Category: Album Reviews – Archive

May 20, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Wislawa (ECM) Tomasz Stanko divides his time between his native Poland and New York, maintaining bands in both places. Here his American quartet breaks cover in dramatic fashion. While having one of jazz’s most distinctive trumpet sounds and having undertaken many darkly European projects, Stanko has also been able to…

April 29, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Empathy (Blow) Ted Vining won’t die wondering what may have happened had he really applied himself. I remember gigs that were cruising along rather politely, when suddenly the Melbourne drummer/band-leader detonated massive drum/cymbal explosions that turbocharged the rest of the performance. Now in his 70s he continues to energise his…

April 22, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

The Sirens (ECM) On his visit here last year US saxophonist Chris Potter astounded some with his level of invention, and was dismissed by others for wanton virtuosity. I was in the former camp, although there are times on this album when I sympathise with the other perspective. Potter is…