2017-05-25 Art of the Improv Trio Volume 4

The Art of The Improv Trio Volume 4. Gerald Cleaver, William Parker, and Ivo Perelman.

Mr Perelman must have had three espressos before this set, because he is out in front, right out of the gate. After a few failed attempts to connect with Perelman, Cleaver and Parker establish a dialogue between themselves and carry on. Perelman eventually realizes he’s not in sync with the rest of the trio, and tries to connect with what Parker and Cleaver are doing, but never finds a way in. I found myself wishing I could turn off Perelman’s Sax and just listen to the Bass and Drums as a duo.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #GeraldCleaver #WilliamParker #IvoPerelman

2017-05-24 Art of the Improv Trio Volume 3

The Art of The Improv Trio Volume 3. Gerald Cleaver, Ivo Perelman, and Matthew Shipp.

The “Jazziest” and, (for me,) most immediately enjoyable of these recordings, so far. The interplay between Cleaver and Perelman is a delight to listen to.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #GeraldCleaver #IvoPerelman #MatthewShipp

2017-05-23 Art of the Improv Trio Volume 2

. Whit Dickey, Mat Maneri, and Ivo Perelman.

Interesting how Mr Perelman tailors his Tenor playing to his partners. In this case he is matching Maneri’s cello with a formidable display of his glissando technique and upper register playing. Very different from Volume One.

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#WhitDickey #MatManeri #IvoPerelman

2015-05-19 A Night Walking Through Mirrors

A Night Walking Through Mirrors by The Chicago/London Underground.

A sound landscape to get lost in. Wonderful.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #JohnEdwards #AlexanderHawkins #RobMazurek #ChadTaylor #CuneiformRecords

2015-05-18 Overseas V

Overseas V by Eivind Opsvik.

Sure, sure, Mr Opsvik, I appreciate your enthusiasm! But, I’m afraid I’m going to have to cite you anyway. Trafficking in Jazz idioms while strapped to a Rock rhythm section is unsafe at any speed.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #TonyMalaby #EivindOpsvik #JacobSacks #BrandonSeabrook #KennyWollesen

2015-05-17 No Filter

No Filter by the James Brandon Lewis Trio.

Music with its roots in the Jazz tradition is always moving forward, always incorporating new influences. Mr Lewis’ group brings a rap inflenced groove to the music formerly known as Jazz. While I enjoy individual tracks on this album, listening to the whole thing at once, it gets a little “samey”. Mr Lewis’ emulates the rhythmic cadences of a rapper with his Sax, but without lyrical variation, it ends up a bit like finding the backing tracks from a great lost rap album.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #WarrenGCrudupIII #NicholasRyanGrant #JamesBrandonLewis #AnthonyPirog #LukeStewart #NoFilter #JamesBrandonLewisTrio

2015-05-16 Journey in Satchidananda

Journey in Satchidananda by Alice Coltrane.

It was Pharoah Sanders Soprano Sax playing that initially grabbed my ears on and pulled me in to this recording, but listening closer, the real hero of the session is Cecil McBee on Bass. His solid playing is the root which allows the flowers of Alice’s harp and the brambles of Pharoah’s Soprano to flourish.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #RashiedAli #AliceColtrane #CharlieHaden #CecilMcBee #PharoahSanders #MajidShabazz #Tulsi #VishnuWood #JourneyinSatchidananda

2017-05-15 Original Pimpant

Original Pimpant by the Émile Parisien Quartet.

Romantic classically inspired Jazz, I guess you would call this. But, Romantic, as in Chopin, Scumann, Liszt, Tchaikovsky; not Romance, as in “Without Finance”. Though, I’m sure playing this music isn’t particularly remunerative, as they do a fair bit of “egg scrambling”.

Also, a great album cover!

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #PhillippeAbadie #SylvainDarrifourq #IvanGélugne #ÉmileParisien
#JulienTouéry

2017-05-12 A Common Truth

A Common Truth by Saltland.

Rebecca Foon’s second album as Saltland for Constellation Records, featuring Australian Violinist Warren Ellis on a number of tracks, is a Dream/Drone masterwork. Lovely. Hat-tip to the wonderful Michele K-Tel for bringing this one home.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #RebeccaFoon #WarrenEllis #Saltland #ACommonTruth #ConstellationRecords