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JazzWrap review by Stephan Moore

CF 288Elliott Sharp’s Aggregat – Quintet (CF 288)
So I really don’t own much Elliot Sharp as leader. I have a number of albums featuring him as a member. So when I spent the last few weeks listening to two albums from one of his most recent groups, Aggregat, I was completely blown away. A really well focused, well imaginative ensemble that is more than the sum of its parts.

Complicated and sometimes groovy arrangements sift through the group’s debut, simply titled, Aggregat, “The Grip” and “Allelia.” Both pieces featuring abstract constructions from Sharp on sax augmented by more soothing and sparse paths laid out by Jones and Smith. Sharp’s horn sounding like barge horn alerting the other ships in its path.

Sharp is primarily on sax with this trio but also blends end his brilliant guitar work as well. This is featured on “Positronics,” a lovely rolling number that at times reminded me of contemporaries Thurston Moore or Marc Ribot. While the piece may sound free floating, it slow builds into a nice groove that even feels track from Bitches Brew era Miles Davis.

On the Aggregat’s follow up, Quintet, the group has expanded in size to its simply stated title. The addition of Nate Wooley and Terry Green provides new variety and depth to the overall sound and vision for Sharps group. “Katabatics” is a collision of horns, Smith’s poly-rhythms and the steady nature of Jones, all boiling over into a boisterous but lovely celebration of creativity.

“Blues For Butch” while using the blues as its blueprint, is more than that. It is highly elevated piece with great sections of improvised and explosive work from the horn section. “Lacus Temporis” and “Cherenkov Light” are both more experimental in nature and give a nice glimpse into the individual talents of each musicians.

Both Aggregat and Quintet are solidly composed by the multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp and beautiful performed by his bandmates. This was a great starting point for me and hopefully a good moment for you the listener to become fully invested in Elliott Sharp’s expanded vision.
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Time Out Lisboa review by Jose Carlos Fernandes

CF 288Elliott Sharp – Aggregat Quintet (CF 288)
*****
A passagem do projecto Aggregat de trio a quinteto não se limitou à adição de Nate Wooley (trompete) e Terry L. Green (trombone) às palhetas de Sharp e à máquina “pan-rítmica” de Brad Jones (baixo) e Ches Smith (bateria). Se nestas páginas se escreveu que o simpático disco em trio era uma ilha mainstream na discografia de Sharp, já Aggregat Quintet soa como a banda residente de um circo que tem um David Lynch encharcado de anfetaminas como mestre de cerimónias.
Fanfarras adstringentes e maníacas, caleidoscópios ácidos, turbilhões ferozes e ritmos entrecortados colidem num caos controlado que exerce um fascínio irresistível – a magia só se quebra em “Lacus Temporis” e “Cherenkov Light”, onde a efervescência dá lugar a uma desolação azeda.

Expresso review by João Santos

CF 288Elliott Sharp Aggregat – Quintet (CF 288)
*****
Com mais vontade do que acerto, escreveu um dia Torquato Neto: “Há várias maneiras de se cantar e fazer música: Gilberto Gil prefere todas”. O vaticínio, que, presume-se, admitia mentalmente a hipótese de vir o baiano a perfilhar uma carreira punida pela inconsistência, ganhou eco numa declaração de Butch Morris, proferida já, esta sim, no contexto de uma apresentação do percurso de Elliott Sharp, quando, em “Doing the Don’t”, ajuizava o maestro ao realizador Bert Shapiro: “[Na música de Sharp] Vão ouvir algo que nunca ouviram na vida e que, seja ou não do vosso agrado, de algum modo os vai inspirar”.

Pela mesma razão encontra-se tanto de espúrio na discografia do guitarrista nova-iorquino. Porque à ambição de marcar a história do jazz moderno, por exemplo – o que, imagine-se, lhe garantiria a posição imediatamente anterior à de Sonny Sharrock no “Penguin Guide to Jazz”, caso, lá está, lhe tivessem consistentemente reservado entrada os autores da enciclopédia –, sobrepôs-se o desejo de documentar o inclassificável.

O ano de 2013 provou-o, com “Momentum Anomaly” compendiando solos acústicos, “Haptikon” testemunhando um interesse pela inteligência artificial, “Crossing the Waters” assinalando o batismo de um novo trio, “In The Pelagic Zone” reunindo obras de câmara e o DVD “Ostryepolya” registando duetos com Scott Fields. Mas é neste “Quintet” – em que, a favor dos sopros, renuncia integralmente à guitarra, aliando-se a Nate Wooley, Terry Green, Brad Jones e Ches Smith – que coloca do lado certo aquilo que adora pôr do avesso. Ou seja, o mais atípico dos seus discos é o mais imediato e indispensável dos que já fez na vida.

Le Son du Grisli review by Guillaume Belhomme

CF 288Elliott Sharp Aggregat – Quintet (CF 288)
De l’Aggregat d’Elliott Sharp, voici le Quintet – et non pas : voici l’Aggregat Quintet d’Elliott Sharp. Projet pensé par le guitariste (ici aux saxophones et clarinette basse) pour regrouper en une « unité sonique » des personnalités différentes, Aggregat fut d’abord un trio (responsable d’un… Aggregat assez peu convaincant publié l’année dernière sur Clean Feed). Aujourd’hui quintet, le titre de la nouvelle référence du projet était tout trouvé.

Ce sont Nate Wooley (trompette) et Terry L. Green (trombone) qui ont, de leurs pratiques iconoclastes, transformé Aggregat : ainsi l’introduction (Magnetar) entend-elle Sharp réussir à composer au son d’influences éclatées – n’y entend-on pas, tout à la fois, Terry Riley, Jay Jay Johnson et Sonny Rollins ? – mais empêchées aussi : récalcitrant, le discours épousera finalement l’allure d’un jazz tortueux que pertes totales de repères et encombrements subits ne cessent de faire gonfler.

Sur l’accompagnement solide (mais aussi plus discret que de coutume) de Brad Jones et Ches Smith, les souffleurs rivalisent alors d’intentions tranchées (Qubits, Historical Friction) quand ils ne font pas cause commune sur la méthode à employer (Dissolution) ou l’hommage à rendre (Blues for Butch, Laugh Out Loud (For Lol Coxhill)). Ayant effacé les traces laissées derrière lui d’un jazz vivace (au son des décharges lentes de Lacus Temporis et des surprenants atermoiements de Chrenkov Light), Aggregat disparaîtra. Il reviendra sans doute, sous une autre forme peut-être.
http://grisli.canalblog.com/archives/2013/12/04/28581929.html

San Diego Reader best of 2012 list by Robert Bush

2012 was a banner year for recorded jazz, if the more than 100 CD’s that arrived in my mail box are any indication. Even still, I’m sure I missed a few that might have bowled me over–but that’s o.k., since I found it impossible to whittle this “best-of-list” down to a top-ten. Instead, I’m entering 14 albums that made an indelible impression.   This isn’t a “best of San Diego” kind of list, although there are many SD connections here–which says a lot about the rich-in-talent residents, (and former residents) that populate the local jazz landscape.

Jason Robinson -Tiresian Symmetry (Cuneiform)
Nine of the best players on the East Coast scene ripping through Robinson’s difficult charts and making it all sound joyful.

CF 250Elliott Sharp Trio – Aggregat (Clean Feed)
Bracing, free jazz that takes no prisoners. Sharp plays guitar and saxophone and is ably supported by bassist Brad Jones and drummer Ches Smith. A lot of mayhem, but it all swings, somehow.

 

Slumgum w/ Hugh Ragin- The Sky His Own (9 Winds)
Slumgum is Jon Armstrong on saxophone, Rory Cowal on piano, David Tranchina on bass and Trevor Anderies on drums. As a unit they are superb, and the addition of Ragin’s soaring trumpet work make this essential.

Diane Moser & Mark Dresser -Duetto (CIMP)
Moser can straddle the divide between kinetic energy and lyric contemplation and Dresser follows her like a shadow, then steps into other dimensions. Intimate listening.

CF 253Hugo Carvalhais – Particula (Clean Feed)
I’d never heard of bassist Carvalhais before, but Particula is a stunning set of totally modern music, with saxophonist Emile Parisien, violinist Dominique Pifarely, pianist Gabriel Pinto and drummer Mario Costa. I found it hard to stop listening to this disc.

Crispell, Dresser, Hemingway – Play Braxton (Tzadik)
Braxton’s longest running rhythm section team up to revisit the visionary music of the master composer. Lock-tight, and wild, each member brings an individual force into motion.

CF 264Sara Serpa- Ran Blake – Aurora (Clean Feed)
This is a sublime pairing. Serpa’s voice is pitch-perfect, crystal clear and utterly devoid of artifice. Blake’s purity of harmonic conception leaves plenty of space.

 

Vinny Golia Sextet – Abstractions & Retrocausalities (9 Winds)
Like Mingus meeting Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, this disc rocks and swings hard. Golia’s mastery is well supported by trumpeter Dan Rosenboom, saxophonist Gavin Templeton, guitarist Alex Noice, bassist Jon Armstrong and drummer Andrew Lessman.

Diane Moser – WDMO (Planet Arts)
Moser the pianist and composer are well documented on this release which spans the gamut between Latin grooves and freer material. Excellent cast featuring Peter Sprague, Marguerita Page, Rob Thorsen, Duncan Moore, Mary Redhouse, Will Parsons and Chad Moser.

Vlatkovich Tryyo – Pershing Woman (pfMENTUM)
Trombonist Michael Vlatkovich tears it up on this blistering live set with Jonathan Golove on electric cello and the explosive Damon Short on drums.

Dan Clucas Lost Iguana Ensemble – Do You Know The Ways (Plutonium Records)
Trumpeter Clucas offers up an entirely original set of music here with virtuosi contributions from drummers Brian Christopherson and Dave Wayne, cellist Jessica Catron and the tuba of Mark Weaver. Definitely worth seeking out.

Zen Widow -Screaming In Daytime (pfMENTUM)
The trio of Garth Powell on drums, Gianni Gebbia on saxophone and Mathew Goodheart on piano get a serious injection from special guest Wadada Leo Smith.

Ian Tordella – Tragic Comedy (Self Produced)
Tordella puts together an unusual group with the twin guitars of Jeff Miles and Joey Carano, fueled by the deep rhythm of Danny Weller and Richard Sellers. Great tunes.

Third Story -Third Story (Self Produced)
Bassist Danny Weller assembled this group to explore ECM-type textures, and with piano powerhouse Joshua White, guitarist Jeff Miles and drummer Jens Kuross, a sublime set of pensive compositions unfold.
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/jam-session/2013/jan/08/standout-jazz-releases-from-2012/

Free Jazz best of 2012 list by every member of the team

End-of-year Lists Galore Allright, here they are then, the albums of the year 2012 as selected by the entire review team of the Free Jazz Collective. Each reviewer presented his (unfortunately not her) list of the ten best albums of the year. Based on the commonalities between those lists, we selected the top-10 that we all favoured.

CF256The Free Jazz Collective Top-10 albums of 2012
Eve Risser, Benjamin Duboc & Edward Perraud – En Corps
Angles 8 – By Way Of Deception
The Thing With Barry Guy – Metal!
Aram Shelton Quartet – Everything for Somebody
Henry Threadgill Zooid – Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp
Nicole Mitchell – Arc Of O
Mary Halvorson Quintet – Bending Bridges
Martin Küchen – Hellstorm
Levity – Afternoon Delights
Stian Westerhus – The Matriarch & The Wrong Kind Of Flower

Every contributor to the blog also made his own list of preferred albums. 

Denti Alligator
Eve Risser, Benjamin Duboc & Edward Perraud – En Corps
Aaron Novik – Secret of Secrets
Neneh Cherry & The Thing –  The Cherry Thing
Bester Quartet –  Metamorphoses
Charles Gayle – Streets
Keith Rowe –  September
Mats Gustafsson – Bengt
David Krakauer –  Pruflas –  The Book of Angels Volume 18
King Tears Bat Trip –  King Tears Bat Trip
The Thing With Barry Guy –  Metal!

Paul Acquaro
CF 250Mary Halvorson Quintet – Bending Bridges
Elliot Sharp Trio – Aggregat
9 Volt – Open Circuit
Elephant9 with Reine Fiske – Atlantis
Joe Morris, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver – Altitude
Paul Dunmall & Tony Bianco – Thank You To John Coltrane
Eivind Opsvik – Overseas IV
Aych – As the Crow Flies
Scorch Trio with Mars Williams – Made in Norway
Tim Berne – Snake Oil

Tom Burris
CF 252Eve Risser, Benjamin Duboc & Edward Perraud – En Corps
Nicole Mitchell – Arc of O
Jooklo Duo & Bill Nace – Scratch
Mary Halvorson Quintet – Bending Bridges
Henry Threadgill Zooid – Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp
Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet – Stellar Pulsations
Sam Rivers, Dave Holland & Barry Altschul – Reunion: Live in New York
Hairy Bones – Snakelust
Noah Bernstein – Six  Ballister – Mechanisms

Daniel Sorrelis
CF256Eve Risser, Benjamin Duboc & Edward Perraud – En Corps
Eli Keszler – Catching Net
Angles 8 – By Way of Deception: Live in Ljubjana
Angharad Davies, Tisha Mukarji, Dimitria Lazaridou-Chatzigoga – Outwash Pedro Sousa & Hernâni Faustino – Falaise
Martin Küchen – Hellstorm
Way Out Northwest – The White Spot
Mikołaj Trzaska, Ollie Brice, Mark Sanders – Riverloam Trio
John Tilbury – For Tomasz Sikorski
Henry Threadgill Zooid – Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp.

Phil Coombs
CF256Angles 8 – By Way of Deception – Live in Ljubljana
Nicole Mitchell – Arc of O
Steve Lehman Trio – Dialect Fluorescent
Daniel Erdmann – How to Catch a Cloud
MMM Quartet – Live at Metz’ Arsenal
Emile Parisien – Chien Guepe
Aram Shelton Quartet – Everything for Somebody
Matthew Shipp Trio – Elastic Aspects
Max Johnson Quartet
Eve Risser, Benjamin Duboc & Edward Perraud – En Corps

Joe Higham
John Butcher and Toshimaru Nakamura – Dusted Machinery
Levity – Afternoon Delights
Aram Shelton Quartet – Everything for Somebody
Daniel Erdmann – How to Catch a Cloud
Marc Ducret – Tower Vol. 4
Eve Risser, Benjamin Duboc & Edward Perraud – En Corps
Outhouse – Straw, Sticks + Bricks
Arts and Sciences – New You
Kay Grant & Alex Ward – Fast Talk
Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Fast Citizens – Gather

Paolo Casertano
CF 262Stian Westerhus – The Matriarch And The Wrong Kind Of Flowers
Joe McPhee & Eli Keszler – Ithaca
Nate Wooley/Peter Evans – Instrumental Vol. 1
Colin Stetson & Mats Gustafsson – Stones
The Thing with Barry Guy – Metal
Steve Lehman Trio – Dialect Fluorescent
Martin Küchen – Hellstorm
Peter Kolovos – Black Colors
Paradoxical Frog – Union
John Tilbury – For Tomasz Sikorski

Ananth Krishnan
CF256Thomas Heberer – Cookbook
Angles 8 – By Way of Deception: Live in Ljubjana
Levity – Afternoon Delights
Trespass Trio – Bruder Beda
Maya Homburger and Barry Guy – Tales of Enchantment

Stef Gijssels
CF 249Eve Risser, Benjamin Duboc & Edward Perraud – En Corps
RED Trio + Nate Wooley – Stem
Mikołaj Trzaska Ircha Clarinet Quartet* ‎– Zikaron – Lefanay
Thomas Heberer’s Clarino – Cookbook (Red Toucan, 2012)
Mathias Küchen – Hellstorm
Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers
Skogen – Ist Gefallen In Den Schnee
Angles 8 – By Way of Deception: Live in Ljubjana
Pretty Monsters Dark Poetry

Martin Schray
CF 252Fire! – In the Mouth a Hand
Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet+1 – Walk, Sleep, Love
Evan Parker’s Electro Acoustic Ensemble –  Hasselt
Stian Westerhus –  The Matriarch and the Wrong Kind of Flowers
Hairy Bones – Snakelust
Martin Küchen – Hellstorm
Mats Gustafsson/Thurston Moore –  Play Some Fucking Stooges
Colin Stetson/Mats Gustafsson – Stones
Pao –  Pao
Arts and Science  New You
http://freejazz-stef.blogspot.se/2012/12/end-of-year-lists-galore.html?m=1

Perfect Sounds best of 2012 list by Chris Monsen

Favorite jazz of 2012 I handed Francis Davis my ballot for the 7th annual Jazz Critics Poll a few weeks ago, and since then several publications and writers have offered their best-of-the-year’s, top 10s and so forth. I had initially considered not posting mine until after the poll results had been announced, but after going over several other top 10’s/faves/etc., I had second thoughts. Some of the below (not many) already look like safe bets to place high on the poll, based on the lists I’ve seen. Others have (sadly) not featured as prominently elsewhere:

New albums:

Steve Lehman Trio: Dialect Fluorescent (Pi Recordings)
Grass Roots (Sean Conley, Alex Harding, Darius Jones & Chad Taylor): Grass Roots (AUM Fidelity)
Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando (ACT)
Ben Allison, Michael Blake & Rudy Royston: Union Square (Abeat Records)
Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things: Clean On the Corner (482 Music)
Charles Gayle Trio: Streets (Northern Spy)
Devin Gray, Dave Ballou, Ellery Eskelin & Maichael Formanek: Dirigo Rataplan (Skirl)
William Parker Orchestra with special guest Kidd Jordan: Essence of Ellington (Centering)
Jasmine Lovell-Smith’s Towering Poppies: Fortune Songs (Paintbox Records)
FLY: Year of the Snake (ECM)
Rich Halley 4: Back From Beyond (Pine Eagle Records)
Henry Threadgill Zooid: Tomorrow Snny/The Revelry, Spp (Pi Recordings) Jason Robinson: Tiresian Symmetry (Cuniform)
Mary Halvorson Quintet: Bending Bridges (Firehouse 12)
CF 266Eric Revis 11:11: Parallax (Clean Feed)
Darius Jones Quartet: Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) (AUM Fidelity)
Hugo Carvalhais: Particula (Clean Feed)
David Virelles: Continuum (Pi Recordings)
Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
Tim Berne: Snakeoil (ECM)
Branford Marsalis Quartet: Four MF’s Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis Music)
Jim Black Trio: Somatic (Winter & Winter)
Wadada Leo Smith: Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneifrom Records)
The Bad Plus: Made Possible (Entertainment One Music)
Neneh Cherry & The Thing: The Cherry Thing (Smalltown Supersound)
CF 250Elliott Sharp: Aggregat (Clean Feed)
Hairy Bones: Snakelust (Clean Feed)
Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective: Roots Befroe Branches (self released)
Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts: An Attitude for Gratitude (Palmetto Records)
Pixel: Reminder (Cuneiform)
http://perfectsounds.blogspot.pt/2012/12/favorite-jazz-of-2012.html