Category: Jazz Journal Archives

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…




William S. Burroughs – Let Me Hang You

(This short review was first published in Jazz Journal in October 2016) William S. Burroughs (voice) Bill Frisell (guitar) King Khan (guitar, bass, violin, synthesiser, piano, organ, drums) Wayne Horvitz (keyboards) Eyvind Kang (violin, erhu, shani) El Congo Allen (trumpet) Tony Sherr (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Jenny Scheinman (violin) Hank Roberts (cello) M Lamar (voice)…




Naked Truth – Avian Thug

(This review was originally published in Jazz Journal in April 2016) Graham Haynes (trumpet, electronics) Lorenzo Feliciati (bass, guitar, keyboards) Roy Powell (keyboards, synthesizers, organ, prepared piano) Pat Mastelotto (drums, percussion) Rapid Fire Lazy Elephant Trap Door Tense Shaman Avian Thug Day Two at Bedlam Moon at Noon (48.05) England, 16-17th February 2013 RareNoise Records…




Markku Ounaskari – Kuára

(This review was originally published in Jazz Journal in 2011.) Per Jørgensen (trumpet, voice) Samuli Mikkonen (piano) Markku Ounaskari (drums) Polychronion Psalm CXXI Tuuin Tuuin Aallot Introit Pitkä Pajo Introit / Changing Paths (1) The Gipsy’s Stone Pikkumetsä Soldat Keljangúr Mountain Of Sorrow Introit / Changing Paths (1) Sjuan Mad’ Sjuan Gúr (52.48) ECM 273…