The Living Music (Wolke, 2022) ***** ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Paul Acquaro In 2017, my wife and I visited Munich’s Haus der Kunst, an imposing concrete building set on the edge of the English Garden, and next to the Eisbachwelle, the mission to see the FMP exhibition. We did not have much time on the vacation, so we skipped documenta 14 in Kassel, even … Read more

FMP: The Living Music – Interview with Markus Müller ~ The Free Jazz Collective

An Interview with Markus Müller about the book FMP: The Living Musicreviewed here. By Martin Schray and Paul Acquaro Mr. Müller, the FMP exhibitions in Munich in 2017 and in Berlin in 2018 were a wonderfully created and fantastic look back at the wok of FMP. How and when did the decision to also do … Read more

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

Ryan McCaffrey (Cong-Fusion album ‘The World As We Know It’ – CLF Art Lounge 15 April) – London Jazz News

Jazz-funk fusion seven-piece Cong-Fusion’s debut album The World As We Know It is brimming with musical inspirations from Afro-Cuban music, jazz, funk and soul, with deep personal reflections on family, bullying, alcohol, and the experience of travel, conveying an urgent ecological message. Composer and bandleader Ryan McCaffrey looks forward to the band’s forthcoming gig at … Read more

10 Tracks by Duke Ellington (as pianist) that I Can’t Do Without…by Liam Noble – London Jazz News

In our growing series in which jazz musicians do a deep (and entirely personal and selective) dive into the music of their idols, pianist Liam Noble writes about Duke Ellington as pianist: Duke Ellington. Photo source: New York Public Library A musician once told me he thought that Ellington “couldn’t really play the piano”. I … Read more

Soul and Fire ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Lee Rice Epstein As a certain high profile artist touts his own foray into prog rock, these small groups recently released albums featuring their own proggy jazz. Each of these features guitars and/or synths in the foreground, but the individual approaches of the groups shows just how much variety there is in the wide … Read more