Tag: 7 Questions

7 Questions for… Pedro Branco

Pedro Branco covers a lot of ground. First known here at aJN for the exuberant and excellent EEL SLAP! disc, he also features on the post-rock, post-pop, post-jazz Oh Calcutta! And with Joao Hasselberg he’s recently produced the decidedly folky “Dancing Our Way to Death” and the free improv “From Order to Chaos” (Clean Feed)….




7 Questions for… Mounaeir Keirs aka Spankeol

One thing the internet is great for is following the breadcrumbs deeper into the forest (or if you want to be James Woods, “Ooh, piece of candy!”) finding new and different musics and artists that previously would likely have been forever beyond your reach. One such trail led me to the music of Mounaeir Keirs,…




7 Questions for… Iván González (versión castellana)

No es possible evitar Iván González en la escena musical improvisada de Barcelona. Con su trompeta en Robadors 23, Sinestesia y otros lugares; como el conductor del gran proyecto Memoria Uno; un cuarto del Völga (cuyo disco primero está estrenado por MultiKulti); y ahora su disco más reciente, Free Art Three por Discordian. No, no…




7 Questions for… Dominik Strycharski

Dominik Strycharski’s recent album, Dolphy Flauto, is a quite astonishing solo recorder performance of various well-known Eric Dolphy tunes (with a couple of originals too) prompting one commenter to say, “Holy fuck, what’s he doing on Hat And Beard? That’s just not possible!!!” For me, it was an entry point to a varied and growing…




7 Questions for… Dirk Raulf

I’m arriving at the tentative conclusion that Dirk Raulf takes nothing seriously and everything seriously, at the same time. The bass saxophone quartet Deep Schrott is a good example: a serious exploration and love affair with the instruments possibilities filtered through unexpected cover tunes (Kylie Minogue? Black Sabbath?) combined with sonorously accessible original compositions. Or…




7 Questions for… Dave Jackson

At the risk of hyperbole, Dave Jackson blows his soul through his alto – certainly, he’s channelling something and to judge from the 7 answers below, it’s coming from an instinctive, non-logical, ‘true self’ kind of place. In fact, there’s a distinct and strong spiritual element to Dave’s playing that may have a connection to…




7 Questions for… Keith Jafrate

My introduction to Keith Jafrate’s music came through Shaun Blezard. First via the Orfeo 5 disc, “a year on the ice”, a hauntingly lovely sax’n’electronics duo disc; then, through the second Some Some Unicorn album, “Unicornucopia”. In the answers below (the lengthiest response to 7 Questions by far) you’ll find a deep thoughtfulness and consideration…




7 Questions for… The Rite of Trio

“Once upon a time, there was a jazz jambacore trio that got together to change the spherical configuration of Planet Earth. The Rite of Trio is the metaphor of life.” That quotation comes from the liner notes to Rite of Trio’s debut album, the oddly-named “Getting All The Evil Of The Piston Collar“. It’s a…