Monthly archives: January, 2015

Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 29 Jan ’15

Tom Chant (tenor sax) Iván González (trumpet) Dani Comas (guitar) Vasco Trilla (drums) Àlex Reviriego (bass) “The more experimental the better, as far as I’m concerned.” – Tom Chant, overheard just 5 minutes before the noise began. No one can say we weren’t warned… And in the spirit of experimentation, Chant softly begins the evening’s…




Nocturna Discordia #11 at Soda – 28 jan ’15

El Pricto (alto sax, clarinet) Ferran Besalduch (bass & soprano saxes) Ángel Faraldo (no-input mixer) Enric Ponsa (drums) I love Robadors 23 but it’s just too conveniently close and there’s more to Barcelona’s free/experimental music scene than El Raval. And so, we (the royal ‘we’ – ahem) travel to Gràcia. Soda is a venue on…




Dani Perez Trio at Robadors 23 – 26 Jan ’15

Dani Perez (guitar) David Mengual (bass) David Xirgu (drums) I like watching guitarists. Maybe because it’s the only instrument I have even a passing familiarity with, I have an appreciation for the skill required to wrench some music from the damn thing! Anyway, Dani Perez is a guitarist worth watching. Mostly for his inventive and…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 22 Jan ’15

Ramon Prats (drums) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Míriam Fèlix (cello) An interesting departure from the usual instrumentation this week, with the addition of Míriam Fèlix’s cello and the subtraction of any type of woodwind whatsoever. That’s what I love about these Thursday evening sessions – the recipe changes every week. So, what we have is practically…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 15 Jan ’15

Ramon Prats (drums) Tom Chant (tenor & soprano saxes) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Iván González (trumpet) Here we are again… Robadors 23 on a Thursday night, a hard habit to break. This week featured what could be called the core line up, or at least, the most frequently appearing musicians. Anyway, we start with a muted…




ISCCJMKMB – Yoruba

Ivo Sans (drums) Cesar Joaniquet (tenor sax) Marcel•lí Bayer (alto sax) Masa Kamaguchi (bass) Gianni Gagliardi dell’Agnolo (tenor sax on tracks 7-11) Blues by Lester Vaca Bird Panívoca Mot mut, Motis mutis Yoruba/Sancti Petri Chica piscina II All out there Bikram What is this thing called love You stepped out of Green Dolphin St Blues…




“Half Blood Blues” – Esi Edugyan

[This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2011.] Sidney Griffiths is a competent Baltimore bass-player who finds himself in an integrated black-white-American-German-Jewish jazz band in Berlin, 1939. Sid’s story pivots on another band member, Hieronymous Falk – a black, German trumpeter of Louis Armstrong talents – who is arrested by the Nazis and…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 8 Jan ’15

Ivo Sans (drums) Marcel·li Bayer (clarinet, tenor sax) Johannes Nästesjö (bass) Marco Mezquida (piano) First live music of the year and where else but Robadors 23? It began with delicacy: a whisper of clarinet, a hand inside the piano, gentle arco bass, sparse punctuation from la bateria… in fact, it was so delicate, the chattering…