Reviews that mention Joey Baron

January 16, 2018

Irène Schweizer/Joey Baron

Intakt CD 293

Joining an illustrious cast of percussion partners who have played in duo with Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer is American Joey Baron. No place for the faint of heart, Schweizer’s playing partners have ranged from Günter Baby Sommer to Andrew Cyrille. But considering that Baron’s background includes stints with everyone from Carmen McRae to John Zorn, he gives as much as he gets.

Curiously enough for two figures closely identified with so-called avant-garde Jazz, there are times when their connection reaches such a peak of unfettered swing that you could be listening to an Earl Hines-Jo Jones date or even Peter Johnson with a Blues drummer. Those sort of playful, allusions appears as early as “Free for All”, the first track, which is also contemporary enough to have that honky-tonk train move along on an imaginary track that is stretched and stretched almost to infinity without breaking. “Blues for Crelier” is the other obvious showcase, with enough flashy stops and beaks to give both players space. Elsewhere Baron further demonstrates his understated percussion mastery, with interjections that sound as if he’s bending the cymbals while dislocating the time and beat, often in tandem with the pianist. For her part Schweizer creates a harpsichord-like plinking on “String Fever”, and then reverses herself immediately afterwards and figuratively dives into the piano innards for low-pitched resonations. MORE

August 1, 2017

Citadelic ‘17

Ghent, Belgium
May 31 to June 5

By Ken Waxman

Citadel Park in Ghent has been the green lungs of this city in East Flanders since the fortress for which it’s named was demolished in 1875. The park contains both the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Arts. For a few days every summer though, the park is also the showcase for musical art when the annual Citadelic Festival takes place within the park’s 2,500 acres. The festival, now it its tenth year, presented more than 20 concerts between May 31 to June 5 this year including local and international Jazz and improvised musicians. MORE

December 6, 2014

Artist Feature

Thomas Morgan
By Ken Waxman

Thomas Morgan didn’t have much time for an interview when contacted by TNYCJR. Back in New York for a few days after a couple of months touring overseas with pianist Craig Taborn’s trio and Danish guitarist Jakob Bro’s multi-media quintet, within the week he was off across the Atlantic for most of a month to take the bass spot in two different working bands: drummer Jim Black’s trio and Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko’s quartet. Constant touring is just part of life for Morgan, 33, who has been one of the city’s busiest bassist almost since arriving here from his native California 15 years ago. Featured on more than 70 CDs, Morgan honed his skill with as many groups as he can, including those led by veterans such as Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, drummer Paul Motian and guitarists Bill Frisell. MORE

February 17, 2011


Venice, Dal Vivo
D’autre Cords doc 5005

Diatribes & Barry Guy


Cave 12 Orchestra 1 c12 o 01

With advanced rock-influenced and so-called noise musicians increasingly adding free improvisation to their programs, a new hybrid is being showcased. At the same time the amount of sonic clamor added means that any resulting interpretation has to negotiate a fine line between incoherence and inventiveness. Although the volume of these sessions is somewhat stentorian, and their coherence sometimes spotty, the cleverness of the participants involved helps avoid major pitfalls. MORE

May 2, 2005


Recommended Records ReR/FRO 07

Glimpses of the figurative talent that would later allow him to score films such as Rivers and Tides, ALLIES is a six-movement soundtrack initially commissioned from Fred Frith by Bebe Miller for her dance company in 1989.

Finally mastered in late 2004, the CD is short (just under 40 minutes), and closer to rock music than the sort of work Frith does today. Still it’s an engaging bagatelle, especially since it provides another look at what the guitarist was doing in his post Art Bears period, before he was as strongly committed to open-ended improvisation. MORE

November 19, 2001


Un Incontro Illusorio
Challenge CHR 70093

What's so unusual about an organ and drums duo, you ask? Didn't people like Jimmy Smith, Johnny "Hammond" Smith and Don Patterson turn out scads of organ records in every type of combination all through the 1960s and 1970s?

Well yes, but the conception of this CD is a little different than those hunks of funk. For a start, Dutch keyboardist Jasper van t'Hof initially recorded these 17 tunes in 1998 on what seems to be a single keyboard, traditional church organ in the Chiesa de Santa Maria delle Rose in Bonefro, Italy. MORE

October 22, 2001


Winter & Winter JMT Edition 919 002-2

Often when fans look at the sessions Miles Davis recorded in the late 1950s, they wonder how he was able to gather so many future stars into one band. The same sort of question about another brassman -- Herb Robertson -- may arise examining TRANSPARENCY, a reissue from 1985.

Besides the presence of one future jazz superstar -- guitarist Bill Frisell -- think John Coltrane with Davis -- two other downtown stalwarts are represented: drummer Joey Baron and saxophonist Tim Berne -- think Philly Joe Jones and Cannonball Adderley. This quintet is rounded out by dependable Lindsey Horner on bass -- think Paul Chambers -- who made a stir with Myra Melford's trio in the mid-1990s and who now lives in Pittsburgh. MORE