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Le Son du Grisli review by Luc Bouquet

CF 287Angelica Sanchez/Wadada Leo Smith – Twine Forest (CF 287)
Le ton est donné : le premier (Wadada Leo Smith) vrille ses aigus ; la seconde (Angelica Sanchez) plaque l’accord tranchant. La fidélité sera de mise. Les compositions de la pianiste porteront dans leurs veines la mémoire d’astres sombres. La trompette délivrera le filet de son, se perdra et se réverbérera dans le silence. Les accords-glas de la pianiste chercheront les passages secrets. Ceux qui, intimement, tentent d’investir la lumière. Une noire lumière précisément.

Et il aura ces trouées de cuivre, ce surgissement de blues. Un surgissement, certes court, mais qui dit tout des pactes passés. Et il y aura d’autres surgissements : ils auront pour territoire le murmure de la douleur, la masse frappant l’intérieur du piano, le velours des attentes. Et il y aura, surtout, deux musiciens portant à bras le corps une musique s’ajustant à leurs denses élans.
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Tomajazz reviews by Pachi Tapiz

Clean Feed: en trío y en cuarteto
Tríos y cuartetos forman la oferta del sello portugués Clean Feed en su segunda entrega del año 2013. Propuestas mayoritariamente libre improvisadas en las que se muestran las múltiples caras, los múltiples enfoques que ofrece la creación instantánea.

CF 276El baterista Harris Eisenstadt publica The Destructive Element (CF 276) con su formación September Trio. El saxofonista Ellery Eskelin y la pianista Angelica Sanchez son sus acompañantes nuevamente. Eisenstadt, que durante los últimos años está mostrando ser un gran compositor, es el autor de los nueve temas. Estos resultan muy variados en su suavidad (“Swimming, then Rained Out”), su carácter melancólico (el precioso “Cascadia”), su oscuridad (“Ordinary Weirdness”), su crispación (“Here Are the Samurai”) o su aproximación a la clásica contemporánea (“From Schoenberg”). Ellery Eskelin, y sobre todo Angelica Sanchez son unos magníficos compañeros de viaje.

CF 272El trío formado por la francesa Sophie Agnel (piano), y los británicos John Edwards (contrabajo) y Steve Noble (batería) realiza una interesantísima inmersión en la libre improvisación en Meteo (CF 272). El disco, grabado en el festival del mismo nombre en Mulhouse (Francia), en agosto de 2012, incluye una única pieza de 38 minutos. Una decisión de edición, ya que igualmente podría haber sido troceada en múltiples temas. En las distintas partes los tres músicos muestran una capacidad de diálogo y de invención sencillamente asombrosas. Su música pasa por fases ambientales, abstractas, libres, intensas y suaves. También por el silencio, del que el trío renace mostrando nuevas caras de su capacidad para interactuar. Semejante discurso está al alcance de muy pocos.

CF 277City Of Asylum (CF 277) aparece editado a nombre del contrabajista Eric Revis (Branford Marsalis, Tabarby), aunque igualmente podría haberlo sido a nombre del trío Revis – (Kris) Davis – (Andrew) Cyrille. Salvo un tema de Revis (“Question), uno de Jarrett (“Prayer”) y el monkiano “Gallop’s Gallop”, los seis restantes son unas improvisaciones del trío que por momentos parecen composiciones salidas del papel pautado. Andrew Cyrille es toda una institución en la batería, algo de lo que deja muestras más que evidentes. Kris Davis, una de las mejores pianistas de la actualidad, brilla de principio a fin. Eric Revis es el titular de la grabación, pero únicamente de un modo nominal ya que el peso de la grabación se reparte equilibradamente entre los tres músicos, creando una obra con una coherencia musical sobresaliente.

CF 271Mirage (CF 271) es una grabación de improvisaciones en trío de Ellery Eskelin (saxo), Michael Formanek (contrabajo) y Susan Alcorn (pedal Steel gitar, instrumento habitual en la música country). En los temas más breves el disco transcurre mayoritariamente tranquilo y a medio tiempo, buscando y encontrando melodías. Esa contención (no tanto en la música sino en la duración) se rompe con el extenso “Downburst” (27 minutos), en el que el grupo no es capaz de mostrar mucho más de lo que logra en cada uno de los temas del resto del disco con duraciones de entre tres y cinco minutos.

CF 267Birthmark (CF 267) de la saxofonista danesa Lotte Anker y la fantástica pareja de músicos portugueses formada por Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano) y Hernani Faustino (contrabajo) es un toma y daca de gran intensidad, una sucesión musical llena de tensiones improvisadas, silencios y melodías crispadas muy bien resueltas. Por medio de estos músicos, y otros como el saxofonista Rodrigo Amado, el baterista Gabriel Ferrandini o la trompetista Susana Santos Silva la escena de la improvisación portuguesa demuestra una vitalidad envidiable.

CF 275Precisamente Susana Santos Silva es un tercio de LAMA, que completan Gonçalo Almeida (contrabajo) y Greg Smith (batería). Para Lamaçal (CF 275), su segunda grabación, registrada en directo en el portugués Portalegre Jazz Festival, contaron con la colaboración del saxofonista Chris Speed. Gonçalo Almeida es el autor de cuatro composiciones, mientras que Santos Silva, Almeida y Speed aportan una cada uno. “Anemona”, “Cachalote” o “Moby Dick” (nada que ver con la exhibición de John Bonham de los Led Zeppelin) son algunos de los momentos más logrados. En todos sus temas es tan importante la improvisación como la estructura sobre la que esta se desarrolla, la utilización ortodoxa de los instrumentos como la capacidad de explorar sus posibilidades sonoras.

clean feed made to break layout TEXTO DIFERENTE - ROJOCon Made To Break el saxofonista Ken Vandermark retoma y aúna las sendas abiertas con Spaceways Inc. (que posteriormente desarrolló con Powerhouse Sound) y FME (Free Music Ensemble). Su objetivo en este proyecto es improvisar a partir de unas composiciones modulares en las que los músicos tienen la posibilidad de elegir diferentes elementos. En su desarrollo se incluyen pasajes con un groove muy potente y contagioso con base funk, improvisaciones free en las que no se pierde de vista la melodía, y momentos más contemplativos. En este proyecto le acompañan el baterista Tim Daisy (compañero de Vandermark en mil aventuras musicales), el bajista Devin Hoff y el samplerista Christof Kurzmann.De los tres temas que componen Provoke (CF 273), grabado en directo en Lisboa, el que mejor muestra y engarza esa multitud de influencias es el dedicado a John Cage titulado “Further”. En los otros dos temas también se alternan pasajes contrastados, aunque muestran una menor variedad.

CF 269Desde el inicio de su trayectoria Clean Feed ha estado ligado al festival de Coimbra Jazz Ao Centro, al que ha dedicado la serie JACC dentro de su catálogo. Joe McPhee se une al Trespass Trio en Human Encore (CF 269), grabación registrada a lo largo de tres días en la ciudad portuguesa. En este CD se alternan las composiciones del saxofonista Martin Küchen con las improvisaciones del cuarteto. Esto motiva una variedad más que disfrutable que van del homenaje en formato free al be-bop (“A different Koko”), los aromas folklóricos de “In Our Midst” o “Bruder Beda ist nicht mehr”, el free-bop a tiempo medio (“A deserto n fire, a forest”) o el free propulsivo (“Coimbra, Mon Amour”).

Harris Eisenstadt September Trio: Destructive Element ****
Sophie Agnel, John Edwards, Steve Noble: Meteo *****
Eric Revis: City Of Asylum ****
Mirage: Mirage ***
Lotte Anker, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Hernani Faustino: Birthmark ****
LAMA + Chris Speed: Lamaçal ****
Made To Break: Provoke ****
Trespass Trio + Joe McPhee: Human Encore ****

Jazz.pt review by Bernardo Álvares

CF 287Angelica Sanchez / Wadada Leo Smith – Twine Forest (CF 287)
Para este “Twine Forest”, a pianista e compositora Angelica Sanchez convidou o cada vez mais meritório do título de lendário Wadada Leo Smith, que acabou assim da melhor forma um ano de grande produtividade – lembremo-nos do fabuloso “Occupy the World”, que o trompetista gravou também em 2013 com a orquestra TUMO.

O duo é aqui responsável por alguma da música mais sábia editada nos últimos tempos. O jazz é desconstruído e reconstruído sem grande alarme. Demonstrando um enorme respeito pelo mestre Wadada, Sanchez assume, de modo geral, o papel de acompanhante, aplicando às composições (todas de sua autoria), só por si, uma grande profundidade. Sempre com a melhor tradição jazzística nos dedos, a pianista toca com uma maturidade assinalável.

Sobre a, sempre em diálogo, cama musical de Sanchez, Wadada Leo Smith, num misto de inteligência, simplicidade e espontaneidade, explora um universo que extravasa a música afro-americana. Impondo às peçass de Sanchez mais alma que higiene, Wadada afirma-se, uma vez mais, como um dos grandes intérpretes do nosso tempo.

Este conjunto de peças funciona muito bem enquanto audição atenta (a incrível captação permite ouvir os instrumentos com um detalhe assombroso), enquanto (uma versão nada incómoda de) música ambiente, ou enquanto repertório para ser cantado no banho.

Desenquadrado da restante produção discográfica tanto de Wadada Leo Smith como de Angelica Sanchez, este CD vem confirmar o estatuto do primeiro e chama ainda mais a atenção para o cada vez mais consistente trabalho de Sanchez.
http://jazz.pt/ponto-escuta/2014/01/10/angelica-sanchez-wadada-leo-smith-twine-forest-clean-feed/

Free Jazz review by Stef Gissels

CF 287Angelica Sanchez & Wadada Leo Smith – Twine Forest (CF 287)
*****
Beautiful albums do not need many words. Pianist and composer Angelica Sanchez has invited Wadada Leo Smith to join her for a duo album, recorded in April of last year. Sanchez is a member of the trumpeter’s “Organic” Ensemble, whose “Heart’s Reflections” also received a 5-star rating on this blog. Smith made one trumpet-piano duo album before, “Interludes Of Breath & Substance” with Matthew Goodheart, which was good, but this one is truly excellent.

The great thing about the album is that both musicians are absolutely fabulous. And Sanchez doubly so, first for her compositions, which are inventive, abstract and open-ended, confident and sensitive at the same time, full of careful touches, very modern without going overboard. Second, her playing, is fabulous too. Disciplined and accurate and lyrical and fluid. She goes back to tradition, and in pieces like “Veinular Rub” – one of my favorites, you can hear the blues as much as the modern cinematic composition, full of dark drama and sentiment. And of course the quality of Smith’s playing no longer needs substantiation.

“Retinal Sand” is one of my favorite pieces, because of its sustained tension, starting with some playing inside the piano supporting trumpet blasts by Smith, yet then everything goes quiet, but not quite, when cautious, almost hesitant chords force the muted trumpet to increase the volume, and the speed and the sad tone blossoms, opening like a flower, into clarity and playfulness.

But my favorite track is also “Echolocation”, with its beautiful middle section of single notes on the piano as a tonal center for the muted trumpet to circle around, minimal yet so rich, so rich.

I will not review all eight of my favorite tracks on this album, but each one of them has its own story to tell, its own intimate conversation, full of warmth, openness and beauty. The stories are sensitive, sometimes with drama, and are human, about you and me, and other people, about sadness and joy, and everything in between, delivered with nuance and subtlety and depth.

In the madness of our world, with all its violence, its anger, its noise and loudness, its shallow feelings and lack of time to listen to people or music – and I mean really listen to them – this album comes like an oasis in the desert, like a moment of silence in the chaos, a moment of calm in the mayhem.

It will not only provide the listener with the joy of listening and getting enthusiastic about musical beauty, but the album is also guaranteed to have strong therapeutic effects, putting the rest of the world at rest, putting things in perspective and offer soothing solace.
http://www.freejazzblog.org/

JazzWrap review by Stephan Moore

CF 287Angelica Sanchez/Wadada Leo Smith – Twine Forest (CF 287)
Wadada Leo Smith / Tumo Orchestra – Occupy The World (Tum Records)

Intimacy and intricacy are the best ways to describe two recent collaborations from Wadada Leo Smith this year. The first, with Tumo Orchestra and then in a duo session with pianist Anglecia Sanchez.

Occupy The World is another epic orchestral work with lots of improvisation and intense mood setting movements. Inspired by the global Occupy movement from the past few years, this session is not as enveloping as last years Ten Freedom Summers but it is just as broad in scope.

“Queen Hatshepsut” inspired by the Egyptian queen of the same name, is a piece flows up and down with rough chords from both Smith, the string section and Kantonen’s fierce and sublime piano performance. The title track has various stages of deep reflection, as in the middle sections filled with atmospherics and free float trumpet lines.

In a similar inspirational voyage, Smith explores more intimacy with Angelica Sanchez on Twine Forest. The two have worked together for years, Sanchez is part of Smith’s Golden Quartet and Organic group. Surprising that this is their first outing as a duo. Either way, it’s bright, personal and highly captivating.

“Retinal Sand” sees Sanchez experimenting with the insides of the piano strings and Smith swirling with haunting accuracy. In addition to explosive outburst that blend seamlessly with the rolling and very punctuated notes from Sanchez. “In The Falls Of” while being improvised shapes itself into a lovely almost romantic ballad. The notes are soft with a melody and sparseness that stretches the piece and the imagination making for a devotional experience.

Two excellent sessions featuring similar deep, inspiring thoughts but with very clear distinction and execution. Wadada Leo Smith makes clear that with Occupy The World and Twine Forest, he is one of the most creative and prolific composers among his elder statesman colleagues on the scene today.
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JazzWrap best of 2013 list by Stephan moore

CF 287

Mary Halvorson: Ilusionary Sea
Jakob Bro: December Song
Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Slippery Rock!
Soren Gemmer: At First
Jason Moran/Charles Lloyd: Hagars Song
Cakewalk: Transfixed
Nicole Mitchell: Aquarius
Mikrokolektyw: Absent Minded
Nick Hempton: Odd Man Out
Wadada Leo Smith/Angelica Sanchez: Twine Forest
Kris Davis: Capricorn Climber
Fred Hersch/Benoit Delbecq: Funhouse
Zero Centigrade: Selce
Sava Marinkovic: Nowhere Near
Soweto Kinch: Legend Of Mike Smith
Luis Lopes: Live In Madison
Susana Santos Silva/Torbjorn Zetterberg: Almost Tomorrow
Soren Dahl Jeppesen: Pipe Dreams
Christian McBride: Out Here
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All About Jazz review by Mark Corroto

CF 287Angelica Sanchez/ Wadada Leo Smith: Twine Forest (CF 287)
As the saying goes, “It takes two to tango.” It certainly does, and it also takes two to make beautiful music together. Pianist Angelica Sanchez and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith produce abundant beauty from Sanchez’ compositions on Twine Forest.

Smith’s recordings have ranged from large ensemble work— Silver Orchestra, Organic, and his electric-Miles Davis tribute band with Henry Kaiser Yo Miles!—to intimate duos with Louis Moholo-Moholo Ancestors (TUM, 2013), Jack DeJohnette America (Tzadik, 2009), Anthony Braxton Organic Resonance (Pi Recordings, 2003), and Ed Blackwell The Blue Mountain’s Sun Drummer (Kabell, 2010).

With Sanchez, Wadada is again exploring the trumpet innovations of Miles Davis by grabbing clumps of Davis’ lyricism from his work with Gil Evans and filtering it through the minimal approach of his late 60’s work.

It has also been said that it takes two wings to fly. Sanchez’ music here, with its block chords and percussive attack, urges Smith to soar. “Retinal Sand” opens with spitting trumpet notes and the piano’s insides exorcised into a drum kit. The trumpet responds with growling notes and eventually a piano/trumpet conversation. Sanchez displays a willful brawn here, battering a blues line on “Echolocation” that evolves into her piano mimicking the sound of a plucked bass.

Sanchez’ technique is a perfect complement to Smith’s vocalized trumpet. Whether he is playing with a muted horn, as on “Veinular Rub,” or with an open bell for “In The Falls Of…,” his articulations are simply conversational. He and Sanchez are involved in an intimate tête- à-tête. Marvin Gaye’s words sum it up the best, “One can wish upon a star/Two can make that wish come true, yeah/One can stand alone in the dark/Two can make the light shine through.”
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=46001#.Uqc789JdUuc

Tomajazz review by Pachi Tapiz

CF 287Angelica Sanchez, Wadada Leo Smith: Twine Forest (CF 287)
La pianista Angelica Sanchez ha colaborado durante los últimos años en distintos proyectos y grabaciones del trompetista Wadada Leo Smith: The Golden Quartet y Organic (Heart’s Reflection, Cuneiform, 2011). En 2013, finalmente, Clean Feed publica Twine Forest, primera grabación mano a mano de ambos músicos.

Angelica Sanchez es la autora de los ocho temas. Unas composiciones que son desarrolladas de un modo muy abierto, en las que ambos músicos llevan a cabo un diálogo de igual a igual.

A lo largo de la grabación en un momento son las líneas, cortas, del trompetista, las que son apoyadas en la distancia (espacio y tiempo mediante) por la pianista. En otro momento es el pianista quien sigue el juego a su compañera. En otras ocasiones ambos se enzarzan en un diálogo directo y sin cortapisas, en consistente un toma y daca musical.

Wadada Leo Smith en esta ocasión ni recurre al espíritu sonoro de Miles Davis, ni a la inspiración milesiana que inunda algunos de sus proyectos como Yo Miles! (que por otro lado es toda una declaración de principios ya desde su propio nombre). En esta ocasión se deja llevar por su sonido, transitando sin premura ni precipitación por unos temas que recogen distintos estados de ánimo.

Angelica Sanchez responde perfectamente a las exigencias de su compañero. Al contrario que él, sí que llega a utilizar técnicas extendidas con su instrumento, el piano, con las que logra unos pasajes especialmente intensos y crispados.

A sus casi 72 años (que cumplirá el próximo 18 de diciembre de 2013), Wadada Leo Smith sigue en plena forma en una reluciente segunda juventud. Obras como Twine Forest o como la monumental Ten Freedom Summers (finalista de los Premios Pulitzer en 2013 en la categoría de música), no son un espejismo sino el magnífico reflejo de la manera de entender el jazz y la improvisación por parte de este veterano.
http://www.tomajazz.com/web/?p=9440

Tomajazz review by Pachi Tapiz

CF 276Harris Eisenstadt September Trio: Destructive Element (CF 276)
El baterista Harris Eisenstadt publica The Destructive Element con su formación September Trio. El saxofonista Ellery Eskelin y la pianista Angelica Sanchez son sus acompañantes nuevamente. Eisenstadt, que durante los últimos años está mostrando ser un gran compositor, es el autor de los nueve temas. Estos resultan muy variados en su suavidad (“Swimming, then Rained Out”), su carácter melancólico (el precioso “Cascadia”), su oscuridad (“Ordinary Weirdness”), su crispación (“Here Are the Samurai”) o su aproximación a la clásica contemporánea (“From Schoenberg”). Ellery Eskelin, y sobre todo Angelica Sanchez son unos magníficos compañeros de viaje.
http://www.tomajazz.com/web/?p=8394

Downbeat article by Bradley Bambarger

Harris Eisenstadt, Intellect and Emotion
Any encounter with drummer Harris Eisenstadt—whether in person or through his music—provides evidence that he is a “thinking man,” to borrow a phrase from trumpeter Nate Wooley.

The prolific Eisenstadt leads multiple bands, with Wooley a member of his most longstanding group, the quintet Canada Day. Wooley traded horn for pen to write liner notes for the eponymous first album by another of Eisenstadt’s groups, the September Trio, which features saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and pianist Angelica Sanchez. Wooley wrote: “He doesn’t produce unneeded complexity in his compositions or his playing to give us mental gymnastics to follow; he instead puts his incredible natural energy and intelligence into creating music that is thoughtful, unique, well-constructed, meaningful
and somehow simple sounding.”

CF 276There is indeed a balance of thought and feeling in Eisenstadt’s music, particularly with the September Trio. That first album features wonderfully
atmospheric, poetic ballads. Eskelin’s tenor has a husky lyricism, while Sanchez’s harmonic choices eschew cliché. Eisenstadt’s playing reveals a drummer
with a composer’s ear, for whom color is as vital as propulsion. The group’s second release, The Destructive Element (Clean Feed), ups the ante; the album is melody-rich and blue-hued but more volatile that its predecessor.

Seated outdoors at a bar in Ditmas Park, the charming Brooklyn neighborhood he calls home with his family, the 38-year-old Eisenstadt talked about his open style of composing for the September Trio: “Ellery plays the notes, but his distinctive sound and sense of time shape the music. For the new record, I encouraged Ellery to be as bluesy as he wanted to be and for Angie to be as gospel-y as she wanted. Both of them can deal with lyrical material but naturally subvert it, too, through timbre and by expanding forms. The idea is to meld lyricism with abstraction—it doesn’t have to be either/or.”

Eskelin, a veteran bandleader in his own right, was drawn to the ballad-like aspect of Eisenstadt’s writing for the trio, as well as the sense of space and freedom. “As a saxophonist, that setting is really conducive to going for a fuller tone—there is a lot of air around each instrument, and this becomes part of the fabric of the band’s sound,” Eskelin said. “Harris also plays with close attention to dynamics, which I appreciate greatly in a drummer.”

Canada Day—which these days includes Wooley, tenor saxophonist Matt Bauder, vibraphonist Chris Dingman and bassist Garth Stevenson—has released three albums as a quintet, plus one as a textured octet with alto sax, trombone and tuba. Canada Day Octet (482 Music) begins with a drum solo, although it’s a characteristically singing, sculptural one. Eisenstadt’s music for Canada Day is compositionally oriented, yet has room for personal inflections in the playing.

Regarding Canada Day, Wooley said, “What Harris has done brilliantly is to keep the same band together over some years, which isn’t as easy as it seems. And he combines a growing knowledge of each player’s preferences for how they like to improvise with a talent for finding good ways to push us into new areas, to force us to think in new ways. He knows how to hear someone’s voice in a new context.
That has a lot to do with why his music always sounds fresh and vibrant.”

Eisenstadt’s newest band is the chamber-jazz outfit Golden State, with bassist Mark Dresser, flutist Nicole Mitchell and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck. The group’s debut, Golden State (Songlines), is Eisenstadt’s 15th album as a leader since 2001. He has various connections with each member, most closely
with Schoenbeck, who is his wife. Reflecting on the genesis of the band, Eisenstadt said, “The unusual instrumentation of flute, bassoon, bass and drums was intriguing—like, ‘What’s this going to sound like?’ I wanted to hear it. There is that post-Ellington thing to what I do in that I write for specific players,
striving to take advantage of what the musicians can do.”

Continually expanding his palette, Eisenstadt has studied West African drumming, recorded an album with saxophonist Sam Rivers and percussionist
Adam Rudolph (as the Vista trio) and composed a concerto for multiple drummers that will be performed with the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra for its premiere in November. As he pondered the challenges of making music as a career, Eisenstadt mentioned composer Arnold Schoenberg, the modernist icon who provided germinal inspiration for a couple of September Trio pieces. Schoenberg was a famous intellectual, but Eisenstadt cited another of the composer’s traits—tenacity—which is certainly a necessity for any questing artist.
http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2013/DB201311/single_page_view/22.html