Sonar with David Torn – Tranceportation Vol. 2 (RareNoise, 2020), Samuel Hällkvist – Epik, Didaktik, Pastoral (BoogiePost Recordings, 2020), Thor de Force – The Build (Ropeadope, 2020)
Aaron Parks – Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man (Ropeadope, 2020)
Rob Luft – Life is the Dancer (Edition Records, 2020)
Luke Norris – Northernsong (ears&eyes Records, 2020)
Raffaele Matta crafts a world of multiple influences, like jazz, fusion, Indian classical music, in Sounds of Human Activities, where his vision of a collective creation is still predominant. His style is clear, refined and his voice is very undistinguishable. Yet he always strives for playing music for the others and with the band in mind. The listener benefits from that, no matter the travel is fourteen or two minutes long. Still the music retains a ritual aspect, subly combined with the intensity of the moment, that catches the attention
Even if Multiverse is the kind of work that offers a different side of two renowed musicians like Ivo Neame and Jim Hart, still is not to be considered minor at any reason. Potentially it sheds a light on another side that would be desirable to listen again from the two (or better three). No matter how much time it takes to develop a new chapter that has the same degree of innovation.
Winter Tales is a reflective, pensive and insightful travel through sonic possibilities that strive for an unusual use of basic means. Through a set of smart pedals, sparse notes and few themes Spasojevic is capable of creating a world of dreamy mirrors and haunting landscapes.
Live at Yoshiwara is like a kaleidoscope: simple, yet complicated; intuitive, yet brainy; rejoycing, yet haunting. Classical cadences, jazz brass energy, proggish breaks, afro and folk influences all cooperate around catchy melodies. The audience discovers new feats under the surface of every bar turning into another. A manifesto of non-existent places of music in the fictionary universe of Ghost Rhythms
Guitarist Mark Wingfield and pianist Gary Husband put our perception of time on hold, and start navigating a free form land, embarking in an innermost quest into Time itself. Evoking the refined dialogues between John Abercrombie and Richie Beirach in Abercrombie‘s first quartet, or the intimate interchanges between Ralph Towner and John Taylor in Azimuth’s Depart, the two write a chapter of incredible beauty in their Tor & Vale. Feeling no constraint to go deeper and deeper, they make music for people who listen to time, by people who listen to time
Æ is a displacement of a billion forces collapsing one on each other, heading in multiple and unique directions. When you might be tempted to call it chaotic, it becomes intensely pop, when disco synths take the lead, then the drummer adds an array of incredible odd measured patterns. Nothing is ever stable, but the work is definitively unique. Pointing in a direction where others are indicating as well, at the junction between electronic, jazz, progressive and math-rock, yet it proves to be really a one of a kind -genre-defying- listening experience