Reviews that mention Sakina Abdou

June 11, 2020

Abdou/Dang/Orins

Lescene/Gmatique
Helix LX 013

Rempis/Harnik/Zerang

Triple Tube

NotTwo MW 998-2

Alternative approaches to a simple piano-saxophone-drums interaction characterize these decisive trio sessions. As unlike as beer is to wine both concepts are equally valid and thoroughly contemporary, proving again how far this configuration has evolved since Benny Goodman popularized it 85 years ago,

No one here would relate to those Swing Era idols though. Firmly rooted in Free Jazz and Free Music with a touch of ethnic sounds are the Chicagoans on Triple Tube, saxophonist Dave Rempis, who worked with Ken Vandermark and leads a variety of his own units, and percussionist Michael Zerang, whose associates stretch from Joe McPhee to Hamid Drake. Third partner in the ensemble is Graz pianist Elisabeth Harnik, who has extensive notated music experience as well as improv partnerships with the likes of Joëlle Léandre, Moving on from Free Jazz and Free Music to even testier microtonal sounds is the trio on Lescene/Gmatique. All Lille-based and members of the Muzzix collective, saxophonist Sakina Abdou has played with Eve Risser and Raymond Boni; pianist Barbara Dang with Sophie Agnel and the Dedalus ensemble; and drummer Peter Orins in a multitude of small and large ensembles such as those with Satoko Fuji. MORE

September 3, 2017

TOC & the Compulsive Brass

Air Bump
Circum Disc CID 1601

Like researchers whose experiments with specific formulations serendipitously creates another useful compound, the septet on Air Bump seem to have set out with one result in mind, but ended up with another equally legitimate one. Initially the players, members of the Lille, France-based Muzzix Collective, had decided to salute the sound and energy of pioneering New Orleans musicians like Jelly Roll Morton or Kid Ory. Except for some brassy gutbucket slurs and two-beat rhythms on the concluding “Kat Kid”, Trad Jazz styled references seem to be as distanced from this disc as Lille is from Lafayette, La. Instead the tracks are a mixture of Improv, Rock, Jazz and other influences. MORE

July 23, 2017

Bi-Ki?

Quelque Chose Au Milieu
Circum-Disc LX0008/Becoq Records 25

Jan Klare/Julius Gabriel

About Angels and Animals

Umland Records 05

Raymond MacDonald/Graeme Wilson

Cast of Thousands

Creative Sources CS 353 CD

Should a future Jazz historian be looking for a perception that would disassociate 21st Century improvised music from its 20th Century antecedent, communion has replaced challenge as an overriding musical motif. Like cars with giant fins, smoke-filled offices and steno pools, the idea of a cutting contest where one instrumentalist proved his skill by brutally defeating others in symbolic man-to-man combat is a relic of the past. Take these two-saxophone meetings for instance, Unlike the fabled Hawk vs. Prez or Jug vs Stitt reed battles, the players here are intent on advancing ingenious interaction while maintaining their own identities. The fashion of humiliated losers and triumphant winners is as outdated as spats. With the discs clearly slotted into the experimental expanse, each player works to expand the limits of his instrument to its utmost, MORE