Reviews that mention Josh Stinson

December 11, 2015

Han-earl Park/Catherine Sikora/Nick Didkovsky/Josh Sinton

Anomic Aphasia
SLAM CD 559

By Ken Waxman

Joining those improvisers who conceive of a playbook for interactive tactics – his is called Metis 9 – is guitarist Han-earl Park, Cork, Ireland’s gift to jazz. Now in NYC, Park, who has played in Wadada Leo Smith and Pauline Oliveros ensembles, uses what he calls “focused complexity” to formulate strategies here alongside tenor and soprano saxophonist Catherine Sikora – another Irish transplant – throughout the entire CD, plus Ideal Bread’s baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist Josh Sinton on three tracks and Doctor Nerve guitarist Nick Didkovsky on two others. MORE

July 10, 2013

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Brooklyn Babylon
New Amsterdam Records NWAM 048

The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra /Barry Guy

Schweben

Maya Records MCD 1201

Maria Faust

Jazz Catastrophe

Barefoot Records BFREC025

Collectivo Bassefere

Senza Alibi

Collectivo Bassefere 85015

SITA: Sophisticated Expression From Large Improv Ensembles

By Ken Waxman

Fuelled by innovation rather than nostalgia, composers and arrangers continue to utilize the sonic parameters of larger ensembles to help tell their stories in the most expansive way possible. Whether it’s exposing individual original compositions or organizing the sessions into a thematic whole, these vital CD demonstrate why a big band of is still favored as an expressive vehicle for both free-form improvisation and tightly plotted compositions. MORE