Axel Dörner / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang
"Trumpet, cello and percussion wouldn’t seem to share many timbral effects, but it’s often difficult to figure out who’s doing what. “Kasu,” for example, is a rolling patter of metallic-sounding thwacks, taps and scrapes that evokes myriad shades of gray, yet even when Dorner offers more conventional brass tones, as on “Ranzen,” the quick-blink reflexes of Lonberg-Holm and Zerang are at once so intuitive and disorienting that the trumpeter may as well be playing a belt sander, a testament to the trio’s sense of sonic creativity. Rather than revealing pet licks and favorite gimmicks, repeated listening only delivers a greater array of clever details. -Peter Margasak, JazzTimes"
Five Arias For Nalca
Benjamín Vergara / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Aaron Zarzutzki
"In all five tracks there’s never just a single idea of how the recording will proceed. They seem to decide on the spot, always ready to change direction or choose another path. This is probably the most important lesson learned in collective improvisation. -Fotis Nikolakopoulos, Free Jazz Collective"
No Time Left or Sadness
Fred Lonberg-Holm & Joe McPhee
"The intimacy of the recording makes for some close encounters of the intuitive kind and both McPhee and Lonberg-Holm demonstrate an uncanny understanding of each other's presence. There is an emotional intensity to the recording too. -Sammy Stein, The Free Jazz Blog"
35 Grapes (19 Shown)
Fred Lonberg-Holm & Michael Zerang
"Like two abstract visual artists painting on the spot, these two begin with an idea of where they going and travel down some treacherous courses with little guidance. The results are uniformly stunning and enlightening. Zerang and Lonberg-Holm have done this sort of thing with others many times before, but this is clearly one of their best. -Steve Loewy, AllMusic"
Bow Hard at the Frog
Fred Lonberg-Holm and the Amphibians of the Everglades featuring Gustavo Matamoros
"The title of this collection alludes to a direction in the score of Iannis Xanakis' "Kottos", where the cellist is instructed to "Bow Hard at the Frog", meaning quite literally to play vigorously at the frog (of the bow). In the context of this recording however the phrase becomes multifaceted, as Lonberg-Holm attempts to engage the amphibious wildlife of the Everglades in dialogue. -Nick Metzger, The Squid's Ear"
Bridges Freeze Before Roads
Fred Lonberg-Holm Quartet
"Four individual voices overlapping in convulsive fragmentations, yet never exceeding the threshold of a barely disturbed imperturbability; even if Lonberg-Holm is indicated as the “leader”, this is pure and simple “anarchic democracy”. The abundant fruits generated by the artistic sensitiveness brought in by Guillermo Gregorio on clarinet, Glenn Kotche on percussion and Jason Roebke on bass are tangible since the very first listen; the development of a common, if atypical language seems to be the only thing that matters for this quartet. -Massimo Ricci"
Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Fast Citizens
"Fast Citizens continues to forge its own direction, reaching beyond formulaic conventions to embrace new forms. –All About Jazz"
Throw Down Your Hammer and Sing
Nate Wooley / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Jason Roebke
"The five improvisations on Throw Down Your Hammer and Sing still retain their attachment to the tools at the players' disposal; split-tones and cagey muted brass are clearly the trumpeter's task, while cutting tenor projection and string bulwarks belong to cello and bass, respectively. -Clifford Allen, All About Jazz"
The Avondale Addition
"…this just hits like an especially robust excursion into the beauty of avant-Chicago...with stretches that roll and even groove; in terms of rhythm (movement) and foundational sturdiness, The Avondale Addition is a substantial ride (that lasts for just over an hour). Everybody plays at a high level, and this [is] splendid stuff. –Joseph Neff (The Vinyl District)"