Reviews that mention Michaël Attias

September 16, 2016

Renku

Live in Greenwich Village
Clean Feed CF 354 CD

Jean-Brice Godet Quartet

Mujô

Fou Records FR-CD 16

Like a high-quality electronic product manufactured by the Panasonic Corporation, the career of alto saxophonist Michaël Attias has always involved being slightly ahead of his time. Israeli-born, the reedist followed what has now become a common career trajectory, by moving back-and-forth from the US to Paris, where he first recorded, before setting in New York in the 1990s. Since that point, despite Donald Trump and Brexit, globalization has become a reality in the music business, with the number of immigrant musicians who relocate to North America, especially New York, for a greater or shorter time swelling. Today many players on an Apple bandstand may not only be non-New Yorkers, but non-Americans. Live in Greenwich Village reflects this internationalism. Besides Attias, the cooperative Renku trio includes Japanese-born percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and bassist John Hébert, whose Cajun-Louisiana background is noted in the Gallic spelling of his surname. Each contributes to the compositional pool of this its third disc, recorded after 10 years together. MORE

September 16, 2016

Jean-Brice Godet Quartet

Mujô
Fou Records FR-CD 16

Renku

Live in Greenwich Village

Clean Feed CF 354 CD

Like a high-quality electronic product manufactured by the Panasonic Corporation, the career of alto saxophonist Michaël Attias has always involved being slightly ahead of his time. Israeli-born, the reedist followed what has now become a common career trajectory, by moving back-and-forth from the US to Paris, where he first recorded, before setting in New York in the 1990s. Since that point, despite Donald Trump and Brexit, globalization has become a reality in the music business, with the number of immigrant musicians who relocate to North America, especially New York, for a greater or shorter time swelling. Today many players on an Apple bandstand may not only be non-New Yorkers, but non-Americans. Live in Greenwich Village reflects this internationalism. Besides Attias, the cooperative Renku trio includes Japanese-born percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and bassist John Hébert, whose Cajun-Louisiana background is noted in the Gallic spelling of his surname. Each contributes to the compositional pool of this its third disc, recorded after 10 years together. MORE

November 26, 2015

Trio (MIT) Marlene

The Surface of an Object
Rudi Records RRJ1025

XY Quartet

XY

Nusica.Org 05

Perhaps there were great sales on acoustic bass guitars in Italy a few years back. At least that’s may be one of the reasons that two compelling sets of small group improvisation recorded within a month of one another feature accomplished players on the uncommon – for Jazz at least – instrument. Like the gap between travelled immigrants and settled nationals however, the conceptions and undertaking of the sounds that define the XY Quartet and Trio (MIT) Marlene differ in more than personnel and track numbers. MORE

August 8, 2013

Artist Feature

Andy Milne
By Ken Waxman

“Working with other people from other places and other disciplines expands your own ability to be creative,” notes pianist/composer Andy Milne, the 46-year-old Canadian who has lived stateside since 1991. Without question he has spent the past few years proving this dictum.

Best-known for his six years in the ‘90s as keyboardist with alto saxophonist Steve Coleman’s different bands, as well as leading his own Dapp Theory combo since 1998, Milne’s recent and upcoming projects include experiments with small group improvising and composed orchestral music; collaborations with a fellow pianist, two kotoists, actors and a comedian. Plus his associates hail from the US, France, Japan … and even outer space. MORE

February 5, 2012

Tony Malaby’s

Novela
Clean Feed CF 232

Olaf Rupp/Joe Williamson/Tony Buck

Weird Weapons 2

Creative Sources CS197 CD

Splice

LAB

Loop Records 1013

Bioni-Solberg-Brow

Hopscotch

ILK 179 CD

Something In The Air:

Expat Canadians Create High-Class Improv

By Ken Waxman

Almost from the time the professional music business was established in this country, the expected route for success has been for artists to head off to the larger market down south and set up shop there. Canadians from Percy Faith and Maynard Ferguson to Joni Mitchell and Teresa Stratas effectively followed that formula. But today, as American musical hegemony lessens and modern communications almost literally shrink the world, musicians, especially those who play improvised music, can demonstrate that a permanent home in Europe is as beneficial as becoming an American resident. MORE

August 2, 2010

Michaël Attias

Renku in Coimbra
Clean Feed CF 162 CD

Oleś Brothers with Rob Brown

Live at SJC

Fenommedia Live Series FM 09-008

Double bass and drums power and patterns are the reason for the success of both these trio CDs which also feature – and in one case is lead by – an alto saxophonist. Nonetheless, these cohesive qualities would likely be present no matter who was the third partner.

Poland’s most notable rhythm section, twin brothers, bassist Marcin Oleś and drummer Bartłomiej “Brat” Oleś are a lot more than the Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb of Eastern Europe. Although their skills as close-knit accompanists have benefited musicians ranging from German woodwind player Theo Jörgensmann to American cellist Erik Friedlander, they also produce sessions and – as in this case – compose the music. Not only has Brat Oleś in particular supplied memorable tunes for this CD, but the two spur New York saxophonist Rob Brown to his most impressive soloing on record. Considering Brown travels in the company of players such as bassist William Parker and pianist Mathew Ship that’s high praise. MORE

May 22, 2006

MICHAËL ATTIAS

Credo
Clean Feed CF051

Recorded more than seven year ago, the only puzzling aspect of this exciting CD is why it had to wait so long to be released.

Perhaps it’s because 1999 was a half-generation ago in the jazz-improv world, with the musicians here even less known than today and unable to interest local record companies in the product. The later handicap was overcome by going offshore – Clean Feed is Portuguese – although the excellent improvisers featured here still have undeservedly low profiles. MORE

January 10, 2005

EDWARD RATLIFF WITH RHAPSODALIA

Barcelona in 48 Hours
Strudelmedia CD 008

More than a soundtrack, yet as descriptive as program music should be, BARCELONA IN 48 HOURS is a minor classic, codifying and amplifying the sounds composed by New York-based Edward Ratliff for a short film of the same name he co-directed and co-produced with photographer Anja Hitzenberger.

Designed both as a portrait of choreographer David Zambrano and a reflection of the Catalan city’s blended cultures, it can stand on its own divorced from the images. Ratliff himself plays cornet, trombone, accordion, celeste or Fender Rhodes on different tracks, and isn’t present at all for three of the 11 selections. Auspiciously as well, he’s employed nine of the most accomplished improvisers in the New York area to help him out. MORE

April 5, 2004

SCOTT ROSENBERG

Creative Orchestra Music, Chicago 2001
New World # 80572-2

WALTER THOMPSON ORCHESTRA
Pexo - A Soundpainting Symphony
9Winds NWCD0234

Creating structures for ensembles of improvising musicians and voices is the thread that unites these two sessions. Scott Rosenberg and Walter Thompson have formulated different paths to creation -- the former by mixing improv and written material, the later by utilizing a composing-conducting system of gestured signals.

Although both methods are praiseworthy, neither disc is 100 per cent satisfying. That’s because application of the theory sometimes breaks down in the spontaneously recorded practice. MORE