Duo Baars - Henneman & Dave Burrell
"The brilliance of this trio is proved most powerful when we start to think about all the other moments they could have uttered a note and most certainly would have changed the direction of the music... from beginning to end this is marvellous, improvised music. A music so marvellous that we tend to forget that it did not exist before Ab Baars, Dave Burrell and Ig Henneman stepped on the stage of the Bimhuis that one night in September. And which after that intriguing concert did exist only as a memory. Until now. (Mischa Andriessen)"
Anne-James Chaton & Andy Moor
"A collection of poetry guitar music pieces originally released as a series of four seven inch singles based around the themes of transportation and transition; side A constructed from real or factual information and material, side B from fiction and fantasy."
Harold E. Smith / Mike Kull / Joe McPhee
"McPhee states that Trinity was the first record where he really began to feel comfortable with his tenor playing. Drinking in his work on each of his horns over the duration of the album it’s startling how much of McPhee the mature player is already solidly in place and his explanation takes on new candor. Curiously the gothic sword and sorcery cover illustration is left unexplained."
"The angular guitars, in-your-face drums, rock cello, and punk vocals are flawless, like a well-slicked machine, perfected through numerous live performances. After a surprising 25 years of existence, The Ex have no signs of becoming stale, tame, or rusty; challenging themselves to bring completely new ideas into the mix.’’ Jon Whitney - The Brainwashed Brain. "
Two Days In December
"With these duos I think that we tried to be as free from musical categories and boundaries as we could, playing what the music suggested not what our preconceptions dictated. -Ken Vandermark"
""What is here, though, is beyond these landmarks of traditional jazz. The world is not flat and neither is jazz, and if you can place some faith in that, you can get into this. FME pays tribute to four innovators of free jazz and improvised music: saxophonist and trumpeter Joe McPhee, percussionist Paul Lytton, guitarist Joe Morris and saxophonist Peter Brötzmann." -All About Jazz"
Underground Railroad + Live At Holy Cross Monastery
"This set is one of the most essential recordings of late-'60s free jazz, and anybody remotely interested in the period needs to hear it."
"The second release on UNSOUNDS by the sound artist Francisco López. It is a two part work based on a radical reconception of the piano. Movement 1 is a composition created for Reinier van Houdt that utilises some extreme preparations, it is a 20 minute tour de force. Movement 2 is a studio sound transformation of the initial piano part, where one hears the exploded and recombined sonorities of the piano taking on an immersive sonic dimension as one has come to expect of López’s work in the last years. The collaboration with Ensemble MAE musician Reinier van Houdt has produced an intriuging and original work of instrumental music, a highlight in López’s oeuvre."
Veer and Haul
Ab Baars + Mariëtte Rouppe van der Voort
"…Rouppe van der Voort performs miracles in dexterity on the piccolo in "E si fussi pisci", turning it into a penny whistle sliding out of control. Stopping on a dime 45 seconds before the end of the piece, she prompts a quiet and fragile coda that is so perfect you'll go back to the booklet to make sure it was not scored. Other highlights include the busy and playful title track, the tender "Duet for John and Bob" and "Bells," where Baars launches into a soulful non-idiomatic tenor sax solo. Veer and Haul is a title that evokes big ships performing clumsy maneuvers, but Baars and Rouppe van der Voort's lines are sketching a fascinating dance". --François Couture, All Music Guide "