Category: Album Reviews – Archive

February 6, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

  Now Here This (Abstract Logix/Planet)  Some artists tend to pare back their music’s freneticism as they age. John McLaughlin prefers to continue letting rip. The guitarist who was in on the ground floor of combining jazz and rock still relishes unleashing torrents of notes against backdrops studded with rhythmic…

January 28, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

On Broadway (W&W/Birdland) Each of these five albums shone when it appeared. Now assembled into a set they represent the pinnacle of the last 25 years of US jazz.  For at least a decade before Paul Motian’s death in 2011 the great drummer/composer/band-leader was the beacon for what jazz could…

January 28, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Primal Communication (www.feeling-to-thought.com)  You know how dreams can have transitions where you seem to step through a portal from one world to another? Phil Treloar’s monumental Primal Communication is like that. Composed for strings (Conservatorium of Tasmania String Orchestra) and improvising quartet (Feeling to Thought: Treloar, percussion; Mark Simmonds, tenor;…