John Butcher – 5 LPs from Berlin (and Leipzig) on NI VU NI CONNU ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Paul Acquaro British saxophonist John Butcher is no stranger to Berlin. Linked to the Echtzeit scene that emerged during the heady days of post re-unification Germany in the abundant derelict spaces that served as breeding grounds for creativity. Butcher, on the occasion of this 65th birthday, held a short residency in November 2019 at … Read more

The Canadian Jazz Collective at Ronnie Scott’s – London Jazz News

Kirk MacDonald, Derrick Gardner, Lorne Lofsky, Brian Dickinson, Neil Swainson, Bernd Reiter & Virginia MacDonald (Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 11 May 2022. Live review by Charles Rees) The Canadian Jazz Collective (LR: Brian Dickinson, Virginia MacDonald, Lorne Lofsky, Derrick Gardner, Neil Swainson, Kirk MacDonald & Bernd Reiter). Photo credit: Robert Crowley The modern jazz audience … Read more

The Collaborative Works of the Viennese Studio Dan Ensemble ~ The Free Jazz Collective

The Viennese experimental ensemble Studio Dan was founded in 2005 by composer-trombonist Dan Daniel Riegler and since then has kept refining its inclusive aesthetics and has operated on the borders between diverse sub-genres of contemporary music: improvisation, new music, jazz, art- rock and more. Studio Dan has commissioned works by like-minded composers and improvisers like … Read more

The Noise Meditations of Lasse Marhaug, Jérôme Noetinger, Antoine Chessex and Francisco Meirino ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Eyal Hareuveni Italian experimental electronic composer Luciano Berio’s once said that “music is everything we listened to with the intention of listening to music. Everything can become music.” A few decades later electronics and noise wizards translate this wise observation into fascinating and apocalyptic sonic textures. Lasse Marhaug/Jérôme Noetinger – Top (Erstwhile, 2022) Peter … Read more

Canadian Jazz Collective (incl. Lorne Lofsky, Derrick Gardner and Kirk MacDonald) – European tour, May 2022 – London Jazz News

The world needs more Canada, as the saying has it. The May 2022 European tour by the seven-piece Canadian Jazz Collective will give a rare opportunity to hear seven of Canada’s top jazz musicians in an exciting new venture. They span the generations and between them have won multiple awards and worked with everyone from … Read more

Albert Ayler – Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (Elemental, 2022) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Lee Rice Epstein What can any of us add to the legacy of Albert Ayler? What can be said that hasn’t been said better by his own horn and vocals? In 2004, on the Holy Ghost box, listeners finally heard Ayler’s final performance, a short set from July 28, 1970, with his last quintet, … Read more

Charles Mingus – The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott’s (Resonance Records, 2022) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Lee Rice Epstein Arguably more than any other label, Resonance Records—and particularly producer and co-president Zev Feldman—understands that, despite the middling quality of recordings circulating on the bootleg market, nothing beats a properly mastered archival release. And for a recording like this one of Charles Mingus playing live at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, from August … Read more

Soul and Fire ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Lee Rice Epstein As a certain high profile artist touts his own foray into prog rock, these small groups recently released albums featuring their own proggy jazz. Each of these features guitars and/or synths in the foreground, but the individual approaches of the groups shows just how much variety there is in the wide … Read more

Damon Smith/Balance Point Acoustics Roundup, Part 2b ~ The Free Jazz Collective

Novak/Kamins/Ewen/Smith/Bryerton – Groundwater Recharge (Balance Point Acoustics, 2021) Billed as “improvised music for quintet (+trios)” this is an excellent example of what’s meant by collective improvisation. All five players (six with Aluana Rubin joining on clarinet for one track) are given, and give, space to explore and collaborate. – LRE DS: Groundwater Recharge is a … Read more

FMP: The Living Music – Interview with Markus Müller ~ The Free Jazz Collective

An Interview with Markus Müller about the book FMP: The Living Musicreviewed here. By Martin Schray and Paul Acquaro Mr. Müller, the FMP exhibitions in Munich in 2017 and in Berlin in 2018 were a wonderfully created and fantastic look back at the wok of FMP. How and when did the decision to also do … Read more