Monthly archives: January, 2015

Curios – The Other Place

[This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2010.] Tom Cawley (piano) Sam Burgess (bass) Joshua Blackmore (drums) Pursuit Plea Roadster Pure Impure Dream Articles The Swan Belief 2009 World Champion (56.24) 2009 Edition Records EDN1018 Now on their third release, Tom Cawley’s piano power trio have produced an album of dynamic and egalitarian…




Positive Catastrophe – Garabatos Volume One

[This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2010.] Taylor Ho Bynum (c, flh) Abraham Gomez-Delgado (p, v) and others. Plena Organization Travels Parts 1 & 2 Metro Mono Plena Seguiro Stillness/Life Post Chordal Plena Quicksand Monument Revamped Travels Parts 3 & 4 Contendio Adentro (61.07) 2008. Cuneiform Records Rune 286 An eclectic, inventive,…




Stekpanna – Starlight Barking

[This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2010.] Mads Kjølby (g, elg) Steve Kershaw (b) Petter Svärd (d, pc) Moscow Night Train Igor’s U-Turns (Stek)-Paranoid The Tone, The Whole Tone and Nothing But the Tone Brother Nick Calypso Collapso The Ballad of the Heavyweight Champions So You Claim Sunday Starlight Barking (46.54) Copenhagen…




Jacob Anderskov – Agnostic Revelations

[This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2010.] Chris Speed (ts, cl) Jacob Anderskov (p) Michael Formanek (b) Gerald Cleaver (d) Warren Street Setup Be Flat & Stay Flat Pintxos for Varese Blue in the Face Diamonds are for Unreal People Solstice 2009 Neuf Dream Arch (59.00) NYC 27th June 2009. ILK 163CD…




Lotte Anker, Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver – Floating Islands

[This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2010.] Lotte Anker (ss, as, ts) Craig Taborn (p) Gerald Cleaver (d) Floating Ritual Transitory Blossom Backwards River Even Today I am still Arriving (54.28) Copenhagen July 2008. ILK 162CD Lotte Anker is, like Jacob Anderskov, a member of the Danish collective ILK, working here with…




Best Jazz and Noise of 2014

This list was originally posted on Facebook in December of 2014. The best (solely in my opinion) albums from the year revealed a day at a time via aJN’s Daily Tunes, with the final list published on 19th December. I thought that if only for posterity, the first aJN ‘Best of…’ list should be on…