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Songs to the North Sky

Sax­o­phon­ist and com­poser Tim Gar­land is a mu­si­cian with a foot on ei­ther side of the At­lantic. He has ab­sorbed the Amer­i­can virtues of pre­ci­sion and mus­cu­lar­ity from his time with Chick Corea’s band, even as he has en­gaged in a pro­found way with the tra­di­tional mu­sic of his na­tive Bri­tain, no­tably with the group Lammas. Now, with this sweep­ing epic of a dou­ble al­bum, Garand brings these two sides of his play­ing to­gether. The first disc is a brightly groov­ing small group set, with pi­anists Ge­off Keezer and Ja­son Re­bello among the col­lab­o­ra­tors. How­ever, it’s on the sec­ond disc, with a string sec­tion and im­pro­vised in­ter­ludes from US bassist John Pat­ti­tucci, that Songs to the North Sky re­ally lifts its eyes above the hori­zon. tim­gar­land.com



Un­der­ground Cham­ber clas­si­cal meets the Brook­lyn jazz un­der­ground in a Scan­di­na­vian record­ing stu­dio: such is the eclec­tic na­ture of con­tem­po­rary im­pro­vised mu­sic. Dan­ish bassist and com­poser Anne Mette Iversen’s So Many Roads, a suite for jazz quin­tet and string quar­tet, might once have been called “third stream”. But jazz is so om­niv­o­rous these days that the stream has long since over­flowed its banks and flooded the plains around it. Iversen’s in­tel­li­gent writ­ing for the strings, and their in­te­gra­tion with the quin­tet, sug­gest a mu­si­cian try­ing to break down the bar­ri­ers be­tween writ­ten and im­pro­vised mu­sic. It’s still the lat­ter, par­tic­u­larly from sax­o­phon­ist John El­lis and pi­anist Danny Grisett, that im­presses here. an­nemet­tei­versen.com

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