Category: Album Reviews – Archive

September 28, 2020 / Album Reviews - Archive

WHIRLPOOL (Alister Spence Music) 8/10 One note, and then the options are limitless. When the music’s working, the improviser’s mind is ablaze with possibilities, making microsecond decisions about which of these to pursue, usually to sustain the thread of what is already being heard in the head – or sometimes…

September 22, 2020 / Album Reviews - Archive

AGAINST EMPIRE (MOD Reloaded/Redeye Worldwide) 8.5/10 Can music itself be wise, or just the people who create it? Can it perhaps impart wisdom? Certainly some profundity is layered into this album’s compositions, choice of players, improvising and production, so that, while being breathtakingly innovative, it also feels mysteriously ancient. Ever…

September 18, 2020 / Album Reviews - Archive

MORE THAN ANYTHING (Orenda) 8/10 You hear the intensity of the initial impetus: these nine compositions all relate to the love, loss and grief felt by the trombonist and composer Jon Hatamiya across nine years while supporting his mother as cancer sapped away her life. Even the unusual instrumentation plays…