Category: ‘western’ musics
Over the last year no “female vocal” albums have moved me more deeply. In their different ways, each defies description, and is a very “unlikely” success. Respectively, they were recorded in the singer’s living room in Iowa, and in a studio in south-east France. Iris Dement interprets Russian poetry, in a manner no one else would ever have attempted… or imagined. Elina Duni addresses poetry and traditional song from her birthplace, Albania…with three brilliant Swiss jazzmen.
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Happy New Year from Pelican Yoga. Read on and you’ll reap a Fiddlehead Fern musical reward…One Comment
For nearly three decades Chris Abrahams and Lloyd Swanton have been two thirds of The Necks.
That singular Australian trio is renowned worldwide, but its members do many other good, highly diverse musical things.
Chris Abrahams’ Climb and Lloyd Swanton’s Ambon are wonderful, in very different ways. Climb is all piano, solo. Ambon involves a shifting cast of thirteen…and a true story both dreadful and inspirational.
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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
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