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Live at the Dirty DogErnie Krivda (Saxophone), Claude Black (Piano), Dan Kolton (Bass), Renell Gonsalves (Drums)The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe is located in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Basically a highly rated restaurant with a Jazz policy, it was established in 2008 and presents a pleasant setting, either at the bar or the tables, for Jazz listening. And from my observations the Cafe also treats the musicians with respect, offering food, a reasonable playing area, and a pleasant and comfortable room for between-sets relaxation. Something musicians have learned to never take for granted and which should be the norm not the exception. Having issued recordings by Ernie Krivda (b.1945, Cleveland, OH) in a number of settings, I felt this was a good chance to record Ernie in a new setting in some different but familiar company. Claude Black (b.1932, Detroit, MI) is a veteran of the Midwest Jazz scene, one of those locals with whom all the circuit players choose to play. Claude was a contemporary of most of the Boppers who emerged from the Detroit area in the ‘50s and who eventually migrated to New York and became Bop headliners. Claude, originally a capable trombonist, chose to stay in the Detroit area for reasons of family. His earliest work included a brief stint with Billie Holiday and, in 1948 made his first recording with fellow Detroiter, Don Byrd. Later he toured for two years with Aretha Franklin before settling in as house pianist at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Since the mid ‘80s he has been playing at Murphy’s Place (Toledo, OH). Little of Claude’s work has been issued on recordings and so his discography is slight (even slighter as he is misidentified as Claude Blake on Oliver Jackson’s Paris recording [February 28, 1984] for the Black & Blue label —discographers note). Claude and Renell Gonsalves (b.1948, Detroit, MI) often play with Ernie at Murphy’s. Renell also is little documented on record (Keith Vreeland trio, Sheila Landis-Rich Matle group) and, as the son of Paul, he is of a Jazz royal lineage. Dan Kolton (b.1958, Detroit, MI) also has an Ellington connection as he played bass in that band (under Mercer) for about a year and a half. Aside from that, he has based himself in various locales and has also been represented on few releases (sometimes misidentified as Don). The music on this CD comes near the end of the quartet’s residency at The Dirty Dog. The material is presented in the order it was played and comes from the first and third sets. I’ll Remember April was the last performance from the first set and the remainder of the recording documents the entire third set. The music speaks for itself: what you hear is what was played. What cannot be seen by the listener is Claude’s energized and enthusiastic clapping of time on A Blues By Any Other Name, spontaneously inspired during the part when Ernie and Renell are going head to head as Claude and Dan sat out. Good times. -Robert D. Rusch - March 27, 2009 Live in MontrealGebhard Ullmann (Clarinet), Steve Swell (Trombone), Hilliard Greene (Bass), Barry Altschul (Drums)This quartet came together in 2004 and we first recorded it in June 2004 (CIMP 315). At the time I wrote “This is a tough group,” speaking about the group’s musical character but the fact that four years later they are still functioning as a group speaks to another toughness or resilience. Between these dates each member of the group has been active with a number of other projects, both as members and leaders. As for Casa del Popolo, it is one of the most continuously supportive outlets for creative improvised music in Canada and a venue where, in 2005, CIMPoL made its first recordings (CIMPoL 5001 and 5003). The venue is small—about 16’ by 60’ with a 10’ by 10’ bandstand at its end, a bar, and tables at the other (street) end. A relaxed and respectful environment is both encouraging of the artist, and, in this case the CIMPoL crew as well. The first set opened around 10 p.m. In his opening announcement, Steve Swell (b.1954, Newark, NJ) noted it was hockey night in Canada, May Day the next day, but tonight would be mayhem and with that they were off and running with Box Set. Earlier, in discussing the calculated risks of recording on location, Barry Altschul (b.1943, NYC, NY) modestly told me that if we didn’t get (the material) for a great recording it was our fault as “this band has been amazingly strong” for the whole tour. In a phone conversation a few days earlier, Steve had suggested to me basically the same thing. All this I think was confirmed right from the opening on Box Set, which if the opening mayhem doesn’t give you pause, surely Gebhard Ullmann’s (b.1957, Bad Godesberg, Germany) driving tenor solo will. The second piece, Don’t Touch My Music, is interesting in that the heart of the piece is made up of two duos, stop time with Steve and Gebhard and in time with Barry and Hill Greene (b.1958, Logansport, IN) giving further evidence of the robustness of this group. On Improv/ For Grachan, it’s not duologues but monologues that distinguish this composition. Both Hill and Barry have distinguishing solo conversations in the performance, a piece seemingly made up of many pieces, many conversations, and many wonderful moments and movements. Slammin’ Textures/ Kleine Figuren and Composite #1 both come from the second set. Again, the former displaying a structural development built along a series of solos and duos and rhythmic variances covering everything from madrigal-like Third Stream sounds to backbeat Blues. The final performance of the night, Composite #1, develops off a typical Swell stomp riff and eventually deconstructs into a minimalist dialogue then gathers its passionate conversation for some improvisatory fellowship and finish. Hockey night in Canada rarely sounded so good. Robert D. Rusch - April 30, 2008 Live at St. Nick'sSalim Washington (Tenor Saxophone), Donald Smith (Piano), Melani Dyer (Viola), Ku-Umba Frank Lacy (Trombone), Aaron James (Bass), Mark Johnson (Drums), Donna Cumberbatch (Vocals)Salim Washington, though well respected in the artist community, has recorded sporadically over the past 20 years. This powerful recording of his septet captures them at New York City's St. Nick's Club where Salim has been playing a regular Friday night gig since 2005. It's a favorite place for him and you can feel the connection—not just between the musicians but also with the audience. Very live, very hot intensive program, and a special and unexpected vocal by Donna Cumberbatch on the last performance on this special night. Honeymood on SaturnAndrew Lamb (Saxophone), Tom Abbs (Bass), Warren Smith (Drums)His limited discography as a leader may well be explained by the deliberateness exhibited in both his playing and composition. Such careful consideration obviously carries over into his recording choices and are well worth the wait. Emotive. Thinking. This is music worthy of your attention. Side By SideFrode Gjerstad (Saxophone), Paal Nilssen-Love (Drums)Frode Gjerstad needs no introduction. As one of the most dynamic reedmen in the world, not to mention his native Norway, he has been recorded prolifically and is always interesting. Along with associate Paal Nilssen-Love, the duo "concentrates on the smaller sounds." Not to be confused with pointillism or ambient music this is nevertheless big music of interest. Avenue of the AmericasDavid Haney (Piano), Mat Marucci (Drums), Doug Webb (Saxophone), Jorge Hernaez (Bass)David Haney is fearless and searching. He is joined here by masters of the Modern Mainstream. While David admits that "It wasn't exactly the music I had in mind," like any creative artist he allows himself to be informed by the music that is happening. The results: more than 14 exciting tracks. Another facet to the musical mind of David Haney. Symbols Strings and MagicJimmy Bennington (Drums), Perry Robinson (Clarinet), Ed Schuller (Bass)Jimmy Bennington's debut CIMP recording follows up his quartet sides with Perry Robinson on Cadence Jazz 1219. Bennington is an understated drummer-—in time or out he carefully listens and supports. This soulful and unhurried concert is arguably one of the finest displays of Perry's unique talents. Ed Schuller's full and supportive bass adds to the intimacy of this wonderful listening experience. A masterful display of restraint and potent focused improvising expression. Porgy / Bess Act 2David Arner (Piano), Michael Bisio (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)Here is the companion to CIMP 374 as David Arner gives us his concluding takes of "Porgy & Bess." No rehash here. Just imaginative playing inspired by Gershwin. Familiar in its suggestions yet out on the edge. If you heard Act 1 (CIMP 374) then Act 2 will be an equally pleasant indulgence for the mind and ears. Mr. Fubar, I PresumeESATrio (Primary), Bill Gagliardi (Saxophone), Ken Filiano (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)Time and time again, people listen to Bill Gagliardi and wonder why he is not better known and why he waited until age 50 to record. This latest release won't answer any of those questions and in fact will only give new voice to the wondering. If a trio comprising Gagliardi, the remarkably full and inventive Ken Filiano, and the driving Lou Grassi suggests to you a full and stimulating listening experience, then you are correct. For the full experience, listen to the previous ESATrio release on CIMP 370. Porgy/Bess Act 1David Arner (Piano), Michael Bisio (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)Inspired by Miles’ and Gil Evans’ interpretations of Porgy & Bess, the genuflecting stops there. This is the first volume of a concert that will please listeners of post Bop piano trio music as well as fans of the Gershwin classic, but will not please the traditionalists and purists. An inspirational and accessible outing. AMMichael Bisio (Bass), Avram Fefer (Saxophone), Stephen Gauci (Saxophone), Jay Rosen (Drums)Here at last is the mate to CIMP 360. Fresh from recent gigs in Austria and New York, this power quartet wows everybody whenever they play. Michael Bisio’s compositions and driving force make great demands but Messrs. Fefer, Gauci, and Rosen have power and imagination in reserve. Meaty music for the hungry and discriminating listener. KenbillouESATrio (Primary), Bill Gagliardi (Saxophone), Ken Filiano (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)The ESATrio is Bill Gagliardi's latest venture into his wonderful world of improvisation. And who better to team up with than his old partner, Lou Grassi, and the phenomenal bassist, Ken Filiano. With these three musical minds at play you can expect grit and wit as they set up, dig in, and mine. Music of substance—pure and hip. Conspiracy A Go GoDavid Haney (Piano), Dominic Duval (Bass), Andrew Cyrille (Drums)This isn't the first time David Haney and Andrew Cyrille have worked together, but these two sessions are the first time they have recorded together. With David, one can always expect the unexpected, whether it be Free Jazz, excursions, or an exploration of a traditional Blues. With Andrew one has come to expect simply the best in musical inventiveness. CIMP 367 is a duo; the addition of the substantial presence of bassist Dominic Duval changes the whole dynamic (as it should) on CIMP 369. To further emphasize the differences, five of the compositions appear on both the duo and the trio sessions. Hear and analyze this bracing and embracing music. ClandestineDavid Haney (Piano), Andrew Cyrille (Drums), Dominic Duval (Mallets)This isn't the first time David Haney and Andrew Cyrille have worked together, but these two sessions are the first time they have recorded together. With David, one can always expect the unexpected, whether it be Free Jazz, excursions, or an exploration of a traditional Blues. With Andrew one has come to expect simply the best in musical inventiveness. CIMP 367 is a duo; the addition of the substantial presence of bassist Dominic Duval changes the whole dynamic (as it should) on CIMP 369. To further emphasize the differences, five of the compositions appear on both the duo and the trio sessions. Hear and analyze this bracing and embracing music. The Art of the TrioErnie Krivda (Tenor Saxophone), Peter Dominquez (Bass), Ron Godale (Drums)This is only the second time Ernie Krivda has recorded in trio, the first occurring in 1995. This is pure Ernie, no-holds barred. And he's accompanied by a fleet rhythm section that negotiates Ernie's energy and twists with the same accuracy and energy one would expect from his long-time compatriots. Dynamic playing, memorable compositions. SubstratumStephen Gauci (Tenor Saxophone), Michael Bisio (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)This session updates the Gauci Trio (see CIMP 326). Whether inside or outside, Stephen Gauci plays with a heady and focused passion. There's nothing belabored in this offering. Credit also has to go to the rhythm of Mike Bisio (one of the most respected artists in this field) and Jay Rosen (an uncannily quick and sensitive drummer). Stephen Gauci presents mindful music—again! Change-UpMat Marucci (Drums), Doug Webb (Saxophone), Ken Filiano (Bass)This is the second half (see CIMP 346) of a phenomenal recording session that produced 2 CDs, all issued in the same order as recorded. In and of itself that means nothing, but CIMP does not record and release music by the pound, so to speak. We release and endorse only quality. This is masterful Bop/ Free Bop music and reflects a very magical 24-hour period, all fully detailed in the Artists', Producer's, and Engineer's Notes. To The RoachOdean Pope (Tenor Saxophone), Matt Davis (Guitar), Michael Taylor (Bass), Craig McIver (Drums)Odean Pope is a master of improvised music in both technique and thought. A distinguished and distinguishable voice, his latest CIMP event finds him playing tribute to his "boss" of 20 years, Max Roach. This session finds Odean outfitted with a new quartet featuring guitar—unprecedented in the Pope discography. No need to pontificate further. This is pure Pope—a broad view from the typically more lyrical to arguably his most volcanic work on record. There's a surpise at the end of this recording: a few moments of something very special albeit in low low fidelity. This is the complete Pope. Wisps of an Unknown FaceStephen Gauci (Tenor Saxophone), Nate Wooley (Trumpet), Ken Filiano (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)Stephen Gauci has come on strong in the past three years. A veteran of the business, it's only of recent that he's decided to record. And that still slim body of work has been enthusiastically received by both the public and critics.
Here Stephen expands his core trio with trumpeter Nate Wooley—a brilliant choice. The whole of Gauci, Wooley, Filiano, and Grassi is music far more than the sum of its parts. 3 The Hard WayMat Marucci (Drums), Doug Webb (Saxophone), Ken Filiano (Bass)Marucci & Webb have been playing together for years. Even so, when they teamed up with former associate Ken Filiano no one could have guessed that the resulting quality and quantity of music would be so great. This is the first of two CDs documenting two days of the recording of Mat's original and memorable compositions. Released in the same order they were played, this Bop/Freebop session shows that the genre need not be revisionist but freshness and creative artistic integrity can be relative to any period of music. Ins And OutsBurton Greene (Piano), Ed Schuller (Bass), George Schuller (Drums)This is the second of three consecutive recordings documenting the music of Burton Greene. (For background to this project, I refer you to CIMP 339.)
For the trio sides, Burton's plan was to work in a more "traditional swinging trio" format, further announcing (during the sound checks/warm up) that he was "feeling a bit funky this morning" (11:40 a.m.). The trio opened with Skumpy ("A ...
Younger DryasWilliam Gagliardi (Alto, Soprano,&Tenor Sax), John Carlson (Trumpet, Pocket Trumpet), Ken Wessel (Guitar), Dave Hofstra (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)This release is the companion to CIMP 332. As regular CIMP listeners know, a second volume is not "leftovers." We don't release culls or anything of a standard we don't endorse. So be assured this is in fact more - more of the joyous, quirky inventive music from "Billy Gags" and his handpicked group of excellent and interesting artists. Recorded May 26 & 27, 2005 Signs Of The TimesBurton Greene (Piano), Paul Smoker (Trumpet), Russ Nolan (Saxophone), George Schuller (Drums)This is Volume One of the results of a 3-day recording project devoted to the artistry of Burton Greene. This first set features Burton's music as played by a quintet (the following sessions are trio and solo) that handles some difficult charts with ease and improvisations with inspiration. Unique and identifiable, this is the first documentation of a notable occasion from a veteran artist at the top of his form. Recorded Aug. 16, 2005. Tuba ProjectLucian Ban (Piano), Alex Harding (Baritone), J.D. Allen (Tenor), Bob Stewart (Tuba), Derrek Phillips (Drums)Prerelease press has already hailed this latest mixture of soul & savvy from the Ban & Harding juggernaut. It's the Tuba Project in reference to the inclusion of Bob Stewart, whose subtle shading and bottom work keeps things rolling throughout. As is usual with Ban & Harding, Tuba Project is an offering of fresh music to move and reward both the mind & soul. Recorded July 20, 2005. Brother SoulCarl Grubbs (Saxophone), Salim Washington (Saxophone), Steve Neil (Bass), Ronnie Burrage (Drums)For a man whose life has not always been easy, Carl Grubbs' music often resonates joy and optimism. On this recording he resurrects the 2-sax front line that he made so notable with The Visitors, the group he co-led with his late brother, Earl. Salim Washington, another under documented saxman, joins the front line on a program that revisits some of the best of the Grubbs Brothers' compositions along with some fine new works and a jaunty cover of "Smile." Recorded June 20 & 21, 2005.
Music Degree ZeroAdam Lane (Bass), Vinny Golia (Saxophone), Vijay Anderson (Drums)Here is the mate to CIMP 325 and—lest there be any—all doubts will be squelched by the power and strength of this trio. The accolades were universal in their comments on the excitement and power this trio generated on the session's first release. This is its complement and is in every way equal to the first volume. Hot and intense, this is a Jazz power trio. Recorded Feb. 24&25, 2005. Stellar SaxErnie Krivda (Saxophone), Bob Fraser (Guitar), Dominick Farinacci (Trumpet), Jeff Halsey (Bass), Carmen Intorre (Drums)One of the most distinctive and uncompromised stylists in Jazz, this new release from the quintet offers up four extended explorations including some new Krivda compositions, plus a fascinating solo invention off "Stella By Starlight." Sharing the front-line as he has on four other Krivda releases is Dominick Farinacci (trumpet) while Bob Fraser (g) and Carmen Intorre (d) also return. And Jeff Halsey's big bass finally reunites with Krivda after a long association that began in 1985. Recorded June 15 & 16, 2005. SanctuaryBobby Few (Piano), Hilliard Greene (Bass), Newman Taylor Baker (Drums), Avram Fefer (Saxophone)Messrs. Few and Fefer have been collaborating since the mid 1990's but this is the first time they have recorded in Quartet and the results are strong. As Avram Fefer writes, "…a great couple days… a great piano… stimulating company." Bobby Few has been on the scene since his Ayler days of the 1960's and he represents some of the best of the classic Free period. Avram Fefer began to make a name for himself among musicians in the 1990's; he represents the rich future of this music. Here is a finished work for the discriminate and mature listener. Recorded May 7, 2005. Pam AfricaByard Lancaster (Afro Flute), Ed Crockett (Bass), Bert Harris (Bass), Harold E. Smith (Drums)Inspired by the African family (of Philadelphia), Pam Africa offers up one of Byard Lancaster's more realized, powerful, and rewarding recordings. A mixture of standards and originals, the ten cuts bring together the musical grouping of two basses and percussion. This captures Byard at the top of his abilities and represents one-half of a very special time. Recorded April 11, 2005. The Mystery of Prince LashaPrince Lasha (Saxophone), Odean Pope (Saxophone), Tyrone Brown (Bass), Craig McIver (Drums)Prince Lasha returns to the recording scene. Fifty years ago, the Texas sax man and schoolmate of Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, and Charlie Moffett was part of the original cast of new music improvisers. Here he's in the company of Odean Pope and his trio—a formidable group by themselves. As the Producer's Notes encourage, "Enjoy the music and the adjustments it might bring." Recorded April 5, 2005 Songs For SamuelJay Rosen (Drums)When is a drum solo release more than just listening to a solo drummer? When it's a release by Jay Rosen. Inspired by the recent death of his father, this 12-part suite is both heartfelt and hip. Jay's been working toward this for about a decade. He's made a believer out of us and now he'll make a believer out of you. Fun for the whole family. Or, go for your own private pleasure. Recorded March 21, 2005
First, Keep QuietStephen Gauci (Saxophone), Todd Nicholson (Bass), Jeremy Carlstedt (Drums)Already heralded as a new and exciting voice, tenor saxist Stephen Gauci is front and center with compositions, concepts, and executions that, if nothing else, are clearly not the same old same old. There are lots of "new" names out there - this is one worth hearing. You have our word. Recorded March 3 & 4, 2005 Zero Degree MusicAdam Lane (Bass), Vinny Golia (Soprano&Tenor Saxophones), Vijay Anderson (Drums)Adam Lane has quickly established himself as a musician of depth and quality through a small but exceptional group of recordings. And here is another outstanding effort. This is not just a trio: it is three well integrated artists playing music that will satisfy the most demanding listeners. And for fans of Vinny Golia, this is arguably some of his most dynamic sax playing on record. Recorded February 24 & 25, 2005. In This WorldJohn Gunther (Bass Clarinet/Saxophones), Leo Huppert (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)This trio has been the core for John Gunther's previous four CIMP discs. For this date they return to the original trio root of 1997 and boldly address eight Gunther originals including the hippest cowboy type tune (that's also it's title) to come off the range in many a moon. Tucked in among the always memorable Gunther compositions is one by Monk ("Ruby My Dear"). Recorded October 13, 2004. JawboningKen Wessel (Guitar), Ken Filiano (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)There may be better known guitarists but none of them get to the heart of an improvisation better than Ken Wessel. A sideman on other CIMP sessions, we've been waiting for him to stand up and do his own date. The anticipation is justified as you'll hear on this mostly original music which also includes "I Remember You" and "Softly As In a Morning Sunrise." Recorded September 9 & 10, 2004 Lost in the StarsMarc Pompe (Vocals), Curt Warren (Guitar), Nick Tountas (Bass), Rusty Jones (Drums)Marc Pompe is a Jazz singer. At 68 years this is only his third release and it's on CIMP, so you know he must be the real thing. Backed by a trio equal to his hipness, he makes memorable Pompe interpretations of 14 Jazz standards and 1 original. Hip, tender, and poignant: another original voice. Recorded August 30 & 31, 2004.
Isms OutBurton Greene (Piano), Roy Campbell (Trumpets), Adam Lane (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)Playing the music of Bill Evans, Jim Hall, Ali Akbar Khan, and its own originals, the Burton Greene-Roy Campbell 4tet goes pretty straight ahead but without compromise as four strong instrumental voices document their music following an East Coast tour. The expressions and themes are exceptional. It's been almost two decades since Burton recorded in quartet and over 30 years since he recorded with trumpet. This is Roy's first recording with Burton. Recorded June 29, 2004. Inside OutMary Anne Driscoll (Piano), Paul Murphy (Drums)This musical partnership goes back over 30 years and it shows. This is a remarkably precise and explosive post Bop duo. These 16 tracks explore a number of themes, colors, and passions. It invites close-listening scrutiny as the more you listen the more you will be impressed. Recorded at Gilbert Recital Hall, Canton, NY, June 15, 2004. BloodScott Rosenberg (Tenor), Todd Margasak (Cornet), Kyle Hernandez (Bass), Tim Daisy (Drums)This quartet debuted in 1999 (Cadence Jazz Records 1135) and this second recording updates its intricate and unpredictable music. Here is a classic pianoless quartet that can evoke a sense of Ornette & Don Cherry with a slight essence of Chet in the mix. But the 9 non-traditional compositions give these musical talents plenty of space to exercise their own post Bop personalities. Recorded May 10 & 11, 2004. Faith In A SeedJames Finn (Tenor Sax), Dominic Duval (Bass), Warren Smith (Drums)
James Finn is no young lion, but this is just his second recording. His first (Cadence Jazz Records 1170) met with strong critical acclaim often mixed with the skepticism of "Is this a fluke?" Well, CIMP now has recorded him and there's no chance of foolin' in the mix. This will only confirm that the power and flow of ideas from the dynamic tenor man is no fluke. Prepare to deal with Mr. Finn and this master rhythm section as he builds musical moments. Recorded March 16 & 17, 2004. Paths to GloryKalaparush Maurice McIntyre (Tenor), Adam Lane (Bass), Jesse Dulman (Tuba), Ravish Momin (Drums)Kalaparush & The Light have, over the past 3 years, put forth one of the most distinct group sounds of the new millennium. After 3 recordings solidifying that group sound, they join forces with the soulful power of Adam Lane's bass. This was such a success there was discussion about incorporating the bassist into the group whole. What a novel way to grow a group. Who knows? At this rate, 15 years from now it could be Kalaparush & The Light Big Band. If so, it all started here. Recorded March 4 & 5, 2004. The Drum is Honor EnoughPatrick Brennan (Alto Sax), Steve Swell (Trombone), Hill Greene (Bass), Newman Taylor Baker (Drums)Listening to Patrick Brennan's music is a bit like looking at a bowl that has been shattered and reassembled but whose fit isn't quite right?you know what it is when looking at it, but it requires some reassessment to take it all in. Extensive Artist and Producer Notes may take you one listen just to get through, another listen to digest, but by the third listen the joy and genius of this concert should be evident. A valuable addition to this veteran's slight but growing discography. Recorded February 17 & 18, 2004. Rules of Invisibility Volume 1John O'Gallagher (Alto and Soprano Sax), Masa Kamaguchi (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)Listening to Patrick Brennan's music is a bit like looking at a bowl that has been shattered and reassembled but whose fit isn't quite right?you know what it is when looking at it, but it requires some reassessment to take it all in. Extensive Artist and Producer Notes may take you one listen just to get through, another listen to digest, but by the third listen the joy and genius of this concert should be evident. A valuable addition to this veteran's slight but growing discography. Recorded February 17 & 18, 2004. Two DreamsOdean Pope (Tenor Sax), Carl Grubbs (Alto Sax), Tyrone Brown (Bass), Craig McIver (Drums)Odean Pope is a master, arguably one of a handful of great tenor saxists on the scene today. Always up for the challenge, there is nothing casual or throwawy on a Pope/CIMP encounter and this one is no exception. Hard, thoughtful, and clearly defined, this is classic Bop of the post Bop era. Recorded January 22, 2004. Joy and GravitasJimmy Halperin (Soprano&Tenor Saxophones), Dominic Duval (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)Jimmy Halperin has made very few records over the past 30 years and, while new, this sounds like nothing he's done before. Here it gets physical with some of the Jazz liturgy turning it every which way. If you're a fan of tunes like "Tunisia," "Don't Explain," "'Round Midnight," etc., but tired of hearing them, this release will refresh in its new and unafraid perspective. Recorded January 14 & 15, 2004.
Celebration of the SpiritJazz Composers Alliance Orchestra (Group), Hiroaki Honshuku (Flute), Jims Hobbs (Alto Sax), Jeremy Udden (Alto Sax), Phil Scarff (Tenor&Soprano Sax), Hands Indigo (Bari Sax), Mike Peipman (Trumpet), Keiichi Hashimoto (Trumpet), Jim Mosher (French Horn), Bob Pilkington (Trombone), David Harris (Trombone), Jim Gray (Tuba), Richie Barshay (Drums), Winnien Dahlgren (Vibes), Soo-Jung Kae (Piano), Takaaki Masuko (Percussion), Rick McLaughlin (Bass), Norma Zocher (Guitar), Laura Andel (Composer/Conductor), Darrell Katz (Composer/conductor, dir. of Jazz Compose), Ken Schaphorst (Composer/Conductor), Warren Senders (Composer/Conductor)Here is an incredible combination: a big band full of exciting soloists playing the compositions of 5 composers recorded in real stereo, the CIMP way - with clarity, space and accurate dynamics. Everything about this recording will excite. You'll have to hear it to believe it. Recorded at The Tsai Performance Center at Boston University, Boston, MA October 5, 2003. Nothing is WrongOdean Pope (Tenor Sax), Khan Jamal (Vibraphone), Arthur Harper (Bass), Allen Nelson (Drums)It shouldn’t be hard for Odean Pope and Khan Jamal to make distinctive music as they are both distinctive voices. Here they are joined by 2 other Philadelphia-based veterans and a sum total of about 160 years of experience for a program of originals that should tell you that nothing is wrong but more importantly everything is right. Recorded August 13 & 14, 2003. Leave it to LutherLuther Thomas (Alto Sax), Ethan Mann (Guitar), Brian Smith (Bass), Cliff Barbaro (Drums)287 Luther Thomas (alto sax) - Ethan Mann - (guitar) - Brian Smith (bass) - Cliff Barbaro (drums)
Leave It to Luther
The distinct energized sound of Luther Thomas is all over the 9 cuts on this CD which includes "Groovin' High," "Body & Soul," and "'Round Midnight." Unexpected is the presence of Ethan Mann’s hip and complementary guitar work. Like Luther, this music is irrepressible. Recorded April 15, 2003, Rossie, NY.
Leave It To Luther - Belona - Tatjana - Body and Soul - Groovin' High - Luther's Theme - Nova Zembla - Up South - 'Round Midnight Transforming the SpaceJoe Fonda (Bass), Barry Altschul (Drums), Billy Bang (Violin)FAB: the acronym for Fonda-Altschul-Bang is just that. Joe Fonda writes this is “one of the most enjoyable recording sessions I have done.” The spirits were in the house and
CIMP captured it all; we even left in a bit of good-natured banter among the trio. A fun fest by FAB. Recorded February 17 & 18, 2003. JourneyTrio X (Group), Joe McPhee (Alto and Tenor Saxophones), Dominic Duval (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)Every Trio-X recording is different and an occasion for anticipation as to where these 3 creative forces will journey. Their 5th release, this is only the second in studio. And when the studio is the acclaimed Spirit Room, you know you’re going to hear the richness of the instruments and the subtleties of dynamic interplay at its best. A goody from a group acclaimed by one critic as the more dynamic combo in creative improvised music today. Recorded February 6 & 7, 2003.
The PilgrimageAndrew Lamb (Tenor Saxophone, Mismaar), Tom Abbs (Bass, Tuba), Andrei Strobert (Drums)Andrew Lamb has one of the more nontraditional approaches to this music. Perhaps it’s the influence of Kalaparush, one of his teachers. Born in 1958, this is just Andrew’s second release, and it’s a finely measured set: 10 originals that will engage the rhythms of both your mind and body. Discover this fine saxman on this meaty outing. Recorded January 20 & 21, 2003. Hope is Bright Green Up NorthJohn Tchicai (Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet), Pierre Dorge (Guitar), Lou Grassi (Drums)When John Tchicai was the featured guest on Lou Grassi's Po Band recording (CIMP 262), they had such a good time that John decided this would be a good combination to pair up with his long-time associate Pierre Dorge. Dorge is best known (and justifiably so) for leading the New Jungle Orchestra. Here you get a good listen to the instrumentalists in a small group setting. One would expect John and Pierre to debut their own compositions, but the big surprise is that this recording marks Lou's compositional debut. Let's hear it for the drummer. Recorded October 1 & 2, 2002, The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY.
Opportunities and AdvantagesElliot Levin (Tenor Saxophone, Curved Soprano, Flute), Marshall Allen (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone), Tyrone Hill (Trombone), Howard Cooper (Bass), Ed Watkins (Drums)Check out that front line. Levin: one of the most robust tenor stylists around. Allen: the legendary sax man whose short-circuited improvisations are too infrequently featured in small combos. Hill: an inventive lyrical trombonist with a distinct sound. Put them together with longtime buddies Cooper and Watkins and you have simpatico and a fun date. Real music, warm and challenging. Philadelphia Pride indeed! Recorded September 24 & 25, 2002, The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY.
Lowe-down&BlueFrank Lowe (Tenor Saxophone), Berne Nix (Guitar), Dominic Duval (Bass), Michael Carvin (Drums)This is Frank Lowe's fourth CIMP session and we think this one captures the tender soul of this tenor stylist. Recorded just days before Frank had to have lung surgery, this concert finds him ironically more robust than usual. But, in essence, it is a quintessential Lowe concert: full of the compositional and playing quirks which mark his best work. A real stylist with giving, unselfish support from a great rhythm grouping. Recorded September 16, 2002. Poets of the NowUrsel Schlicht (Piano), Steve Swell (Trombone), Tom Abbs (Bass), Geoff Mann (Drums)For Schlicht and Swell, this is a follow-up to their very exciting Sound Quest recording on Cadence Jazz Records. Here the group moves more into composed structures with Ms. Schlicht, in particular, showing a softer side. But make no mistakes - this is post-Bop creative improvised music, and yet another fresh look at Steve Swell whose growing reputation is finally catching up to his talents. Form, variety, and passion combine here for meaty listening. Recorded July 18, 2002. NorthCountry PieDavid Wertman (Bass), Charlie Kohlhase (Alto Saxophone), Lou Grassi (Drums)Kohlhase and Grassi are familiar names to improvised listeners, but bassist David Wertman has been off the creative improvised recording scene since the 1980s. And there are enough bass features that you'll see he's a talent with more than journeyman abilities. Fresh music from fresh personalities, accessible but still demanding. Recorded June 17 & 18, 2002. Invocation for PepperAlex Harding (Baritone Saxophone), Dominic Duval (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)This trio date is a follow-up to Alex's "FreeFlow" recording (CIMP 246), but here the emphasis is on standards, opening with Alex's "Invocation" to the spirit of fellow Motowner and bari player, Pepper Adams. It's a Jazz date all the way: the power of Alex Harding's baritone sax in the company of the celebrated rhythm team of Duval & Rosen. Recorded June 6 & 7, 2002. DoppelgangerDavid Taylor (Bass Trombone), Dominic Duval (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)Dave Taylor is a legend among trombonists. The King of the Bass Trombone, he's been on hundreds of commercial recordings. What many don't realize is that Dave's creative improvised impulses are mighty but largely untapped. Here he shows that his technique can go head to head with his imagination and everyone benefits. This tour de force ends with a wonderful take on "Home On the Range." Recorded May 9 & 10, 2002. Balafon DanceKhan Jamal (Vibes), Jemeel Moondoc (Alto Saxophone), Roy Campbell (Trumpet), Dylan Taylor (Bass), Dwight James (Drums)Khan reunites with a group of old friends and colleagues on this remarkable session of composition and energy. Khan Jamal is one of the most distinctive voices in creative music in both sound and compositional substance. This is his first recording in 5 years and only his second in 13. He's careful and deliberate about his music but presents for the listener finished, fully-formed, and wonderfully listenable adventures in music. This concert offers music accessible to a broad range of tastes but remains always uncompromising in its delivery and statement. Recorded March 18 & 19, 2002. AxiomJohn O'Gallagher (Alto Saxophone), Tony Malaby (Tenor Saxophone), John Hebert (Bass), Jeff Williams (Drums)The John O'Gallagher Quartet. Yet another debut by an artist with notable instrumental and compositional talents. Over a year in preparation, this session was recorded at the end of a short tour by the group and is notable for the connectedness of the 2-sax frontline and the group as a whole. With liner notes that clearly illuminate the chronology and background of the session, it's a fine companion to music that is both muscular and, at times, hauntingly beautiful. Fresh faces, fresh music. Fo(u)r Being(s)Adam Lane (Bass), John Tchicai (Tenor Saxophone), Paul Smoker (Trumpet), Barry Altschul (Drums)This is bassist Adam Lane's third release. His first 2 offered a thunderous view of his writing/arranging work for larger groups. Again, the listener is treated to Adam Lane's compositional abilities, and, in addition, is better able to hear his instrumental abilities, well-exposed over the 6 tracks. In this all-star company there's no place to hide and Adam proves he's up to the company he keeps. ComPOsedLou Grassi (Drums), John Tchicai (Tenor Saxophone), Paul Smoker (Trumpet), Art Baron (Trombone), Perry Robinson (Clarinet), Wilber Morris (Bass)The latest from Lou Grassi's PoBand. This time the guest artist is John Tchicai. This concert by the PoBand is unique for a number of reasons (besides the always-fresh improvisations and presence of guest John Tchicai) in that, for the first time it deals with a compositional framework; Art Baron joins the band; and, sadly, this was the late Wilber Morris' last outing with the band that he helped establish in 1995. Thankfully, Wilber's spirit and voice (instrumentally and vocally) is well represented on the date. Eight wondrous cuts. HeurJean-Luc Guionnet (Alto Saxophone), Edward Perraud (Drums)Guionnet & Perraud are a remarkable duo: in early 2000 they began developing the strategy of an hour's continuous duologue of instant composition. And, except for that strategy, there are no preconceived structures on this set. It asks a lot of the musicians and demands a lot of the listener. Music without a net that will sustain your listening. ExposedFred Hess (Tenor Saxophone), Paul Smoker (Trumpet), Ken Filiano (Bass), Damon Short (Drums)Noted for establishing the Boulder Creative Music Ensemble in the mid-80's, composer, arranger, and tenor saxman Fred Hess takes a rare excursion outside of that role to expose his compositions and sax in a dynamic quartet. If Mr. Hess' previous activities have missed your attention, this release should put him in your sights. It's one of his best (we might even immodestly suggest that it is his best) to date. Recorded June 11 & 12, 2001. Iron Monkey TrioKevin Norton (Drums), Bob Celusak (Tenor Saxophone), Andy Eulau (Bass)The trio presents a program of music by Miles Davis, Monk, Wayne Shorter and originals and serves to introduce the power saxwork of Bob Celusak - one listen and you'll wonder, as we did, why this talent, after 30 some years playing, is only now being recorded. A free-bop trio of considerable power and substance. Recorded January 15 & 16, 2001 Lucille's Gemini DreamAvram Fefer (Clarinet), Steve Swell (Trombone), Wilber Morris (Bass), Igal Foni (Drums)Following up his trio's well received debut recording on Cadence Jazz Records, reedman Avram Fefer brings the dynamic trombone of Steve Swell into the mix and the quartet addresses 7 original compositions, including the title track, a particularly evocative and lyrical ballad. Interplay, composition, depth, and complexity all propel this to a dynamic listen. Recorded Jan. 11 & 12, 2001 RitualHerb Robertson (Trumpet), Phil Haynes (Drums)This is a phenomenal recording of a single take of a single improvised excursion between Herb Robertson and Phil Haynes. A riveting tour de force, a singular listen and a milestone in the careers of these 2 master improvisers. Recorded February 29, 2000. Straight Lines SkewedDonald Robinson (Drums), Marco Eneidi (Alto Saxophone), Lisle Ellis (Bass)From the Bay Area, three veteran but emerging giants of the creative improvising scene. Together they bring some 60 years of collective, and often connected, experience for a dynamic program of 12 structured but completely improvised statements in a very satisfying contrast of sound coloring and passion. Recorded Oct. 18 & 19, 1999. Canticles for the New MillenniumJay Rosen (Drums), Vinny Golia (Clarinet), Paul Smoker (Trumpet), Mark Whitecage (Moosecall)Jay Rosen, sensitive and dynamic drummer on many fine CIMP sessions, steps out for his debut as a leader and it's impressive. Leading a bassless quartet made up of some of today's most dymnamic players, he not only lifts and drives some intense music but manages to integrate his dynamics in both a supportive and take-charge way. Rosen with Golia, Smoker, and Whitecage: a gutsy move with wondrous results. Recorded Sept. 1 & 2, 1999. Open MusicJohn Bickerton (Piano), Wilber Morris (Bass), Rashid Bakr (Drums)Pianist John Bickerton likes to call his music Open Music. We'd call it lyrical, impressionistic and moving; something of a hybrid with runners to both Keith Jarrett and Cecil Taylor. Here at a concert grand, Mr. Bickerton is joined by Rashid Bakr and Wilber Morris on nine original and connective compositions. Finishing TouchesDom Minasi (Guitar), Michael Bocchicchio (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)Dom Minasi returns after almost 25 years of recorded silence with a recording of his very original guitar. A controversial guitar stylist, Minasi's original darkly rhythmic attack is wonderfully captured on a program of standards and 5 originals. Recorded Feb. 22 & 23, 1999. MuralBruce Eisenbeil (Electric Guitar), J. Brunka (Bass), Ryan Sawyer (Drums)Bruce Eisenbeil's music builds from enharmonic clusters into larger harmonies, from discord that becomes one with the whole, from the seemingly random that unveils a logic, producing music ranging from high abstraction to vivid imagery. Recorded February 11 & 12, 1999. Creative CatalystsBob Magnuson (Tenor Saxophone), Lou Grassi (Drums)Saxophonist Bob Magnuson and drummer Lou Grassi go head to head in duo and produce not only exciting improvisations but a CD that has a wide variety of ambiance. Powerful and sensitive, this is music naked in its presentation and very successful in its strategies. There's no net and it's a beautiful flight. Recorded March 3 & 4, 1998. Relax, Keep the Tension, PleaseAndrew Cheshire (Guitar), Dominic Duval (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)Guitarist Andrew Cheshire comes from a Tal Farlow lineage. Here is a driving, warm, and very inventive bopster who references the tradition and doesn't try to clone it. 8 tracks, with a mixture of ballads and swingers, originals and standards make up a fine demanding inside session. With Jay Rosen on drums and Dominic Duval at the bass, you know there's no coasting. Recorded Jan. 26 & 27, 1998. Resonance ImpedersChris Dahlgren (Bass), Briggan Krauss (Alto Saxophone), Jay Rosen (Drums)Chris Dahlgren music is fun compositionally, drawing on catchy, sometimes even childlike, themes. Light themes, but probing thematic developments are offered up by the profound improvising of this lightly hip post bop trio augmented by the singular sound of Briggan Krauss' sax. Recorded Oct. 29 & 30, 1997. Through the WoodsFrode Gjerstad (Alto Saxophone), Bobby Bradford (Trumpet), Wilber Morris (Bass), Newman Baker (Drums)Frode Gjerstad is a dynamic Norwegian saxman obviously unafraid of the unknown; actually, he embraces it. On this strong quartet date, he matches his aptitudes with Wilber Morris, Newman Baker, and the (legendary?) avant garde trumpeter, Bobby Bradford. They've never sounded better, this is music of emotional and cerebral power. Recorded Sept. 15 & 16, 1997. 3 Plus 4 Equals 5Joseph Scianni (Piano), Mark Whitecage (Soprano Saxophone), Tomas Ulrich (Cello), Dominic Duval (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)Mark Whitecage has been a highly respected and inordinately creative NYC area improvisor for decades. Joseph Scianni is a legendary pianist almost unrecorded over the past 40 years. On this program they intermix their respective groups and explore the harmonies and tonalities of the music. The listening rewards are great as they fly without a net, with only their genius and musical sensibilities to support them. Recorded June 20, 1997. DedicationAhmed Abdullah (Trumpet), Carlos Ward (Flute), Masujaa (Guitar), Alex Blake (Bass), Cody Moffett (Drums)Ahmed Abdullah's first release in ten years is a well-conceived and executed dedication to the late Charles Moffett, his colleague of many years. Cody Moffett took over his father's drum seat (and drums) for this eclectic and charming program of 9 tunes (La Vie En Rose and I'll Be Seeing You along with standards and traditional music. Recorded June 17 & 18, 1997. ImaginingsDavid Bindman (Tenor Saxophone), Joe Fonda (Bass), Kevin Norton (Drums)David Bindman, former student of Bill Dixon and active tenor player on the new music scene, makes his leadership debut here. The trio bears down with a compelling intensity on a program of 10 compositions ranging from Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz" to fresh originals from the narrative to the abstract. Recorded July 9 & 10, 1997. The Wedding BandDominic Duval (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)
You've never heard a wedding band like this totally ad-libbed one. These bass/drums duos are completely extemporized as they reference compositions like "Amazing Grace', "Dolphin Dance", "Evidence", and free play around with a number of others. Recorded Jan. 28 & 29, 1997.
Big OnionJoseph Scianni (Piano), Dominic Duval (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)An historic and musically magical occasion. This is Mr. Scianni's first recording in over 30 years. A contemporary of Cecil Taylor, Joseph Scianni presents compelling music with this brilliant free trio. Recorded July 23, 1996.