Reviews that mention Stomu Takeishi
September 5, 2011
This Brings Us To Volume II
Pi Recording PI 36
Nicolas Caloia Quartet
No # No label
Lotte Anker/Craig Taborn/Gerald Cleaver
ILK 162 CD
William Parker & ICI Ensemble
Winter Sun Crying
Neos Jazz 41008
Something In The Air: Guelph Jazz Festival 2011
By Ken Waxman
--For Whole Note Vol. 17 #1
A highlight of the international calendar, the Guelph Jazz Festival (GJF), September 7 to 11, has maintained its appeal to both the adventurous and the curious over 18 years. It has done so mixing educational symposia with populist outdoor concerts, featuring performers ranging from established masters to experimenters from all over the world. MORE
September 13, 2010
This Brings Us To Volume I
Pi Recordings 31
Another glimpse into the Henry Threadgill world, this singular CD extends the composer/flutist/saxophonist’s sounds rather than alluding to any other current improvised music conceptions. In essence, the tunes on This Brings Us To are part of a unique Klangfarbenmelodie, where every thematic and pitch division advanced by the five musicians are essential to attain the composer’s sonic vision.
Taken mostly legato and moderato, the six compositions are of another extension of what Threadgill has been creating since this century began. Even so, such expected tropes as the preponderance of deep brass tones – supplied by tubaist/trombonist Jose Davila, who also plays in the Spanish Harlem Orchestra – and subtle finger-style guitar licks, courtesy of Liberty Ellman – whose employers have ranged from the San Francisco Mime Troupe (SFMT) to M-Base – remain constant with the reedist’s long-time conception. MORE
December 17, 2009
Live At Roulette
Expanding his electro-acoustic expertise to a creation for large ensemble, on this CD German-born, New York-based endangered guitarist Han Tammen presents two mesmerizing suites from his 13-piece Third Eye Orchestra.
Apparently unfazed by the superstition about 13, Tammen doesn’t perform, but instead conducts and arranges in real time. Likewise ignoring the superstitious angle, some of Manhattan’s most accomplished and innovative musicians – and one ringer – handle with aplomb Tammen’s creation which calls for equal facility with improvisation and notated music, acoustic instrumental techniques and familiarity with electronic excursions. Although billed as two, six-part versions of the same piece – “Antecedent” and “Consequence” – it’s a tribute to all concerned that neither version mirrors the other. While the separately titled tracks exhibit certain homogeneity, soloists never eschew individuality even while blending with the others in section work or contrasting passages. MORE
October 25, 2006
The Fell Clutch
Playful and profound at the same time, this CD by multi-reedman Ned Rothenbergs well-paced trio confirms that the separation between cerebral improvisation and body conscious grooves is narrower than most would imagine as long as theres a singularity of purpose.
Usually dedicated to highly technical woodwind explorations and collaborations with the likes of saxophonist Evan Parker, or World music inferences with like-minded players such as tabla player Samir Chatterjee, Rothenberg, the New York-based clarinetist and saxophonist adopts harder beats here. Featuring drummer Tony Buck, of the Australian trance-jazz band The Necks and fretless electric bass player Stomu Takeishi, who is in trumpeter Cuong Vus punky jazz trio, plus slide guitarist Dave Tronzo on three tracks, theres a rock-like sensibility present. MORE
October 2, 2006
Cryptogramophone CG 127
MARCIN OLE & BARTOLMIEJ BRAT OLE
Fenommedia FM 05 003
By Ken Waxman
Until about 15 years ago the chance of finding a cellist in an improvised music situation was as likely as discovering a banjo in a philharmonic situation. Occasionally bassists would double on the smaller instrument, but that was about it.
Radical changes occurred in the 1990s though and improv cello players are now as common as trombonists. Today, New Yorks Erik Friedlander is the pre-eminent American improv cellist, with a C.V. that stretches from work in the Masada String Trio to gigs with Laurie Anderson and with pianist Sylvie Courvoisier. Friedlanders long suit is his adaptability, and these CDs show off two facets of his skills. CHAMBER QUINTET is just that, a mixing of the cellists formalistic timbres, with Belgian Emmanuelle Somers oboe and English horn, American Michael Rabinowitzs bassoon plus bass an drums, the later two instruments played by the highly-talented Ole brothers of Poland, who also wrote all 11 compositions in this recital. MORE
March 13, 2006
Its Mostly Residual
Artists Share No #
Guitarist Bill Frisell is a featured player on both these CDs, which also include among the personnel a bassist, a drummer and a cornetist or trumpeter. Each is lead by a youngish instrumentalist, brought up on the West Coast and whose talent has subsequently led to high-profile gigs in New York, where both now live. Two more dissimilar sessions you couldnt imagine.
It isnt just the personnel, although ITS MOSTLY RESIDUAL is a quartet date and the group on some of 12 SONGS tracks swells to septet size. Rather its that the former disc is on this side of frantic, completing trumpet Cuong Vus trilogy of almost punk-rock fuelled releases albeit this time in quartet, rather than trio formation. When the pace slows down the unforced, polyphonic tones resemble some of the hipper lines written by guitarist Pat Metheny, in whose group, the Seattle-raised Vu has been featured the past few years. MORE
August 30, 2004
Where the Two Worlds Touch
THE FONDA/STEVENS GROUP
Leo CD LR 394
Building on jazzs standard two-horns-and-rhythm combo format, these CDs impress by showing how the players manage to make things new by tweaking sounds to match their own aspirations.
A team for over 20 years, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and bassist Joe Fonda do this by not only insisting that all the sounds on their CD be completely improvised, but by adding another voice to the line-up. French alto and baritone saxophonist Daunik Lazro is one of that countrys foremost experimenters, working in contexts as varied as solo recitals and bands with saxophonist Michel Doneda and Joe McPhee. Here his unique articulation and sound sources add another dimension to that supplied by the pianist, bassist, long-time drummer Harvey Sorgen, and endlessly inventive trumpeter Herb Robertson, who has worked with Fonda and Stevens in various bands, on-and-off for more than a decade. MORE
August 4, 2003
Cryptogramophone CG 118
Il Peso Delle Nuvole
Splasc (h) CDH 852.2
Building an improv band around a cello is no longer the novelty it would have been 10 years ago.
To give some examples: American expatriate Tristan Honsinger is all over European CDs whether theyre by big bands or small combos; Fred Lonberg-Holm seems to turn up on every second session recorded in Chicago; and Vancouver-based Peggy Lee has been a member of different-sized bands throughout North America and Europe. MORE
January 24, 2002
Everybodys Mouths A Book
PI Recordings PI01
HENRY THREADGILLS ZOOID
Up Popped The Two Lips
PI Recordings PI02
Five years after his unsatisfactory major label dalliance ended, composer/saxophonist Henry Threadgill is back with not one, but two new CDs on a brand-new label. Showcasing one quintet and an almost wholly different sextet performing new Threadgills pieces, the sessions are exhilarating and comfortable at the same time. Thats because the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM)s most iconoclastic writer is still finding new ways to express himself while staying faithful to the jaunty compositional system he developed as long ago as the early 1990s. MORE
December 24, 2001
Come Play With Me
Knitting Factory KFW 298
No one is likely to confuse trumpeter Cuong Vu with a neo-con young lion.
Although hes young enough (28), educated enough (the New England Conservatory) and experienced enough (including a touring gig with the Pat Metheny Group), he doesnt seem interested in the rote bebop recreations that characterize other young trumpeters. Working with the likes of Laurie Anderson and David Bowie as well as more jazz-oriented types, hes evolved a distinctive, electronics-influenced style that with this band almost takes on the trappings of a rock power trio. MORE