Solo bass records are not everyday events. That is not to say this is not welcome and is a chance to absorb yourself inside the technique and huge warm sound Grenadier has been producing for years but never as up close and personal as here. Overdubs are kept to a minimum and the tracks all have a certain sense to them, veering away from atmospherics more towards a strong rhythmic jolt and sense of momentum. Above all Grenadier knows how to harness tone in his cause.
A handsome record, the sound production is excellent, it has a rootsy flair as well as serious intent and is a must for all students of jazz bass.
Fresh invigorating jangly guitar-heavy approach from Typical Sisters on Hungry Ghost that draws on rock, Americana, minimalism, and a whole lot more. Check out ‘To the Landing’ heralding the release.
A tour de force by one of the greatest saxophonists on the international scene today. There is a pulsing energetic feel to the album drawing on plenty of texture, the writing a meaty construction that depends on intuitive band interplay and intimacy, Potter here with hot new keyboardist James Francies, legendary drummer Eric Harland, with the bass guitar of Linley Marthe on four tracks — great that this this is on a UK label too and sounds so bright and organic.
Quiana Lynell is to release A Little Love this spring. The singer is joined on the Brian Bacchus-produced album to be released by Concord by pianist Cyrus Chestnut and drummer Jamison Ross among others in the personnel.
Terence Blanchard is a fan and has commented: “Quiana Lynell was already a vocal presence. When I first heard her sing, my initial thought was ‘Who are you, where have you been, and why am I just hearing you now?”
Look for A Little Love in April. Quiana Lynell, pictured.
This release goes some way to prove, although it often has already seemed evident, that Craig Taborn and Vijay Iyer are on the same wavelength. They both excel in pushing boundaries, finding new means of expression, examining and fashioning a new language that is both mysterious and yet somehow familiar.
All the more remarkable that The Transitory Poems (ECM, **** RECOMMENDED) is a live album, recorded in the Hungarian capital Budapest, dedicatees of tracks include Muhal Abram Richards, Geri Allen and Cecil Taylor and you can with these totemic figures cited trace a firm lineage in their approach.
You might argue that an album such as this sits as much in the contemporary classical domain and certainly there is a case for this. But however you wish to categorise and that is probably not a good idea the overriding sense you gain from the collaboration is how agile and alert the improvisers are in a complete communion with the other’s approach. There are so many layers at work, rippling undercurrents that thicken and intensify the lean figures that somehow represent a much larger musical landscape. Look for this very special album on release in March.
Vijay Iyer above left with Craig Taborn. Photo Ssirus Pakzad.
The title track from the quick witted trio album Combobulated (Tom Rainey with Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson), which is new this month on Intakt records.