Category: Recordings

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…




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…




The guest list – Owen Kilfeather’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. Owen Kilfeather is a fearless, possibly even surreal, composer and improviser. He’s also a pretty damn…