Category: Jazz Journal Archives

Håkon Thelin – Light

(This short review was originally published in Jazz Journal in 2013.) Håkon Thelin (bass) Marco Rogliano (violin) Frank Havrøy (voice) Amarcord oibbinadocS Light Shared moments Glasperlenspiel (51:04) Atterklang AKLANG 303 2008-2011 Is this jazz? Probably not, in the opinion of most. This fascinating album is a modern classical/”new music”/avant garde experimental exploration of the bass…




Miguel Fernández Quartet – Transplanet Species

(This short review was originally published in Jazz Journal in 2010.) Miguel Fernández (tenor saxophone) Dani Pérez (electric guitar) Leo Genovese (piano, electric piano) Marko Lohikari (bass) Gonzalo del Val (drums) – tracks #2, #4,#9 David Xirgu (drums) – tracks #1, #3, #5, #6, #7, #8 hide them! el amor después del mediodía no muerdas…




David Fiuczynski – Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam!

(This review was originally published in Jazz Journal in September 2016.) Loon-y Tunes Dance of the UiraPuru Flam Q&A Solitaire Oiseaux Jdillique Gagaku Chord Candy Waldstimmen Uira Happy Jam Organ Wren Loon-Ly Solitaire (47.03) David Fiuczynski (fretted and fretless guitars, piano) Helen Sherrah-Davies (violin) Yazhi Guo (suona, Chinese percussion) Utar Artun (microtonal keyboards, electric piano,…




Laura Toxværd – Compositions Parts 1 & 2

(An edited version of this review was originally published in Jazz Journal in January 2017) COMPOSITIONS PART 1 Laura Toxværd (alto saxophone, vocal) Carsten Dahl (piano) Raymond Strid (drums) Jonas Westergaard (bass, vocal) Rawhide Tickled Quarrel Shyster Urnable Vowelly (41:47) Copenhagen, March 17th 2016 ILK Music ILK261 COMPOSITIONS PART 2 Laura Toxværd (alto saxophone, clarinet)…




Psychic Equalizer – Train Back Home

(This review was originally published in Jazz Journal in December 2014.) Hugo Selles (piano, keyboards, percussion) Quico Duret (guitar, electric guitar) (Prelude) Here Am I Where Past And Present Collide (Interlude) Beholding ‘Gran Via’ At Sunset (Epilogue) Walking Alone (Reminiscences) Lost In The Crowd Train Back Home (36:55) Recorded 2011-12 HSG0001 Psychic Equalizer is the…




Rantama Trio – Catching the Mystery Train

(This short review was originally published in Jazz Journal in November 2016) Timo Rantama (electric guitar) Tatu Back (electric bass) Iiro Laitinen (drums) Lifelong Secret Catching The Mystery Train Flowerbed Uneasy Thoughts Ride Tampere Eclipse Music This is a classic guitar power trio. Probably, by the sound of it, weaned on a diet of 70s…




Ramón López Freedom Now Sextet – Valencia

(This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2011.) Ramón López (drums) Herb Robertson (trumpet) Ivo Perelman (tenor saxophone) Joe Morris (guitar) Agustí Fernández (piano) Barry Guy (bass) Alacant Cos I Ànima Bullirà El Mar Els Xiquestsi Misteri Horitzó Llum I Vent Llotja De La Seda Cova Del Bolomor Xàbia Fets D’Amor Sis Poemes…




“Women Drummers” – Angela Smith

“Women Drummers – a history from rock and jazz to blues and country” Angela Smith Rowman & Littlefield ISBN 978-0-8108-8834-0 It’s true, women in music are still under-represented and often under-rated. And it’s possible to argue that it’s especially the case with the drums. There’s an unspoken (actually, often quite outspoken) perception that it’s a…