Kit Downes – Obsidian (CD Review)

Obsidian Kit Downes, organ and composer; Tom Challenger, tenor saxophone ECM Records Prior to this recording, Kit Downes was primarily known as a pianist in jazz settings, notably leading his own trio and quintet. Obsidian is his debut CD as a leader for ECM Records; he previously appeared on the label as part of theContinue reading “Kit Downes – Obsidian (CD Review)”

Anders Jormin – “Trees of Light”

Trees of Light ECM Records Lena Willemark voice, fiddle and viola Anders Jormin double bass Karin Nakagawa 25-string koto Out this week on ECM Records, Trees of Light¬†brings together traditional music-making from Sweden and Japan with jazz bass improvisations. This seemingly unlikely fusion works beautifully. Each member of the trio retains their own stylistic signaturesContinue reading “Anders Jormin – “Trees of Light””

Matt Mitchell – Fiction

File Under Best of 2013 Matt Mitchell Fiction Matt Mitchell, piano; Ches Smith, drums and percussion Pi Recordings The pieces on Fiction,¬†pianist Matt Mitchell’s debut recording as a leader, began as etudes. Composed by the pianist in an attempt to integrate his notated composing and his considerable prowess as an improvisor, they soon took onContinue reading “Matt Mitchell – Fiction”