The Curious Story of “Kojo no Tsuki” -or- Thelonious Monk & “Japanese Folk Song”

©Laurence Svirchev

We were sitting at the dinner table when the cell phone alert started playing “Japanese Folk Song” by Thelonious Sphere Monk. ChengYing laughed and said, “Why do you have that Japanese movie music on your mobile phone”? I could only answer, “Huh? Monk doing movie music? It’s just a . . . → Read More: The Curious Story of “Kojo no Tsuki” -or- Thelonious Monk & “Japanese Folk Song”

Profile of Claude Ranger

© Laurence Svirchev

Note: “Feu Vert -A Tribute to ClaudeRanger” will be held on November 16 & 17 2012 at the Ironworks, 235 Alexander St, Vancouver BC. See the poster at the end of this article, first published in 1991, revised 2012 with photos from the Misterioso archives.

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Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra: Sketches of India

©Laurence Svirchev

Sketches of India is a musical travelogue that shimmers with mosaical scenes of intense beauty, contemplative emotion, and spectral landscapes. Dørge’s approach to this CD is to integrate and differentiate the forms of Indian music with the jazz forms he is intimate with. Having traveled for decades to all the human-occupied . . . → Read More: Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra: Sketches of India

“Aerials” by François Houle Solo Improvisations for Clarinets

www.dripaudio.com, www.francoishoule.ca/

©Laurence Svirchev

The career pathway of clarinetist/composer François Houle has been variegated in the extreme, a continuum of explorations into a broad range of musics. A selection of his congruously eclectic CDs include the compositions of American clarinet genius John Carter, duo collaborations with . . . → Read More: “Aerials” by François Houle Solo Improvisations for Clarinets

“Au Coeur du Litige” François Houle (Spool SPF 302)

©Laurence Svirchev

The artistic work of François Houle advances so quickly that each new release is a surprise package with no overt references to previous recordings After acknowledging his debt to clarinetist John Carter with In the Vernacular (Songlines), Houle has now published a singular creation, Au Coeur du Litige (At . . . → Read More: “Au Coeur du Litige” François Houle (Spool SPF 302)

cd review: “Conspiracy: Art Songs for Improvisers” by Kate Hammett-Vaughan KHV003

©Laurence Svirchev

Art song can stretch over a wide range but it is not usually considered a terrain for modern improvisation. Look in any standard musical reference and art song is described as poetry set to music, typically for one singer and one piano. In other words, a valid art form . . . → Read More: cd review: “Conspiracy: Art Songs for Improvisers” by Kate Hammett-Vaughan KHV003

cd/dvd review: 
Ellery Eskelin “Ten” (hatOlogy 611) 
and “On The Road With Andrea Parkins & Jim Black”
 (Prime Source)

Ten celebrates the 10th anniversary of Eskelin’s trio with Jim Black (drums) and Andrea Parkins (accordion, sampler, piano) with a variation on the theme: Eskelin re-jigged the band into a series of alter-units by inviting three guests (Marc Ribot, guitar, Melvin Gibbs, electric bass, and Jessica Constable, voice) to participate in the recording.

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Ellery Eskelin “Ten” (hatOlogy 611) 
and “On The Road With Andrea Parkins & Jim Black”
 (Prime Source)

“Newport 1958 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra”, Mosaic MCD-1014

©Laurence Svirchev

Ellington was an artist who kept moving on. Whether in a night train, a fast motor car driven under star-lit skies by Harry Carney, or at the piano in his hotel room, he loved to compose something new and listen to the band play it at the next concert. His inspirations . . . → Read More: “Newport 1958 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra”, Mosaic MCD-1014

“Up Down Down Up”, Coat Cooke Trio Cellarlive 050605

This CD is a stellar example of a saxophones-bass-drums trio. The musicianship, the dynamic range of sound, tempo, and creativity is aesthetically satisfying. The playing has a flint-sharp edge that comes from repeated live performances. The trio’s rhythm feel has the elastic quality of jazz swing that just cannot be defined by words; . . . → Read More: “Up Down Down Up”, Coat Cooke Trio Cellarlive 050605

dvd review: Timeless Fred Anderson – Harrison Bankhead – Hamid Drake Live at the Velvet Lounge

© Laurence Svirchev

There once was a time when seeing and hearing jazz at the same time meant being in a club or concert hall. Sure, there was the occasional movie with a hokey plot line containing brief and highly stereo-typed club scenes. And there were sporadic television variety shows with . . . → Read More: dvd review: Timeless Fred Anderson – Harrison Bankhead – Hamid Drake Live at the Velvet Lounge