World of Jazz 493

On this weeks show all new releases from Alex Sipiagin, Amanda Irarrázabal and Miriam Den Boer Salmón, David Murray Brave New World Trio, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua And Darek Oles, Brian Molley Quartet, Bagland, E3 by Alex Lacusta, and Mary Halvorson.

  • Show Intro 00:00
  • Alex Sipiagin “Rush Hour” from Ascent To The Blues (Posi-tone) 00:50
  • Amanda Irarrázabal and Miriam Den Boer Salmón “Pelicanos” from Fauces (577 Records) 05:55
  • David Murray Brave New World Trio “Necktar” from Seriana Promethea (Intakt) 17:22
  • Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua And Darek Oles “Agrodolce” from Live In Italy (Fuzzy Music) 26:14
  • Brian Molley Quartet “Ayemenem” from Intercontinental (BGMM Music) 35:26
  • Bagland “Cryo” from States of Being (Jaeger Community Music) 41:36
  • E3 by Alex Lacusta “Flicker (feat. Brad Eaton)” from Transmit Slow (Self Released) 46:07
  • Mary Halvorson “Hoodwink” from Amaryllis (Nonesuch) 52:30
  • Alex Sipiagin “No Doubts” from Ascent To The Blues (Posi-tone) 1:00:00
  • Brian Molley Quartet “Vasudeva’s Invitation” from Intercontinental (BGMM Music) 1:05:47
  • Bagland “Amber Blush” from States of Being (Jaeger Community Music) 1:12:17
  • David Murray Brave New World Trio “Rainbows for Julia” from Seriana Promethea (Intakt) 1:16:27
  • E3 by Alex Lacusta “Trick Shot” from Transmit Slow (Self Released) 1:25:35
  • Brian Molley Quartet “The Crocodile And The Plover” from Intercontinental (BGMM Music) 1:31:36
  • Mary Halvorson “Haunted Head” from Belladonna (Nonesuch) 1:39:37
  • Bagland “States of Being” from States of Being (Jaeger Community Music) 1:49:45
  • Alex Sipiagin “Dolphin’s View” from Ascent To The Blues (Posi-tone) 1:54:30

Alex Sipiagin

The sky is well within reach when trumpet player extraordinaire Alex Sipiagin sets his sights on the summit and heads off upward in an Ascent to the Blues for his second release on Posi-Tone Records. The session features the focused wizardry of Sipiagin’s incisive technique, gripping tonality and hard hitting melodicism are countered cleverly against the curvature of contributions from Diego Rivera on tenor saxophone, the cool complexities of Art Hirahara on piano, the steady underpinnings of Boris Kozlov on bass, and the bombastic metrics of Rudy Royston on drums and percussion. While the album program remains decidedly straight forward and rooted in the blues throughout, the music is also elegantly lyrical and brilliantly evocative of a truly modern jazz sensibility. With a flawless combination of effortless mastery and brilliant performances, Sipiagin’s “Ascent to the Blues” reaches steadily upward toward new heights and provides a clear pathway of inspirational bright moments for jazz fans everywhere to joyfully ascend again and again.

Amanda Irarrázabal and Miriam Ben Boer Salmón

Invoking imagery of a narrow, perhaps perilous passage, or its dual meaning, the back of the throat, musicians Amanda Irarrázabal and Miriam Ben Boer Salmón named their collaborative 10-track album, Fauces. In this recording, the duo plays with both concepts in a process of improvisation, creating fiercely lush landscapes, layered with texture, ragged hazy wood against strings. The soundscapes are sometimes imperceptible, shadowy horizons emerging from dim light, and rising, something threatening, sonic tensions cutting through the haze. Chilean double bassist Amanda Irarrázabal and Mexican-Dutch violinist Miriam den Boer Salmón recorded this project on a rainy day in Amsterdam, after meeting through Mexico City’s rich improvised music scene. Their shared love for the vast world of sounds, for adventure, and traveling allowed them a creative partnership. Fauces is a debut on the label for both Amanda Irarrázabal and Miriam Den Boer Salmón and will be available in both CD and digital format in July 2022.

David Murray

David Murray is a giant of modern jazz. His saxophone fuses all the great things that black music has produced: Gospel sounds, free jazz, Afro-Caribbean, blues and soul as well as the beautiful stan- dards of classic jazz. Murray’s colorful tone, unsurpassed intonation, flair for swing, melancholy tones, and improvisational power and ingenuity make him one of the most important voices in music today. The newly formed Brave New World Trio congregates style-setting jazz greats with bassist Brad Jones and drummer Hamid Drake. Together they draw from the African-American tradition as well as from other cultures and with Seriana Promethea they present an impressive musical statement. ”The result shows the intuitive level of understanding achieved. Having reached in his mid-60s a level of technical mastery where a musician ‘can play every note that he hears,‘ Murray saw this pianoless trio as not just a way to keep the notes flowing, but a catalyst for total freedom: that rare configuration that allows him to deliver, through the saxophone, “my most free expression of myself”, writes Derek Schilling in the liner notes.

Released May 20, 2022

David Murray: Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Brad Jones: Bass
Hamid Drake: Drums

All compositions by David Murray. Recorded November 27, 2021, at Hardstudios Winterthur by Michael Brändli.

Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Darek Oles

Master jazz drummer Peter Erskine and his trio have captured their triumphant return to live performance on their new recording Live In Italy. The album was recorded at a concert engagement in Camogli, Italy, on Nov. 19, 2021, following a two-week Italian tour.

Alan Pasqua – Piano
Darek Oles – Bass
Peter Erskine – Drums

Brian Molley Quartet

Internationally acclaimed Scottish group the Brian Molley Quartet release their fourth album, Intercontinental on Friday 17th June, 2022. Recorded in collaboration with world-renowned Indian percussionist Krishna Kishor, Intercontinental once again features BMQ’s own blend of jazz and world music.

The quartet first worked with Chennai-based Kishor while touring India in 2017, performing a headline show together for Madras Jazz Festival as part of the British Council’s UK/India season. This much acclaimed first performance proved to be an exciting meeting of similar musical minds and the start of an innovative and productive collaboration despite the participants living on opposite ends of the planet. BMQ have returned to India to perform again with Kishor on two more tours and Intercontinental was recorded remotely between Glasgow and Chennai in 2021. Kishor will travel to Scotland for the first time in summer 2022 to perform alongside BMQ at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Made in Scotland programme.

Formed in 2012 by Glasgow-based saxophonist and former Jazzwise ‘One to Watch’ Brian Molley, BMQ brings together some of the finest musicians from the UK’s jazz and world music scenes, with pianist Tom Gibbs, double bassist Brodie Jarvie and drummer Stuart Brown joining Molley. Their enthusiastically received debut album, Clock was released in 2013 and was described by BBC Radio 3 as ‘a well-crafted and classy debut’ and by London Jazz News as ‘a minor masterpiece…strikingly good.’ Colour and Movement, their follow-up from 2017, was greeted with similar praise. All About Jazz said, ‘Molley’s tone is gorgeous, he never wastes a note’ and The Scotsman described Molley’s tenor saxophone as singing ‘beautifully, sultry and lyrical.’

The quartet have been selected three times for the Made in Scotland programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and represented the cutting edge in UK jazz at Rochester International Jazz Festival, New York as part of Made in the UK 2015. On the same trip the group played well-received club dates in New York City, drawing enthusiastic responses at Silvana in Harlem and WhyNotJazzRoom in Greenwich Village.

Their numerous national and international tours include appearances at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester jazz festivals, a live session for BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up in 2017 and several trips to tour, collaborate and record in India. The quartet’s first collaboration with Rajasthan’s Asin Langa Ensemble included a nationwide tour of India as well as a reciprocal arrangement that brought the renowned Indian folk musicians to the UK to tour for the first time in 2018. A resulting track, Journeys in Hand, composed by Molley, was selected for Songlines Magazine’s June 2018 covermount CD.

The quartet’s special guest, Krishna Kishor is regarded as a world-class percussionist specialising in the traditions, practices and instrumentation of music from his home state of Tamil Nadu in South India. He has performed extensively in India as well as in the US and Europe. Krishna has contributed percussion to the soundtracks of over 100 Bollywood films and recently contributed his own original score to Annabelle Sethupathi, the 2021 Indian Tamil language comedy thriller.


On this release Bagland further develops their sound, which is rooted in nordic jazz. Since the album Cirkel in 2019, the group has integrated electronic audio sources. Bagland explores the genre’s framework
with synthesizer, effect pedals and electric bass and taps into a playful electronic universe that still has clear references rooted in the nordic sound. Previously, the Group has worked with an acoustic and almost chamber musical sound which is heard on the releases Bagland (2015) and NOMAD (2016). A spacious sound where the interaction is intimate and empathetic. With States Of Being, Bagland expands
its understanding of nordic jazz by implementing electronic instruments. The album also includes additional musicians Josefine Opsahl (cello) and Anna Jalving (violin)

Jakob Sørensen – Trumpet
Alex Jønsson – Guitar & pedal steel
Mathias Jæger – Synthesizer
Frederik Sakham – Double bass & electric bass
Frej Lesner – Drums

E3 by Alex Lacusta

E3 by Alex Lakusta is a dynamic new addition to the Canadian music scene. The trio is releasing “Transmit Slow”, a record of original compositions by the Toronto bass player. The album pushes the traditions of jazz music through the use of modern sounds and electric instruments similar to that of hip-hop, pop, and electronic music. Rounding out the trio are long-time collaborators Keagan Eskritt and Josh Smiley. Both of which deliver powerful performances on this release. The album features guest artist and outstanding trumpeter Brad Eaton for two appearances. His high calibre approach to using audio effects with the trumpet delivers added depth and an exceptionally creative listening experience.

Originally from Alberta, Alex Lakusta is a bassist, composer, and arranger now residing in Toronto. He has performed with esteemed musicians such as David Restivo, Steve Haines, Kevin Dean, Ralph Alessi, Elio Villafranca, Arturo Stable, and Jeff Antoniuk among others. Alex is also a touring member of Canadian alt-pop band VISSIA.

Mary Halvorson

Belladonna is a set of five compositions written for Halvorson on guitar plus The Mivos Quartet: Olivia De Prato (violin), Maya Bennardo (violin), Victor Lowrie Tafoya (viola), and Tyler J. Borden (cello). It is Halvorson’s first time writing for a string quartet. Mivos’ parts are through-composed and augmented by Halvorson’s guitar improvisations.

Amaryllis is a six-song suite performed by a newly formed sextet of master improvisers, including Halvorson, Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), Nick Dunston (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums), Jacob Garchik (trombone), and Adam O’Farrill (trumpet). The Mivos string quartet joins for three of the songs, making this the largest ensemble for which Halvorson has written to date. The suite showcases Halvorson’s many musical influences from jazz, experimental, new music, and beyond.

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