Artist: J.Peter Schwalm and Arve Henriksen
Label: Rarenoise Records
Release Date: 11/27/20
Personnel: J. Peter Schwalm – piano, drums, electronics, programming; Arve Henriksen – trumpets, percussion, voices
Impression: Schwalm’s ghostly production aesthetic is the perfect backdrop for Henriksen’s lilting, noir-ish delivery which is apropos during this pre-winter 2020 environment.
Artist: Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra
Title: Dimensional Stardust
Release Date: 11/20/20
Personnel: Rob Mazurek – director, composer, piccolo trumpet, electronics; Damon Locks – voice, electronics, texts; Nicole Mitchell – flutes; Macie Stewart – violins; Tomeka Reid – cellos; Joel Ross – vibraphone; Jeff Parker – guitar; Jaimie Branch – trumpet; Angelica Sanchez – acoustic piano, electric piano; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass; Chad Taylor – drums, percussion; Mikel Patrick Avery – drums, percussion; John Herndon – drum machines
Impression: Mazurek continues to raise the bar with his Exploding Star Orchestra by hitting that sweetest spot between accessible and challenging, routine when you have one of the most fire contemporary ensembles in your employ.
More Info: Nonesuch Records site
Artist: Bill Evans
Title: Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott’s
Label: Resonance Records
Release Date: 12/4/20
Personnel: Bill Evans – pinao; Eddie Gomez – bass; Drummer Jack DeJohnette – drums
Impression: Any excuse to hear more late 60’s Evans is just fine by me, but this dexterous set is hitting the spot right now.
More Info: Resonance Records
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