Category: Album Reviews

November 30, 2020 / Album Reviews

THE QUICKENING (Thrill Jockey) 8/10 Jim White’s name has become the musical equivalent of those Heart Foundation food endorsements: if you see it on a record, you know the music will warm your ears. From Dirty Three to Marianne Faithfull toXylouris White, the drummer’s range of sonic adventuring has been…

November 27, 2020 / Album Reviews

DIZZY ATMOSPHERE (Greenleaf) 7.5/10 Tribute albums and jazz mix about as well as oil and water. Jazz demands being oneself and, at the highest level, selflessness. Tribute albums imply the assumption of another’s characteristics. Trumpeter Dave Douglas now has considerable experience solving that conundrum, so his Dizzy Atmosphere is not…

November 24, 2020 / Album Reviews

FIKA (Move) 8/10 The integration deepens. Electric viola da gamba player Jenny Eriksson’s Elysian Fields project gave six players of diverse backgrounds a chance to excavate a unique collective sound, and the artistic success always partly depended on how successfully its disparate elements – classical, folk, jazz and early music…