The Squid's Ear
Recently @ Squidco:

ROVA (Raskin / Ochs / Voigt / Ackley): Saxophone Diplomacy (Hatology)

A much needed reissue of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet's historic 1983 tour of Russia, Latvia and Romania, as Jon Raskin on alto, baritone & soprano sax plus clarinet, Andrew Voigt on alto, sopranino & soprano sax + flute, Bruce Ackley on soprano sax & clarinet, and Larry Ochts on tenor & sopranino sax tear apart six incredible multi-reed improvisations; incredible! ... Click to View


George Graewe / Ernst Reijseger / Gerry Hemingway: Concertgebouw Brugge 2014 (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Performing together since 1989, at first frequently and now as very special events, this concert at Concertgebouw in Brugge of pianist Georg Graewe, cellist Ernst Reijseger, and drummer and marimba player Gerry Hemingway, is a superb example of the both telepathic and confidently confrontational interplay of their chamber-oriented and superbly paced improvisation. ... Click to View


Katarsis4 (Bizys / Janonis / Pancerovas / Jusinskas): Katarsis4 (NoBusiness)

A diverse, unique and sometimes explosive saxophone quartet from Lithuania founded by Arminas Bizys, Kazimieras Jusinskas, Algirdas Janonis, and Danielius Pancerovas, using extended techniques, the saxophones themselves and found objects as they articulately merge structurally free improvisation, academic approaches and motives from Lithuanian folk music. ... Click to View


Bobby Bradford / Frode Gjerstad / Kent Carter / John Stevens: Blue Cat [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

The 2nd in NoBusiness' archive series of the Norwegian Detail collective, here with Frode Gjerstad on alto sax, Bobby Bradford on cornet, Kent Carter on bass, and John Stevens on drums, captured live in London in 1991 during a UK record, in a 3-part free improvisation of informed free-jazz and free playing, exciting and with complex, swinging subtlety. ... Click to View


Marc Copland: Gary ((Illusions))

Having a long association with pianists Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Bill Evans, and Marc Copland, it's fitting that the compositions of legendary bassist Gary Peacock are revealed in this solo album from Marc Copland with whom he has most recently work, Copland interpreting his evocative compositions with thoughtful sensitivity and masterful skill. ... Click to View


Arto Lindsay / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark / Phil Sudderberg: Largest Afternoon (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Bringing together Chicago's long partnership of saxophonists Joe McPhee and Ken Vandermark with frequent Vandermark collaborator, drummer Phil Sudderberg, and New York guitarist Arto Lindsay, recording on a winter afternoon in a Chicago studio to record these fifteen collective, freely improvised conversations of intense energy, unexpected twists and turns, and brilliant playing. ... Click to View


Fred Lonberg-Holm / Joe McPhee: No Time Left for Sadness (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

"This Time", "That Time" and "Next Time", the three titles from the first duo meeting of Joe McPhee on tenor saxophone and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, also bringing electronics, the distillation of their playing outside of Survival Unit III a revelation in intensity and unconventional creativity, fueled by magnificent playing and an empathetic rapport. ... Click to View


Joke Lanz / Jason Kahn / Norbert Moslang / Gunter Muller / Christian Weber: kangaroo_kitchen [2 CDS] (Mikroton Recordings)

Two astounding and wide-raning electroacoustic improvisations from 5 prominent musicians on the Swiss experimental scene--Joke Lanz (turntables), Jason Kahn (synth, radio, mixer), Norbert Moslang (cracked everyday electronics), Gunter Muller (ipods & electronics), and Christian Weber (bass, revolver) captured live at the 2018 Mikroton Mikroten Festival in Kaliningrad and Moscow. ... Click to View


VocColours / Yoichiro Kita: Live in Japan (Creative Sources)

A strange album of vocal improvisation from the the VocCoulours quartet of Brigitte Kuepper, Gala Gabriele Hummel, Norbert Zajac, and Iouri Grankin, performing live with Koichi Makigamion (voice & theremin), Yoichiro Kita (trumpet & laptop), Keiko Komori (bass clarinet), and Morgan Fisher (keyboards & toys); a truly unique album of startling utterance, texture, and environment. ... Click to View


Etienne Nillesen / Nicola Hein / Magda Mayas / Eve Risser / Marta Warelis: Piano Trialogues (Creative Sources)

Nicola L. Hein, performing on prepared guitar, and Etienne Nillesen on extended snare drum, present three trio recordings with three different pianists--Magda Mayas, Eve Risser, and Marta Warelis--each adding a different dimension to Hein & Nillesen's playing, as heard in these three live recordings from The Loft in Cologne German in 2018. ... Click to View


Liquid Quintet (feat Agusti Fernandez / Artur Majewski / Albert Cirera / Rafal Mazur / Ramon Prats): Flux (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Hailed as the most pyrotechnic and adventurous concert of the 12th Ad Libitum Festival in Warsaw, Poland, the collective quintet of Agusti Fernandez on piano, Artur Majewski on trumpet, Albert Cirera on saxophones, Rafal Mazur on bass, and Ramon Prats on drums rage and flow through three movements of "Flux", starting at the "Source" and ending in an "Estuary"; awesome. ... Click to View


Steve Swell / Robert Boston / Michael Vatcher: Brain In A Dish (NoBusiness)

Trombonist Steve Swell stands out in this trio of improvisation, recorded in the studio in Brooklyn with pianist Robert Boston, also on organ, and drummer Michael Vatcher, in a set of eleven outstanding dialogs that range from highly energetic to deeply introspective, with quirky and unusual technique from Vatcher and Swell adding unique qualities to their collective "brain". ... Click to View


Juan Vinuesa Jazz Quartet (Vinuesa / Berman / Roebke Avery): Blue Shots From Chicago (NoBusiness)

Spanish tenor saxophonist Juan F. G. Vinuesa leads his quartet with Josh Berman on cornet, Jason Roebke on bass, and Mikel Patrick Avery on drums and percussion, three of the brightest stars on the Chicago scene, performing Vinuesa's compositions and arrangements of lyrical modern jazz that blend structure and melody with plenty of space for free playing; wonderful. ... Click to View


Anthony Coleman : Catenary Oath [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

Downtown NY cornerstone pianist Anthony Coleman is heard in a solo album of Coleman originals including a piece dedicated to Roscoe Mitchell, plus one piece each by Billy Strayhorn, John Klenner, and Ellington/George/Hodges/James, all beautifully captured at Boston's Jordan Hall as Coleman reveals his unique logic and inventive approach to solo performance. ... Click to View


Sounds of Liberation: Unreleased (Columbia University 1973) (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Originally formed by vibraphonist Khan Jamal in 1970 in the Germantown section of Philadelphia (the homefront of Sun Ra's Arkestra) and expanded to a septet when saxophonist Byard Lancaster joined, the band only released one official LP, this soulfully funky, upbeat and lyrical album extending that output with a well-recorded album recorded at Columbia University in 1973. ... Click to View


Cyanobacteria / Hubsch: Are You an Orchid or a Dandelion? (Toxo Records)

The trio of Renato Grieco on bass, Francesco Gregoretti on drums, Carl Ludwig Hubsch on tuba in a studio album of dense, deep improvisation, using amplification and feedback with extreme technique and meticulously controlled playing to create slowly evolving sonic environments of profound depth and mystery, a shadowy and fascinating album fraught with suspense. ... Click to View


David Grubbs / Mats Gustafsson / Rob Mazurek: The Underflow (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Recorded during two nights at Underflow Records and Art Gallery in Athens, Greece in 2019, The Underflow trio of Mats Gustafsson (reeds, fluteophone, electronics) from Sweden, with Chicago-based Rob Mazurek (trumpet, electronics), and David Grubbs (electric guitar) present an album of wide-ranging, powerful, often explosively eccentric, and always informed improvisation. ... Click to View


Leap Of Faith: Crumpled Dimensions (Evil Clown)

The core Leap of Faith trio of David Peck (PEK) on winds & percussion, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice, and Yuri Zbitnov on drums & percussion, a subunit of Boston's Leap of Faith Orchestra, is joined by Jim Warshauer (reeds) and Eric Dahlman (trumpet, overtone voice) for an exciting and far-ranging improvisation of exotic instrumentation and intention. ... Click to View


Goh Kwang Lee: Avalanche (2 CDs) (Herbal International)

A double CD of experimental composition from Malaysian sound artist Goh Lee Kwang, hypnotic works of strangely repeating glitch that bookend shorter works of rich percussive abstractions, including a work with processed voice and an extended percussive "Ritual", singular pieces reflecting Kwang's curious mind and long experience merging aberrant and subtle sound. ... Click to View


Alexandra Grimal / Joelle Leandre: Desordre (Montagne Noire)

A playful, thoughtful, and quick witted encounter between Egyptian saxophonist Alexandra Grimal and French double bassist Joelle Leandre, at times each on voice, emphasizing a "desired disorder" in their approach to instant composition and declaring that neither determines the course of the music, but that they follow it simply as the music decides; wonderful. ... Click to View


Company: Trios [VINYL 2 LPs] (Honest Jons Records)

Nine improvisers--Joelle Leandre, J.D.Parran, Ernst Reyseger, Hugh Davies, Jamie Muir, Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker, Vinko Globokar, & John Corbett--joined Derek Bailey for this 1983 Company week, recording at the I.C.A. in London over 4 days in 1983, mostly performing in trio configurations, with one duo between Bailey & Reijseger, and a final ensemble with all 9 players. ... Click to View


Alexander Schlippenbach von / Dag Magnus Narvesen: Liminal Field (Not Two)

The performing duo of pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen bring two strong voices from different generations of free improvisers, creating a unique sound that merges the creative energies and vocabulary of each in dynamic and subtle expressions of vigorous movements that unravel in layered improvisation, rewarding their listeners. ... Click to View


Willem Breuker / Han Bennink: New Acoustic Swing Duo [2 CDS] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Remastering and re-issuing the very first album on the new Dutch artist-run free improvised music label, ICP Records (Instant Composers Pool), "New Acoustic Swing Duo" shows brings reedist Willem Breuker and drummer Han Bennink together for 6 incredible improvisations, the 2nd CD extending the album with a live concert at Jazzclub Podium in Essen, DE in 1968. ... Click to View


Mats Gustafsson / Wendy Gondeln / Wolfgang Voigt / Martin Siewert: The Shithole Country & Boogie Band (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

A unique album blurring acoustic recordings from saxophonist Mats Gustafsson with the electronic machinations and rhythms of Wendy Gondeln, aka Albert Oehlen, a German experimental electronic artist, two two inviting Martin Siewert for additional guitar on two tracks, and Wolfgang Voight to remix two tracks; funky, unpredictable, amusing, and seductively tantalizing. ... Click to View


Masahiko Satoh / Sabu Toyozumi: The Aiki [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

Working together often over decades, free improvising drummer Sabu Toyozumi and composer/improvising pianist Masahiko Satoh are heard here in a 1997 duo concert at C・S・Aka-Renga, in Yamaguchi City, Japan, for an engaging concert of energetic interaction, emphasizing Satoh's percussive approach to the keys and Sabu's inherent melodicism in his approach to drumming. ... Click to View


Mike Cooper / Mark Wastell: Sound Mirrors (Confront)

Lapsteel guitarist and electronic artist Mike Cooper and percussionist Mark Wastell, employing a paiste 32" tam tam and a shruti box, pay homage to the large acoustic sound mirrors used in Britain from 1916 to 1930 as an early form or radar, each of their detailed improvisation referencing one of the locations on the British south and northeast coasts. ... Click to View


Lars Akerlund / Eryck Abecassis: Falls (Mikroton Recordings)

Investigating the possibilities of instability with synthesizers and electronic instruments, sound artists Eryck Abecassis (France) and Lars Akerlund (Sweden) present 7 impressive tracks of "Dark Energy" in two parts, combining electronics and modular synth, with credits to VICC (Visby International Centre for Composers) and EMS (Electronic Music Studio, Stockholm). ... Click to View


Andrea Ermke / Chris Abrahams / Marcello Busato / Arthur Rother: Sink (Mikroton Recordings)

With understated grooves and the presence of Necks keyboardist Chris Abrahams it's easy to compare Necks with this Berlin-based band, formed in 2004 with Andrea Ermke on minidiscs, Marcello Busato on drums, and Arthur Rother on electric guitar, but the distinction is heard in their unusual sound sources, mixing electronic, synthetic and concrete sounds in hallucinatory ways. ... Click to View


Guro Johansen Gravem / Sergio Castrillon: Ekelyveien 10 (Creative Sources)

Norwegian jazz vocalist Guro Gravem Johansen (Soyr, Crazy Moon, and vocalist for Helge Hurum's orchestra), in a duo with Colombian cellist based in Helsinki, Sergio Castrillon, performing on a prepared microtonal cello, as the two improvise over five dialogs, from the extended "Primo" to the succinct "Quintuple", blending unusual technique with unique creative impulse. ... Click to View


  •  •  •    Join Our Mailing List!



The Squid's Ear
Squidco Sales

Heard In

Reviews of artist releases:
cd's, books, magazines, &c.


  Jessica Pavone 
  In the Action  
  (Relative Pitch) 


  
   review by Dave Madden
  2019-12-17
Jessica Pavone: In the Action (Relative Pitch)

Before reading her bio or listening to an interview on Jeremiah Cymerman's 5049 podcast, I scribbled down some notes about Jessica Pavone's viola and electronic augmentation work on In the Action: "Playfully methodic, nimble, each bow bounce elicits visions of glissade and grande jet (need to look up more ballet words), and her longer tones read as sun salutations." Now here's the thing: Due to stress, a teaching gig, and touring in cars circa 2009, Pavone developed back problems that worsened to herniated discs, the inability to lift more than ten pounds, and temporary paralysis. Surgery a few years later returned her to a new lease on music and life, and she has since entwined the importance of strengthening her body with her relationship to viola performance both physically and creatively.

Pavone's ability to parallel expressive technique with human motion is obvious after a few reiterations/ variations on the opening motif of "Oscillatory Salt Transport": Big inhale with a single tone, slight vibrato, trill, mezzo piano to forte, exhale two elongated notes that swing back to tonic; you find yourself slow-motion rocking in anticipation of duration and pace. High register with buzzing harmonics morph into multi-string hums in duet, with any hiatus feeling monumental. Pavone's passage of repeating stabs each note filled with unprocessed harmonic fullness reels you in and oddly makes you long for a return to simplicity (this listener thought, "Why do I lean on so many things? Why do I have so many things? I'm going to harness my focus.") At the seven-minute mark, Pavone seems to conclude, but continues to tease the last three intervals and build an elaborate coda over the fifth (of the chord) without resolution (sorry, OCD folks).

"And Maybe in The End" grasps at the acoustic world, but is frequently tugged on by a shadowy figure. As Pavone plucks arpeggios, a growling echo fills in her pauses; moving like a sleeping juggernaut being summoned to action, each rousing creeps from gravel to dirt to barely contained feedback and back again. On a couple spots, she plunks (pizzicato) two notes through this gnarled processing, and the results resemble, say, an AM radio broadcast of a springy doorstopper struck really hard; it's a blip in the landscape of the album, and maybe not deserving of an extravagant description, but it's really cool.

Pavone shifts from first to fifth on "Look Out Look Out Look Out", a piece that could be mistaken for an early Einstrzende Neubauten jam. Jackhammering delay (gathered from a snippet of reverb trails?) feeds back in a rough, unrelenting ricochet removed from anything heard so far. The music evolves over six minutes through rising and falling across the frequency spectrum and eventually peeling back to a faded wobble. It's an unusual choice in the sequencing, but a great juxtaposition before the title track. On "In the Action", Pavone's major key melody and gestural approach (i.e. beginning phrases with exaggerated glissandi grace notes) border on idiosyncratic, bluegrass, hoedown fiddlin', but she bucks that label by restating the same quote, and again, and again, and again, almost sounding as a skipping record (not in a bad way but I enjoy the sound of a skipping record). Her distorted twin returns in the form of a bubbling, bassy pulse, something she syncs with, dances around, and ignores. Ultimately, she grabs onto the grunge for an eroded, crumpling farewell.

Aside from non-musical injuries, playing an instrument takes its toll on bodies. Torn muscles, arthritis, slamming your hand under a piano lid etc. can be career-ending, as was the case with a few brass players I knew who developed embouchure dystonia (your brain and the twelve mouth muscles involved in controlling a mouthpiece do not communicate well); a brilliant (!) kid from my university had a skin graft on his cheek at age eighteen due to frequent, intense violin practice. This is all rambles to say that Pavone's rebound of physical/emotional/mental therapy is fortunate for us listeners.



Jessica Pavone: In the Action
Is On Sale at Squidco!
Squidco




Comments and Feedback:



The Squid's Ear presents
reviews about releases
sold at Squidco.com
written by
independent writers.

Squidco

Recent Selections @ Squidco:


George Graewe /
Ernst Reijseger /
Gerry Hemingway:
Concertgebouw Brugge
2014
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)



Katarsis4
(Bizys /
Janonis /
Pancerovas /
Jusinskas):
Katarsis4
(NoBusiness)



Marc Copland:
Gary
((Illusions))



ROVA
(Raskin /
Ochs /
Voigt /
Ackley):
Saxophone Diplomacy
(Hatology)



Michael Formanek
Very Practical Trio
(w/ Tim Berne /
Mary Halvorson):
Even Better
(Intakt)



Bobby Bradford /
Frode Gjerstad /
Kent Carter /
John Stevens:
Blue Cat
[VINYL]
(NoBusiness)



Juan Vinuesa
Jazz Quartet
(Vinuesa /
Berman /
Roebke Avery):
Blue Shots From Chicago
(NoBusiness)



Liquid Quintet
(feat Agusti Fernandez /
Artur Majewski /
Albert Cirera /
Rafal Mazur /
Ramon Prats):
Flux
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)



Steve Swell /
Robert Boston /
Michael Vatcher:
Brain In
A Dish
(NoBusiness)



Willem Breuker /
Han Bennink:
New Acoustic
Swing Duo
[2 CDS]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)



Alexandra Grimal /
Joelle Leandre:
Desordre
(Montagne Noire)



Alexander von Schlippenbach
& Dag Magnus Narvesen:
Liminal Field
(Not Two)



Evan Parker /
Barry Guy /
Paul Lytton:
Concert In Vilnius
(NoBusiness)



Marilyn Lerner /
Ken Filiano /
Lou Grassi:
Intention
(Not Two)



Ivo Perelman /
Matthew Shipp:
Live in Nuremberg
(SMP Records)



Brotzmann /
Schlippenbach /
Bennink:
Fifty Years After...
Live at the
Lila Eule 2018
[VINYL]
(Trost Records)



Ivar Grydeland /
Henry Kaiser:
In The Arctic Dreamtime
(Rune Grammofon)



Krokofant w/
Stale Storlokken /
Ingebrigt Haker Flaten:
Q
[VINYL LP + CD]
(Rune Grammofon)



Michel Banabila :
Movements
(music for dance)
[VINYL 2 LPs + DOWNLOAD]
(Tapu Records)



Company:
Epiphanies I-VI
[VINYL 2 LPs]
(Honest Jons Records)







Squidco
Click here to
advertise with
The Squid's Ear






The Squid's Ear pays its writers.
Interested in becoming a reviewer?




The Squid's Ear is the companion magazine to the online music shop Squidco !


  Copyright © 2016 Squidco. All rights reserved. Trademarks. (53458)