CD review

CD review: ECM artists

Selected Signs III-VIII (ECM 372 8971) Last winter there was an exhibition at the Haus de Kunst, a museum of contemporary art in Munich. It was called ECM – A Cultural Archaeology. Its curators, Okwui Enwezor and Markus Müller were… Read More ›

CD review: Kairos 4tet

Everything We Hold (Naim naimcd191) Saxophonist Adam Waldmann has always written strongly melodic tunes that have suggested a vocal line, and in fact he and his MOBO Best Jazz Act-winning band have occasionally incorporated vocals into their music before. But… Read More ›

CD review: Yellowjackets

A Rise In The Road (Mack Avenue MAC1073) I felt moderately bereft when this band lost its, considering its history, fairly recently-acquired drummer Marcus Baylor. The pain was assuaged by the return of previous Yellowjacket William Kennedy behind the kit…. Read More ›

CD review: Klökkeblömst

Klökkeblömst (ILK ILK205CD) This is a Danish trio comprising Peter Danstrup on acoustic bass guitar, Anders Banke on tenor saxophone and Anders Provis on drums and cymbals. While all three musicians play the conventional roles of their instruments for the… Read More ›

CD review: Jon Davis

One Up Front (Positone PR8110) Best known for playing with Jaco Pastorius on the West Coast in the mid-1980s, this pianist studied with Lennie Tristano, Jaki Byard and Ran Blake, and has been gigging for nearly 30 years. Back in… Read More ›

CD review: Nikolaj Hess

Trio (HESS-1) The Danish pianist divides his time between Copenhagen and New York and this disc finds him in the company of two familiar players from the latter’s Downtown scene, double bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen. From the… Read More ›

CD review: Metamorphic

Coalescence (F-IRE Records F-IRECD 59) Laura Cole is the pianist, composer, arranger and leader of this band which met at Middlesex Uni. It includes Led Bib alto saxophonist Chris Williams and Juice singer Kerry Andrew. I was reminded while listening… Read More ›

CD review: Trilok Gurtu

Spellbound (Moosicus Records) This album from the Indian master percussionist is dedicated to trumpeters, most specifically the late Don Cherry, whom Trilok met when he went to Italy in the early 1970s, and a man who encouraged him to pursue… Read More ›

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