Skjold/Højensgård Project (feat. Tyshawn Sorey) Human Maybe (ep) (Independent) Claus Højensgård (trumpet and keys) and Jeppe Skjold (saxophone) – from the extended line-up of the Danish collective, Hess Is More, breakaway here for a two-track ep featuring American free-jazz wunderkind Tyshawn Sorey.
Arve Henriksen Towards Language Rune Grammofon The calligraphic waft of Arve Henriksen’s trumpet is its own woozy, ethereal fug – through his horn and with his occasional vocalisations he has, over a double-handful of records (recording prolifically) created his own language – an ambient-jazz that is all at once hypnotic and yet hard to grasp. […]
Born To Be Blue Director: Robert Budreau New Real Films/Lumanity Productions/Black Hangar Studios This impressionistic biopic of Chet Baker largely succeeds where the other recent impressionistic biopic of a legendary jazz trumpeter was just ludicrous, insulting, absurd. So why does Born To Be Blue work? For a start it actually makes sense. Miles Ahead played […]
Miles Ahead Director: Don Cheadle Bifrost Pictures/Miles Davis Properties, LLC/Sony Pictures Classics In a boldly absurd almost blindly idiotic move Don Cheadle decides to simply invent a story for his Miles Davis impersonation. Here we have Cheadle as a more than passable Miles (not as great as some would tell you, but certainly as decent […]
Avishai Cohen Into The Silence ECM Not to be confused with the bass-player Avishai Cohen this is the latest album by the trumpeter Avishai Cohen. It’s an elegiac set of reflections on the passing of his father. The band is phenomenal and so deeply respectful towards the material and so aware of each other’s playing […]
Alexis French The Cut Rattle/Ode Alexis French is a Kiwi trumpeter recently graduated from jazz school in Montreal – his album, The Cut features Canadian players with French taking the lead. His horn offers a stately presence on ballad The Second Fall and combines nicely with David Bellemare’s tenor saxophone for some post-bop lines but […]
Arve Henriksen Places of Worship Rune Grammofon It would be hard to find a more profoundly moving musical experience captured on disc this year. Okay, the obvious thing to mention is The Necks’ Open, and though that sprawls as one long piece, where Places of Worship, is most certainly song/mood-based (10 relatively short pieces) there is […]