Reviews that mention LIsle Ellis

November 6, 2010

Kirk Knuffke/Lisle Ellis/Kenny Wollesen

Chew Your Food
No Business NBLP 17

By Ken Waxman

More than a musical mouthful, this session lead by trumpeter Kirk Knuffke is an apt demonstration of unselfish trio interaction. The result of a Jerome Foundation composers grant, the nine compositions, recorded live at Roulette, flow seamlessly into one another suite-like. Not only are Knuffke’s well-masticated compositional and improvisational skills served up, but the disc also confirms that ample improvisational nutrition can result with only a trumpet in the front-line – just as long as the sonic meal includes proper seasoning from other players. MORE

July 9, 2008

Paul Bley

12+6 In A Row
hatOLOGY 649

Lisle Ellis

Sucker Punch Requiem

Henceforth Records 104

Radio I-Ching

The Fire Keeps Burning

Resonant Music 004

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

One Dance Alone

Songlines SGL SA1571-2

Mark O'Leary/Eyvind Kang/Dylan van der Schyff

Zemlya

Leo Records CD LR 507

Expatriate – and Homebody – Sounds

Extended Play

By Ken Waxman

Geographic proximity is responsible for the migration of gifted Canadian artists to the United States. Plus Canadian improvisers down south quickly find eager collaborators. MORE

July 9, 2008

Mark O'Leary/Eyvind Kang/Dylan van der Schyff

Zemlya
Leo Records CD LR 507

Paul Bley

12+6 In A Row

hatOLOGY 649

Lisle Ellis

Sucker Punch Requiem

Henceforth Records 104

Radio I-Ching

The Fire Keeps Burning

Resonant Music 004

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

One Dance Alone

Songlines SGL SA1571-2

Expatriate – and Homebody – Sounds

Extended Play

By Ken Waxman

Geographic proximity is responsible for the migration of gifted Canadian artists to the United States. Plus Canadian improvisers down south quickly find eager collaborators. MORE

July 9, 2008

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

One Dance Alone
Songlines SGL SA1571-2

Paul Bley

12+6 In A Row

hatOLOGY 649

Lisle Ellis

Sucker Punch Requiem

Henceforth Records 104

Radio I-Ching

The Fire Keeps Burning

Resonant Music 004

Mark O'Leary/Eyvind Kang/Dylan van der Schyff

Zemlya

Leo Records CD LR 507

Expatriate – and Homebody – Sounds

Extended Play

By Ken Waxman

Geographic proximity is responsible for the migration of gifted Canadian artists to the United States. Plus Canadian improvisers down south quickly find eager collaborators. MORE

July 9, 2008

Radio I-Ching

The Fire Keeps Burning
Resonant Music 004

Paul Bley

12+6 In A Row

hatOLOGY 649

Lisle Ellis

Sucker Punch Requiem

Henceforth Records 104

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

One Dance Alone

Songlines SGL SA1571-2

Mark O'Leary/Eyvind Kang/Dylan van der Schyff

Zemlya

Leo Records CD LR 507

Expatriate – and Homebody – Sounds

Extended Play

By Ken Waxman

Geographic proximity is responsible for the migration of gifted Canadian artists to the United States. Plus Canadian improvisers down south quickly find eager collaborators. MORE

July 9, 2008

Lisle Ellis

Sucker Punch Requiem
Henceforth Records 104

Paul Bley

12+6 In A Row

hatOLOGY 649

Radio I-Ching

The Fire Keeps Burning

Resonant Music 004

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

One Dance Alone

Songlines SGL SA1571-2

Mark O'Leary/Eyvind Kang/Dylan van der Schyff

Zemlya

Leo Records CD LR 507

Expatriate – and Homebody – Sounds

Extended Play

By Ken Waxman

Geographic proximity is responsible for the migration of gifted Canadian artists to the United States. Plus Canadian improvisers down south quickly find eager collaborators. MORE

January 1, 2007

Alberto Braida/Lisle Ellis/Fabrizio Spera

di terra
Nu Bop Records 2

A moving force in first the Vancouver, then the Bay area, and now the New York advanced music scene, bassist Lisle Ellis hooks up with two sophisticated Italian players on this hard-hitting CD. In the process he confirms that first-class improvising knows no boundaries.

A full collaboration, following a short tour, di terra’s 12 tracks give equal prominence to each participant, though by temperament and attack pianist Alberto Braida stands out. Someone who has worked with German bassist Peter Kowald, the Lodi-based keyboardist voices dramatically, whether he’s unspooling flashing double-time syncopation or highlighting kinetic cadences. With pronounced glissandi and sprinkles of discordant tones, his approach is thoroughly individual, yet favorably recalls 1950s pianist Herbie Nichols’ hair-trigger rhythmic sense. MORE

October 15, 2005

Sound On Survival

Live
Henceforth Records 101

Overstuffed with searing improvisations, this live disc confirms that unadorned Energy music still thrives, and that geography is becoming increasingly musically irrelevant.

Built around a magnificent, almost-40-minute performance, recorded in and titled “Philadelphia”, the Sound on Survival (SOS) trio also lets loose on three other tracks, captured in Amherst, Mass. However two of the band members are Canadians who now live in the Bay area – drummer Peter Valsamis is a former Montrealer, while Vancouver native Lisle Ellis, is bassist of choice for a variety of left coast ensembles. SOS’ guiding force is long-time Bay area alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi who has since relocated to Germany. MORE

January 10, 2005

B.E.E.K. (BRÖTZMANN/ELLIS/ENEIDI/KRALL)

Live at the Spruce Street Forum
Botticelli 1015

Marco Eneidi is a brave musician.

When it comes to improvising, the diminutive, Bay area alto saxophonist will match his skills against anyone’s. Which is why LIVE AT THE SPRUCE STREET FORUM is such an explosive document. The five longish tracks feature Eneidi facing off with a reedman universally acknowledged since the 1960s as one of the most ferocious on his instruments: German saxist and clarinetist Peter Brötzmann.

Aided and abetted by Vancouver-born, California-based bassist Lisle Ellis and New York drummer Jackson Krall and recorded in San Diego, the CD is a caterwauling yawp of a session. It proves how in the right circumstances it only takes four committed improvisers to make enough characteristic sounds to create their own version of John Coltrane’s ASCENSION, which featured 11 musicians or Brötzmann’s MACHINE GUN which featured eight. MORE

December 27, 2004

ROBINSON/ELLIS/VINKELOE [REV]

Blue Rêve
ELD Records ER 2

With European and North American improvisers frequently operating on the same wavelength, the number of cross-continental collaborations has increased exponentially over the past few years.

These are genuine associations, mind you, not the sort of famous-soloist-meets- locals match-ups of the 1960s and 1970s. Some of the more auspicious meetings have involved Biggi Vinkeloe, a German-born alto saxophonist and flautist, who has lived in Sweden since 1988. Vinkeloe, whose European trio recordings have featured such respected bassists as the late Peter Kowald of Germany and the American expat Barre Phillips has also played with Bay area bassist Damon Smith. MORE

October 21, 2002

MARCOS FERNANDES

Hybrid Vigor
Accretions ALP-027 CD

Sound Art at its most elastic, with its ever-shifting cast of characters and usual sounds, HYBRID VIGOR could be a piece of cinema waiting to be shot. But considering Hollywood’s obsession with blow-‘em-up blockbusters, this narrative of mixed improvisations put together by percussionist/tape manipulator Marcos Fernandes is probably truer to the artist’s eye on CD than anything would be on film stock.

One of the founders of San Diego’s Trummerflora Collective, Fernandes was born in Yokohama, Japan of Portuguese/Japanese heritage, and raised Catholic in a Buddhist country. Thus this disc includes hybrid elements of out-rock, so-called trance music, ethnic sounds and pure sonic manipulation. MORE

October 14, 2002

WHAT WE LIVE

Especially the Traveller Tomorrow
Metalanguage MLX 2002

Always be suspicious of reviews that tell you that one track on a release is worth the price of the disc. It can’t be, or you’d be paying for a collection of second-rate music as well as that one track. However, frequently, one track on an otherwise highly competent CD stands out among the others. So it is with the nearly 33-minute title track on this disc by What We Live.

By itself, the tune shows how three veteran improvisers, familiar with one anothers’ capabilities after working together for almost a decade, can reach the heights of interactive excellence when conditions are right. Obviously they were during this session, recorded during a French tour by the San Francisco-based group in 2000. MORE

March 22, 2000

GLENN SPEARMAN

Free Worlds
(Black Saint 120207-2)

Let us now praise unjustly "unfamous" men.

Case in point: tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman, an emotional, gut-wrenching free blower if there ever was one, who died of colon cancer in October 1998 at the age of 51.

Spearman was a take-no-prisoners blower in the lineage of Ayler, Coleman and Coltrane. A member of one of Cecil Taylor's group, he taught at Mills College in the Bay Area and recorded in a variety of settings, most memorably with his own Double Trio (for Tzadik and Black Saint).

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