John Carter – Bobby Bradford Quartet – Seeking hatOLOGY 620

I typically avoid the first person pronoun but this review is an exception, for my personal reaction to Seeking was particularly intense. I have a little drill I . . . → Read More: John Carter – Bobby Bradford Quartet – Seeking hatOLOGY 620

Charles Mingus: The Complete 1959 Columbia Recordings

Mingus Ah Um CK 65512

Mingus Dynasty CK 65513

Alternate Takes CK 65514

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Forty years after they were recorded, Mingus Ah Um and Mingus Dynasty remain fresh, bold statements. The songs swing hard, are compositionally concise, and have a huge range of dynamics and coloration. The musicians interpreting Mingus’ compositions . . . → Read More: Charles Mingus: The Complete 1959 Columbia Recordings

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

Randy Weston African Rhythms: Saga

Gitanes Jazz Verve 529237-2

©Laurence Svirchev

Randy Weston is a master pianist-composer whose left hand surges with the rhythmic power of the Nile River. His right hand glistens the key-board with both Ellingtonian love calls and Monkish dissonances. Weston has based his work for many years on an intense study of African music, particularly the . . . → Read More: Randy Weston African Rhythms: Saga

Not About Nothing: A Conversation with Misha Mengelberg

©Laurence Svirchev

During the June 2007 TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival, I had a fascinating conversation with the Dutch composer-pianist, Misha Mengelberg. The call and response discussion, with Mengelberg of course calling the dominant chords, ranged through his personal history, how and why he formed the ICP (Instant Composers . . . → Read More: Not About Nothing: A Conversation with Misha Mengelberg

Randy Weston – Earth Birth

©Laurence Svirchev

Romance, beauty, and love are qualities not commonly extolled in contemporary art. Randy Weston takes a different course, however, and visits these very virtues in Earth Birth. The compositions date from Weston’s 1950’s repertoire when his writing (and playing with trombonist Melba Liston) concentrated on waltzes, some of them for children. . . . → Read More: Randy Weston – Earth Birth

John Carter: The Unbelievable Possibilities of Music

©Laurence Svirchev

John Carter (1929-1991) was the musician who restored the clarinet to the lexicon of contemporary American creative music. He was also the composer who went deeper than any other in tracing the origins of American jazz from its ancestral roots. Carter’s advanced musicality was known to the forward-thinking musicians . . . → Read More: John Carter: The Unbelievable Possibilities of Music

TD Canada Vancouver International Jazz Festival: Schlippenbach-Guy Concert Review 2010-06

text & photos © Laurence Svirchev

For 25 years the Vancouver international Jazz Festival has endowed the community and the international music scene with an unsurpassed level of creative music. A most complete expression of this legacy was the meeting between Alexander von Schlippenbach and Barry Guy. The talents of these two unique . . . → Read More: TD Canada Vancouver International Jazz Festival: Schlippenbach-Guy Concert Review 2010-06

It’s About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off Record

A Review of Richard Cook’s Book

© Laurence Svirchev

In the century-old form of music known as jazz, no one musician has been more enigmatic than Miles Dewey Davis (1926-1991). The key to his misterioso aura is certainly not his creativity and invention alone. Many musicians of any musical genre have those qualities. . . . → Read More: It’s About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off Record