World of Jazz 435

  1. CODE Quartet “Tipsy” from Genealogy ((Justin Time Records) 00:00
  2. Nik Bärtsch “Modul 58 12” from Entendre (ECM) 09:06
  3. Nathan Clark “Graph Paper” from About 20 Minutes and Assorted Ramblings (Self Released) 18:13
  4. Adoct “Docteur Infini” from Ouvre Glace (Circum Disc) 21:25
  5. Frisque Concordance “Hot and Cold” from Distinct Machinery (Trost Records) 33:04
  6. CODE Quartet “Genealogy” from Genealogy (Justin Time Records) 41:24
  7. Nik Bärtsch “Modul 26” from Entendre (ECM) 46:16
  8. Róbert Benkő, István Grencsó, Ken Vandermark “How Good It Would Be” from Burning River Melting Sea (Hunnia Records) 1:00:57
  9. Susan Alcorn, Leila Bordreuil, Ingrid Laubrock “Area 41” from Bird Meets Wire (Relative Pitch) 01:04:46
  10. Gabriel Evan Orchestra “Rumba Tumbah” from Global Entry (Self Released) 01:16:06
  11. Juan Olivera El Arca “Intraterreno 2” from Intraterreno (ears & eyes) 1:20:25
  12. Nathan Clark “NTC” from About 20 Minutes and Assorted Ramblings (Self Released) 1:27:09
  13. CODE Quartet “WInd Up” from Genealogy ((Justin Time Records) 1:30:29
  14. Nik Bärtsch “Modul 5” from Entendre (ECM) 1:36:56
  15. Hamiett Blueitt, D D Jackson, Mor Thiam “Papa” from Join Us ((Justin Time Records) 1:46:37
  16. Hardcell “The Opener” from Sensitive (Screwgun/9 Donkeys) 1:54:39


CODE Quartet is a collective based out of Montreal. Formed four years ago by Christine Jensen on saxophones, Lex French on trumpet, Adrian Vedady on acoustic bass, and Jim Doxas on drums, the group came together with the equal goals of composing and improvising in a chordless-quartet setting.

The primary motivation for the formation of the group has been to build on the freedom of expression pioneered by Ornette Coleman’s seminal group of the 1950s, with two horns interacting with acoustic bass and drums.

They prioritize the idea that each voice within the collective is given equal weight, blurring the boundaries between lead and supporting voices, between frontline instruments and the rhythm section.

The similarity to the early Atlantic Coleman albums with Cherry, Haden and Blackwell is strong but there is something less angular than those recordings with a warmer more inclusive sound occurring. I suppose the Shock of the New has become the familiar.

The group have spent the past three years sculpting their original compositions as a team, leading them to some exciting performance opportunities. Over the past four years, they have performed residencies at jazz clubs in Montreal as well as The Wellington Jazz festival in New Zealand in June 2019.

The group’s principal focus is to present original compositions, orchestrated exclusively for this particular ensemble, weighing heavily on their improvisatory reactions to the written material. The result is their album Genealogy.

Genealogy will be released worldwide on Friday, April 23rd on Justin Time Records.

Nik Bartch

A fascinating solo album from the Swiss pianist, composer and conceptualist best known as leader of the bands Ronin and Mobile, Entendre offers deeper insight into Nik Bärtch’s musical thinking. As the album title implies Entendre is about hearing as a creative process, referencing the patient unfolding of Bärtch’s modular polymetric pieces, with alertness to the dynamics of touch, finding freedom in aesthetic restriction, serving the flow of each piece’s development while also taking the music to new places. Recorded at Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano, in September 2020, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Nathan Clark

Solo recordings


Based on an initial idea by Gordon Pym (or was it Klaxon?), and taking advantage of the temporary presence of a second piano in the concert venue of la malterie, two trios from the Muzzix collective came together in late 2020 to create a quintet…

The acoustic version of Toc (see Qeqertarsuatsiaat – CircumDisc 2015) takes on the energy and electricity of the original trio, exploring soundscapes full of freedom.

The trio Abdou/Dang/Orins (see Lescence / Gmatique – Circum-Disc 2020) plays the organic and the infinitely small.

“On December 15, 2020, we were waiting for the reopening of cultural venues in France after a complicated year. The meeting, unprecedented, of the five musicians was to be done in public, finally it takes place without, but microphones are set. A first, without instructions, we record, we will see what happens…

Sometimes minimal, music under tension, the five explore their instruments, and are surprised by their interactions. With distance and irony on a degraded period, on its language and its codes, Adoct plays the apnea, with a recording where the time is stretched, elastic, in suspension.

Lyrical surges or suspended trances, we find the humid and vegetal atmospheres: urban or sylvan crossings, reliefs and textures, harmonic coincidences. The same thirst for play and for collective, to resist the inessential forced withdrawal of the moment.”


All compositions by Adoct
Recorded at la malterie (Lille – F) on December 15th, 2020 by
Peter Orins
Edited and mixed by Peter Orins
Photo & graphic design: Peter Orins

Frisque Concordance

released as a double cd –
CD1, tracks 1-10: in the studio
recorded in Vienna, 11.3.2017 by Martin Siewert

CD2, tracks 11-14: live on stage
recorded at Konfrontationen Festival, Nickelsdorf, 18.7.2018 by Gerald Pally & Jens Jamin for ORF
released February 19, 2021

John Butcher – tenor/soprano sax
Georg Graewe – piano
Wilbert de Joode – double bass
Mark Sanders – drums

Grencso, Vandermark, Benko

Released March 02, 2021
Recorded January 19, 2020, SuperSize Recording, Törökbálint, Pest, Hungary

István Grencsó: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, flute [left side]
Ken Vandermark: tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet [right side]
Róbert Benkő: double bass

Alcorn, Luabrock, Bordreuil

This is the first recording by pedal steel prodigy Susan Alcorn, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, and noise cellist Leila Bordreuil. The result is an unexpected mix of freely improvised Americana.

Gabriel Evan

Gabriel Evan – Alto & Soprano Saxophones
Joe Goldberg – Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
John Zarsky – Trumpet
Joe Kennedy – Piano
Ben Fox – Upright Bass
Michael Voelker – Drums, Percussion

New York saxophonist Gabriel Evan’s sophomore album Global Entry is a playful, skillful exploration of pre-war jazz, early chamber jazz, and bug music. Inspired by the classical-tinged sound of the John Kirby Sextet – one of the most celebrated bands on 52nd St. in the 1930’s – the Gabriel Evan Orchestra takes you on musical trip around the world. While bringing a fresh spin on traditional jazz classics, incorporating 1930s Cuban music and even mid-century exotica, Global Entry maintains the Kirby tradition of arranging classical music for jazz band.

Juan Olivera

Uruguayan trumpeter and composer graduated from the Jazz Race and the Composition Workshop of the C.S.M. Manuel de Falla (Buenos Aires), as well as the Municipal School of Music of Montevideo. He has taken various composition and improvisation courses in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. He shared the stage with Tony Malaby, Tim Berne, Hugo Fattorusso, Rubén Rada, Leo Masliah, Rodrigo Domínguez, Juan Pablo Arredondo. He performed with the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra and the SODRE Symphony Orchestra (Uruguay). He has participated in the Jazz Festival of Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Lima, among others. Of both classical and popular training and profession, he tends in his work to fuse this double matrix that is so often seen as antagonism.

“El Arca” is made up of renowned young jazz musicians and free improvisation from the Buenos Aires scene. The vast majority received from the C.S.M. Manuel de Falla (Professor Ricardo Capellano). The confluence of the tradition of written music with free improvisation is greatly exploited in this unusual formation of acoustic sextet: violin, cello, piano, trumpet, clarinet, and flute; three string instruments and three wind instruments, offering a very varied and rich palette of colors and textures. The group met in weekly rehearsals for two years with various live performances, prior to the recording.

Juan Olivera – trumpet and compositions
Gabriel Stern – flute (of Tomorrow Music Orchestra)
Leila Chab – clarinet
Mariano Sarra – piano (of Camila Nebbia large ensemble)
Guido Kohn – cello (of Matthew Golombisky´s Cuentos)
Leandro Falconi – violin

Hamiett Blueitt

Djembe, Vocals – Mor Thiam
Piano, Bass [Keyboard], Synthesizer, Organ – D.D. Jackson
Saxophone [Baritone], Flute [Wood], Clarinet [Contra Alto], Voice [Speaking] – Hamiet Bluiett
About this release
Justin Time – JUST 124-2 (Canada)

Recorded live to two track at System II Studios Brooklyn

Hardcell – This is a live recording of the first hardcell gig. Found it in a box of cdr’s mislabeled as “Almost Quicksand”. This was the first time playing w/Craig as well…I remember feeling euphoric that night ….kind of like a new chapter of insanity was about to start. I Think i may have been right. Mastered by TORN. Released April 2, 2021. Craig Taborn keyboards, Tim Berne alto, Tom Rainey drums. Music Tim Berne party music BMI. Mastered by David Torn. Recorded 12/3/2000 By Daniel Goldaracena

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