CD review

Lumen Drones

(ECM 470 0688) The lovely, woody Hardanger fiddle is most closely associated with Norwegian folk music, even when in the hands of Nils Økland, who has brought that folky sound thoroughly up to date with a wider, more jazzy and… Read More ›

Luc Ex’ Assemblée

(Red Note RN19) Luc Ex is a Dutch acoustic bass guitarist and for this album he has Ingrid Laubrock on tenor and soprano saxophones, Ab Baars on tenor saxophone and shakuhachi, and Hamid Drake on drums. It’s recorded live and… Read More ›

Paragon – Cerca

(Jellymould Jazz JM-JJ014) This is the third album – and the first on Jellymould – by the Anglo-German quartet of Peter Ehwald (saxophones), Arthur Lea (Fender Rhodes), Matthias Akeo Nowak (double bass) and Jon Scott (drums). All the tunes are by… Read More ›

James Farm – City Folk

(Nonesuch Records 545186) James Farm is something of a jazz supergroup, bringing together saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland, all leaders in their own right. I must confess I found the band’s first… Read More ›