27 aprile 2017

Magari al Vortex si esagera un po' sul calcolo degli anni, ma ne son davvero passati più di alcuni dall'ultima volta che Keith Tippett e Louis Moholo-Moholo si sono esibiti in duo per il pubblico londinese: accade di nuovo domani sera nel glorioso jazz club di Gillett Square, passata neanche da ventiquattr'ore la sbornia dell'Intakt Records Festival, e l'attesa è quella di un vero e proprio evento.

Playing as a duo on a British stage for the first time in years, this night matches two iconic musicians, known for their range of influences and technical prowess. Keith Tippett’s piano playing is mesmerising, while Louis Moholo-Moholo still captures the energy and surprise that he brought over already to this country when a member of the legendary Blue Notes.
It is always a major occasion whenever Keith Tippett or Louis Moholo-Moholo appear at the club, and here we are bringing the two of them together to celebrate one of the most important partnerships in the history of jazz in this country. When we arranged this date Keith said: “Tell them that between us we’ll be bringing 146 years of music, experience and comradeship to the occasion.”


26 aprile 2017

L'etichetta Dropa Disc, emanazione dell'associazione belga Sound in Motion promotrice di festival e iniziative per musiche di ricerca e d'avanguardia, firma il debutto discografico del trio PEN (Evan Parker, John Edwards, Steve Noble) contenente la registrazione del loro concerto ad Antwerp del 24 gennaio 2015. Ne scrive gran bene Martin Schray per Free Jazz Blog: "Parker has played with most of the leading figures in British improvisation, so it’s surprising that the trio with John Edwards and Steve Noble has been unrecorded, until now. On PEN Parker’s lines slip in and around bass and drums, blurred yet finely elaborated, like a northern light in a dark winter sky, bringing to mind one of Gerhard Richter’s abstract paintings. Like Richter, Parker displays a fluency and ease - proficiency mastered but not on display. As Mingus once said: "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." Whereas Richter seems to comment on an illusionary effect - the appearance of something not quite present - Parker’s more concrete. His tenor saxophone meanders and flows, as bass and drums flicker like stars. The music is tight and cohesive, with no unnecessary affects (one of the principles in his bands), as well as excellent timing. He lets Edwards and Noble prepare the ground before stepping into the arena, winding in a relaxed fashion through a maze of rolling bass and high speed percussion. Once warmed up, the trio progress effortlessly, with Parker’s softer, fuller tone, a characteristic of his more recent playing."


25 aprile 2017

Si estende anche a molti titoli Matchless e Confront la sezione downloads curata dal negozietto virtuale del londinese Cafe Oto, mentre si allunga la lista delle produzioni in proprio atte a documentare a campione la fervida attività concertistica: più di recente Carl Stone, Leo Svirsky, Ilan Volkov, Joëlle Léandre con Maggie Nichols e Roger Turner, Otomo Yoshihide con Hiroshi Yamazaki ed Evan Parker, Merzbow, Philip Corner e Phoebe Neville, Antoine Chessex con la premiata coppia John Edwards / Steve Noble, Trad Gras Och Stenar, Accident du travail, The People Band...