Reviews that mention Chris Corsano

January 1, 2019

Mette Rasmussen/Chris Corsano

A View of the Moon (from the Sun)
Clean Feed CF 493 CD

Aram Shelton/Håkon Berre

Dormancy

No Label No #

Bucher/Countryman

Estuary

Manila Free Jazz No #

Constantly practiced so that it hardly seems novel, the completely improvised saxophone-drum duo has become as much a part of contemporary discourse as the Jazz piano trio. Still as these alto saxophone-percussion connections prove, virtuosity must be mixed with a certain sophistication to overcome self-indulgent tendencies that lurk beneath every one of these meetings. MORE

October 16, 2018

Rodrigo Amado/Joe McPhee/Kent Kessler/Chris Corsano

History of Nothing
Trost TR 170

A Pride of Lions

The Bridge Sessions 08

TBS 08

Always up for a challenge American multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee is involved in classic two-horn face-off on these CDs. Recorded about 13 months apart, in different European cities, McPhee, playing tenor saxophone and pocket trumpet, is partnered in the front-line on The Bridge Sessions by French tenor and baritone saxophonist Daunik Lazro, who is as seasoned a Free Jazz veteran as the Yank. Of much younger vintage is Portuguese tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, who McPhee encounters on A History of Nothing. Using soprano saxophone and pocket trumpet on that date, McPhee and Amado, are backed by an expected rhythm section of Americans Kent Kessler on bass and Chris Corsano on drums. However The Bridge backing features Americans Chad Taylor playing drums and mbira, Joshua Abrams’ bass and guembri plus Guillaume Séguron from France on double bass. MORE

July 6, 2018

Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Masahiko Satoh

Proton Pump
Family Vineyard FV 104

New Old Luten Quintet

Letzter Rabatz!

Euphorium Records EUPH 057

All the struggles that go into constantly remaining relevant – and inventive – as an improvising musician cause many over the years to jump ship for smoother voyages. That’s why players in their seventies and eighties still pushing themselves to the pinnacle are valued. Two who do so consistently are Japan’s Akira Sakata, 73, and Germany’s Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, a venerable 84, MORE

June 9, 2017

Paul G. Smyth & Chris Corsano

Psychic Armour
Weekertoft WKT CD 5

Like a contemporary King Canute holding back the tides of more commercial music, Dublin-based pianist and artist Paul Smyth remains Ireland’s most committed free music adherent. Although also a member of the post-Rock The Jimmy Cake collective, for unique challenges the pianist often leaves the country or imports players from outside to find appropriate collaborators. One such visitor with benefits was American drummer Chris Corsano, whose equivalent musical openness has allowed him to play with artists ranging from Bill Orcutt and Jim O’Rourke to Evan Parker and Joe McPhee. Reminiscent of labor negotiators gradually reaching accord, Psychic Armour’s three weighted wedges of unbridled improvisation metaphysically splinter sonic security to reach textures that are free, flexible and fluid. MORE

January 11, 2016

Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke with Chikamorachi & Merzbow

Flying Basket
Family Vineyard FV88

Merzbow/Balás Pándi/Mats Gustafsson/Thurston Moore

Cuts of Guilt, Cut Deeper

RareNoise Records RNRPR 052

On of the defining indicators of distinctive 21st Century improvised music is how it`s now being built on more than a Free Jazz or possibly aleatory so-called classical music tropes. Rock rhythms, electronic extensions and the acceptance of so-called noise as ends in themselves often characterize these performances and separate them from earlier avant-garde strategies. These sets, featuring Jazz-identified saxophones, Rock-wedded guitarist and the doming electronic pulses of Japan`s Masami Akita, known as Merzbow are distant example of these concepts. However one allows the noise to dominate the CD’s improvisational character, while the other subordinates the non-Free Jazz elements so that like detailing on an auto with a powerful motor, they complement rather than engulf graceful free music. MORE

January 6, 2016

Rodrigo Amado

This Is Our Language
Not Two MW 922-2

Giovanni di Domenico/Peter Jacquemyn/Chris Corsano

A Little Off the Top

NoBusiness NBLP 88

By Ken Waxman

Stints with popsters like Sunburned Hand of Man and Björk in the late aughts hasn’t affected drummer Chris Corsano’s skill in contributing to improvised sessions. Instead the Massachusetts native, converted to free music after witnessing incendiary performances by Cecil Taylor and William Parker, brings the same animation and restraint to these discs as he’s used on dates with sound explorers including Evan Parker, Paul Flaherty and Akira Sakata. MORE

January 6, 2016

Giovanni di Domenico/Peter Jacquemyn/Chris Corsano

A Little Off the Top
NoBusiness NBLP 88

Rodrigo Amado

This Is Our Language

Not Two MW 922-2

By Ken Waxman

Stints with popsters like Sunburned Hand of Man and Björk in the late aughts hasn’t affected drummer Chris Corsano’s skill in contributing to improvised sessions. Instead the Massachusetts native, converted to free music after witnessing incendiary performances by Cecil Taylor and William Parker, brings the same animation and restraint to these discs as he’s used on dates with sound explorers including Evan Parker, Paul Flaherty and Akira Sakata. MORE

December 5, 2011

Akira Sakata & Jim O’Rourke with Chikamorachi

…and that's the Story of Jazz
Family Vineyard FV78

Benjamin Duboc/Itaru Oki

Nobusiko

Improvising Beings ib01

KuRuWaSan

KuRuWaSan

Quintoquarto QQ002

Globe Unity: Japan

By Ken Waxman

With Japan’s year filled with disasters both geographical – an earthquake and a tsunami – and societal –political instability and falling interest rates – it’s heartening to hear CDs proving that musicians’ improvisational skills are still advanced. The sessions are also noteworthy, because like relief efforts, their success is due to collaborations with foreigners. MORE

October 27, 2010

Paul Dunmall/Chris Corsano

Identical Sunsets
ESP 4058

Van Hove/Dunmall/Rogers/Lytton

Asynchronous

SLAM CD 283

Philip Gibbs/Paul Dunmall/Tony Hymas/Paul Rogers/Neil Metcalfe/Tony Levin

Mumuksuta

Duns Limited Edition DLE 066

Straddling the sometimes artificially constructed divide that separates Jazz and Free Music is London-based woodwind player Paul Dunmall. He is able to creditably comport himself no matter the sonic situation in settings ranging from solo gigs to large ensembles. Three recent CDs demonstrate these skills in varied settings, only one of which is a bit louche. MORE

January 16, 2010

Nobuyasu Furuya Trio

Bendowa
Clean Feed CF159 CD

Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi

Friendly Pants

Family Vineyard FV66

While this linkage of two CDs featuring Japanese-born saxophonists playing in a trio with a non-Japanese rhythm section, may appear somewhat louche, there are similarities reflected on these appealing discs of which even the two protagonists may not be aware. This is despite the reality that alto saxophonist Akira Sakata is a Nipponese Free Jazz legend, while tenor saxophonist Nobuyasu Furuya is much lesser known. MORE

January 16, 2010

Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi

Friendly Pants
Family Vineyard FV66

Nobuyasu Furuya Trio

Bendowa

Clean Feed CF159 CD

While this linkage of two CDs featuring Japanese-born saxophonists playing in a trio with a non-Japanese rhythm section, may appear somewhat louche, there are similarities reflected on these appealing discs of which even the two protagonists may not be aware. This is despite the reality that alto saxophonist Akira Sakata is a Nipponese Free Jazz legend, while tenor saxophonist Nobuyasu Furuya is much lesser known. MORE

August 3, 2009

Tony Bevan/Chris Corsano/Dominic Lash

Monster Club
Foghorn FGCD 010

Keune-Schneider-Krämer

No Comment

FMP CD 133

Avram Fefer Trio

Ritual

Clean Feed CF 145 CD

Pedants who classify Free Music according to countries or areas of origin will likely be flummoxed by this trio of saxophone-bass-drums sessions from the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. While each is striking, not one traffics in the clichés associated with regionally based sounds.

British improvisation, for instance, is often described as “insect music”, made up of miniscule, understated gestures and sounds. Monster Club – note the in-your-face title – is anything but that. Lead by reedist Tony Bevan, who has collaborated as much with pioneering Free Jazz drummer Sunny Murray as Free Music forefather guitarist Derek Bailey, the sounds on the CD’s four tracks are often rip-snorting and riotous. Part of this may be attributed to Bevan’s young associates. Oxford-based bassist Dominic Lash not only works regularly with lower-case improvisers such as violinist Angharad Davies, but also with outgoing North Americans like cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and percussionist Harris Eisenstadt. Uncompromising saxophonist Paul Flaherty is a frequent playing partner for drummer Chris Corsano, part of the Sunburned Hand of Man avant-rock band. MORE

August 3, 2009

Keune-Schneider-Krämer

No Comment
FMP CD 133

Tony Bevan/Chris Corsano/Dominic Lash

Monster Club

Foghorn FGCD 010

Avram Fefer Trio

Ritual

Clean Feed CF 145 CD

Pedants who classify Free Music according to countries or areas of origin will likely be flummoxed by this trio of saxophone-bass-drums sessions from the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. While each is striking, not one traffics in the clichés associated with regionally based sounds.

British improvisation, for instance, is often described as “insect music”, made up of miniscule, understated gestures and sounds. Monster Club – note the in-your-face title – is anything but that. Lead by reedist Tony Bevan, who has collaborated as much with pioneering Free Jazz drummer Sunny Murray as Free Music forefather guitarist Derek Bailey, the sounds on the CD’s four tracks are often rip-snorting and riotous. Part of this may be attributed to Bevan’s young associates. Oxford-based bassist Dominic Lash not only works regularly with lower-case improvisers such as violinist Angharad Davies, but also with outgoing North Americans like cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and percussionist Harris Eisenstadt. Uncompromising saxophonist Paul Flaherty is a frequent playing partner for drummer Chris Corsano, part of the Sunburned Hand of Man avant-rock band. MORE

August 3, 2009

Avram Fefer Trio

Ritual
Clean Feed CF 145 CD

Tony Bevan/Chris Corsano/Dominic Lash

Monster Club

Foghorn FGCD 010

Keune-Schneider-Krämer

No Comment

FMP CD 133

Pedants who classify Free Music according to countries or areas of origin will likely be flummoxed by this trio of saxophone-bass-drums sessions from the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. While each is striking, not one traffics in the clichés associated with regionally based sounds.

British improvisation, for instance, is often described as “insect music”, made up of miniscule, understated gestures and sounds. Monster Club – note the in-your-face title – is anything but that. Lead by reedist Tony Bevan, who has collaborated as much with pioneering Free Jazz drummer Sunny Murray as Free Music forefather guitarist Derek Bailey, the sounds on the CD’s four tracks are often rip-snorting and riotous. Part of this may be attributed to Bevan’s young associates. Oxford-based bassist Dominic Lash not only works regularly with lower-case improvisers such as violinist Angharad Davies, but also with outgoing North Americans like cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and percussionist Harris Eisenstadt. Uncompromising saxophonist Paul Flaherty is a frequent playing partner for drummer Chris Corsano, part of the Sunburned Hand of Man avant-rock band. MORE

January 20, 2008

Cold Bleak Heat

Simitu
Family Vineyard FV41

Jon Raskin

Quartet

Ratascan Records BRD 059

Encapsulating the differences between West Coast and East Coast Free Improv, these quartet sessions illustrate how dissimilar sounding identically constituted combos can be.

Consisting of both compositional and improvisational material, the 12 tracks of Quartet are individually shaped by score and graphic elements organized by the band leader, long-time ROVA quartet member saxophonist Jon Raskin Rougher and wilder in contrast, Simitu’s six tracks seem to be nourished by the highly emotional and theatrical Energy Music which flourished in the 1970s. MORE

January 20, 2008

Jon Raskin

Quartet
Ratascan Records BRD 059

Cold Bleak Heat

Simitu

Family Vineyard FV41

Encapsulating the differences between West Coast and East Coast Free Improv, these quartet sessions illustrate how dissimilar sounding identically constituted combos can be.

Consisting of both compositional and improvisational material, the 12 tracks of Quartet are individually shaped by score and graphic elements organized by the band leader, long-time ROVA quartet member saxophonist Jon Raskin Rougher and wilder in contrast, Simitu’s six tracks seem to be nourished by the highly emotional and theatrical Energy Music which flourished in the 1970s. MORE

June 26, 2006

Paul Flaherty and Chris Corsano

The Beloved Music
Family Vineyard FV 39

By Ken Waxman

A rare example of how primitivism can attain profundity, The Beloved Music is a coarse, forty-three-minute-slab of almost out-of-time energy music. Improvised in a live setting by alto and tenor saxophonist Paul Flaherty and drummer Chris Corsano, the three tracks are, in many ways, throwbacks to a time in the late 1960s, early 1970s, when tone, texture, and arrangement were secondary to emotional expression.

Flaherty and Corsano may be impassioned, but they're not blatant. In contrast to true folk musicians who have a limited sonic vocabulary and can't perform any other way, the two have willingly chosen this extreme mode of expression. Careful listening reveals gradations and moments of raw beauty that are as evident here as in musique brut or industrial rock. MORE

April 17, 2006

NELS CLINE/WALLY SHOUP/CHRIS CORSANO

Immolation/Immersion
Strange Attractors SAAH 039

An outstanding example of the merge between intelligent hard rock and energy music that many claim, but few can pull off, the Cline-Shoup-Corsano trio combines the best impulses from the improv and big beat worlds and wrap them into one concentrated slab of power.

Individually each player has a reputation for forthright improvising from his home base, but improvising together in a first-ever trio manifestation raises the ante that much higher. Los Angeles-based guitarist Nels Cline, of course, has a long history of work with multi-reedman Vinny Golia, and is now a member of Wilco. Seattle-based alto saxophonist Wally Shoup has played with improvisers such as bassist Ruben Radding as well as Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore. Youngest of the three, Massachusetts-based drummer Chris Corsano is a regular playing partner of uncompromising saxophonist Paul Flaherty. MORE

June 6, 2005

COLD BLEAK HEAT

It’s Magnificent, But It Isn’t War
Family Vineyard FV35

EXUBERANCE
Live at Vision Festival
Ayler aylCD-009

Featuring familiar instrumentation, these East Coast quartets give you a glimpse of how so-called avant-garde improv is now either traditional – if that’s not an oxymoron – and evolving.

New York-based Exuberance, featuring some of the busiest advanced musicians in that city, has given itself the ongoing task of extending the sound John Coltrane and other energy players first articulated in the 1960s. With members hailing from Connecticut, Boston and the Apple, Cold Bleak Heat (CBH) mixes traditional – there’s that word again – energy improvisation with minimalistic tendencies influenced by European microtonalism. Each CD provides a valid answer to the overriding question of how to produce memorable free music in the 21st century. MORE

November 11, 2002

GREG KELLEY

If I never meet you in this life, let me feel the lack
Rossbin RS 006

PAUL FLAHERTY/GREG KELLEY/CHRIS CORSANO
Sannyasi
Wet Paint 3001

TAYLOR HO BYNUM & ERIC ROSENTHAL
Cenòté
Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1141

Greg Kelley’s solo trumpet CD may remind listeners of the old farcical riddle: “when is a raven like a writing desk?” His could be: “when isn’t a trumpet?” As outlandish and off-putting as all these words may appear in print, that jape is actually an apt description of the disc. MORE