Category: Album Reviews – Archive

July 29, 2020 / Album Reviews - Archive

FREYA (Edition/Planet) 8/10 Initially the rhythm stumbles with the broken motion of a leg in a splint, while the alto skates blithely by, before drummer Dan Weiss starts treating the thrumming insistence of Matthew Brewer’s bass as something to be tamed rather than healed. Trumpeter Ralph Alessi has already cauterised…

July 21, 2020 / Album Reviews - Archive

ABSURD IN THE ANTHROPOCENE (Gearbox) 8/10 The monumentalism at work here seems to predate our current little lives. Often trumpeter Dan Rosenboom thinks in mass and density as much as linear ideas; in towers and crenellated walls of granite sound. So even when the music’s lithe and boppish, it still…

July 16, 2020 / Album Reviews - Archive

PROJECT-K (Savant) 8/10 At first you think there’s a guitar in the ensemble, and then you hear more clearly the teardrop-shaped notes of Do Yeon Kim’s gayageum, the ancient Korean cousin of the koto. Jazz being a language rather than an idiom, the instrument readily slots into this music’s neon…