Sunday, December 12, 2021

Pignon / Nebbia / Kleykens / Filip "Giravoltant els espaïs lliures" (December 2021 ears & eyes Records)

The quartet was formed by British Paul Pignon on saxophone, clarinets, and voice, Argentine Camila Nebbia on tenor saxophone, Spanish Carmen Kleykens on cello and voice, and Argentine Axel Filip on drums met and recorded in Stockholm, Sweden during 2021. Nebbia and Filip met the legendary reed player and improviser Pignon on several occasions for playing sessions of free improvised music when Nebbia was based in Stockholm, soon after they completed the quartet with Kleykens. “Giravoltant els espaïs lliures” in Catalan means “Turning empty spaces around” reflects the creation of a unique and personal world full of boundless and fearless experimentation, where the interaction between musicians is powerful and enlightening.

El cuarteto formado por Paul Pignon en el saxo, los clarinetes y la voz, Camila Nebbia en el saxo tenor, Carmen Kleykens en el violonchelo y la voz, y Axel Filip en la batería, se reunió y grabó en Estocolmo, Suecia, durante 2021. Nebbia y Filip se reunieron con el legendario cañero e improvisador Pignon en varias ocasiones para tocar sesiones de música de improvisación libre cuando Nebbia estaba radicada en Estocolmo, poco después completaron el cuarteto con la violonchelista e improvisadora española Carmen Kleykens. "Giravoltant els espaïs lliures" en catalán significa "Dando vueltas a los espacios vacíos" refleja la creación de un mundo único y personal lleno de experimentación sin límites y sin miedo, donde la interacción entre los músicos es poderosa y esclarecedora. 

1. The Curse of Curiosity 15:54
2. Ritual 11:46
3. Intemperie 18:08
4. Sensitive Temperatures 15:59

Paul Pignon - tenor saxophone, clarinets, flutes, voice
Camila Nebbia - tenor saxophone
Carmen Kleykens - cello, voice
Axel Filip - drums

Recorded in May 2021 by Giovanni Onorato in Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed and mastered by Pablo Lopez Ruiz
Album Art by Camila Nebbia
Design by Carmen Kleykens

Marcelo Lanouguere - Especialistas en Revoluciones (December 2021 ears & eyes Records)

Es el reflejo de un camino recorrido a lo largo de estos últimos tiempos, plasmado en un disco de 9 canciones.

Animándome a mostrar por primera vez músicas compuestas por mi y con la intención de dejar ver esta búsqueda constante entre lo que uno siente, piensa, escucha y toca.

La palabra “revolución” para mi tiene sentido en ese cambio inevitable, uno tras otro hasta llegar al próximo y así … tanto en lo individual como en lo colectivo, en eso que te invita a saltar o a quedarse quietx atravesando toda línea de tiempo.

Tengo la inmensa suerte de que me acompañen y abrasen esta búsqueda: Tomas Aiello en el piano, Federico Miyashiki en la bateria, Sebastian Rosenberg en el contrabajo y como invitada Florencia Asttegiano en la voz.

El disco fue grabado el 12 de octubre del 2021 en estudio Insignio por Ariel Schujman y Federico Schujman. Mezclado y masterizado por Paco Amenabar.

El arte lo hizo mi querido hermano Pablo Lanouguere. 

1. Infinito 07:02
2. Balada en Abril 07:50
3. Paradille Cromatico 05:00
4. Elephant Soul 06:33
5. Goodbye Porky Cat 05:02
6. Ggjj 01:04
7. Visiones en el agua (Mundhong) 06:32
8. Edupantodesvsdes 06:26
9. Respirar 09:34

Marcelo Lanouguere, saxo tenor y composición
Tomas Aiello, piano
Sebastian Rosenberg, contrabajo
Federico Miyashiki, batería

Invitada: Florencia Asteggiano, voz (8,9)

Grabado en Estudio Insignio 2021
Grabado Ariel Schujman y Federico Schujman
Mezclado y masterizado por Paco Amenabar
Arte Pablo Lanouguere

Joan Hutton & Sue Orfield - Take That Back (January 28, 2022 Shifting Paradigm Records)

1. Dirty Secret
2. that it would not hurt you
3. My Six
4. Memory Bait
5. Hope for the Girl
6. Dodged It
7. Heading North
8. Steezy
9. OH!
10. Curtains

Dirty Secret, My Six, Dodged It, Heading North, OH! composed by Joan Hutton (ASCAP)

that it would not hurt you, Memory Bait, Hope for the Girl, Steezy, Curtains composed by Sue Orfield (BMI)

Joan Hutton - alto saxophone & bass clarinet
Sue Orfield - tenor saxophone
Ted Godbout - piano & keyboard
Kameron Markworth - electric & upright basses
David Schmalenberger - drums & percussion

Recorded at Creation Audio, Studio A in Minneapolis on July 19-20, 2021
Recording engineers: Miles Hanson, Scott Malchow & Steve Wiese
Mixing engineer: Miles Hanson
Mastering engineer: Steve Wiese

Produced by Joan Hutton and Sue Orfield
Cover art by Ruth Lundblad
Photo by Teddy Snider
Design by Chad McCullough

Steamboat Switzerland - Terrifying Sunset (January 28, 2022 trost records)

1. Chimborazo South Face
2. Tiger East Face

Recorded live at Photobastei Club Zurich/Switzerland during five-day residency by Giuliano Sulzberger, September 22-26 2020

Dominik Blum - hammond organ, voice
Marino Pliakas - e-bass
Lucas Niggli - drums

Mixed and Mastered in March 2021 by Martin Siewert
Artworky by Albert Oehlen

Big Bad Brötzmann Quintet - Bambule! (December 19, 2021 EUPHORIUM Records)

Bambule! was originally released in 2021 as a CD. You can buy it HERE

Again, Peter Brötzmann meets Oliver Schwerdt and Christian Lillinger, the most powerful youngsters of German Free Jazz culture. After 2017s Karacho! we now have the quintet with the unsurpassable Johns as it worked out that brilliant night of 2019! Edwards and Eckhardt did a warm up as a duett dedicated to the most beautiful legs on earth. Peter Brötzmann just know what sexuality has to do with the energy this group deals with! Listen also to the 15-minute-trio-interaction called Hot Ass!

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Kurz nach dem Karacho! vom 7. Oktober 2017, welches die Erstbegegnung von Peter Brötzmann mit Christian Lillinger verzeichnet hatte, sicherte sich Oliver Schwerdt, vormals bekannt geworden als Elan Pauer, den Willen des legendären west-deutschen Saxofon-Schwerts zu, ein abermaliges Abenteuer im doppelt mit dem Doppelbass besetzten Quintett auszufechten. Nach dem er Luten Petrowsky neue Flügel verliehen hatte, scheint auch der Wuppertaler sich Schwerdts Fähigkeiten als fulminanten Turbolader für‘s Alter gern zu bedienen. Dem als Bambule! ausgewiesenen Hauptakt des 2019 realisierten Zweit-Treffens liegt wieder die sensationelle Aufwärmübung im Trio beiseite, dieses Mal in Anspielung an Brötzmanns Lobpreis der Sexualität Hot Ass/Beauty Legs geheißen: eine Viertelstunde Trio ohne Bass, plus Bass-Duo. Die Sternstunden des Free Jazz funkeln nochmal in ihren höchsten Tönen. 

01 Bambule! (37’04)
02 Bambule Again! (13’21)

Peter Brötzmann - tenor saxophone, clarinet, tarogato
Oliver Schwerdt - grand piano, percussion, little instruments
John Edwards - double bass
John Eckhardt- double bass
Christian Lillinger - drums, cymbals, percussion

Big Bad Brötzmann Trio / John Edwards & John Eckhardt - Hot Ass​ /​ Beauty Legs (December 19, 2021 EUPHORIUM Records)

Hot Ass/Beauty Legs was originally released in 2021 as a mini CD. You can buy it HERE

Biturbo!, the paradisian debut of the legendary instrumental constellation of saxophone, piano and drums as Peter Brötzmann celebrate it with these powerful German youngsters is highlighted by that performance these three realized two years later. Hot Ass is a fulminant trio action bringing all together for an outstanding explosion of musical interaction: the wisdom and strength of an all-time hero as Peter Brötzmann in dance with the velocity and extremly young fighting of Oliver Schwerdt (formerly known as Elan Pauer) and Christian Lillinger. Get that kick to the ultimate jazz ecstasy. Beauty Legs is called the first duet of the marvelous double bass players both called John, Edwards here, Eckhardt there..

Dass Oliver Schwerdt, vormals Elan Pauer, seine klassischen Hardcore-Freejazz-Quintette mit basslosen Aufwärmrunden beginnt, ist spätenstens seit der jenem 2013 mit Petrowsky entfachten Tumult! vorgelagerten Mini-CD mit dem Titel Short Night bekannt. Nachdem EUPHORIUM Records die allererste Begegnung von Peter Brötzmann und Christian Lillinger, realisiert am 7. Oktober 2017 im legendären Leipziger Club naTo, Biturbo! getauft hat, und bei dem neben Lillinger Schwerdt selbst dem alten Kapitän sein hyperschallschnelles Ruder heranträgt, erscheint nun auch der Nachfolge der damaligen Quintett-Aufnahme (Karacho!) mit einem Trio-Nachfolger. Hot Ass präsentiert mit Beauty Legs zudem die beiden Bassisten, die sich mit den basslosen Drei hernach zum Quintett vereinen werden, im Zweiklang ihrer tieftönenden Holzboote. Die Auffächerung der kompletten Geschichte einer der energetischsten Abenteuer überhaupt.. 

1. Hot Ass 14:43
2. Beauty Legs 08:56

Peter Brötzmann- tenor saxophone, clarinet
Oliver Schwerdt - grand piano, percussion, little instruments
Christian Lillinger - drums, cymbals, percussion
John Edwards - double bass
John Eckhardt - double bass

Ben Matthews - Dreams and Dreamscapes (December 15, 2021)

Dynamic and dramatic, heartfelt and emotive, jazzy and reflective, dark, light and cute. Music for the attentive listener. Contrasting and contemporary, Dreams and Dreamscapes is one of two albums of improvised solo piano music to be released in December 2021.

Sounds to be found in this album are influenced by jazz artists like Herbie Hancock and Gwilym Simcock as much as they are by the various composers and arrangers of the Final Fantasy Piano soundtracks and similar soundtrack giants.

Each piece is a live recording of an improvised performance.

1. Dreams and Dreamscapes
2. Regal and Reflective
3. Live At Moreau Mews
4. Blues For Dinner

Ben Matthews - Pianist / Composer (Improviser)

Glynn Lavender - Album Photography

Ben Matthews Live - Reflections (December 15, 2021)

Dynamic and dramatic, heartfelt and emotive, jazzy and reflective, dark, light and cute. Music for the attentive listener. Contrasting and contemporary, Reflections is one of two albums of improvised solo piano music to be released in December 2021.

Sounds to be found in this album are influenced by jazz artists like Herbie Hancock and Gwilym Simcock as much as they are by the various composers and arrangers of the Final Fantasy Piano soundtracks and similar soundtrack giants.

Each piece is a live recording of an improvised performance.

1. Prologue
2. Gift
3. Journey to the Deep
4. Cute
5. It All Ends In Funk

Ben Matthews - Pianist / Composer (Improviser)

Glynn Lavender - Album Photography

Alex Riel / Bo Stief / Carsten Dahl – Our Songs (Storyville Records)

Always curious and always looking for new challenges, Alex Riel has been an important innovator of modern drumming in Europe. He was among the very first to record a “free” solo on his debut album in 1965 and he was a founding member of the beat-group Savage Rose, while also playing with Bill Evans, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and being a member of Monica Zetterlund’s quartet. From the last 20 years we know him for his work with Enrico Pieranunzi, Kenny Werner, Mads Vinding and many others.

On “Our Songs”, Alex Riel brings together two musical “playmates”: The legendary bassist Bo Stief, who like Riel, belongs to the generation of Danish musicians who started their professional careers at Montmartre in the 60s, and Carsten Dahl, one of Europe’s most innovative piano players.

The trio plays in balance with themselves and each other, and simply lets the music flow unhindered. So where, then, does the music flow? Basically, this is classic piano-trio jazz, and while Carsten Dahl is “in charge”, he never overshadows the trio’s creative affinity. Quite appropriately, the mood is established with, “My Song” a classic Keith Jarrett number. In many ways Riel’s playing is discreet, often poetic, so it’s fitting that Dahl has dedicated his composition for the album, “The Poet” to Alex. We are also treated to a couple of melancholic Swedish folk songs reminiscent of legendary pianist Jan Johansson, plus the trio’s own folklore-inspired “Høstdansen” (“Harvest Dance”). Along the way there are also four freshly interpreted American jazz standards, including John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” as a lyrical ballad - in direct contrast to the high-powered original version.

The personal and musical friendship of the three musicians is obvious. It's playful, creative and beautiful when Alex Riel, Bo Stief and Carsten Dahl play their songs. 

1. My Song 03:44
2. Høstdansen 02:58
3. Moon River 05:22
4. Den milde dag er lys og lang 02:26
5. The Poet 05:15
6. Vem kan segla forutan vind 04:00
7. My Funny Valentine 04:44
8. Stella by Starlight 05:14
9. Giant Steps 03:28
10. Jag vet en dejlig rosa 02:30
11. Drømte mig en drøm 03:08

Alex Riel – Drums
Bo Stief – Double Bass
Carsten Dahl – Piano