Category: Recordings

Dominik Strycharski – Flauto Dolphy

Dominik Strycharski – recorders (soprano in B, alto, tenor, bass) Straight Up and Down Gazzelloni Hat and Beard Duquillity 17 West Iron Man Sam & Sung Sam (48:11) Warszawa, 2017 Fundacja Słuchaj FSR003/2017 I don’t know about anywhere else in the world, but in England in the 70s, musical education in schools began with the…




Zer0deConducta – #1

Montserrat Marfany – voice, percussion, slide guitar offScope Jordi Buscà – guitar, bass, voice, effects & distractions Sir Pere Canals – guitar, bass, percussion Jaume Martín – guitar, synthesized guitar, percussion, glockenspiel, xylophone Dr. Antoni Robert – synthesized guitar, bass, IC4039 synthesizer, percussion Captain Enric Solà – drums, percussion, bass, distillates Living Fast Let’s Dance…




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…




Iro Haarla – Ante Lucem

Iro Haarla (piano, harp) Hayden Powell (trumpet) Trygve Seim (soprano & tenor saxophones) Ulf Krokfors (double bass) Mika Kallio (drums, percussion) Norrlands Operans Symfoniorkester (Jukka Iisakkila conducting) Songbird Chapel Persevering with Winter …and the Darkness has not overcome it… Ante Lucem – Before Dawn… (66:36) ECM 2457  473 2371 It begins with a harp. That…




FOU Records round-up

FOU Records is a French label dedicated to improvised music. I suspect the name derives from that of the label owner, Jean-Marc Foussat, but the logo indicates a fortuitous link to the I Ching hexagram 24, “Return” which offers such words of wisdom as “After a time of decay comes the turning point,” and “…the…




Orthodox – Supreme

Marco Serrato – bass Borja Díaz – drums Achilles Polychronidis (AkiPo) – saxophone Utech Records URCD103 This is Orthodox’s sixth release, and their first for Utech. Serrato and Díaz have been forging their free doom sound for a while now and they’re joined here by Achilles Polychronidis of sax-drums duo, Skullfuck, for a single 36-minute…




The guest list – Ray Faust’s top ten of 2016

This year, for the sake of fun and variety, alongside the usual aJazzNoise top ten list, I asked a few compatriots whose taste and artistic endeavours I trust and love to suggest their own ‘best of’ lists for 2016. Ray ‘Faust’ is an old friend and fellow enthusiast whose tastes run broad and deep and…