Category: Recordings

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…




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…




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…




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…