the album when the last tune has ended, we also have a hidden track here... its an ongoing reggae theme that you were caught just a few minutes ago for sure... maybe a vinyl copy of the last tune:) and you can dance if tapping your hands or foots is not enough...

enjoy the music and different moods, stories and tracks hidden there...
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Sound, Space and Structures
Sound, Space and Structures
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5.0 out of 5 stars beatiful sounds, long spaces and different structures in a nine part "free suite", July 11, 2014
working trio of john escreet with bassist john hebert and drummer tyshawn sorey guests legendary avant garde sax player evan parker. and the result is perfect for open minded listeners i think. it's my chance that i've directly purchased it from the artist after a gig in istanbul.

the first part is a trio introduction reminding works of cecil taylor, don pullen and a little bit jason moran to my ears. it's a cascading tune. then the second part begins with hebert's bass touches and grows with minimalist contributions of the other members. maybe, it opens the "space" side of the album. the third part could be a collective discussion about "structures" in which all partners have too many words. in part 4, while mr. hebert is bowing and mr. parker is blowing, john escreet discovers the generally unused parts of his piano. different "sounds" are here. sax and piano duet in part 5 looks like a breath in the beginning but it develops in a different or "circular" way. listening evan parker always animates circles in my mind and this is no exception. then comes a trio section and in the midst of part 6, you can even catch a "sentimental melody" led by john escreet here. the longest part of this "avant garde suite" is part 7. other parts are around 3.20-5.40 minutes and the seventh part is appr. 9 minutes. so the quartet a little expands its sounds, spaces and structures here. in part 8 tyshawn sorey politely talks with his drum set and john escreet accompanies them. and in the last part circles of parker and cascades of escreet come back to say a farewell to this "free suite".

btw, as john escreet states in liner notes; "the music on this recording however is entirely improvised"...


Ta Lam Zehn: Vancouver Concert
Ta Lam Zehn: Vancouver Concert
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5.0 out of 5 stars all woodwinds of the world, unite!, February 19, 2014
long live woodwinds... and a long list of woodwinds:

gebhard ullmann - bass clarinet, soprano sax, wooden flute
hinrich beerman - baritone sax
daniel erdmann - soprano, tenor sax
thomas klemm - tenor sax, wooden flute
jürgen kupke - clarinet
joachim litty - alto & bass clarinet, altosax
theo nabicht - bassclarinet, soprano sax
heiner reinhardt - bass clarinet
volker schlott - alto & soprano saxes, wooden flute

and not a woodwind but a neighbour in terms of sound architecture: accordeon (hans hassler)

and a place: vancouver is always a cool place to visit in my mind. now it strengthens this attribution...

and music: a-m-a-z-i-n-g


Afternoon in Harlem
Afternoon in Harlem
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5.0 out of 5 stars different moods, amazing result, January 20, 2014
This review is from: Afternoon in Harlem (Audio CD)
"Somewhere between avant-garde and bop tradition" trumpeter Hugh Ragin reflects his all sides in a single album. A traditional blues and an original tune reviving the legacy of Anthony Braxton's "Composition 98" is following each other. Speaking of trumpet, Lee Morgan here, Lester Bowie there. And even in a single track, "The Moors of Spain" (with 15+ minutes), you could witness different traditions through changing moods and melodies. All those changes are "organic" imho, so it does not upset the flowin of the album and blowin of the brass :)

In the first part of the album, Ragin leads a quartet; Craig Taborn on piano (listening Taborn when he plays blues is a joy), Jaribu Shahid on bass and Bruce Cox on drums. İn the last two cuts, veteran drummer Andrew Cyrille replaces Cox and David Murray join to the band on bass clarinet. And there's a surprise and "political" participation at the end. The longest track, a tribute to Sun Ra, "When Sun Ra Gets Blue" (#18.55) also welcome Amiri Baraka and his poetry...

Strictly recommended...


Emergency Peace
Emergency Peace
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5.0 out of 5 stars intimate and dark atmosphere, November 13, 2013
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if you're familiar with marty ehrlich's albums and love them in general, this is a must have. if you're a newcomer, than this one is a nice one for beginning.

an intimate and avant garde reeds-cello-bass work with a touch of classical music as well.

marty ehrlich plays many of reeds but he puts his real "dark wood" aside: " 'everything that has the dark sound, has duende.' this quote from an essay by federico garcia lorca has stayed with me for years (...) at times the sounds of the clarinet, the vibrations of its dark wood, help me reach a place that seems most expressive among the instruments i play. although i use here the flute and saxophone as well, the blend of clarinet with strings is the core sound of this ensemble, whether the blend is extended or contrasted. as 'dark woods' is descriptive of our instrumentation, i hope it is also suggestive of something essential we've brought to light."

ehrlich with abdul wadud on cello, lindsey horner on bass and legendary muhal richard abrams on piano (for two tracks only) creates a dark and intimate atmosphere that you can take fresh air...

"lorca defines duende as the power that art can have to reach past the obvious, the self-conscious, the superficial. it is a sensibility that hides from facile technique and shuns direct repetition."


Dust to Dust
Dust to Dust
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing music and conduction (R.I.P. Mr. Morris), January 30, 2013
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I can't believe that nobody has written anything about this amazing album until now. Now is the time that i've just learnt that Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris has left us :(

Tthis album reflects his concept of "conduction" (conducted improvisation)in a clear and inspring way with great original tunes and master musicians: Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris, conductor; john purcell, oboe; Zeena Parkins, harp; Myra Melford, piano; Jason Hwang, violin; Wayne Horvitz, keyboards and electronics; Janet Grice, bassoon; Marty Ehrlich, clarinet; J.A.Deane, trombone and electronics; Andrew Cyrille, drums; Brian Carrott, vibraphone; Jean-Paul Bourelly guitar; Vickey Bodner, English horn

Somewhere between "third stream" and "free jazz" those improvised and conducted originals are really great from the "Othello b" at the beginning to the "Othello a" at the end. Second cut, "The bartok comprovisation" is a gem with electronics. Third cut, "Via Tolciona" gives a smooth and magical sense of a Far East Asian voyage. And so on...

Rest in Peace Mr. Morris

And a quotation from the liner notes:

"Conduction (conducted improvisation) is a means by which a conductor may compose, (re)orchestrate, arrange, and sculpt both notated music. Using a vocabulary of signs and gestures, many within the general glossary of traditional conducting, the conductor may alter to initiate rhythm, melody, and harmony; develop form and structure; and instantaneously change articulation, phrasing, and meter. For example, indefinite repeats of a phrase or measure may now be at the discretion of the new composer on the podium. In this way conducting becomes more than a method for musical interpretation, but an actual part of the process of composition. Conduction is a viable musical tool for the improvising ensemble."


Guest House
Guest House
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it cooks..., May 18, 2012
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Yes, it really cooks. Because some of the originals are written for a special cooking collaboration with "the great food maestro, Paul Canales" as Myra Melford puts him. "All three of us exchanged musical ideas with Paul and he, in turn, sent us photos of new dishes he was concocting. We each came up with new music (and he with new recipes) based on our exchange" she adds. The result is delicious :)

But this is the story or inspiration behind only two of the original tunes (hospitable and melodic opening track "The Guest House" and the longest track consisting of two parts, one is avant-gardish, the other is easy to catch, "Tele Mojo"); remaining seven have their own stories and inspirations. Yet, they also cook...

Drummer M(att Wilson)'s "Al" is a dedication to Albert Ayler and he says that "It is hard to imagine anyone in his world ever referring to him as Al. Though his purity and selflessness makes me think he would have not been upset by an occasional, 'Hey Al, I really dig your music!'"

Pianist M(yriam Alter)'s "'Even Birds Have Homes (to return to)' was inspired by the poetry of Al-Jawahiri and is dedicated to those people who have lost their homes through war, famine, unemployment or unscrupulous lenders."

Bassist M(ark Dresser)'s "'Ekoneni' is dedicated to Yvonne Vera, the late, great writer from Zimbabwe whose book, 'The Stone Virgins' inspired the spirit of the tune."

Trio M's music cooks for the ones who love and appreciate sophistication, lyrical expression and different kind of inspirations from experimental but delicious dishes to social causes in trio music...


On Meaning
On Meaning
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4.0 out of 5 stars legacy of steve coleman and greg osby plus drum'n bass, April 24, 2012
This review is from: On Meaning (Audio CD)
the title is telling everything :) regarding m-base legacy, steve lehman is a very successfull player and composer in that "angular realm". his band is also great, my favorite bass player drew gress (check him in his own gems like 7 Black Butterflies and Irrational Numbers ) is here, plus jonathan finlayson on trumpet, chris dingman on vibes and tyshawn sorey on drums..

sorey's existence and contribution add the flavour of "drum'n bass" to this original music. along with marcus gilmore and damion reid they're the forruner of new type of contemporary drumming in jazz music, i think.

anyway, this is a powerful and exciting cd before the biggest achievment of altoist steve lehman Travail, Transformation, and Flow

do not hesitate to get and listen...
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Speak to Me
Speak to Me
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5.0 out of 5 stars balanced, serene and beautiful, March 21, 2012
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it's an indisputable fact that guitarist john abercrombie and pianist marc copland are the master virtuoso players in their respective instruments and also master composers in mainstream jazz. as a duo, they're showing again their skills in both area "in a silent and balanced way", this time.

solos of two master players in each song is very balanced. regarding all tracks, three copland compositions (highligt is the title song "speak to me", other two are "falling again" and "talking blues), three from abercrombie (opening track "left behind", "seven" and "so long") and three standards ("if i should lose you", "witchraft" and coleman's "blues connotation") make the choice of tunes also balanced...

structure of almost all compositons and the way abercombie and copland are playin them make you feel calm and serene throughout the album, except the short interpretation of coleman tune. it's a very beautiful album that i can recommend easily...


Bookends
Bookends
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5.0 out of 5 stars aesthetics of contrasts, December 22, 2011
This review is from: Bookends (Audio CD)
this 2 cd set of pianist marc copland and sax player david liebman (soprano generally but tenor as well)is a rarely found treasury for me. they play five of their originals in the first cd and marc copland's compositions, title tune "bookends" in two different version and "blackboard" are the highlights of the this first half. they also play two standards in solo; "lester leaps in" and "when you're smiling" are reread by liebman and copland respectively. in the second half, they dig well known jazz compositions like "impressions" (coltrane), "maiden voyage" (hancock) and "blue in green" (davis/evans) in a long, distinctive and "open-minded" way.

according to the liner notes of tom gsteiger; "expressionism of liebman and impressionism of copland represents a fascinating and exciting aesthetics of contrasts"... i agree and recommend this cd easily...


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