From Wolves to Whales
"The final track, "For Kenau," sums up the quartet's mission. It trawls a path of extended emotion through long solemn notes and solos, ending with all its fuel spent. - Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
Henneman String Quartet
"The tension between composition and improvisation and between tradition and innovation creates an uncommon music that knows few equivalents in the world of contemporary jazz music. -- Emanuel Wenger "
Stringers & Struts
Dave Rempis / Jeff Parker / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Jeremy Cunningham
"Each member brings out new facets of the others – Parker’s melodicism warms up Rempis’ tone and invites a new focus on contrapuntal motion in his playing, while Rempis draws some spiky shards of sound from Parker’s otherwise round-toned ax. Flaten’s drive propels Cunningham, and frees him up to play more impressionistically than he otherwise might. And Cunningham – who’s been known to fret that he’s a nail-biting novice to free improvisation – proves himself fully capable of taking on that new challenge using the same remarkable depth of musicality that he applies in more familiar contexts. Put these together and you end up with a record that draws lines between Grant Green’s Iron City, Ornette Coleman’s Body Meta, and Sonny Sharrock’s Ask the Ages."
Studio Sessions Vol. 3
Morris / Gauci / Lane
"The sound on this disc is superb, warm, clean, intense and bristling with energy! We can tell that Mr. Gauci has worked long and hard on his great tone. Burnished and filled with passion and fury. The rhythm team is equally powerful, throttling, burning, soaring, erupting. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery"
"SUBVOICE is a collection of nine recent works by composer Yannis Kyriakides for various ensembles ranging from single instrument to large orchestra, that represent an investigation into ideas of voice and language. The music is built on traces of voices and texts that seem to speak or sing in an intimate form of dialogue, either as text that is directly encoded into music, or in traces of voice that are embedded and dissolved into the musical fabric. -Unsounds"
Sweet Freedom - Now What?
Joe McPhee / Lisle Ellis / Paul Plimley
"In 1994, Joe McPhee entered a studio in Zurich, Switzerland and recorded this thoughtful yet chance-taking response to Max Roach's ambitious Freedom Now Suite of 1960 ... McPhee doesn't treat Roach's compositions like museum pieces; instead, he embraces them on his own terms and brings many of his own ideas to the table ... the element of surprise is exactly what McPhee is going for on this rewarding, AACM-influenced inside/outside date. -Alex Henderson, All Music"
The Clifford Thornton Memorial Quartet
"Throughout its one extended track and a cursory refinement of the obvious encore, the four musicians work through the theme with a logic of their own. McPhee’s valve trombone introduction and much later tenor saxophone elaborations refer back to bedrock Blues which also coursed through Thornton’s work. -Ken Waxman, Jazz World"
Peter Brötzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love
"Brotzmann and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love seem like a perfect pairing: Brotzmann's saxophones, clarinets and tarogato—a Hungarian single-reed instrument with a deeper, louder and woodier timbre—are underscored by Nilssen-Love's relentless, fast-paced cymbal work. -Ted Gordon, All About Jazz"
Joe Morris Instantiation
"Switches is scored with invented notation that is read in line from right to left. Each player has different pages. The performer assigns value to the notation by making a sound. Players also have additional pages consisting of 13 units of traditional notation. The independent use of the score generates a natural juxtaposition of material. - Joe Morris, liner notes"
"Mohammed 'Jimmy' Mohammed is a phenomenal blind singer from Ethiopia. He has appeared on the Ethiopiques series and this is his debut album. The songs are about love, politics, and the social life of the poor. But there is also wit and charm and plenty of 'Wax & Gold', the typical Ethiopian double meaning. He is accompanied by Mesele Asmamaw on the krar, a 5-string harp and Asnake Gebreyes on the traditional drums."
Mats Gustafsson / Barry Guy / Raymond Strid
"The energy swells and recesses, popping circuits off the listeners receptors even in the quietest moments. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
Joelle Leandre / Elisabeth Harnik
"Harnik and Léandre continue to perform as a duo but even on this early phase of their collaboration they already established a profound bond. As Ken Vandermark notes in his liner notes, both bring to this setting their “unique personal creative histories - applying techniques and melodic/textual territories that are distinctly their own, developed in other ensembles and field of endeavors, and brought together through the parallel lines of expression”. -Eyal Hareuveni, Free Jazz Blog"
The Abstract Truth
Rodrigo Amado / Kent Kessler / Paal Nilssen-Love
"Nilssen-Love is a master of propulsion. Be it with his tom-toms or simple sticks on metal, he is always driving, commenting, and chiding his mates. The music, although not scripted, is structured and organized, but not just Kessler's time-keeping bass but all three players. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"