Reviews that mention Anthony Cox

March 11, 2012

Adam Pierończyk

Komeda - The Innocent Sorcerer
JazzWerkstatt JW 104

Michael Bates

Acrobat: Music For, and By, Dmitri Shostakovich

Sunnyside SSC 1291

Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band

The Sweet Science Suite

Mutable/Big Red Media 003

Ariel Shibolet/Nori Jacoby

Scenes from an Ideal Marriage

Kadima Collective KCR 28

Something In the Air: Improvisers’ Unexpected Inspirations

By Ken Waxman

Over the past few years as post-modernism has made anything fair game for musical interpretation, sophisticated improviser/composers have taken inspiration from the most unlikely sources, far beyond the motifs, historicism and pastels of earlier times. Canadian bassist in New York Michael Bates for instance, has organized a salute to Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), using his own music and variants on the modern Russian composer’s oeuvre. Iconoclastic American composer/saxophonist Fred Ho has produced a five-part suite honoring boxer Muhammad Ali (b. 1942) as a militant, outspoken fighter for social justice. The luminous canvases of American visual artist Cy Twombly (1928-2011) stimulate Israeli saxophonist Ariel Shibolet’s creativity, while Polish saxophonist Adam Pierończyk recasts in his own fashion the distinctive film scores of composer Krzysztof Komeda (1931-1969). MORE

May 12, 2003

STEVE LACY/DANIEL HUMAIR/ANTHONY COX

Work
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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

April 28, 2003

RON MILES QUARTET

Laughing Barrel
Sterling Circle SC 1219

LUIGI MARTINALE
Urka
DDQ 128053-2

Trumpet, a chordal instrument, bass and drums: what could be a simpler configuration for improvised music? Very little, in fact, but it’s a testimony to the imagination and talents of the two quartets represented on these discs that they sound so distinct.

By the same token, while both revolve around the song form, it appears that Italian pianist Luigi Martinale’s disc, featuring trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso, comes across with more vitality than American trumpeter Ron Miles’ CD, which features guitarist Brandon Ross. MORE

March 31, 2003

JOE FONDA

When It’s Time
Jazz ‘Halo TS011

ANTHONY COX That & This
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KENT KESSLER Bull Fiddle Okka Disk 12038

MIKE BULLOCK Initial
Chloë 001

Four bassists, 40 fingers, no waiting. That’s a slogan you’ll definitely never see, at least not outside of a badly run jam session. Seriously, though, each of these four solo CDs shows how singular an individual’s approach to the same instrument can be.

The double bass shed its reputation as a lumbering workhorse midway through the last century, with advances in jazz, contemporary classical music and free improvisation. Now in a climate of bass liberation, recitals like these demonstrate what committed stylists like the four on show can bring to the same four strings. MORE