So Far Away

‘So Far Away’ is the first single by Port, a group formed by Kathryn Way (former singer, songwriter and saxophonist with Manchester indie pioneers Dislocation Dance) and Michael James Pollard. The title track builds from a simple string motif with Kathryn’s beautifully distinctive vocals floating in with a melancholy air leading us through to a … Continue reading So Far Away

Aversion/Inversion

On the back of last year’s epic ‘How Sounds Can Fight Shadows’, we are treated to two mixes of Filed Fangs’ bite #8 called ‘Introvert Aversion’. The heavier second mix, called ‘Introvert Inversion’, is a reflective, angry and sensitive, powerful electronic piece. Layers of Boz’s guitar enter, leave and weave through the electronic sounds programmed … Continue reading Aversion/Inversion

Perpetual Motion

It seems inevitable that pianist-composer Satoko Fujii and guitarist-composer Otomo Yoshihide, two of the most influential and critically acclaimed figures in Japanese new music, should record together. The surprising thing is it took so long. Their new duo album, Perpetual Motion (Ayler Records, release date: February 9, 2023), is their first performance together, despite the … Continue reading Perpetual Motion

Live At The Cafe Bohemia

Leap Day should be predictable – it comes around like clockwork after all, once every four years. But it always seems to spring out of nowhere, an odd quadrennial anomaly that realigns the calendar and the clock. The Leap Day Trio does something similar. After nearly three decades of playing together, drummer Matt Wilson and … Continue reading Live At The Cafe Bohemia

Ghost Music

“Ghost Music” is the latest album from ex-pat Australian experimental/folk/psych/indie/noir musician Michael Plater. The follow-up to “An Alchemical Gathering,” his 2022 split release with Enclosed and Silent Order, “Ghost Music,” takes inspiration from Australia’s dark history and the myths, folklore, and legends of Michael’s current adopted home in Cornwall, drawing together a phantasmagorical assemblage of … Continue reading Ghost Music

Stravaganze Consonanti

In this inspired collaboration with conductor and baroque violinist Stefano Montanari, Italian reedman Gianluigi Trovesi extends the line of musical enquiry posited on his Prufumo di violetta album. Supported by a cast of players well-versed in the ancient sounds of period instruments and the art of historical performance practice, Trovesi looks anew at music of … Continue reading Stravaganze Consonanti

Sphere

The Bobo Stenson Trio’s ability of covering far-reaching idioms and wide-ranging repertoire within the scope of their personal diction has become both hallmark and custom, inspiring The New York Times to say the pianist “makes sublime piano-trio records without over-playing. It's pulsating, lumpy with long improvised phrases; it's alive.” Charting an equally subtle and idiosyncratic … Continue reading Sphere

It’s Always Now

Ralph Alessi’s fourth appearance as a leader for ECM follows a singular album run that’s been met with nothing but praise from The New York Times to The Guardian. The latter lauded Ralph’s previous recording Imaginary Friends (2019) for its “elegant balance of poignant, playful original compositions and gracefully probing improv” and declared it “his … Continue reading It’s Always Now

Love & Peace

Bandleader, composer, educator and saxophonist extraordinaire Diego Rivera aspires to greater heights and unleashes the transcendent power of "Love and Peace" on his fourth release for Posi-Tone Records. With a program of exciting original compositions and a few heart-felt covers, the session swings swiftly into action and shines with bright moments from the get go. … Continue reading Love & Peace

Operator

Months after the release of his widely celebrated album In Good Hands (featured on World of Jazz 534), seasoned NYC based improviser, composer, and guitarist Avi Granite has delivered another adventurous album of original music, this time with his mainstay Toronto-based project Avi Granite 6. A follow up to their critically acclaimed 2018 release Orbit, … Continue reading Operator