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

Joe McPhee (part I) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

And we did not review all his output. Today and the following days, we’re giving you an update. … but let’s start with the beginning, and that means literally back to the early days of his career as a leader … By Steve Gijssels Joe McPhee – Black Is the Color (Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021) … Read more

Joe McPhee (Part III) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Gary Chapin Flow Trio & Joe McPhee – Winter Garden (ESPDisk, 2021) The liner notes for this one explore the beginnings of “free jazz” and namecheck Guiseppei Logan’s eponymous 1964 ESP album. It’s an apt shout out because listening to Winter Garden I felt it was almost a platonic ideal of a free jazz … Read more