Reviews that mention Liz Allbee

March 13, 2019

The Elks

This is Not the Ant
Mikroton Recordings CD 59

Birgit Ulher/Christoph Schiller

Tulpe Schicht Brille

In exhaustible Editions ie-011

More disappointments for Chris Botti, Chuck Mangione and Wynton Marsalis fans are here. Although these sessions feature a trumpeter playing in a string-enhanced, small group, unlike Botti, Mangione and Marsalis’ oeuvre neither is designed for smooching, relaxing or polite finger-snapping. Instead trumpeters Birgit Ulher from Hamburg and The Elks’ American-in-Berlin Liz Albee have devised discs demanding careful listening to follow the somewhat spiky, carefully skewed microtones that go into serious improvising. Both are committed to negating expected brass timbres from their horns. Fr instance Ulher, who has played with the likes of Gino Robair and Albee in the Splitter Orchester uses these slow-paced showcases to generate original strategy. MORE

January 16, 2016

Simon James Phillips

Blage 3
Mikroton Recordings cd 39/40

Answering affirmatively but with stipulations as to whether an almost indeterminate site-specific composition should be preserved on disc is Australian pianist/composer

Simon James Phillips’ Blage 3. Originally performed in a dance space in Berlin where Phillips now lives, the five-hour performance was designed so that audience members file in-and-out of the room at will once the improvisation began. Besides the pianist, the ensemble consisted of American trumpeter Liz Allbee, Dutch guitarist Arthur Rother, German bassist Werner Dafeldecker, Australian percussionist Tony Buck and British electronics manipulator BJ Nilsen. An edited version of the performance is presented here on one CD of approximately 58 minutes and a second of about 42 minutes. MORE

November 8, 2013

Festival Report

Crak Festival Paris
By Ken Waxman

Completed in the mid-16th Century in the flamboyant gothic style, the mammoth and solid Eglise St-Merry characterizes the Beauborg area on the right bank of Paris as much as the nearby ornate 19th century Hôtel de Ville and the brutalist, high-tech architecture of 1977’s Centre Georges Pompidou. During the second annual Crak Festival September 26-29 however, St-Merry’s musty arches, pulpits and 30-foot-high ceilings served as an unexpected backdrop for sounds from the 20th and 21st centuries and beyond. 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

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