Time to do my Lions
"This is a varied recording, a generous offering of personable, personal, and pleasingly experimental songs. Baar's employs just the right amount of stream of consciousness to soulfulness in his melodies to make 'Time to do my lions' a fascinating one. -Paul Acquaro, All About Jazz"
Mats Gustafsson and Jason Adasiewicz
""From the very beginning the atmosphere brings to mind the soundtracks of French film noir classics. Most of the pieces are incredibly slow, quiet, even tender and surprisingly tuneful. ... At the end of the day the music evokes an alternative kind of tension, one with a different kind of energy, one with less volume, one with a bigger focus on restraint. Gustafsson and Adasiewicz explore more subtle dynamics and moods, which are still full of passion and intensity." - Martin Schray"
Tooth and Nail
Joe Morris & Nate Wooley
"This kind of association indicates us, from the start, that we’re going to testify something very special, a journey of puzzling discoveries, mutual challenges, brilliant spontaneous solutions, dynamic interchange, and close interaction."
Torturing the Saxophone
""The title of the CD comes from Robert Crumb, the famous comics artist and collector of old shellacs. Gustafsson sent the CD to him and Crumb’s puzzled response are the liner notes for the album. (“I was kind of shocked at what a negative, unpleasant experience it was, listening to it. I had to take it off long before it reached the end”). Poor Mr Crumb, how could you listen so hard the wrong way? How could you miss the beauty underneath? But reading his lines notes in which he expresses his confused feelings are just the icing on the cake of a great album." - Martin Schray"
Details in the Air
"Trzaska, Górczyński and Vandermark play in the same Champions league. - Maciej Lewenstein. "
Traces of Speech
"As if the language of human beings was adopted and enhanced by aliens who charged any basic articulation with tons of information, employing vocals as one but not the dominant practical in a chain of sounds, keeping its expressiveness and emotional delivery neutral. Now, after this radical alteration, only a margin of this intriguing form of communication can be deciphered by us humans, but all—earthlings and other forms of beings in the greater universe—can get a glimpse of its infinite options. Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz"
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. -Unsounds"
Harold E. Smith / Mike Kull / Joe McPhee
"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. -Derek Taylor, All About Jazz"
"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. "
"Flaherty sees it a bit differently. “We are a bit restrained, or polite; just a little, but in a good way I think.” This restraint allows interaction to be heard more clearly, and “Weighing of the Heart” presents a timbrally stimulating example of how unified the group vision can be, with McPhee’s pocket trumpet soaring above the interplay. -Marc Medwin, One Final Note"
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"
Lotte Anker / Fred Lonberg-Holm & Dave Jackson / Dirk Serries
"Anker and Lonberg-Holm’s duet plays on all their strengths. Their extended improvisation takes a kind of narrative approach with the titling, “Ice King” / “Melt” / “The Frigid Air” / “Cold Only Hurts Those Who Feel,” and the playing is thrillingly free. Anker and Lonberg-Holm both have a way of taking tuneful lines to their scorched edges, successfully mixing atonal leaps with extended techniques. -Lee Rice Epstein, Free Jazz Blog"
""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"