Together for the first time as a trio on disc, Danish drummer Morten Lund, Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson & Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset (l-r, above, photographed by Stephen Freiheit) have delivered a wonderful, exuberant album. Norwegian drummer Per Oddvar Johansen’s trio is utterly different, somewhat darker.2 Comments
Tradition is the passing on of the fire, not the worship of the ashes.Leave a Comment
Fabian Holland’s 2nd album and Steve Tilston’s 20th (as leader or co-leader) have few peers among current releases from guitar-toting English songsters.Leave a Comment
I wake up every mornin’ Lord and what do I see
I got a fool in my mirror and he’s lyin’ to me
Ravishing cinnamon skin all aglow.
You’d never know it’s a faulty body
It’s hot and bossy.
On it goes, though it knows the bow’s drawn.2 Comments
In recent years many improvising pianists have made highly capable, not very memorable, quite-solo albums. This unforgettable pair are not much alike, but share key virtues.4 Comments
Bassekou Kouyate and Ballake Sissoko are two of Mali’s – indeed, Africa’s – greatest instrumentalists. The former’s ngoni is much more ‘ancient’ than the latter’s kora – a fact that would likely surprise most listeners to their current releases.3 Comments