World of Jazz 414

  1. Ivo Perelman, Pascal Marzan “Bees And Squirrels In The Garden/Two Bees At My Window” from Dust of Light/Ears Drawing Sounds (Setola di Maiale/Ibeji) 00:00
  2. Samo Salamon & Friends “Miss Sarcasm (feat. Alex Machacek)” from Almost Alone Vol.1 (Samo Records) 09:21
  3. Tani Tabbal Trio “Now Then” from Now Then (Tao Forms) 14:19
  4. Gordon Grdina’s The Marrow “Boubacar” from Ejdeha (Songlines Recordings) 22:36
  5. Matthew Shipp, Mark Helias, Gordon Grdina “The Distance” from Skin and Bones (Not Two Records) 30:08
  6. Samo Salamon & Friends “Crooswijk (feat. Cenk Erdogan)” from Almost Alone Vol.1 (Samo Records) 44:09
  7. Tani Tabbal Trio “Just Woke Up” from Now Then (Tao Forms) 50:29
  8. Ivo Perelman, Gordon Grdina, Hamin Honari “Light Upon Light” from The Purity of Desire (Not Two Records) 1:00:00
  9. Joe Morris, Ben Hall, Andria Nicodemou “Raven III” from Raven (Catalytic Sound) 1:09:57
  10. Samo Salamon & Friends “Nightmare (feat. Rafal Sarnecki)” from Almost Alone Vol.1 (Samo Records) 1:22:05
  11. Tani Tabbal Trio “Oh See OC Revisited” from Now Then (Tao Forms) 1:29:01
  12. Ivo Perelman, Joe Morris, Matthew Shipp “Religious Ecstasy” from Shamanism (Mahakala Music) 1:38:58
  13. Frank Gratkowski, Achim Kaufmann, Wilber de Joode, Tony Buck “Biomes” from Flatbosc & Cautery (NoBusiness Records) 1:49:52

  • Ivo Perelman sent me three new albums. When I saw the musicians involved it reminded me of some other great releases featuring those people. I had a search in the archive and pulled together some music to compliment the new releases from Perelman. There’s also two great new albums – one from Samo Salamon & Friends, and the other from the Tani Tabbal Trio. The show concludes with some stunning music from Frank Gratkowski, Achim Kaufmann, Wilber de Joode, and Tony Buck.
  • HOUR ONE
  • Ivo Perelman, Pascal Marzan “Bees And Squirrels In The Garden/Two Bees At My Window” from Dust of Light/Ears Drawing Sounds (Setola di Maiale/Ibeji)
  • Coincidence came out at the meeting of French guitarist Pascal Marzan with Ivo Perelman. Like Ivo, but later in his life, Pascal Marzan dedicated his time to the learning and the mastering the classical acoustic guitar, studying and performing the same Brazilian composer that the young Ivo teethed as a youngster : Heitor Villa-Lobos and his Préludes, Études and Guitar Concerto … But after having performed classical music and also improvised music with legendary British improvisers like guitarist John Russell, violinist Phil Wachsmann and clarinettist Alex Ward, Pascal decided very recently to refound completely his practice of his axe in tuning it very differently. He bought a new ten strings classical guitar build at the requirements of the legendary virtuoso Narciso Yepes, one of the greatest guitarist of the Twentieth Century. With a lucid and premonitory intuition, he tuned each string with an interval of a third of a tone from the next string in order to develop a kind of microtonality. Coincidentally, one of the closest musical mate of Ivo, alto virtuoso improviser Mat Maneri is completely involved in this microtonal universe since he learned it from his father, the now deceased composer and reed maestro, Joe Maneri. They even both recorded for the ECM label. When Pascal and Ivo met at one London gig, they both clicked like twins. I would add that Pascal’s tuning is allowing to play in sixth of tone, because as you know guitar frets are slicing one tone in two half-tones… and in two different scales of thirds of tones and also in equal temperament as the “normal” notes are still available. Mindboggling. Ivo Perelman strives to challenge his own diving in microtones playing above or below the “pure” notes adjusting meticulously his reed and mouthpiece air pressure and sticking to no Forte, but a softer breath with more nuances. As the intervals of the notes of this 6th tone guitar are so tiny, you wonder at listening to Dust of light/ Ears Drawing Sound. Is it a hybrid string instrument, an harp or an harpsichord? For my opinion of dedicated writer about improvised music, this is the most brilliant and deepest guitar concept in contemporary improvisation since the legendary Derek Bailey. Strangely, this string arrangement produces a spooky reverberation revealing the frail nature of the Spanish guitar body made of glued tiny pieces of wood. The session went unnoticed and the result went beyond any expectation. Confronted to all kinds of plucking and touching the strings with Pascal Marzanincredible right hand, fingers and nails and his multivoiced wild arpeggios, Perelman exceeds his current inspiration concentrating his breath and fingering to extend forcefully his high soaring notes and his singing alto range while you hear clear ruminations of past jazz heroes like Ben Webster and Don Byas or nods to Albert Ayler. The variety of musical forms created in the spur of the moment is absolutely amazing and strangely lyrical and earthy, both players making a tour de force of this unexpected musique de chambre.
  • Samo Salamon & Friends “Miss Sarcasm (feat. Alex Machacek)” from Almost Alone Vol.1 (Samo Records)
  • the first of three volumes of an amazing new European guitar project Samo started in May during the Corona lockdown. The project features 36 jazz guitarists from 35 different European countries – all these musicians are amazing guitarists and composers . The remaining volumes of »Almost Alone« will come out during 2021. Here are the guitarists featured on Almost Alone Vol. 1 – Alex Machacek (Austria), Rafal Sarnecki (Poland), Cenk Erdogan (Turkey), Andre Fernandes (Portugal), Kalle Kalima (Finland), Jacob Young (Norway), Albert Vila (Spain), Dušan Jevtović (Serbia), Lorenzo Di Maio (Belgium), Philipp Schaufelberger (Switzerland) and Spiros Exaras (Greece).
  • Tani Tabbal Trio “Now Then” from Now Then (Tao Forms)
  • Tani Tabbal: drums
  • Michael Bisio: bass
  • Adam Siegel: alto saxophone
  • Now Then, by Tani Tabbal Trio, is the vital third release on Tao Forms, and we are honored to present this brand new work from the master drummer-percussionist. Tani Tabbal is known for his extensive performing and recording career with Roscoe Mitchell, Sun Ra, Geri Allen, James Carter, David Murray, and Faruq Z. Bey / Griot Galaxy. Following a series of self-released recordings over the past decade (including two by this trio), Now Then will be his first internationally distributed work as a leader.
  • Tabbal—who came of age on Detroit’s fertile jazz scene—has always looked for colleagues with fresh ideas, big ears, and adventurous souls. He found them again in veteran bassist Michael Bisio and next generation alto saxophonist Adam Siegel. Now Then is an exceptional album of charismatic communications by three musicians who breathe as one. The compositions—six by Tabbal, four by Bisio—define specific materials and moods that the trio develops with patience and a subtle variety of textures and dynamics. Melodic riches abound, wielded with both controlled fire & giving tenderness, while the joy of prolific communication and illuminated creation permeates the album. It’s a beauty!
  • Gordon Grdina’s The Marrow “Boubacar” from Ejdeha (Songlines Recordings)
  • 2017 release – Gordon Grdina: oud; Mark Helias: bass; Hank Roberts: cello; Hamin Honari: tombak, daf, frame drum.
  • Matthew Shipp, Mark Helias, Gordon Grdina “The Distance” from Skin and Bones (Not Two Records)
  • 2019 release – Matthew Shipp: piano; Gordon Grdina: guitar, oud, oboe; Mark Helias: bass.
  • Samo Salamon & Friends “Crooswijk (feat. Cenk Erdogan)” from Almost Alone Vol.1 (Samo Records)
  • Tani Tabbal Trio “Just Woke Up” from Now Then (Tao Forms)
  • HOUR TWO
  • Ivo Perelman, Gordon Grdina, Hamin Honari “Light Upon Light” from The Purity of Desire (Not Two Records)
  • A regular fixture of the NYC Avant-jazz scene along with equally iconic players like Matt Shipp, William Parker, Joe Morris and Mat Maneri, Ivo Perelman has had a long affair with the guitar. Indeed he started studying it very young and gave recitals performing guitar pieces by Villa Lobos, Bach and most of standard classical nylon string repertoire. Decades after that his long musical evolution turned him into one of the leading tenor sax players and improvisers in the U.S. Perelman s tenor sax playing is inspired by his rich Brazilian roots, classical music and jazz and one hears how marvelously he blows in the high range of his horn above its register using overtones and making them sing and curve with melody-like unique glissandos. Blind testing, one can recognize Ivo’s playing from the first note. This specific and genuine pitch placement on any note on the saxophone, creating a kind very individual scales/intervals requires a huge daily work beyond imagination. Ornette Coleman is another great example of this. As his listeners have noticed, Ivo Perelman is working intensively with the same bunch of like-minded spirits since years as he wants to deepen fructuous musical relationship through mutual listening. But he likes, above all, renewed musical challenges.
  • And the challenge in this recording was the interplay with the oriental lute or oud of Gordon Grdina, also a jazz guitar player. His oud is of the same family of instruments of the Iraqi and Turkish classical music, the oud played by the geniuses – composers Munir Bashir and Cinuçen Tanrikorur. And to keep the music pulsating closer to its origin, both artists conveyed Hamid Honari, a specialist of the daf and tombak, the classic hand percussion instruments of Persian and Kurdish music. All three musicians of this Purity of Desire are avoiding “fusion” but create the interpenetration of their own musical experiences into new realms. In Purity of Desire – their first piece, Honari’s rhythms on the daf are pure Tabriz half-root Kurdish half-Persian radif with some fierce gyrations of crossing meters and rubbed and scratched effects on the skin. The saxist his biting his reed and overblows his fire articulation while the oudist plucks like a mad cellist would match wild Mingus fingerings. This is the embarkment ! Caution ! Each piece is nailed to propose the listener new rhythmic patterns and refreshed revamped melodic turns inclined to different kinds of trilogue. Everyone is an equal member of the group. It goes far beyond the so-called Folklore Imaginaire, once a moniker for improvised jazz blended with native music practice. This is real life for a Brazilian overblowing saxophone poet, an unconventional oud player with bravado and a pure Middle Eastern rythmician con fuego. Gordon is playing his oud in a quite original way improvising on the finger board like a dervish possessed, keeping the pulse and the extemporizations altogether, Hamid unleashes fingers rolls on the skin which bounces like water stream on mountain pebbles. Grdina’s playing oscillates between his idiosyncratic soulful duende and some Middle Eastern reminiscences like a Scott La Faro on acid.
  • As long we plunge the next pieces the music becomes purer, stronger and the improvisations more straight ahead, specialy when Hamid handles the pear shaped tombak (The Joy That Wounds). Ivo Perelman is pushed inside his reserve extracting the weirder harmonics in synergy and synchoped shakes with his two compadres. His haunting high sounds match the purposeful odd intervals and his lyrical extreme bending overtones. There are some interesting common grounds inside the playing of both oudist and saxophonist in the way they calibrate their sounds, curving the notes : the ghosts of mutual listening almost perceptible. A serious, joyful and dramatic journey in between “world” musics creating a marvelously unknown but palpable musical adventure
  • Joe Morris, Ben Hall, Andria Nicodemou “Raven III” from Raven (Catalytic Sound)
  • recorded May 14, 2016 at Firehouse 12 studios New Haven Connecticut
  • Released 2017
  • engineered, mixed and mastered by Greg DeCrosta
  • Joe Morris – guitar, effects
  • Ben Hall – drums, tympani, percussion
  • Andria Nicodemou – vibraphone, percussion
  • Samo Salamon & Friends “Nightmare (feat. Rafal Sarnecki Poland)” from Almost Alone Vol.1 (Samo Records)
  • Tani Tabbal Trio “Oh See OC Revisited” from Now Then (Tao Forms)
  • Ivo Perelman, Joe Morris, Matthew Shipp “Religious Ecstasy” from Shamanism (Mahakala Music)
  • as above
  • Frank Gratkowski, Achim Kaufmann, Wilber de Joode, Tony Buck “Biomes” from Flatbosc & Cautery (NoBusiness Records)
  • Recorded live at Loft Köln on May 25th 2018 by Stefan Deistler

  • ivoperelman@gmail.com
  • nobusinessrecords@gmail.com

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