- Escribir “Una Montaña Sin Nombre” from Haikus (Isla Desierta Records) 00:00
- Ivo Perelman & Aruan Ortiz “Tale Three Chapter Six” from Brass and Ivory Tales (Fundacja Słuchaj) 06:48
- Jane Ira Bloom, Alison Miller “Tues Days” from Tues Days (Self Released) 17:30
- Javier Subatin “String Between The Strings” from Pulsar (ears&eyes) 22:44
- Montréal Jazz Trio “All Those Lovely Things” from Montréal Jazz Trio (Oddsound) 26:18
- John Edwards, N.O. Moore, Eddie Prévost, Alan Wilkinson “Part One (Edit)” from EMPoWered (577 Records) 32:29
- Escribir “En los ojos de los peces” from Haikus (Isla Desierta Records) 45:27
- Ivo Perelman & Marilyn Crispell “Tale Two Chapter Three” from Brass and Ivory Tales (Fundacja Słuchaj) 51:49
- Javier Subatin “Spring On The Strings” from Pulsar (ears&eyes) 1:00:00
- Montréal Jazz Trio “Take the ‘A’ Train” from Montréal Jazz Trio (Oddsound) 1:02:23
- Krokofant with Ståle Storløkken & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten “Watcher of the Fries” from Fifth (Rune Grammofan) 1:08:54
- Escribir “Una nube de vez en cuando” from Haikus (Isla Desierta Records) 1:17:07
- Ivo Perelman & Dave Burrell “Tale One Chapter Two” from Brass and Ivory Tales (Fundacja Słuchaj) 1:22:36
- Jane Ira Bloom, Alison Miller “The Wild Frontier” from Tues Days (Self Released) 1:34:25
- Javier Subatin “Tablet Pen and Octave Fuzz” from Pulsar (ears&eyes) 1:42:52
- Montréal Jazz Trio “Soho Dreams” from Montréal Jazz Trio (Oddsound) 1:44:48
- Jane Ira Bloom, Alison Miller “Crayola” from Tues Days (Self Released) 1:53:47
On this weeks show new music from Escribir, a first look at a massive new release from Ivo Perelman, experimental music from Javier Subatin, the cool sounds of the Montreal Jazz Trio, improvisation from John Edwards, N.O. Moore, Eddie Prévost, & Alan Wilkinson some prog jazz from Krokofant and fascinating duets from Jane Ira Bloom & Alison Miller.
escribir: (group lead by Juan Saidón), present their second album of originals, haikus. With this new work, escribir:, becomes the first artist to release two albums on Isla Desierta Discos. haikus is an exploration from the perspective of the contemporary urban artist into the imaginary posed by haiku (Japanese literary genre). This process takes some of the constitutive elements from the literary genre (nature, dispossession and the brief) to aesthetically anchor itself in the improvisational tradition of jazz and contemporary instrumental song, resulting in eight original compositions where a strong melodic presence prevails.
Juan Saidón – Guitar (L)
Tomás Cabado – Guitar (R)
Leila Chab –Soprano clarinet
Patricio Böttcher – Bass clarinet
Julián Mekler – Double bass
Manuel Tirso Rubio Carreras – Drums
Great saxophonist, improviser Ivo Perelman celebrates its 60th birthday this year. Brass & Ivory tales – 9 CDs box-set is a gift for this phenomenal musician, great human being, and marvelous artist. Nine studio sessions with nine top and most creative pianists like Dave Burrell, Marilyn Crispell, Aruan Ortiz, Sylvie Courvoisier, Angelica Sanchez, Aaron Parks, Agusti Fernandez, Craig Taborn, and Vijay Iyer in a beautiful box with liner notes from Grammy Award Winner writer Neil Tesser. I’m featuring all of the release over three weeks.
Jane Ira Bloom, Alison Miller
In March and April of 2021 soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and drummer Allison Miller came together on five Tuesdays in March and April of 2021 to record some improvised sax and drum duets to see what might happen. They didn’t set out to make an album – they just wanted to play because they needed to improvise any way that they could. They played with complete abandon, performing remotely from their home studios in New York City in the reality of the world of 2021. Tues Days is the result of those recordings that now appear on Bloom’s Outline label and are available through Miller’s Bandcamp site, mixed and mastered by bassist Mark Helias with breathtaking fidelity. It’s a musical duet saturated in a kaleidoscope of color. The music is spontaneous composition at its best by two masterful improvisers – energetic, tactile, and alive. Miller’s multi-colored array of percussion augments her drumset in exquisite counterpoint to Bloom’s signature tone on the soprano sax. The music is both rhythmic and deeply lyrical – drum and sax dancing around one another until their song is sung.
In Javier Subatin’s solo album- PULSAR – an eclectic approach works as a thread that unites jazz, electronics, free improvisation and contemporary music and exploratory techniques creating a musical territory defined by improvisation and sonic exploration. This is the result of Javier’s new explorations where he tries to extend his musical language by the use of electric guitar extended techniques, loops and live electronic audio treatment.
All the recorded guitars have been improvised and the original guitar sound is extended by the addition of external objects and electronics (synthesizers, effects) that work in real time.
Montréal Jazz Trio
Montreal Jazz Trio’s self-titled recording is modern jazz piano trio playing at its finest. This exciting new album was recorded in November of 2020 at the storied recording studio Boutique de Son in Pointe Claire, Quebec, and is being released by the Montréal label ODD SOUND. The group features three of Montreal’s fnest musicians: Steve Amirault on piano, Adrian Vedady on acoustic bass, and Jim Doxas on drums. This recording was self-produced by the trio and mixed by Doxas. This nine track record is a mix of memorable originals and deft arrangements of well known jazz standards. Amirault is the main contributor with four originals, including the contrafacts All Those Lovely Things (based on Jerome Kern’s All The Things You Are) and Nowhere (based on the famous standard Out Of Nowhere), both of which showcase his singular approach to harmony. Highlights include arrangements of the classics Takin’ a Chance on Love and Take the “A” Train, as well as Wray, Vedady’s swinging tribute to the late great Canadian jazz pianist Wray Downes. Amirault’s stirring composition Empathy serves as a call for peace during turbulent times. This music is fresh, swinging, creative, and innovative.
John Edwards, N.O. Moore, Eddie Prévost, Alan Wilkinson
EMPoWered documents an improvisational live performance from British musicians John Edwards (Double Bass), N.O. Moore (Guitar), and Eddie Prévost (Drums). The three musicians have comprised a longstanding trio, known for their vigorous riffs and unconventional introspection. But in this performance, their group expanded to include saxophonist Alan Wilkinson, adding a deeply resonant, full-bellied sound to their otherwise discrete and dynamic in-the-moment compositions. Their pace is constantly shifting, reflecting both an instant rapport between the players, and a tight command of their styles. This performance, in particular, calls to Sonny Sharrock’s Ask the Ages recording, and Elvin Jones’s percussive legacy. Moore’s longstanding affinity for electronic manipulation can also be heard in his use of the guitar’s self-oscillating echos, as well as filters and distortion throughout the performance. This is Moore & Prévost’s second release on 577 Records after The Secret Handshake with Danger, Vol. 1 (Olie Brice, Binker Golding, Henry Kaiser, N. O. Moore, Eddie Prévost).This marks John Edwards & Alan Wilkinson’s debut on 577 Records. EMPoWered will be available in CD and digital editions on November 19, 2021.
Krokofant with Ståle Storløkken & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
The fifth album from Norway’s Krokofant, with Ståle Storløkken and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten.
“As David Fricke pointed out in his liner notes to “Q”, the previous album from this expanded edition of Krokofant, this is not just another novelty guest-project. In fact, all the involved were so happy after finishing “Q” that a follow-up was decided upon straight away. So here it is, with four new tunes from guitarist and leader Tom Hasslan, each clocking in between eight and twelve minutes. Originally a guitar and drums duo, Tom and Axel met in a guitar shop in Kongsberg, a town in southern Norway famous for its annual jazz festival since 1964, and recognised for its experimental and innovative profile. Jørgen was invited to join them for the sessions that resulted in their self-titled debut album in February 2014. Two more albums followed in 2015 and 2017.
When considering guest musicians for “Q”, to become their fourth album, keyboard maestro Ståle Storløkken (Elephant9, Supersilent, Terje Rypdal) was the trio´s first choice. He had seen Krokofant live in 2015 and, in his own words, “had an instant kick”, so he said yes straight away. Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Scorch Trio, The Thing, Atomic) had seen them the same year, and after a few backstage beers practically invited himself to join up at some time. By his introduction, a “proper” rhythm section was born and work was lifted from Hasslan´s shoulders. Hasslan´s tunes are perfect vehicles for Storløkken to present the full scope of his playing; from sheer pastoral beauty to full on jazz skronk. The same can be said about Mathisen, who is given ample room for soloing. The tunes are rich in harmonic structures and melodic hooks, but there is also room for adventures into more free passages. Many names have been mentioned in connection with Krokofant over the years, but with the distinctive sax and organ combination, it´s difficult not think of Van der Graaf Generator in their prime. Which is the highest accolade in our book, anyway. Thus the expanded Krokofant is everything a progressive jazz and rock fan could wish for; positive energy, melodic riches, excellent musicianship and a touch of magic served with a healthy respect for the past and a foot in the future.”