That Nik Bärtsch can apply his innovations so effectively with a bass-less combo and even with a small string section further validates the soundness of this unique approach.
Starting perhaps around the time Ben Goldberg assembled his New Klezmer Trio and The Klezmatics was formed, the clarinet went from being a meek instrument associated with the traditional and archaic — like trad jazz and Polish weddings — to becoming
The elusive but exciting ‘Realization’ shows how original and visionary music from original and visionary musicians can be when all the constraints are lifted.
‘Spark’ is Hiromi’s fourth go aorund with a formula that might get a little tiresome by now if she wasn’t so danged daring and exuberant in how she goes about it.
Once you accept the weird, wonderful microtonal world of David Fiuczynski, the universe gets much, much bigger. And better, too.
The jazz/hip-hop hybrid ‘In The Moment’ from drummer Makaya McCraven retains the energy and impulsiveness of the live performances within hypnotic looped and sampled grooves.
‘Book Of Storms’ does nothing but strengthen Daniel Rosenboom’s reputation as a conceptual improviser of the highest order.
There’s no better way to demonstrate that Grover Washington, Jr. truly lives on than with some spirited, well-executed and earnest live performances heard on Jason Miles’ ‘To Grover With Love, Live In Japan’.
When a musician of Spalding’s caliber makes an “I don’t give a damn what the people think” kind of record, that’s exactly when the people need to pay the most attention.
Talented trombonist/composer Matthew Hartnett has identified something culturally valuable in every environment he’s found himself in to make a remarkable introduction.