The Free Jazz Collective
Reviews of Free Jazz and Improvised Music
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Aki Takase and Rudi Mahall – Fifty Fifty (Trouble in the East, 2019) ***½
By Nick Ostrum The most recent duo recording of pianist Aki Takase and bass clarinetist Rudi Mahall, Fifty Fifty begins with a playf...
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Big Bad Brötzmann Quintet - Karacho! (Euphorium) ****½
By Martin Schray 15 years ago, in 2004, Oliver Schwerdt and Christian Lillinger met for the first time an...
Monday, January 20, 2020
Félicia Atkinson – The Flower and the Vessel (Shelter Press, 2019) ****
By Kian Banihashemi Félicia Atkinson is a multifaceted French artist who I have just recently discovered last year with the releas...
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Here to Play - Here to Play (s/r, 2019) ****½
By Gregg Daniel Miller Like a sonic kitchen-garden, “Here to Play” is a bit messy, homegrown yet welcoming. Neil Welch (tenor sax + e...
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Tomas Fujiwara - 7 Poets Trio (RogueArt, 2019) ****½
By Olle Lawson Tomas Fujiwara – Drums/compositions. Patricia Brennan – Vibraphone. Tomeka Reid – Cello. “ I’d like to tell you as li...
Friday, January 17, 2020
Elliot Galvin - Live In Paris, At Fondation Louis Vuitton (Edition, 2020) *****
By Sammy Stein Live In Paris At Fondation Louis Vuitton is a solo release from Elliot Galvin. Galvin has prodigious talent which e...
Thursday, January 16, 2020
A Year of Insubordination
By Dan Sorrells Insub—previously known as Insubordinations Netlabel—is a label run by long-time creative partners Cyril Bondi and d’in...
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Dan Weiss Trio Plus 1 - Utica Box (Sunnyside Records, 2019) ****
By Lee Rice Epstein It seems every year there is at least one piano trio album that upends and reinvents one of the oldest formats i...
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Michael Formanek Very Practical Trio - Even Better (Intakt, 2019) ****½
By Stephen Griffith It was only a matter of time for this group, with Mary Halv orson and Tim Berne, to happen. Before they all appea...
Monday, January 13, 2020
Dead Neanderthals – Ghosts (Utech Records, 2019) **** ½
By Nick Ostrum Ghosts was truly a welcome surprise. I have been following the Dutch duo Dead Neanderthals for years now. The band’s cor...
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