• Monaco, Meurkens, Hoyson, Lucas: Strollin’
    by Nicholas F. Mondello on June 23, 2021 at 7:01 am

    There are albums that seem to warrant physical engagement on the part of the listener. It is that sort of a music-listener dynamic where a long joyride or easy walk while enjoying the sounds is in order. By its very title Strollin’ gives it all away here. And, it’s no secret: this is take- it-along-and-enjoy-it music… [ read more ]

  • Archie Shepp: Blase And Yasmina Revisited
    by Chris May on June 23, 2021 at 7:01 am

    The three albums tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp recorded in Paris for BYG Records during one week in August 1969 tend to get overlooked in the slipstream of the dozen or so he made in the US for Impulse earlier in the decade. More is the pity, for as Blasé And Yasmina Revisited so resoundingly attests, the BYGs contain some of the most audacious, many splendored and deep roots music that Shepp has recorded in his still-kicking career (at the time of writing, it has just been announced that Shepp will perform at London’s Barbican in November 2021 accompanied by pianist Jason Moran)… [ read more ]

  • J. Peter Schwalm / Markus Reuter: Aufbruch
    by Dan McClenaghan on June 23, 2021 at 7:01 am

    In 2020 electro-acoustic programmer/keyboardist J.Peter Schwalm paired up with Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen for the excellent outing Neuzeit (RareNoiseRecords), one of the year’s standout discs. 2021 finds Schwalm collaborating with touch guitarist Markus Reuter, of Stickmen fame… [ read more ]

  • East Axis: Cool With That
    by Karl Ackermann on June 22, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Free improvisation has a special place in a polarized world. It accepts and rejects jazz culture in an ebb and flow of unprompted ideas. On the album Cool With That we get the essence of the music’s history from the inside, out. The quartet East Axis is new in name but the unit has been in place for several years and its members are well-known… [ read more ]

  • Cecil Taylor: Mixed to Unit Structures Revisited
    by Chris May on June 22, 2021 at 7:01 am

    This story has been revisited before, in the context of an Albert Ayler review, but good stories bear repeating, particularly when they are instructive ones. So here it is again… During a May 2021 interview with All About Jazz, the reed player Shabaka Hutchings was asked to name six albums which had made a more than usually deep impression on him… [ read more ]