Reviews that mention Daniel Humair

February 6, 2019

Various Artists: Cosmic Forest

The Spiritual Sounds of MPS
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Milford Graves


Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsDCD052

Roscoe Mitchell


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Bobby Naughton/Leo Smith/Perry Robinson

The Haunt

NoBusiness Records NBCD 105

Instant Composers Pool


Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsDCD056

Something in the Air: CD Reissues help define the massive musical changes of the 1960s and 1970s

By Ken Waxman

As the advances musical and otherwise that transformed the 1960s and 1970s recede into history new considerations of what happened during those turbulent times continually appear. Reissues of advanced music recorded during that time, some needlessly obscure, some better known, help fill in the details of exactly what happened. MORE

June 28, 2013

Daniel Humair

Sweet & Sour
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Monniot/Ithursarry/Roy +Saki

Station MIR

Le Triton TRI-12520

Perhaps it’s the romance associated with bal musette and the popular dancing of their youth, but advanced French-speaking improvisers appear to have a particular affinity for accordion-based undertakings. While these focused sessions here have about as much in common with the storied squeeze box-based schmaltz of the 1950s as John Coltrane does with Kenny G., a strain of populism is still apparent in the performances MORE

June 16, 2003


Ear Mix
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Better-known as jazz educators, clinicians and studio musicians, trumpeter/flugelhornist Marvin Stamm and vibraphonist David Friedman prove that their improvising spirit is too strong to be snuffed out. EAR MIX also shows that superior mainstream jazz isn’t just the province of the young, or the elderly. It can also be made spectacularly by middle-aged to older stylists.

Americans Stamm, born in 1939 and a veteran of the Stan Kenton, George Gruntz and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis bands; and Friedman, born in 1944, whose vibes and marimba have been featured on discs by performers as different as Tim Buckley, Hubert Laws and Wayne Shorter; are joined by two Europeans of a similar vintage here. Swiss drummer Daniel Humair (born: 1938) has worked with everyone from Phil Woods to Anthony Braxton. French bassist Sébastien Boisseau, who also plays in Martial Solal Newdecaband, may be part of Humair’s Baby Boom combo, but his balding pate in the photo suggests he’s more boomer than baby. MORE

May 12, 2003


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Opposite to the average person who supposedly becomes more conservative as he or she ages, improvisers seem to go in a contrary direction. In earlier times Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins -- to take two examples -- were still experimenting with new methods in their sixties and seventies. Today, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Derek Bailey and Steve Lacy, all of whom are on either side of 70, are as probing in their playing as they ever were.

Take WORK, American soprano saxophonist Lacy’s newest session recorded in France with 63-year-old Swiss drummer Daniel Humair and relative young’un -- American bassist Anthony Cox. With all musicians in perfect control of their instruments, it’s as satisfying a session as Lacy has made in his almost 50 year recording career. MORE

January 1, 2002


Liberté Surveillée
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Astute, inventive and tasteful, Swiss-born percussionist Daniel Humair, 63, has long been one of the revered patriarchs of mature European jazz. A resident of Paris since the late 1950s, he was an integral part of French pianist Martial Solal’s trio in the 1960s and altoist Phil Woods’ European Rhythm Machine in the 1970s. Recordings have seen him seconding stylists as different as Swing trumpeter Bill Coleman and cerebral saxophonist Lee Konitz, and working in a variety of original settings with other Europeans like French bassist Henri Texier and German keyboardist Joachim Kühn. MORE