I have to admit that I’ve been waiting for such a release to come about for a while now. Noël Akchoté, perhaps the most prolofic guitarist working in improvisational music today (and maintaining astoundingly high quality throughout each release) pairs with NYC-based Mary Halvorson, a guitarist I have only become acquainted with this past year. This is a purely improvised duet, with no rehearsals, recorded in Belgium this year.
For those who already collect the work of Noël Akchoté, this will be another treasure to add to your collection. As for Mary’s work, this is a fine introduction, which makes me want to delve into her solo work.
Source: KQED Arts, Bobby Hutcherson passed away at age 75 after a long battle with emphysema. Introduced to the Blue Note fold by veteran alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, Hutcherson quickly joined a loose confederation of creatively ambitious New York musicians inspired by the rhythmic and harmonic innovations of free jazz patriarch Ornette Coleman but dedicated […]
Anthony Braxton is, for my money, America’s greatest living improviser and jazz composer. That he can make a staple like Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond’s ‘Take Five‘ into something covered in his fingerprints simply amazes me.
Thanks, as always, to Miguel Douglas in Brazil who shared this amazing improv by the Ganelin Trio for a session recorded in 1980 and released in 1986 by the then Czechoslovakian state record company, Supraphon.