Gerry Hemingway -An Appetite for the Unimaginable: Transportive Experiences through a Perfect World

Words and Photography ©Laurence Svirchev

Gerry Hemingway has this smooth reserved body language. Sharply focused intelligence becomes obvious when one is close enough to observe his bright, penetrating eyes. When interested in a topic, he tilts his head inquisitively. His speech tones are of lower timbre and the velocity of words . . . → Read More: Gerry Hemingway -An Appetite for the Unimaginable: Transportive Experiences through a Perfect World

Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

©Laurence Svirchev

Now approaching their fifth decennial, the principle studio collaborations of . . . → Read More: Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

Kartet – The Bay Window

©Laurence Svirchev

A host of individuals in the history of jazz have had a unique, instantly identifiable sound. Think of Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges, Cecil Taylor, or Paul Desmond, and just as easily think of many more. But here’s a difference between an individual having a sound, . . . → Read More: Kartet – The Bay Window

The Schlippenbach Trio: Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon 2005

Words & Photography ©Laurence Svirchev

In his 2005 book Some Hustling This!, Mark Miller quotes a critic writing in 1916 about a performance of the Creole Jazz Band held in Victoria. BC, Canada: “Nobody but six negro eccentric players could shatter so many rules of a well-integrated band and make it . . . → Read More: The Schlippenbach Trio: Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon 2005

Benoît Delbecq: A Paris Recording Session January 16, 2000 Paris, France

Words and Photography ©Laurence Svirchev

On a Monday morning François Houle, Michael Moore, and I met in the lobby of the Hôtel Compostelle. We crossed the rue du roi du Sicilie . . . → Read More: Benoît Delbecq: A Paris Recording Session January 16, 2000 Paris, France

40th Anniversary Concert of the Globe Unity Orchestra

Editor’s Note: The following essays from 2011 string together the complete review of the Globe Unity Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Concert at the Berlin Jazz Festival. The first essay was jointly published with Signal to Noise magazine. The second essay provides a brief hisotry of the Globe Unity Orchestra. The third traces the hisotry . . . → Read More: 40th Anniversary Concert of the Globe Unity Orchestra

Globe Unity And The Little Red Hen

by: George E. Lewis

If you want to see a telling face of the Globe Unity Orchestra, watch the opening moments of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s 2006 film, Das Leben der Anderen, about the dislocations of community under the Stasi-surveilled Deutsche Demokratische Republik (GDR). Notice the portrayal of . . . → Read More: Globe Unity And The Little Red Hen

Dave Brubeck Quartet at Carnegie Hall

The Dave Brubeck Quartet was among the most popular, tightest-sounding, long-lasting, and lucrative combos in jazz history. Brubeck, academically trained under Darius Milhaud, was outspoken about the use of improvisation, polytonality, and polyrhythm in jazz. Brubeck and Paul Desmond frequently composed in 5/4, 9/8, 11/4, not your average time signatures in the 1950’s . . . → Read More: Dave Brubeck Quartet at Carnegie Hall

Paul Rutherford, Fare Thee Well

© Laurence Svirchev

Paul Rutherford, the British improvising trombonist, died on August 6, 2007. He was kind and gentle, fond of sitting in a pub and sipping beer for long hours, discussing music, politics, human frailty, anything that affected the well-being of humanity, especially that of its artists. He held an abiding . . . → Read More: Paul Rutherford, Fare Thee Well

Paul Rutherford: An Homage

Paul Rutherford (1940-2007) was one of the founders of free music. A pure soul, he played many of his last gigs with bassist Torsten Müller touring in Canada and the USA. Misterioso invited Torsten, a compatriot and close friend of Paul’s, to compose this Homage.

Text © Torsten Müller, August 2007

It was . . . → Read More: Paul Rutherford: An Homage