The Free Jazz Collective
Reviews of Free Jazz and Improvised Music
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Ilia Belorukov & Vasco Trilla - Laniakea (Astral Spirits, 2019) ***½
By Eyal Hareuveni Astral Spirits describes prolific Russian, Saint-Petersburg-based sax player Ilia Belorukov and Portuguese-Catalan...
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Nick Mazzarella Trio - Counterbalance (Astral Spirits, 2019) *****
By Tom Burris There is a masterful quality to this music. It's in the nonchalance of the playing & in the musicians...
Monday, November 11, 2019
Sean Ali, Leila Bordreuil, Joanna Mattrey - I Used To Sing So Lyrical (Astral Spirits, 2019) ****
By Keith Prosk Sean Ali (contrabass), Leila Bordreuil (cello), and Joanna Mattrey (viola) create dense arco textures for 37 minutes acro...
The Impact of Astral Spirits Locally
By Keith Prosk In 2014, the same year that Astral Spirits began, my listening had just begun moving beyond the bop and free jazz class...
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Astral Spirits - Upcoming Releases
Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci - Phase Eclipse (Astral Spirits, 2019) KVL - Volume 1 (Astral Spirits, 2019) Akiyama / Field / Vidi...
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Keefe Jackson / Benjamin Vergara / Jim Baker / Phil Sudderberg – The Hallowed Plant (Relative Pitch, 2018) ****
By Tom Burris Three Chicago veterans meet Chilean trumpeter on this first – and so far, only – project from The Hallowed Plant...
Friday, November 8, 2019
The Madness of Tom Ward
Tom Ward and Adam Fairhall - Susurrus (Madwort, 2018) ***1/2 Madwort’s Menagerie - Madwort’ s Menagerie (Madwort, 2019) **** ...
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Jazzfest Berlin 2019
By Alexander Dubovoy “If I could, I would build a theme park. Walt Disney is one of my idols,” said Anthony Braxton during a panel d...
Jazzfest Berlin 2019 (Sunday)
By Paul Acquaro The evening of Jazzfest Berlin's final night began with a lively duo with guitarist Florian Sotffner and percussioni...
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Tomeka Reid Quartet - Old New (Cuneiform, 2019) ****
By Jack McKeon Listening to Old New , the latest release from the Tomeka Reid Quartet, one is struck by the band’s ability to ...
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