Reviews that mention Frank Rosaly

December 16, 2017

Christophe Erb/Jim Baker/Frank Rosaly

…don’t buy him a parrot…
hatOLOGY 728

Things to Sounds

3 [42:02] Live

WideEar Recordings WER027

Quietly, but not unobtrusively Swiss improvisers are making their presence felt on the international stage. While neither of these trio CDs, offers anything particularly related to the country’s cantons or mountains, they do point out different ways to make musical opportunities. A known quantity at this point, Lucerne-based tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist Christophe Erb has for the past few years not only recorded with locals, but set up an ongoing relationship with Chicago players, including on this release, now Netherlands-resident, drummer Frank Rosaly, who has been part of the Rempis Percussion Quartet; and quirky pianist Jim Baker, who has worked with everyone from Fred Anderson to Ken Vandermark. Together the three explore open-ended improvisations whose eccentric titles are as far removed from the bland reputation of Switzerland as can be imagined. MORE

October 1, 2017

Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

Simultonality
tak:til GB CD 048

With the object of synthesizing his experiences with Alt-Rock, World Music mysticism and Jazz-oriented improvisation, Joshua Abrams has created a characteristic record whose five tracks are equally concerned with rhythm, rapture and repetition. Experimenting with assorted sonic input from his established Natural Information Society (NIS) band plus guests the compound is distinctive. But like a mule, which is an offspring of a jack donkey and a mare, only some of the offspring appear fertile enough to germinate future experiments. MORE

January 24, 2017

Jason Stein/Paul Giallorenzo/Frank Rosaly

Hearts and Minds
Astral Spirits AS026

Having figured out how to make an improvised music trio function as if it was a Heavy Metal trio on this disc are three Chicago-based players who have already established themselves as Jazz standard bearers. Like movie thriller makers who demonstrate that there’s a subversive edge in their program, no matter how much in-your-face brutality is exposed, Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo and Frank Rosaly are too attuned to sophisticated sounds to affect the jejune properties of simpler strategies. MORE

December 11, 2016

Bennett/Johnston/Mezzacappa/Rosaly

Shipwreck 4
NoBusiness Records NBCD 67

Circadia

Advances and Delays

SOFA A551

Franklin Kiermyer

Closer to the Sun

Mobility Music MMII016

Anna Weber’s Simple Trio

Binary

Skirl Records 033

Michael Vlatkovich

Myrnofant’s Kiss

pfMentum CD 095

Something In The Air: Catching up with Canadian Expats

By Ken Waxman

Q: What’s the best way to become famous in Canada? A: Leave the country. Unfortunately that hoary jape still has currency in 2016, especially if you want to be a renowned actor. Music is less aggressive and plenty of first-class musicians make their home in the dominion; some foreigners even relocate here. Still for many improvisers concerns, both personal and professional, cause them to abandon their native land. Expatriation often means interaction with a wider crew of players than if they had stayed put and these recent discs capture the results of these challenges. MORE

June 1, 2016

Festival Report

Doek ABC
By Ken Waxman

With many parts of the Netherlands reclaimed from the sea over the centuries, the Dutch have long been adroit recycling, reusing and repurposing. So it’s no surprise that except for the soft-seated Bimhuis, with its magnificent waterfront view, most venues for this year’s Doek ABC Improvisation Festival in Amsterdam, April 29 to May 4, had initially been built as schools, warehouses and even a dungeon. These locations were particularly pertinent for this year’s fest which united local improvisers (A) with visitors from Berlin (B) and Chicago (C). The festival also demonstrated how different musicians repurpose the jazz and improvised traditions. MORE

April 27, 2016

Josh Berman Trio

A Dance and a Hop
Delmark DE 5021

Being based in Chicago and having worked at that city’s now closed Jazz Record Mart appears to have given cornetist Josh Berman a particularly cosmopolitan take on brass playing. Working with many open-minded players from the city and elsewhere, including tenor saxophonist Keefe Jackson and vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, he’s comfortable with sounds based on Bop, pre-modern and purely improvised music.

Having demonstrated on earlier CDs, that like a member of a precision sports team he’s high functioning in a group situation, Berman sets himself a much tougher goal on A Dance and a Hop. Backed only by the shaded pulsing from Frank Rosaly’s drum kit and the husky sonority of Jason Roebke’s bass, like the commander of an advance squad in a battle, Berman has to surmount uncharted sonic territory with what seem to be limited resources. That he – and the other trio members – do so well is recognition that in the right hands the pared-down diet of singular brass, string and percussion structures can be as musically nourishing as the equivalent of a musical multi-course meal. MORE

April 7, 2016

Bobby Bradford-Frode Gjerstad Quartet

The Delaware River
NoBusiness NBLP 87

By Ken Waxman

There may be 5,251 miles separating Los Angeles and Stavanger, but L.A.-based cornetist Bobby Bradford, 81, and Norwegian saxophonist/clarinetist Frode Gjerstad, 67, are so attuned in their playing that it sounds like they’re next door neighbors with daily practice sessions. On this, their fourth quartet disc, the collaborative inspiration is as high as usual. Each time they play the brass specialist and the reedist cement a relationship that goes back to the ‘70s and ‘80s when each played separately, then together with the late British drummer John Stevens. Like a TV series invigorated by gradually adding new characters though this The Delaware River is more than a two character playlet. MORE

March 18, 2015

Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet

Afterimage
Driff Records CD 1404

The Urge Trio

Live in Toledo

Veto-records/exchange 010

By Ken Waxman

Fayetteville, Arkansas’ gift to improvised music, saxophonist/clarinetist Keefe Jackson is gradually expanding his base from his new hometown of Chicago, where he leads several ensembles Both Live in Toledo and Afterimage offer unique displays of his talent. Skewed chamber-jazz, the first calculates how many varied tones can be sourced from the dual tenor saxophones and bass clarinets of Jackson and Swiss reedist Christoph Erb, with Tomeka Reid’s cello the single chordal back-up. Also recorded live, but a more formal date, Afterimage features four Windy City players – reedists Jackson and Dave Rempis, bassist Nate McBride and drummer Frank Rosaly – playing the compositions and arrangements of Boston pianist Pandelis Karayorgis. MORE

February 11, 2014

Artist Feature

Dave Rempis
By Ken Waxman

For proof that a committed improviser can build an impressive career outside of NYC, look no further than Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis. The Massachusetts native, who relocated to the Windy City in ’93, is kept busy touring with his own bands as well as in a variety of other groups. This month he’ll play two rare gigs in the Apple, as part of a completely new configuration with trumpeter Nate Wooley, bassist Pascal Niggenkemper and drummer Chris Corsano.

Rempis would often bump into Wooley at European festivals and Chicago gigs, so eventually they decided to combine forces. The trumpeter suggested the other players and the four will record following the dates. The resulting CD may be a joint release on Wooley’s imprint plus Rempis’ six-month-old Aerophonic label. MORE

January 3, 2014

The Rempis Percussion Quartet

Phalanx
Aerophonic AR-001

Perelman/Shipp/Dickey/Cleaver

Enigma

Leo Records CD LR 683

Although the concept of having two drummers as part of an improvising ensemble isn’t a new one, it must be done judiciously so the percussion doesn’t overwhelm the other players. The situation is especially problematic when dealing with as few as four musicians, but both sessions here are organized so that this atypical make-up doesn’t impede creativity.

At the same time each session differ from the other due to the choice of individual chordal instrument. Phalanx, recorded in Antwerp and Milwaukee is held together during four extensive blow-outs by the powerful bass work of Norwegian-turned Texan Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. Together in different configurations since 2004, the percussion part of The Rempis Percussion Quartet is made up of Frank Rosaly and Tim Daisy, both of whom are in-demand on the expanding Chicago improv scene. Dave Rempis, who plays alto, tenor and baritone saxophone on the disc, is best known for his work in the Vandermark5. MORE

December 19, 2013

Frank Rosaly

Cicada Music
Delmark DL 5006

Nate Wooley Sextet

(Sit In) The Throne of Friendship

Clean Feed CF 280 CD

Transferring personal compositional notions to an ensemble can be challenging, depending on the size and makeup of the group. Both the vibraphone-centred sessions here – led respectively by Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly and New York trumpeter Nate Wooley – avoid the obvious drawbacks by entrusting the interpretations to long-time associates. However the drummer hedges his beats by mixing brief earlier tracks, recorded solo or in quintet formation, with far superior sextet outings from three years later. By maintaining a consistency of vision however, Wooley’s CD comes out on top. Another point of intersection is that while both leaders are identified with the so-called avant-garde, there’s a genuine commitment to showcasing exciting motion in the composition – call it jazz or swing if you wish. MORE

November 13, 2013

Joshua Abrams Quartet

Unknown Known
Rogueart R0G-0045

Envision Bags & Trane if bassist Paul Chambers was leading the session and the program played was all his compositions. That’s a simple way to imagine the achievements of this disc, although the most known unknown on this Chicago-recorded session is that without legend emulation, the bassist-leader and crew have created a high-gloss, well-paced CD that’s comfortable (post) modern without being too experimental.

One of the most in-demand bassists in the Windy City, Joshua Abrams has a high profile with a variety of bands, working with everyone from flutist Nicole Mitchell to guitarist Jeff Parker. This quartet – like the Modern Jazz Quartet – is filled out by others who are often leaders of their own bands in Chicago. Vibist Jason Adasiewicz, who takes the Milt “Bags” Jackson role here is also part in different Rob Mazurek projects; tenor saxophonist David Boykin, who comes out of the John Coltrane-lineage via the AACM connection, is cast in the Trane spot; while Frank Rosaly, like Connie Kay in his day, is also a busy sideman in bands led by the vibraphonist, Mazurek, Parker and saxophonist Dave Rempis. MORE

September 9, 2013

Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal

Aquarius
Delmark DE 5004

Watershed

Watershed

RogueArt ROG-0044

Nicole Mitchell

Engraved in the Wind

RogueArt R0G-0047

By Ken Waxman

A major Jazz flautist, Nicole Mitchell recently traded her Chicago base for an academic post at University of California, Irvine. But as these sessions attest, the flautist, who during her two decades in the Windy City played in numerous bands and was an executive of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (ACCM), hasn’t let geography or academe slow down her recording schedule. These CDs feature her with quartet of Chicagoans, a mixed French-American quintet and most challengingly, solo. MORE

November 26, 2012

Josh Berman & His Gang

There Now
Delmark DE 2016

Venerating a bit of Chicago history while turning the concept on its head, is the idea behind cornetist Josh Berman’s There Now CD. Titling his seven-piece group as a “gang”, he references the Eddie Condon-Austin High “gang” of the late 1920s, and arranged five of the Chicago School’s Dixieland signature tunes plus three of his own compositions for this project. But the subversive allure of the CD is that it isn’t a Trad Jazz retread, but an exercise in post-modern voice approximation. MORE

July 6, 2012

Festival Report:

Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon
By Ken Waxman

London saxophonist John Butcher and Chicago percussionist Tim Daisy were the MVPs during the Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon at the end of April. To stretch the metaphor further, Butcher was doubly valuable, since as a pinch hitter he replaced Una Casa/Observatorio’s third member when that saxophonist was unable to perform with Buenos Aires-based trumpeter Leonel Kaplan and Viennese computer manipulator Christof Kurzmann. If Butcher’s playing was sympathetically creative with that trio, his improvising was equally spectacular with The Apophonics, a new group, otherwise consisting of British bassist John Edwards and Bay-area percussionist Gino Robair. Meanwhile the cap-sporting Daisy subtly pacing Wrack, the chamber-styled string-and-horn quintet; as well as added rhythmic heft to saxophonist Dave Rempis’ Percussion 4Tet, whose raucous free jazz closed the festival to enthusiastic audience cheers. MORE

June 20, 2012

Boris Hauf Sextet

Next Delusion
Clean Feed: CF 238 CD

Boris Hauf/Steven Hess/Keefe Jackson

Proxemics

Creative Sources CS 184 CD

Fascinated by the minimalist textures revealed by balancing percussion and reed timbres plus an overlay of electronics, Berlin-based saxophonist Boris Hauf convened these telekinetic exercises in collective improvisation during a 2010 busman`s holiday in Chicago.

A frequent visitor to that city, Hauf is best known for his work with the efzeg combo, but these CDs are even more reductionist. Replacing the guitars that were part of efzeg with piano micro-tonalism of one-name Austrian Juun, plus his own harmonium playing on Proxemics, Hauf fills out the juddering narrative with contributions from his tenor and soprano saxophones, Keefe Jackson’s contrabass clarinet and tenor saxophone and Steven Hess’s drum beats. Hess, who is almost prominent in metal bands; Hauf and Jackson, who leads his own band and is a fixture in Chicago FreeBop combos; are all accounted for on Next Delusion with the trio augmented by exploratory Windy City bass clarinetist Jason Stein and two additional drummers: Michael Hartman and Frank Rosaly, both of whom gig frequently on the Chi-town Jazz scene. MORE

April 1, 2012

Jason Stein Quartet

The Story This Time
Delmark DE 2013

Having chosen to make the often unwieldy bass clarinet his only horn, Chicago-based Jason Stein has also had to use good-old American ingenuity to carve out a singular path for himself. Unlike the relative handful of bass clarinetists who don’t double on other reeds and mostly concentrate on New music or abstract expressionism, Stein defines himself as a Jazzman. Thus this CD’s program mixes five knotty Stein originals with a half dozen other tunes composed either by Thelonious Monk or members of the so-called Lennie Tristano school. Additionally the entire program is anchored by the woody time-keeping of bassist Joshua Abrams and the rhythmic accents of drummer Frank Rosaly. MORE

January 23, 2011

Jeb Bishop Trio

2009
Better Animal Recordings 1

Keefe Jackson Quartet

Seeing You See

Clean Feed CF 176 CD

One of the youngish Americans who have helped create a humanistic approach to trombone playing, Chicago’s Jeb Bishop has been omnipresent in that city’s improvised music scene as well as on gigs elsewhere and in Europe.

These CDs – serendipitously recorded almost exactly a year apart – show why he has been able to work in bands with leaders as different as saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and drummer Mike Reed. Bishop’s first disc as leader in a decade, 2009 provides 11 instances of his composing and improvising aided by bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Frank Rosaly, who individually or as rhythm team, work as often in the city as Bishop. MORE

June 1, 2010

Rempis/Rosaly

Cyrillic
482 Music 482-1064

The Frame Quartet

35 MM

Okka Disk OD 12078

Matthew Shipp

Nu Bop Live

Rai Trade RTPJ 0015

Connie Crothers-Michel Bisio

Sessions at 475 Kent

Mutable 17537-2

Extended Play: Combos: Ad Hoc and Long Constituted in Toronto

By Ken Waxman

Long-established jazz groups have become as common as pop hits based on Mozart melodies topping the charts – they sometimes exist. But with accomplished improvisers tempted by side projects, bands often reconstitute and sidemen regularly have their own gigs. In most cases, though, this doesn’t affect the music’s quality. MORE

May 12, 2010

Aram Shelton’s Fast Citizens

Two Cities
Delmark DE 590

Jason Adasiewicz’ Rolldown

Varmint

Cuneiform Rune 292

Organizing many bands with shifting, but similar, local personnel seems to be a factor uniting the newest generation of Chicago improvisers, with earlier jazz folk from territory towns like Chicago and Detroit. Unlike places such as New York, Los Angeles and Toronto where every player seems to be from somewhere else and may soon be heading elsewhere, Windy City folk have an overriding sense of place – even if they eventually move on. MORE

May 12, 2010

Jason Adasiewicz’ Rolldown

Varmint
Cuneiform Rune 292

Aram Shelton’s Fast Citizens

Two Cities

Delmark DE 590

Organizing many bands with shifting, but similar, local personnel seems to be a factor uniting the newest generation of Chicago improvisers, with earlier jazz folk from territory towns like Chicago and Detroit. Unlike places such as New York, Los Angeles and Toronto where every player seems to be from somewhere else and may soon be heading elsewhere, Windy City folk have an overriding sense of place – even if they eventually move on. MORE

May 25, 2009

The Flatlands Collective

Maatjes
Clean Feed CF 127 CD

Tone Dialing

Rigop Me

Evil Rabbit ER 07

Two complementary – and exemplary – looks at the compositional and improvisational skills of Jorrit Dijkstra, a transatlantic musician who frequently works with musicians both in his native Holland and the United States.

Now based in the Boston area, Dijkstra’s partners on Rigop Me are Dutch guitarist Paul Pallesen – in whose Bite the Gnatze, the saxophonist also plays – and Berlin-based, Melbourne-born drummer Steve Heather. Curiously enough, all the other members of The Flatlands Collective are Chicagoans – trombonist Jeb Bishop, clarinetist James Falzone, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Frank Rosaly – all part of that city’s explosion of now not-so-young improv talent. On Maatjes Lonberg-Holm also plays electronics, while Dijkstra plays lyricon and analog electronics as well as alto saxophone. However the sax is left in its case on Rigop Me as Dijkstra only works out on lyricon, loop machine and analog electronics. MORE

May 25, 2009

Tone Dialing

Rigop Me
Evil Rabbit ER 07

The Flatlands Collective

Maatjes

Clean Feed CF 127 CD

Two complementary – and exemplary – looks at the compositional and improvisational skills of Jorrit Dijkstra, a transatlantic musician who frequently works with musicians both in his native Holland and the United States.

Now based in the Boston area, Dijkstra’s partners on Rigop Me are Dutch guitarist Paul Pallesen – in whose Bite the Gnatze, the saxophonist also plays – and Berlin-based, Melbourne-born drummer Steve Heather. Curiously enough, all the other members of The Flatlands Collective are Chicagoans – trombonist Jeb Bishop, clarinetist James Falzone, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Frank Rosaly – all part of that city’s explosion of now not-so-young improv talent. On Maatjes Lonberg-Holm also plays electronics, while Dijkstra plays lyricon and analog electronics as well as alto saxophone. However the sax is left in its case on Rigop Me as Dijkstra only works out on lyricon, loop machine and analog electronics. MORE

October 8, 2008

Variations on a Theme

Guelph Jazz Festival Musicians On Their Own
Extended Play

Barry Guy/Mats Gustafsson/Raymond Strid

Tarfala

Maya MCD0801

Junk Box

Cloudy Then Sunny

Libra Records 203-019

John Zorn

News For Lulu

hatOLOGY 650

Matana Roberts

The Chicago Project

Central Control CC1006PR

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet

Tabligh

Cuneiform Rune 270

AMMÜ Quartet

AMMÜ Quartet
MORE

August 11, 2008

Keefe Jackson's Project Project

Just Like This
Delmark DE 580

Making the most of the varied textures available from a 12-piece ensemble, reedist Keefe Jackson’s straight-ahead Project Project adumbrates jazz’s future, while alluding to its past. Built up from the four-square walking of bassist Anton Hatwich, and the rolls and flams of drummer Frank Rosaly, the piano-less group, consisting of yet another wave of new Chicago players, is somewhat reminiscent of Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band.

But with Marc Unternährer’s tuba prominent among the brass, plus with clarinets’ tremolo trills and coloratura glissandi heard as often as saxophone slurs and honks, Jackson’s extended compositions include an overlay of post-modern impressionism. Perhaps alluding to the band’s double-barreled name, a common trope is to twin two instruments – such as the trombones of Jeb Bishop and Nick Broste – in contrapuntal theme elaboration, then followed a transitional growl from Dave Rempis’ baritone saxophone, fluidly showcase variations from the others. MORE

May 1, 2006

FRED LONBERG-HOLM TRIO

Other Valentines
Atavistic ALP 165CD

FRED LONBERG-HOLM QUARTET
Bridges Freeze Before Roads
Longbox Records lbt036

Chicago cello crusader Fred Lonberg-Holm is usually so busy with his back-up duties in bands ranging from the Vamndermark5 to Peter Brötzmann’s Tentet to what seems like half the CDs recorded in that city, that his solo dates are infrequent.

From the evidence presented here, this may be a wise strategy. OTHER VALENTINES is his own trio’s follow-up tribute CD to the music of pioneering jazz cellist Fred Katz. It also includes compositions by, among others Sun Ra, Gil Scott-Heron, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett. But indolent pacing and a limited color palate stick the 10 tracks in a box of muted sameness that it barely escapes. MORE

June 27, 2005

TIM POSGATE HORNBAND

Featuring Howard Johnson
Guildwood GR 006

CHICAGO LUZERN EXCHANGE
Several Lights
Delmark DE 561

Long the most neglected member of the improv brass family – at least since Wellman Braud switched from it to the string bass to meet the demands of Duke Ellington’s 1920s band – the tuba’s orphan status has improved over the past decades.

Because of such subterranean sound sponsors as Americans Howard Johnson, Bob Stewart and Joe Daley, and Giancarlo Schiaffini, Melvyn Poore and Carl Ludwig Hübsch in Europe – among many others – it’s now accepted as a solo as well as a rhythmic instrument. Modern tubaists have so extended the flexibility and range of the brass beast that it’s showing up with increasingly frequency on all sorts of sessions, such as these two. In fact, tuba suppleness is such that each quartet sounds completely unlike other. MORE