Reviews that mention Mikel Avery

October 6, 2020

Juan Vinuesa Jazz Quartet

Blue Shots from Chicago
NoBusiness Records CD 122

Marco von Orelli/Tommy Meier/Luca Sisera and Sheldon Suter

Lotus Crash

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Adapting the expected reed, brass, bass and drums combo configuration to their own ends, the quartet of Madrid-based tenor saxophonist Juan Vinuesa and the cooperative Swiss quartet of Marco von Orell, Tommy Meier, Luca Sisera and Sheldon Suter come up with equally valid, but distinctive programs. Among the points of demarcation is that all eight tracks on Blue Shots from Chicago are the saxophonist’s composition and he’s accompanied by three Windy City players: cornetist Josh Berman, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Mikel Patrick Avery. In contrast among Lotus Crash’s nine tunes are four by trumpeter von Orelli and three by tenor saxophonist/clarinettist Meier. Plus the Jazz Quartet was created after Vinuesa has spent several months in Chicago, while the Lotus Crash members have worked together in many local bands over the past few years. MORE

July 16, 2018

Paul Giallorenzo Trio

Delmark DE 5026

One of the drawbacks of even the so-called Jazz business focusing on what passes for superstars in its narrow milieu is that equally accomplished players aren’t better known. Case in point is Chicago pianist Paul Giallorenzo. A unique and accomplished city fixture associated with stylists like Mars William and Jason Stein, he has recorded several outstanding CDs in various configurations, but his appreciation is mostly local.

Flow, his take on the classic Jazz piano trio legacy is again first rate, but whether it will change his status is problematic. Working with bassist Joshua Abrams, known as leader of the Natural Information Society (NIS) and drummer Mikel Patrick Avery, who also plays in NIS, Giallorenzo exposes nine of his own compositions which juxtapose the unique and unexpected with an unvarying sense of swing and affability, Polymetrical and responsive, at first the pieces seem to be fully in the established night club piano tradition, which includes such Windy City masters as John Young and Jodie Christian. But sly interpolations turn many of them into musical palimpsests, with spry countermelodies peeking from the perimeters. 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