Reviews that mention Torbjörn Zetterberg

September 26, 2016

Santos Silva/Anker/Sandell/Zetterberg/Falt

Life and Other Transient Storms
Clean Feed CF379CD

Santos Silva/Wodrascka/Meaas Svendsen/Berre

Rasengan!

Barefoot BFREC048CD

Schisms may be appearing in many countries of the European Union, but you certainly wouldn’t believe that’s happening if you follow the careers of some of the continent’s busiest improvising musicians. Like programmers, scientist or others with transferable skills, they’re as apt to be regularly found in two or three countries besides their own working with players native to even more dominions. MORE

December 1, 2015

Daniel Levin Quartet

Friction
Clean Feed CF 342 CD

Daniel Levin/Juan Pablo Carletti

Illusion of Truth

Outnow ONOR 18

Ripe for new experiments and contexts is New York cellist Daniel Levin as he demonstrates on these releases. Member in good standing of the city’s experimental music scene, the Burlington, Vt.-born cellist has been recording with his quartet since 2006, but is also available to be challenged by the likes of reedists Joe McPhee or Ivo Perelman in other contexts. His skills along with those Erik Friedlander and Fred Lonberg-Holm among others, have helped carve out a burgeoning role in jazz-improvised music for an instrument that until recently was treated as an oddball obsession for the few such as Fred Katz and Oscar Pettiford. MORE

November 21, 2014

Susana Santos Silva/Torbjörn Zetterberg

Almost Tomorrow
Clean Feed CF 281 CD

Jacques Coursil/Alan Silva

FreeJazzArt

RogueArt ROG-005

Stripping sonic inventions down to a basic form involving three valves and four strings is the genesis of these Free Music sessions. Yet the subsequent interpretation is so sweeping that the thrust and resolution of each of these high-quality sessions creates a unique sound portrait.

As indicated by the title of their CD, trumpeter Jacques Coursil and bassist Alan Silva extend the Free-Jazz dialogue they first initiated around a half-century ago. At that time, Paris-born of Martinique parents Coursil, 76, participated in seminal New Thing sessions in New York and France with other experimenters including Bermuda-born, Harlem-raised Silva, 75, who after working with the likes of Albert Ayler, settled in France in the early 1970s. An academic who taught letters and linguistic theory overseas for decades, Coursil has finally returned to France where he again has hooked up with Silva. MORE

July 30, 2008

Sunny Murray/John Edwards/Tony Bevan

The Gearbox Explodes! Foghorn FGCD 009

Gyldene Trion

Live at Glenn Miller Café

Ayler Records aylCD-079

Stark examples of the fissure that in many cases separates younger musicians from slightly older ones, the ironic situation pinpointed in these releases is that in some cases it’s elders who are willing to try more experiments in their playing than their junior counterparts.

Both of these saxophone-bass-and-drums CDs provide interesting listening, but if one is expanding the improvised music tradition, the other is merely extending it. What’s paradoxical is that The Gearbox Explodes! includes sounds from a saxophonist in his fifties, a bassist in his forties and a drummer heading for his seventy-first birthday. Meanwhile members of the Gyldene Trion are in their twenties and thirties. MORE

July 30, 2008

Gyldene Trion

Live at Glenn Miller Café Ayler Records aylCD-079

Sunny Murray/John Edwards/Tony Bevan

The Gearbox Explodes!

Foghorn FGCD 009

Stark examples of the fissure that in many cases separates younger musicians from slightly older ones, the ironic situation pinpointed in these releases is that in some cases it’s elders who are willing to try more experiments in their playing than their junior counterparts.

Both of these saxophone-bass-and-drums CDs provide interesting listening, but if one is expanding the improvised music tradition, the other is merely extending it. What’s paradoxical is that The Gearbox Explodes! includes sounds from a saxophonist in his fifties, a bassist in his forties and a drummer heading for his seventy-first birthday. Meanwhile members of the Gyldene Trion are in their twenties and thirties. MORE

January 31, 2005

ALBERTO PINTON QUINTET

The Visible
Moserobie MMP CD 022

Mistitled, as is every aural document, THE VISIBLE is obviously not about music you can see. However the resonant voicing that make up this CD by Albert Pinton’s new quintet are mostly focused on the sonorous qualities of low-pitches. Not only does the Italian-born, Stockholm-based reedist and his band elaborate eight of his choice new compositions, but the disc showcases a set of young soloists. It’s Pinton’s finest effort yet.

With the make-up of the band -- trombone, reeds, vibes, bass and drums -- reminiscent of some of the 1950s West Coast experiments, there’s still enough of a sinewy pulse from bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg and drummer Jon Fält to keep the tunes away from Cool effeteness. Without a real chordal instrument furthermore, the playing of the front line is cast in even bolder relief. MORE