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NPR Music Jazz Best of 2014 by Critics Poll

The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

NPR Music is pleased to present a poll in which 140 jazz critics picked their favorite recordings of 2014.

For nine consecutive years, this poll has been a labor of love by eminent critic Francis Davis. It’s grown tremendously since he initially submitted the consensus of 30 writers to The Village Voice in 2006. Over the last month, print journalists, bloggers and broadcasters nominated more than 700 different albums. We’re thrilled to welcome his exhaustive project back to our site.

1. Steve Lehman: ‘Mise En Abîme’ (Pi)
2. Wadada Leo Smith: ‘The Great Lakes Suites’ (TUM Records)
3. Ambrose Akinmusire: ‘the imagined savior is far easier to paint’ (Blue Note)
4. Sonny Rollins: ‘Road Shows, Vol. 3’ (OKeh)
5. Mark Turner Quartet: ‘Lathe Of Heaven’ (ECM)
6. Marc Ribot Trio: ‘Live At The Village Vanguard’ (Pi)
7. Jason Moran: ‘All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller’ (Blue Note)
8. Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: ‘Landmarks’ (Blue Note)
9. Kenny Barron & Dave Holland: ‘The Art Of Conversation’ (Impulse)
10. Jane Ira Bloom: ‘Sixteen Sunsets’ (Outline)*
11. Miguel Zenón, Identities Are Changeable (Miel Music) 95 points (on 15  ballots)
12. The Bad Plus, The Rite of Spring (Sony Masterworks) 88.5 (15)
13. Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden, Last Dance (ECM) 83 (14)
14 (tie). David Virelles, Mbókò (ECM) 80 (13)
14 (tie). Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi) 80 (13)
16. Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Over Time: The Music of Bob Brookmeyer (Planet  Arts) 73.5 (9)
17. Chick Corea Trio, Trilogy (Stretch/Concord) 72 (10)
18. Fred Hersch Trio, Floating (Palmetto) 67 (12)
19. Jeff Ballard Trio, Time’s Travels (OKeh) 66 (12)
20. Vijay Iyer, Mutations (ECM) 64 (12)
21. Mary Halvorson/Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara, Thumbscrew  (Cuneiform) 63.5 (14)
22. Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer, Wiring (Intakt) 60.5 (10)
23. Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski, Gathering Call (Palmetto) 60 (12)
24. Aki Takase & Alexander von Schlippenbach, So Long, Eric! Homage to Eric  Dolphy (Intakt) 59.5 (9)
25. Billy Hart Quartet, One Is the Other (ECM) 59 (11)
26. Tom Harrell, Trip (HighNote) 56 (9)
CF29427. Eric Revis, In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed) 53.5 (11)
28. Jason Roebke Octet, High/Red/Center (Delmark) 53 (9)
29. The Nels Cline Singers, Macroscope (Mack Avenue) 52 (10)
30. Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, Habitat (Justin Time) 52 (8)**
31. Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble, A Trumpet in the Morning (New World) 47  (7)***
32. Frank Kimbrough, Quartet (Palmetto) 45.5 (8)
33. Hafez Modirzadeh, In Convergence Liberation (Pi) 44 (7)
34. Nels Cline & Julian Lage, Room (Mack Avenue) 43.5 (7)
35. Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, From the Region (Delmark) 43 (9)
36 (tie). Joshua Redman, Trios Live (Nonesuch) 43 (6)
36 (tie). Yosvany Terry, New Throned King (5Passion) 43 (6)
38. Avishai Cohen’s Triveni, Dark Nights (Anzic) 42.5 (11)
39. James Brandon Lewis, Divine Travels (OKeh) 42 (10)
40. The Cookers, Time and Time Again (Motéma) 40.5 (9)
41. Darius Jones, The Oversoul Manual (AUM Fidelity) 40.5 (5)
42. Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein, Viper’s Drag (Impulse!) 40 (8)
43. Pat Metheny Unity Group, Kin (←→) (Nonesuch) 40 (7)
44. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Concord Jazz)  39.5 (9)
45. Farmers By Nature, Love and Ghosts (AUM Fidelity) 39 (11)
46. Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The Offense of the Drum  (Motéma) 38.5 (6)
47. Sean Jones im•pro•vise (never before seen) (Mack Avenue) 37 (6)
48. Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Present Joys (Greenleaf) 35 (7)
49. Ideal Bread, Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy (Cuneiform) 34.5 (7)
50. Mary Halvorson, Reverse Blue (Relative Pitch) 34 (5)

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2014/12/19/371282561/the-2014-npr-music-jazz-critics-poll

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Free Jazz Best of 2014

Albums of the Year – 2014
So another year and another 1500 albums considered for review (and that’s just the ones we actually added to the list!). Taking a quick look back: this year Julian, Matthew, Chris, Ed, Antonio, Stefan, Josh, and Hugo joined the review team and we recently welcomed Eyal and Alfonso – you’ll be seeing more of them soon. 2014 also saw Martin Schray bringing the Free Jazz Blog to the air on SWR2, public radio in southern Germany. His next show is on the 9th of January (stay tuned for more info on that!). Finally, thanks to all of you, we’re seeing upwards of 75,000 page views a month and have a growing subscriber base … all we can (and should) say is thank you everyone and keep listening!

And now here it is … our hotly anticipated top ten list of albums of the year, tallied and calculated from the collective’s personal top 10 album choices (listed below):

The Free Jazz Collective Top-10 albums of 2014
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1.Steve Lehman Octet – Mise en Abîme
2.Akira Sakata, Johan Berthling, Paal Nilssen-Love – Arashi
3.Jemeel Moondoc – The Zookeeper’s House
4.Angles 9 – Injuries (CF 303)
5.Audio One – An International Report
6.Farmers By Nature – Love and Ghosts
7.Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love Duo – Lightning Over Water
8.Marc Ribot Trio – Live at the Village Vanguard
9.Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suites
10.Jeremiah Cymerman – Pale Horse / Lotte Anker & Jakob Riis – Squid Police

Troy Dostert
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1.Steve Lehman Octet, Mise en Abîme
2.Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble – Trumpet in the Morning
3.Franco D’Andrea Sextet – Monk and the Time Machine
4.Kris Davis Trio – Waiting for You to Grow (CF 292)
5.Ivo Perelman – The Other Edge
6.Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love Duo – Lightning Over Water
7.Peter Van Huffel – Boom Crane
8.Angles 9 – Injuries
9.Max Johnson – Invisible Trio
10.Audio One – An International Report

Julian Eidenberger
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1.Akira Sakata, Johan Berthling, Paal Nilssen-Love – Arashi
2.Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack – … Awaits Silent Tristero’s Empire
3.Steve Lehman Octet – Mise en Abîme
4.Anthony Braxton, Tom Rainey, Tomas Fujiwara – Trio New Haven 2013
5.Audio One – An International Report
6.Many Arms with Colin Fisher – Suspended Definition
7.Lean Left – Live at Area Sismica
8.Joe Morris Quartet – Balance (CF 306)
9.Yoni Kretzmer, Pascal Niggenkemper, Weasel Walter – Protest Music
10.Wadada Leo Smith, Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Balázs Pándi – Red Hill

Matthew Grigg
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1.Pharoah & the Underground – Spiral Mercury/Primative Jupiter (CF 300)
2.Audio One – An International Report/The Midwest School
3.Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble – Xenogenesis II: Intergalactic Beings
4.Nate Wooley, Hugo Antunes, Chris Corsano – Malus
5.Thurston Moore, Gabriel Ferrandini, Pedro Sousa – Live at ZDB (SHH 010)
6.Peter Evans Quintet – Destination:Void
7.Broetzmann, Adasiewicz, Edwards, Noble – Mental Shake
8.Roscoe Mitchell/Mike Reed – In Pursuit of Magic
9.Jason Ajemain, Tony Malaby, Rob Mazurek, Chad Taylor – A Way A Land of Life
10.Marc Ribot Trio – Live at the Village Vanguard

Chris Haines
CF306CF295  CF2941.Joe Morris Quartet – Balance (CF 306)
2.Sei Miguel – Salvation Modes (CF 295)
3.Eric Revis – In Memory of Things Yet Seen (CF 294)
4.Jakob Thorkild Trio – Art Sleaze
5.Tisziji Munoz – Star Worlds
6.Ken Aldcroft – Threads 10/09/11
7.Marc Ribot – Live at the Village Vanguard
8.Andymusic – Heavydance
9.Tomas Fujiwara Trio – Variable Bets
10.Tellef Ogrim & Anders Berg – November

Antonio Poscic
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1.Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suites
2.Steve Lehman Octet – Mise en Abîme
3.DKV Trio – Sound in Motion in Sound
4.Farmers By Nature – Love and Ghosts
5.Lotte Anker & Jakob Riis – Squid Police
6.Jeremiah Cymerman – Pale Horse
7.Angles 9 – Injuries (CF 303)
8.Tyshawn Sorey Trio – Alloy
9.Zion 80 – Adramelech: Book of Angels, Vol. 22
10.Jemeel Moondoc – The Zookeeper’s House

Dan Sorrells
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1.Daunik Lazro, Benjamin Duboc, Didier Lassere – Sens Radiants
2.Wacław Zimpel To Tu Orchestra – Nature Moves
3.Benjamin Duboc – St. James Infirmary
4.Zanussi Five – Live in Coimbra (CF 314)
5.Angles 9 – Injuries (CF 303)
6.Max Johnson, Ingrid Laubrock, Mat Maneri, Tomas Fujiwara – The Prisoner
7.Keir Neuringer – Ceremonies Out of the Air
8.Jeremiah Cymerman, Evan Parker, Nate Wooley – World of Objects
9.RED Trio & Mattias Ståhl – North and the Red Stream
10.Michael Francis Duch – Tomba Emmanuelle

Hugo Truyens
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1.De Beren Gieren & Susana Santos Silva – The Detour Fish (CF 317)
2.1000 + 1 – Butterfly Garden
3.East of the Sun – ICP Orchestra
4.Os Meus Shorts – Os Meus Shorts II
5.Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon – Perpetual Motion (A Celebration of Moondog)
6.Baloni – Belleke (CF 305)
7.Ideal Bread Beating The Teens – Songs Of Steve Lacy
8.Franco D’Andrea Sextet – Monk and the Time Machine
9.Marc Ribot Trio – Live at the Village Vanguard
10.Sylvie Courvoisier – Mark Feldman Quartet Birdies for Lulu

http://www.freejazzblog.org/2014/12/albums-of-year-2014.html

Tom Hull – On The Web Best of 2014 list by Tom Hull

The Best Jazz Albums of 2014

1.Steve Lehman Octet: Mise en Abîme (Pi)
2.Duduvudu: The Gospel According to Dudu Pukwana (Edgetone)
3.Paul Shapiro: Shofarot Verses (Tzadik)
4.Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: Live Snakes (Accurate)
5.Digital Primitives: Lipsomuch/Soul Searchin’ (Hopscotch, 2CD)

CF3136.Velkro: Don’t Wait for the Revolution (Clean Feed)
7.Ivo Perelman: The Other Edge (Leo)
8.Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble: Cimmerian Crossroads (Edgetone)


CF 2929.Kris Davis Trio: Waiting for You to Grow (Clean Feed)
10.Craig Handy: Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (Okeh)
11.Allen Lowe: Mulatto Radio: Field Recordings: 1-4 (Constant Sorrow, 4CD)
12.Farmers by Nature: Love and Ghosts (AUM Fidelity, 2CD)
13.Waclaw Zimpel To Tu Orchestra: Nature Moves (Fortune)
14.Jonas Kullhammar: Gentlemen (2014, Moserobie)
15.Regina Carter: Southern Comfort (Sony Masterworks)

CF 29316.Jonas Kullhammar/Torbjörn Zetterberg/Espen Aalberg: Basement Sessions Vol. 2 (Clean Feed)
17.Rich Halley 4: The Wisdom of Rocks (Pine Eagle)
18.Ben Flocks: Battle Mountain (self-released)
19.Peter Van Huffel/Michael Bates/Jeff Davis: Boom Crane (Fresh Sound New Talent)
20.John Hollenbeck/Alban Darche/Sébastien Boisseau/Samuel Blaser: JASS (Yolk)
21.Barbara Morrison: I Love You, Yes I Do (Savant)
22.Mary Halvorson/Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara: Thumbscrew (Cuneiform)
23.Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Liverevil (Hot Cup, 2CD)
24.Bobby Avey: Authority Melts From Me (Whirlwind)
25.Wadada Leo Smith/Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Balasz Pandi: Red Hill (Rare Noise)
26.Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: The Shape of Doomjazz to Come/Saxophone Giganticus (RareNoise)
27.Dave Douglas/Chet Doxas/Steve Swallow/Jim Doxas: Riverside (Greenleaf Music)
28.François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Alexey Lapin: The Russian Concerts (FMR)
29.Joachim Kühn/Alexey Kruglov: Duo Art: Moscow (ACT)
30.Tom Rainey: Obbligato (Intakt)
31.Catherine Russell: Bring It Back (Jazz Village)
32.Michael Blake: Tiddy Boom (2014, Sunnyside)
33.Anne Waldman: Jaguar Harmonics (Fast Speaking Music)
CF29434.Eric Revis: In Memory of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed)
35.Jason Ajemian: Folklords (Delmark)
36.Sonny Simmons/Delphine Latil/Thomas Bellier: Beyond the Planets (Improvising Beings, 2CD)
37.The Mark Lomax Trio: Isis & Osiris (Inarhyme)

CF29738.Rodrigo Amado: Wire Quartet (Clean Feed)
39.The Core Trio: The Core Trio With Matthew Shipp (self-released)
40.Mike DiRubbo: Threshold (Ksanti)
41.Michael Griener/Rudi Mahall/Jan Roder/Christof Thewes: Squakk: Willisau & Berlin (Intakt)

CF30742.Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra: Live in Ljubljana (Clean Feed)
43.Sonny Rollins: Road Shows: Volume 3 (2001-12, Okeh)
44.Marlene VerPlanck: I Give Up, I’m in Love (Audiophile)
45.Ivo Perelman/Karl Berger: Reverie (Leo)
46.The Microscopic Septet: Manhattan Moonrise (Cuneiform)
47.Audio One: An International Report (Audiographic)
48.Billy Bang/William Parker: Medicine Buddha (2009 [2014], NoBusiness)
49.The Young Mothers: A Mothers Work Is Never Done (Tektite)
50.Kali Z. Fasteau: Piano Rapture (Flying Note)
51.Andy Biskin Ibid: Act Necessary (Strudelmedia)
52.William Hooker & Liudas Mockunas: Live at the Vilnius Jazz Festival (NoBusiness)

CF31453.Zanussi 5: Live in Coimbra (Clean Feed)
54.Marcin Wasilewski Trio w/Joakim Milder: Spark of Life (ECM)
55.Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It: Live in Portland (Roark)
56.Assif Tsahar/Gerry Hemingway/Mark Dresser: Code Re(a)d (Hopscotch)
57.Noah Preminger: Background Music (Fresh Sound New Talent)
58.Richard Galliano: Sentimentale (Resonance)
CF309CD59.Cortex: Live! (Clean Feed)
60.Greg Abate Quartet: Motif (Whaling City Sound)
61.Sam Newsome: The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation [The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 2] (self-released)
62.Vijay Iyer: Mutations (ECM)
63.Dave Burrell/Steve Swell: Turning Point NoBusiness)
64.Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suites (TUM, 2CD)
65.Lajos Dudas Quartet: Live at Salzburger Jazzherbst (Jazz Sick -13)
CF312CD66.Luis Lopes Lisbon Berlin Trio: The Line (Clean Feed)
67.Moskus: Mestertyven (Hubro)
68.James Brandon Lewis: Divine Travels (Okeh)

http://tomhull.com/ocston/nm/notes/eoyjazz-14.php

The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

1. Steve Lehman: ‘Mise En Abîme’ (Pi)
2. Wadada Leo Smith: ‘The Great Lakes Suites’ (TUM Records)
3. Ambrose Akinmusire: ‘the imagined savior is far easier to paint’ (Blue Note)
4. Sonny Rollins: ‘Road Shows, Vol. 3’ (OKeh)
5. Mark Turner Quartet: ‘Lathe Of Heaven’ (ECM)
6. Marc Ribot Trio: ‘Live At The Village Vanguard’ (Pi)
7. Jason Moran: ‘All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller’ (Blue Note)
8. Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: ‘Landmarks’ (Blue Note)
9. Kenny Barron & Dave Holland: ‘The Art Of Conversation’ (Impulse)
10. Jane Ira Bloom: ‘Sixteen Sunsets’ (Outline)* 95.5 points, on 15 ballots.

The Rest Of The Top 50

11. Miguel Zenón, Identities Are Changeable (Miel Music)
12. The Bad Plus, The Rite of Spring (Sony Masterworks)
13. Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden, Last Dance (ECM)
14 (tie). David Virelles, Mbókò (ECM)
14 (tie). Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi)
16. Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Over Time: The Music of Bob Brookmeyer (Planet Arts)
17. Chick Corea Trio, Trilogy (Stretch/Concord)
18. Fred Hersch Trio, Floating (Palmetto)
19. Jeff Ballard Trio, Time’s Travels (OKeh)
20. Vijay Iyer, Mutations (ECM)
21. Mary Halvorson/Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara, Thumbscrew (Cuneiform)
22. Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer, Wiring (Intakt)
23. Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski, Gathering Call (Palmetto)
24. Aki Takase & Alexander von Schlippenbach, So Long, Eric! Homage to Eric Dolphy (Intakt)
25. Billy Hart Quartet, One Is the Other (ECM)
26. Tom Harrell, Trip (HighNote)
CF29427. Eric Revis, In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed)
28. Jason Roebke Octet, High/Red/Center (Delmark)
29. The Nels Cline Singers, Macroscope (Mack Avenue)
30. Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, Habitat (Justin Time)
31. Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble, A Trumpet in the Morning (New World)
32. Frank Kimbrough, Quartet (Palmetto)
33. Hafez Modirzadeh, In Convergence Liberation (Pi)
34. Nels Cline & Julian Lage, Room (Mack Avenue)
35. Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, From the Region (Delmark)
36 (tie). Joshua Redman, Trios Live (Nonesuch)
36 (tie). Yosvany Terry, New Throned King (5Passion)
38. Avishai Cohen’s Triveni, Dark Nights (Anzic)
39. James Brandon Lewis, Divine Travels (OKeh)
40. The Cookers, Time and Time Again (Motéma)
41. Darius Jones, The Oversoul Manual (AUM Fidelity)
42. Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein, Viper’s Drag (Impulse!)
43. Pat Metheny Unity Group, Kin (←→) (Nonesuch)
44. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Concord Jazz)
45. Farmers By Nature, Love and Ghosts (AUM Fidelity)
46. Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The Offense of the Drum (Motéma)
47. Sean Jones im•pro•vise (never before seen) (Mack Avenue)
48. Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Present Joys (Greenleaf)
49. Ideal Bread, Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy (Cuneiform)
50. Mary Halvorson, Reverse Blue (Relative Pitch)

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2014/12/19/371282561/the-2014-npr-music-jazz-critics-poll

All About Jazz Italia review by Vincenzo Roggero

CF294Eric Revis Quartet – In Memory of Things Yet Seen (CF 294)
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Nel corso degli anni la figura artistica di Eric Revis—giunto alla ribalta delle cronache jazzistiche per la lunga permanenza nel quartetto di Branford Marsalis, qui presente in due brani—è andata acquisendo i contorni di musicista che, pur senza la pretesa di cambiare le sorti del jazz, ne è diventato esponente di spicco, dalla consistente vena creativa e dal solido pensiero.

Testimonianza significativa di questa crescita, nel ruolo di leader come di interessante compositore, sono senza dubbio le incisioni per la portoghese Clean Feed. Dapprima il quartetto di Parallax, in equilibrio tra il modern jazz più innovativo—Jason Moran- ed il free aggiornato—Ken Vandermark -, poi il sorprendente piano trio di City of Asylum, con Andrew Cyrille e Kris Davis, infine ancora un quartetto, ma con un secondo sax a sostituire il pianoforte, per questo In Memory of Things Yet Seen…

http://italia.allaboutjazz.com/eric-revis-quartet-in-memory-of-things-yet-seen/

Time Out review by José Carlos Fernandes

CF294Eric Revis Quartet – In Memory of Things Yet Seen (CF 294)
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O terceiro CD de Revis para a Clean Feed traz mais um line up diferente e, embora os anteriores discos tivessem gente do gabarito de Ken Vandermark, Jason Moran e Nasheet Waits (Parallax) e Kris Davis e Andrew Cyrille (City of Asylum), fazem-se figas para que o novo quarteto se torne numa banda fixa e nos dê muitos discos e concertos – é que Darius Jones e Bill McHenry (saxes) nasceram para tocar juntos e a irrequieta bateria de Chad Taylor complementa na perfeição o groove poderoso do contrabaixo de Revis.

O CD abre em atmosfera onírica, com o vibrafone de Taylor a fazer de caixinha de música, mas logo dá lugar à tagarelice rouca de “Hits” e às constantes guinadas de “Son Seals”, o primeiro de cariz mais improvisativo, o segundo a revelar o aturado trabalho de composição que norteia a maior parte do disco. “Unknown” debita post-bop elástico e vivo e tem a participação de um músico inesperado no catálogo da Clean Feed – o saxofonista Branford Marsallis (há explicação: Revis tem sido um dos pilares do quarteto de Marsallis, numa cumplicidade que leva 15 anos e nove CDs, o que não impede Revis de também tocar com terroristas sónicos como Peter Brötzmann).

O momento mais avassalador é “The Shadow World” (da autoria de Sun Ra), uma tormenta sombria e desvairada, rasgada pelos relâmpagos gémeos dos saxes. Esta medonha procela dá lugar a “Hold My Snow Cone”, cuja serenidade e beleza são miraculosamente potenciadas pelo contraste com os 7’26 febris que ficaram para trás (um disco não é apenas uma colecção aleatória de músicas). Aguarda-se com impaciência o próximo álbum de memórias de coisas ainda por vir.

Music and More review by Tim Niland

CF 294Eric Revis – In Memory of Things Yet Unseen (CF 294)
Bassist Eric Revis is one of the leading lights of modern jazz, able to walk between the mainstream and the avant-garde at will. This lineup proves it, with Revis on bass, Chad Taylor on drums and vibraphone, Bill McHenry on tenor saxophone and Darius Jones on alto saxophone. The music is quite remarkable, an example of which is the extraordinary free-blues of “Son Seals” presumably dedicated to the great Chicago bluesman. McHenry and Jones make for an excellent front line: McHenry has a lighter tone, while Jones has a rough and ready and occasionally caustic manner on his instrument. The open ended nature of the music gives them a lot of opportunity to express themselves, such as on “Somethings Cooking” and “Unknown” where the saxophones swirl and intertwine like a helix, moving from solos to harmonizing at will. Revis and Taylor are as impressive as the saxophone players, with the bassist grounded able to solo and support at a whim. Taylor is the same way, adding shifting rhythms and patterns that allow the music to move in any possible dimensions. The excitement of the music builds to a high level of energy full band power and solo excitement. I think this may well be one of the finest albums of the year to date.

http://jazzandblues.blogspot.pt/