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Expresso review by João Santos

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Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra – Live in Ljubljana (CF 307)
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Angles 9 – Injuries (CF 303)
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Lane quase que abre demasiado o jogo, nas notas de apresentação, referindo Duke, Mingus, Muhal ou Parliament. Ao introduzir ‘Ashcan Rantings’, incorpora na sua exposição ao contrabaixo os nomes de Jimmy Blanton, Richard Davis ou Bootsy Collins. Com orgulho proletário, menciona ainda os de James Jamerson e Carol Kaye. Soa, por vezes, mais convincente do que aquilo que na realidade é. Mas há muito que não surgia um octeto, assim, apto em ir de “Birth of the New Cool” (Sonny Criss, com arranjos de Horace Tapscott) até, digamos, a “Ming” (David Murray), ficando apenas a dever ao nível da capacidade de síntese e da agilidade nas dinâmicas. Ilustra um namoro de verão com formas canónicas – trazendo à memória Don Ellis – e possui fundações edificadas a partir de robustas linhas de baixo que não destoariam num álbum de Graham Collier. Cada um dos seus solistas comanda atenções como uma avioneta a sobrevoar praias. Já Martin Küchen, à frente de nove executantes, redige no livreto qualquer coisa com a pertinência de uma bula num genérico. No seu pior, lembra o que fariam Archie Shepp, Gato Barbieri ou Carla Bley com as compilações “Éthiopiques” no gira-discos. Mas também põe a descoberto uma beleza a todos os níveis planificada que praticamente desapareceu do jazz de hoje.

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

All About Jazz Italia review by Vincenzo Roggero

CF307Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra – Live in Ljubljana (CF 307)
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Ljubljana Jazz Series è l’ennesima idea vincente di Pedro Costa che arricchisce il già eccellente catalogo Clean Feed con una serie di registrazioni live effettuate durante il prestigioso festival d’inizio estate che anima la graziosa capitale slovena, rassegna con la quale l’etichetta portoghese ha da qualche anno inaugurato una proficua partnership.

L’ensemble in questione è un ottetto magistralmente guidato dal contrabbassista Adam Lane -autore di tutti i brani e dei relativi arrangiamenti-composto da ottimi musicisti in stato di grazia e particolarmente ispirati. La musica possiede la tumultuosa vitalità sprigionata dai gruppi di Charles Mingus, la leggerezza melodica delle piccole formazioni di Duke Ellington, la complessità tipica della sperimentazione, il groove contagioso del funky e della great black music.

Le composizioni -complesse nella struttura, articolate nell’organizzazione-vengono modificate in tempo reale dall’interazione dei musicisti, ma conservano una fluidità di fondo, una elasticità ed un senso del ritmo davvero notevole. È musica che fonde magnificamente cuore e pensiero, eccitazione fisica ed ebbrezza mentale, immediatezza comunicativa e stratificazione percettiva, insomma il piedino batte inesorabilmente mentre la mente ha il suo bel daffare.

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/live-in-ljubljana-adam-lanes-full-throttle-orchestra-clean-feed-records-review-by-vincenzo-roggero.php

Chicago Reader Best of 2014 list by Peter Margasak

My favorite jazz albums of 2014
Today NPR Music posted the results of the annual jazz critics poll organized by Francis Davis. In years past the poll ran in the Village Voice and the online music service Rhapsody. Steve Lehman’s impressive Mise En Abîme (Pi) landed in the top spot this year. You can check out the full results, including categories for best reissue, Latin jazz recording, debut, and vocal album here. I’ve included the ballot I submitted for this year’s poll below.

Top 10 Albums:
1. David Virelles, Mbokó (ECM)
2. Ambrose Akinmusire, The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint (Blue Note)
3. Wadada Leo Smith, The Great Lakes Suites (TUM)
4. Jason Roebke Octet, High/Red/Center (Delmark)
5. Hush Point, Blues and Reds (Sunnyside)
6. Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi)
7. Tom Rainey, Obbligato (Intakt)
CF 2898. Matt Bauder & Day in Pictures, Nightshades (Clean Feed)
9. Michael Blake, Tiddy Boom (Sunnyside)
10. Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, From the Region (Delmark)

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/12/19/my-favorite-jazz-albums-of-2014

All About Jazz review by Mark Corroto

CF307Adam Lane´s Full Throttle Orchestra – Live In Ljubljana (CF 307)
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In light of today’s economic hardships, jazz orchestras or more precisely innovative jazz orchestras are really only little big bands. When you cannot travel with two dozen musicians, a leader must recruit players who can project a synergetic sound that appears greater than the sum of their parts. Masters of the little big bands include Taylor Ho Bynum’s Sextet, Ken Vandermark’s various projects, including Audio One and Resonance Ensemble and Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra.

Lane’s outfit of seven to nine players (eight here) combines the best of traditional large group swing with what Lane calls live orchestration, where he allows the players to spontaneously arrange the music within rhythmic and melodic cells. Employing musicians that are all composers and leaders of their own bands, like trumpeters Nate Wooley and Susana Santos Silva, saxophonists David Bindman, Matt Bauder, and Avram Fefer, trombonist Reut Regev. This type of improvisation follows the work of Earle Brown and Anthony Braxton, and can also be heard in the modular improvisation approach of Vandermark’s and Peter Brotzmann’s ensembles. What distinguishs Lane’s variation is that he never abandons his rhythmic lines. Lane follows Duke Ellington’s aphorism, “it don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing,” and maybe better yet, Charles Mingus’ “better get hit in your soul.”

Lane, and drummer Igal Foni anchor this live date from 2012 with a firm control of the pulse. That allows for his front lines to explore and weave melodies and rhythms around his large shouldered themes. Each piece swerves, zags, and snakes according to the players’ choices, but never loses their orientation. The space he gives his players allows for the unique sound of say, Wooley’s trumpet on “Multiply Then Divide” and Bauder’s baritone sax on the opener. Mix into that bit of funk influence, retro-Strayhorn arrangements, and joyous music making and you have a happy crowd. Live In Ljubljana is the Full Throttle Orchestra’s fourth release, and where many listeners listed Lane’s previous disc Ashcan Rantings (Clean Feed, 2010) as one of the best recordings of the year, this disc may up that many to most.

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/live-in-ljubljana-adam-lane-clean-feed-records-review-by-mark-corroto.php?width=1024

Magnet’s Best of 2014 list by Bill Meyers

Magnet’s Bill Meyer picks the best jazz/improv releases of the year

1 Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack …Awaits Silent Tristero’s Empire (Singlespeed)
2 Brötzmann Adasiewicz Edwards Noble Mental Shake (Otoroku)
3 AMM Place Sub. V. (Matchless)
CF 2894 Matt Bauder And Day In Pictures Nightshades (Clean Feed)
5 Rob Mazurek Mother Ode (Corbett Vs. Dempsey)
6 Russ Johnson Meeting Point (Relay)
7 Cymerman Wooley Parker World Of Objects (5049)
8 Steve Lehman Octet Mise En Abîme (Pi)
9 Keir Neuringer Ceremonies Of The Air (New Atlantis)
10 Travis Laplante’s Battle Trance Palace Of Wind (New Amsterdam)

http://www.magnetmagazine.com/2014/12/04/best-of-2014-jazzimprov/

Le Son du Grisli review by Guillaume Belhomme

CF 289Matt Bauder and Day in Picture – Nightshades (CF 289)
En ces temps de Blue Note Revival, écouter Matt Bauder creuser en profondeur les vieilles symétries n’est pas pour me déplaire. Et ne pas voir en lui l’un des musiciens les plus investis du moment en dit assez long quant à l’imbécilité de la jazzopshère.

C’est que Matt Bauder possède plus d’une corde à son arc. Ici, dans ce territoire vaguement sixtie-Blue Note, il conteste le copier-coller et fonde ses interventions sur des tumultes que n’atteindront jamais les (très) surévalués petits princes des revues en papier glacé. Car Bauder sait comment ériger un chorus et comment troubler les cadres. Et c’est aussi ce que sait faire un Nate Wooley, trompettiste aux courbes ruades. Et tandis que Kris Davis (remplaçant ici Angelica Sanchez) impulse quelque harmonie mensongère, Jason Ajemian et Tomas Fujiwara érigent quelques imposantes cathédrales. Viennent alors à nos oreilles cette science des temps mêlés. Temps mêlés et jamais scellés.

http://grisli.canalblog.com/archives/2014/12/01/31051331.html