Reviews that mention Dave Burrell

June 19, 2017

Duo Baars Henneman & Dave Burrell

Trandans
Wig #25

By Ken Waxman

Having played together in many contexts for more than a quarter century, Dutch reedist Ab Baars and violist Ig Henneman are like draft horses, so long in harness that they can respond to each others’ motions before they even happen. Although this mixture of strained, sul tasto resilience from the fiddler and outpourings that range from the shrilly atonal snarled blares to mere breaths, depending on Baars’ use of clarinet, tenor saxophone or shakuhachi, would be distinctive in itself, they up the ante on Trandans by playing with veteran American pianist Dave Burrell, with whom neither had previously recorded MORE

April 11, 2017

Dave Burrell and Bob Stewart

The Crave
No Business Records NBLP 100

The Freexielanders

Looking Back, Playing Forward

Rudi Records RRJ1032

Joe McPhee/André Jaume

Nuclear Family

Corbett vs Dempsey CvD CD031

Simon Nabatov

Monk’n’More

Leo Records CD LR 780

Something In The Air: Twisting Classic Jazz and Jazz Classics

By Ken Waxman

Classic Jazz, sometimes called Dixieland or Trad Jazz van be a path into the music. However since the 100th birthday of recorded jazz passed last month, those who stick to recreating jazz standards of earlier eras are in the position of Early Music devotes who refuse to consider anything not played on period instruments. Ironically enough some well-known Free players started out as Dixielanders, including saxophonist Steve Lacy and Toronto artist/pianist Michael Snow, but they soon switched to more challenging fare. Recently a new curiosity has emerged though. As a post-modern paradox some advanced improvisers are mixing old timey classics with free form sounds with unique results. MORE

February 26, 2016

Dave Burrell/Steve Swell

Turning Point
NoBusiness NBCD 70

Steve Swell’s Kende Dreams

Hommage à Bartok

Silkheart SHCD 160

Working forward in his career as one of the busiest trombonists in New York’s Free Music scene, Steve Swell has in the last little while been drawn to program music. That doesn’t mean a turn away from open-ended improv, of which he has performed masterly alongside everyone from Tim Berne to Peter Brötzmann. It’s just like an actor trying out classical as well as contemporary roles he transmits the artistry implicit in one to the other. MORE

November 16, 2012

Silke Eberhard/Dave Burrell

Darlingtonia
Jazzwerkstatt JW 112

Sonny Simmons/François Tusques

Near the Oasis

Improvising Beings ib10

One European and one American musician face off on these live duo sessions, each of which matches a woodwind player with a pianist. While the results are equally simpatico, the couplings couldn’t be more dissimilar.

For a start Near the Oasis, recorded at New York’s Vision Festival, features two veterans of the Free Jazz wars performing together for the first time in North America on a program of mostly reconstituted Bop classics. The saxophonist/English hornist is Louisiana-born Sonny Simmons, 79, who was part of the New Thing in the early 1960s, and has lived in France for the past decade. His partner is Paris-based pianist François Tusques, who came to Free Jazz around the same time as Simmons, and over the years has played with a clutch of memorable European and American innovators. MORE

June 23, 2010

Giuseppi Logan

The Giuseppi Logan Quintet
Tompkins Square TSQ 2325

One of the lesser-known second generation New Thingers, woodwind player/pianist Giuseppi Logan made a couple of interesting LPs for ESP-Disk in 1964 and 1965 as well as sideman appearances with trombonist Roswell Rudd and singer Patty Waters. Known equally for the strength of his music and his weakness in coping with the music business, Philadelphia-born Logan faded from view shortly afterwards and was thought to have died in the early 1990s.

But after being re-discovered living in New York a member of a Christian evangelical cult, Logan, now 75, began playing gigs with trumpeter/bass clarinetist Matt Lavelle. Lavelle and a top-flight rhythm section of pianist Dave Burrell, bassist Francois Grillot and drummer Warren Smith are all present on this, his first session in 45 years. MORE

March 28, 2008

William Parker Double Quartet

Alphaville Suite
Rogue Art: ROG 0010

William Parker/ Raining On The Moon

Corn Meal Dance

AUM Fidelity AUM043

William Parker

The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield – Live in Rome

Rai Trade RTPJ 0011

Concerned with different varieties of the Black vernacular experience, each of these fine CDs by bassist William Parker is impressive on its own. More profoundly each illustrates in a different way that the musical divisions among jazz, R&B, improvised music and soul are, in many cases, merely arbitrary. MORE

March 28, 2008

William Parker/Raining On The Moon

Corn Meal Dance
AUM Fidelity AUM043

William Parker Double Quartet

Alphaville Suite

Rogue Art: ROG 0010

William Parker

The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield – Live in Rome

Rai Trade RTPJ 0011

Concerned with different varieties of the Black vernacular experience, each of these fine CDs by bassist William Parker is impressive on its own. More profoundly each illustrates in a different way that the musical divisions among jazz, R&B, improvised music and soul are, in many cases, merely arbitrary. MORE

March 28, 2008

William Parker

The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield – Live in Rome
Rai Trade RTPJ 0011

William Parker/ Raining On The Moon

Corn Meal Dance

AUM Fidelity AUM043

William Parker Double Quartet

Alphaville Suite

Rogue Art: ROG 0010

Concerned with different varieties of the Black vernacular experience, each of these fine CDs by bassist William Parker is impressive on its own. More profoundly each illustrates in a different way that the musical divisions among jazz, R&B, improvised music and soul are, in many cases, merely arbitrary. MORE

November 5, 2006

Dave Burrell & Billy Martin

Consequences
Amulet Records AMT 022

Proving that there’s improvisational life after popularity, drummer Billy Martin –

famous as one-third of the Medeski Martin & Wood (MMW) jam band – dedicates his spare time to playing in more challenging contexts.

The consequences of that can be a CD like Consequences, a live date which matches the younger drummer (b. 1963), with master pianist Dave Burrell (b 1940). Burrell, whose under-recorded status has been partially rectified recently, treats Martin as an equal, as the two follow different strategies to reach a musical détente. MORE

July 10, 2006

CHARLES GAYLE

Time Zones
Tompkins Square Records TSQ 2839-2

DAVE BURRELL
Margy Pargy
Splasc (H) CDH 874.2

Melody men above all, seem to be strange descriptions of avant-garde avatars Dave Burrell and especially Charles Gayle. But each singly lives up to the definition on these solo piano sessions.

Philadelphia-based Burrell, 66, who once composed a solo-piano opera, has always had a foothold in the pre-bebop tradition, despite his 1960s recording for ESP-Disk and his long association with Freebop saxophonists Archie Shepp and David Murray. More unexpected is New Yorker Gayle, 67, who is celebrated – or is it reviled – for his blow-torch tone on alto and tenor saxophones and bass clarinet. In 2000 however the saxophonist revealed jaw-dropping adroitness as a solo pianist on a collection of jazz standards. MORE

October 11, 2004

DAVE BURRELL’S FULL BLOWN TRIO

Expansion
High Two Recording HT001

BENNINK/CLARK/GLERUM
Home Safely
Favorite 01

Instrumental fashions come and go, but one of the most consistent jazz combo configurations is the piano trio. As long as the three sides of the triangle are properly balanced, despite its maturity, it’s still possible to create outstanding sessions. Both these CDs confirm the equation to a greater or lesser extent. Neither could be confused for the other however.

Put simply, EXPANSION is an event -- the first CD by pianist Dave Burrell for an American label since 1966 -- and a masterful addition to his slim catalogue. Not for nothing is the band called the Full-Blown Trio either. William Parker is on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums. MORE

June 30, 2003

ARCHIE SHEPP

Attica Blues
Impulse! AS-9222 024 654 414-2

ALBERT AYLER
Music Is The Healing Force of the Universe
Impulse! AS-9191 440 065 383-2

What you’re hearing on these two LP-length CD reissues, recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s, is the metaphoric death throes of the New Thing as a popular music.

But wait, you say, didn’t the angry unmelodic, experimental New Thing itself murder jazz’s popularity when it hijacked the music and drove large audiences away? Not really. Like other pieces of revisionist history perpetuated by the neo-cons this tale has been blown out of proportion to make more miraculous the trad revival of the 1990s. MORE

June 16, 2003

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Live from the Vision Festival
Thirsty Ear THI 57131.2

The next best thing to being there, this combination CD and DVD package offers a distillation of some of the outstanding performances from last year’s Vision Festival in New York’s Lower East Side. Lacking the name recognition of Newport, Montreux, or any other capitalist entity-associated international star festival, in its less than 10 year existence, Vision has still promulgated a unique artistic vision.

Built around the vision of bassist William Parker, it’s a place where pioneering avant gardists from the 1960s mix it up with younger players who are carrying on experimental ideals. It’s cross-cultural, national and international as well, with the musicians showcased on this session arriving from Germany, Korea, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Valencia, Calif., New Orleans… and Brooklyn, MORE

October 7, 2002

SUNNY MURRAY

Sunshine & An Even Break (never give a sucker)
Fuel 2000 Records 302 061 215 2

Potentially the time when Energy music of both the American and European varieties reached the zenith of acceptance, 1969 was also unique because it suddenly seemed that the very fabric of society was ripping apart.

Riots were commonplace on both continents. Radicalized students were staging sometimes-violent demonstrations to demand more liberalized education processes and to protest against local repression and the war in Viet Nam. Fringe groups had turned to kidnapping, bomb throwing and arson in Europe, while in the U.S., the Black Power Movement had moved into its short-lived, so-called revolutionary phrase. MORE