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Jazz Magazine review by François-René Simon

CF301Chicago/São Paulo Underground Feat. Pharoah Sanders – Pharoah & The Underground – Spiral Mercury (CF 301)

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Jazz.pt Best of 2014 list by Critics Poll

Os melhores de 2014

Mais um ano de crise, mais demonstrações de criatividade. Eis o balanço feito pela equipa da jazz.pt dos 12 meses que passaram, com os melhores entre os melhores e as listas individuais de quem escreve esta revista. Conclusão principal: no que à música nacional diz respeito, a colheita de 2014 foi de especial qualidade.

Melhores discos internacionais
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Joe Morris Quartet: “Balance” (Clean Feed)
Vijay Iyer: “Mutations” (ECM)
Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden: “Last Dance” (ECM)
Wadada Leo Smith: “The Great Lakes Suites” (TUM)
1982: “A/B” (Hubro)
Gorilla Mask: “Bite My Blues” (Clean Feed)
Fire! Orchestra: “Enter!” (Rune Grammofon)
The Bad Plus: “Inevitable Western” (Okeh)
Marc Ribot Trio: “Live at The Village Vanguard” (Pi)
Nigel Coombes / Steve Beresford: “White String’s Attached” (Emanem)
Steve Lehman Octet: “Mise en Abîme” (Pi)
Pharoah & The Underground: “Spiral Mercury” (Clean Feed)
Daunik Lazro / Benjamin Duboc / Didier Lasserre: “Sens Radiants” (Dark Tree Records)

Melhores discos nacionais
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Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans: “The Freedom Principle” (NoBusiness)
Sei Miguel: “Salvation Modes” (Clean Feed)
Luís Vicente / Rodrigo Pinheiro / Hernâni Faustino / Marco Franco: “Clocks & Clouds” (FMR)
Nate Wooley / Hugo Antunes / Chris Corsano: “Malus” (NoBusiness)
Rodrigo Amado: “Wire Quartet” (Clean Feed)
João Guimarães: “Zero” (TOAP)
João Lencastre’s Communion: “What is This All About?” (Auand)
João Hasselberg: “Truth Has to Be Given in Riddles” (Ed. de Autor)
Coreto: “Mergulho” (Carimbo Porta-Jazz)
Bande à Part: “Caixa-Prego” (Creative Sources)
Joel Silva: “Geyser” (Sintoma Records)
Vicente/Marjamaki: “Opacity” (JACC Records)
Luís Lopes Lisbon-Berlin Trio: “The Line” (Clean Feed)
Fail Better!: “Zero Sum” (JACC Records)

http://jazz.pt/artigos/2014/12/29/os-melhores-de-2014/

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

Wondering Sound Best of 2014 list by Staff Contributor

To outsiders, jazz has the tendency to seem like an ossified genre — “serious” records for “serious” people, with anything significant having happened decades ago. If you needed any more proof that this thinking is absolutely ridiculous, this list is it. Here are 25 records from artists that are bold, brash, exciting and forward-thinking, unafraid of flirting with other genres, but reconfiguring them into something new and daring. The 25 Best Jazz Albums of 2014 represent the vanguard of contemporary music, pushing things forward one note at a time.

25. Rafael Karlen – The Sweetness of Things Half-Remembered (Pinnacles Music / CD Baby)
CF30324. Angles 9 – Injuries (Clean Feed)
23. The Cookers – Time and Time Again (Motema Music,Llc / Entertainment One Distribution)
22. Tyshawn Sorey Trio – Alloy (Pi Recordings)
21. Jane Ira Bloom – Sixteen Sunsets (Pure Audio)
20. Get the Blessing – Lope and Antilope (Naim Jazz / The Orchard)
19. Sam Newsome – The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path of Liberation (CD Baby)
18. Omer Avital – New Song (Motema Music,Llc / Entertainment One Distribution)
17. Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash Duo – Duologue (MCG Jazz)
16. The Bad Plus – The Rite of Spring (Masterworks)
15. John Ellis & Andy Bragen – MOBRO (MRI / The Orchard)
14. The Westerlies – Wish the Children Would Come On Home (Songlines Recordings / The Orchard)
13. Darius Jones and Matthew Shipp, Cosmic Lieder – The Darkseid Recital (AUM Fidelity / Virtual)
12. Billy Hart Quartet – One Is the Other (ECM)
11. Miguel Zenon – Identities Are Changeable (Miel Music / CD Baby)
10. Farmers By Nature – Love and Ghosts (AUM Fidelity / Virtual)
CF 2929. Kris Davis Trio – Waiting for You to Grow (Clean Feed)
8. Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band – Mother’s Touch (Posi-Tone Records / The Orchard)
7. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Concord)
6. Oliver Lake Organ Quartet – What I Heard (Passin’ Thru)
5. Mitchell/Taborn/Baku – Conversations II (Wide Hive Records)
CF3014. Pharoah & the Underground – Spiral Mercury (Clean Feed)
3. Trio 3 With Vijay Iyer – Wiring (Intakt)
2. Sean Jones – Im•pro•vise (Never Before Seen) (Mack Avenue / The Orchard)
1. Steve Lehman Octet – Mise en Abime (Pi Recordings)

http://www.wonderingsound.com/list/best-jazz-albums-of-2014/

The Quietus Best of 2014 list by Stewart Smith

With so much creative and exciting jazz and improvised music out there, no single list could hope to represent it all. So, a disclaimer: this top twenty is an entirely personal selection, determined by my own tastes, knowledge and access. It’s largely on the avant-garde side of things, but that doesn’t mean this music is inaccessible or overly cerebral. This is some of the most beautiful, inventive and passionate music I’ve heard this year, and there’s no shortage of great tunes, riffs or rhythms alongside the skronking and scraping. To reflect the global spread of this music, I’ve tried to cover a number of British, European and Japanese artists alongside the American masters. There will inevitably be great albums I’ve overlooked, so feel free to add your recommendations in the comments section below. We’ll be back in January with the regular roundup of new releases, reissues and event previews. But for now, party on and free the jazz!

-Wadada Leo Smith – Great Lakes Suite (Tum)
-Wadada Leo Smith – Red Hill (RareNoise)
-Akira Sakata & Giovanni di Domenico – Iruman (Mbari)
-Sakata, Berthling, Nilssen-Love – Arashi (Trost)
-Jemeel Moondoc – The Zookeeper’s House (Relative Pitch)
-Rodgrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans – The Freedom Principle / Live In -Lisbon (No Business)
-Billy Bang & William Parker – Medicine Buddah (No Business)
-William Hooker & Liudas Mockunas (No Business)
-Peter Brötzmann, Jason Adasiewicz, John Edwards, Steve Noble – Mental Shake (Otoroku)
-Kidd Jordan, Peter Kowald, Alvin Fielder – Trio And Duo In New Orleans (No Business)
CF301-Pharoah And The Underground – Spiral Mercury (Clean Feed)
-Large Unit – Erta Ale (PLN)
-Max Johnson, Ingrid Laubrook, Mat Maneri, Tomas Fujiwara – The Prisoner (No Business)
-Black Top feat Steve Williamson (Babel Label)
-Farmers By Nature: Gerald Cleaver, William Parker, Craig Taborn – Love & Ghosts (Aum Fidelity)
-Nicole Mitchell’s Sonic Projections – The Secret Escapades Of Velvet Anderson (Rogue Art)
-Raymond MacDonald & Marilyn Crispell – Parallel Moments (Babel Label)
-Alexander Hawkins – Song Singular (Babel Label)
-Alexander Hawkins Ensemble – Step Wide, Step Deep (Babel Label)
-East West Collective – Humeurs (Rogue Art)
-Nate Wooley, Hugo Antunes, Chris Corsano – Malus (No Business)
-Dave Liebman & Steve Dalchinsky (Rogue Art)
-Dead Neandthertals & Colin Webster – Prime (Gaffer Records)

http://thequietus.com/articles/16949-best-jazz-albums-2014

All About Jazz review by Troy Collins

CF301Pharoah & The Underground – Spiral Mercury (CF 301)
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The formation of the Chicago Underground collective in the late ’90s provided cornetist Rob Mazurek with an unrestrictive setting to explore the endless possibilities of creative improvised music with his Windy City peers. A lengthy sojourn in Brazil followed, resulting in a similar project—the São Paulo Underground. Mazurek’s international activities subsequently established him as a prolific composer and industrious bandleader.

It was the release of Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra (Thrill Jockey, 2008), Mazurek’s fortuitous collaboration with vanguard trumpeter Bill Dixon, that confirmed his credentials as a visionary avant-gardist. The equally enthralling Matter Anti-Matter (caught on tape in 2009 and issued by Rogue Art in 2013) followed, pairing the Orchestra with iconic AACM multi-instrumentalist Roscoe Mitchell. Recorded at the 2013 Jazz em Agosto Festival in Portugal, Spiral Mercury continues Mazurek’s practice of working with venerated masters, featuring members of the Chicago Underground and São Paulo Underground supporting none other than tenor titan Pharoah Sanders.

In contrast to the Rogue Art set, in which Mitchell was an invited guest, Pharoah & The Underground is a working band and Spiral Mercury is its debut, featuring Sanders as the primary soloist. Sanders’ infamously histrionic delivery has matured over the years into a burnished lyricism reminiscent of his former employer, John Coltrane, but his expressive potential remains undiminished, as demonstrated on the title track, where he unleashes spiraling cadences that ascend from plangent refrains to fervent multiphonic cries. Mazurek makes an apt foil for the revered saxophonist throughout the set, his protean versatility encompassing everything from coruscating fusillades to hushed motifs.

Underpinning the muscular frontline, Matthew Lux’s throbbing electric bass lines and Chad Taylor’s nimble trap set work provide pliant rhythms for Mauricio Takara’s amplified cavaquinho and Guilherme Granado’s analog synth ruminations, coalescing in a psychedelic bitches brew. The Dark Prince’s influence can be heard in the episodic drama of “Gna Toom,” whereas the mutant funk of “The Ghost Zoo” suggests an electro-acoustic reinvention of the New Thing’s torrid expressionism.

The majority of the program consists of extended variations on some of Mazurek’s most resilient tunes. In addition to the titular cut, which is culled from the Pulsar Quartet’s Stellar Pulsations (Delmark, 2012), the groove-laden “Blue Sparks From Her” originally appeared on the Chicago Underground Duo’s Synesthesia (Thrill Jockey, 2000), while the lively “Pigeon” and anthemic “Jagoda’s Dream” were first documented on São Paulo Underground’s Três Cabeças Loucuras (Cuneiform, 2011).

Masterfully balancing abstract concepts with accessible forms, Mazurek conveys his innovative experiments in an adventurous but approachable manner; this is music that truly sings the body electric. Even with its slightly raw live sound, Spiral Mercury is an excellent example of his oeuvre, fully realized by the vital contributions of his longstanding sidemen and one living legend.
Track Listing: Gna Toom; Spiral Mercury; Blue Sparks From Her; Asasumamehn; Pigeon; Jagoda’s Dream; The Ghost Zoo.

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/spiral-mercury-rob-mazurek-clean-feed-records-review-by-troy-collins.php?width=1024

Jazz.pt review by Gonçalo Falcão

CF300LPPharoah & The Underground – Primative Jupiter (CF 300 LP) / Spiral Mercury (CF 301)
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Em boa hora (2009) a Gulbenkian começou a permitir a edição de alguns dos seus concertos no Jazz em Agosto. Pena é que esta ideia não tenha começado em 1983, para podermos hoje ter discos de elevadíssima qualidade gravados no Anfiteatro ao Ar Livre. Circulam cópias de alguns desses concertos na Internet (Sun Ra, por exemplo), dando a perceber que se perderam notáveis registos musicais.

Os dois novos itens da Jazz em Agosto Series da Clean Feed são um CD e um LP de Pharoah & The Underground, e apesar da mesma capa, o compacto e o vinil têm conteúdos diferentes, pois as quase duas horas de concerto possibilitaram a partição: o LP “Primative Jupiter”) traz dois temas que não estão no CD e este (“Spiral Mercury”) cinco que não se encontram na outra edição. Más notícias para os bolsos.

O concerto que encerrou o festival do ano passado (e que esteve em dúvida devido a problemas de saúde do histórico saxofonista) juntou Pharoah Sanders a uma formação que fundiu o Chicago e o São Paulo Underground (ambos os grupos liderados pelo cornetista e compositor Rob Mazurek).

Mazurek é o centro de toda a acção, não só pelas suas gigantescas capacidade melódica e inteligência musical – o seu ouvido, em suma – como enquanto estratega, capaz de visionar ideias para palco. As duas formações têm personalidades muito diferentes: na São Paulo Underground predomina a electrónica “lo-fi”, suja e em reprocessamento dos sons da música popular brasileira (cavaquinho, cuíca), com uma expressividade completamente nova (ou seja, não colada ao estereótipo brasileiro). Já o Chicago Underground gosta de territórios completamente diferentes, com o baixo eléctrico em linhas repetitivas que prendem toda a música e a bateria a construir uma base infernal, dando sentido às melodias que Mazurek desenvolve.

Ao vivo, os dois grupos adaptaram-se perfeitamente, com os de Chigago a marcarem ritmos e os de São Paulo a aceitá-los, acentuando a componente tímbrica. Ouvido agora com mais detalhe e repetidamente, a impressão inicial – boa – afina-se para melhor. É o cornetista que define os temas e lança a estrutura da melodia, deixando Sanders livre para solar. O jazz “afro-cósmico-espiritual” de Sanders continua a funcionar e o seu sopro permanece lírico e espiritual, mas agora mais discreto e menos interventivo.

O saxofone aparece a espaços, sem muita força, optando muitas vezes por surgir sob o trompete de Mazurek, como se o quisesse acentuar e colorir. Mais próximo do Miles eléctrico do que de Coltrane, Pharoah actua com um radar que capta e desenvolve ideias. Usa muitas vezes linhas melódicas longas e tranquilas, como se preferisse surfar aquela onda calmamente do que intervir com solos inflamados, como cabe a uma estrela. O resultado é claramente mais interessante assim, sem o Pharoah que se esperaria (e que o título do disco sugere), mas com uma música globalmente muito boa de ouvir.

É ainda melhor assim porque, em vez de a lenda se museografar, tocando o que já lhe conhecemos e o que dele esperamos, reinventa-se, num contexto diferente, onde passa a ser só mais um. Não é menos lenda por isso, mas é muito mais viva.

http://jazz.pt/ponto-escuta/2014/08/24/pharoah-underground-primative-jupiter-spiral-mercury-clean-feed/