Thursday, August 9, 2012

Solo Albums 5 - Steve Lacy, Jeremiah Cymerman

 Another set of solo cds, a true classic of the genre, an impressive statement that retained its power over the years, and a ultra post-modern try that extends the idea of solo performance in quite an unique way

Steve Lacy - soprano saxophone 

Soprano Saxophone solos in Avignon and after - vol. 1

Emanem 2012

Once you think about jazz solo performances it's impossbile to forget about Steve Lacy's input to the genre. This release not only brings back the previously available classic performance from Avignon in  1972 (lp "Weal  & Woe") but completes it with half-of-cd worth of previously unreleased material (part of it coming from the same concert(s), the other one from Berlin 1974).

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Kris Wanders Outfit - In Remembrance of the Human Race

Kris Wanders - tenor sax
Johannes Bauer - trombone
Peter Jacquemyn - double bass
Mark Sanders - drums

Not Two 2011

Take Kris Wanders who bends the saxophone notes every possible wa, consequently squeezing every ounce of furious sonic frictions with tons of distortion and vibrato, he's furious, his playing is almost pure instinct. Unstoppable power of nature. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Krakow Autumn Jazz Festival 2012 is coming!

I'm happy to say the Jazz Alchemist blog will be the official english internet site for the upcoming edition of Krakow Autmn Jazz Festival. 


The dedicated page is created above, more details will be published soon on the blog along with the festival's program, bios of the musicians and ecc. Don't miss out. It's going to be a blast!

KonstruKt & Evan Parker - Live at Akbank Jazz Festival [Re:KonstruKt]

Korhan Futacı - soprano saxophone
Umut Caglar - guitars
Ozün Usta - percussion
Korhan Argüden - drums

Evan Parker - soprano saxophone 

Re:KonstruKt 2011

Konstrukt is an Istanbul based improv group and last year they've documented on cds three collaborations with giants of saxophone (Marshall Allen, Peter Brotzmann and Evan Parker). All three of which are of interest to followers  of free music and this one is my favourite of the bunch. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Jazz and Poetry 2 - Tomasz Stanko / Wislawa Szymborska - Tutaj (Here)

Wisława Szymborska - poetry
Tomasz Stanko - trumpet

Znak 2012

Wislawa Szymborska died this year, on the first of february. And she's sorely missed. Her work is internariontally praised, with the Nober prize to testify for that. And yet she couldn't have care less about prizes and honours, the real power of her poetry is constant ability to wonder, to be surprised by every-day reality, by subtle details of common, seemingly ordinary things, objects, activites. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jazz and Poetry - Adam Pieronczyk / Tadeusz Gajcy

Music and poetry try often to coexist and the results vary greatly in quality, to say the least, reasons for which are to be found in the very essence of poetry in which the words with regular meanings acquire musica non-verbal values of rhythm and timbre and cadence and melody. To the extent that any "music" seems really redundant. Still, I'd like to propose to you two albums where the two meet together in a way that creates a value, a quality on its own.

Tadeusz Gajcy - poet
Borus Szyc - voice
Adam Pierończyk - music (tenor and soprano saxophone, zoucra, flute, voice, synth, electronic effects, field recordings)

2009 Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
Fonografika Distribution

Tadeusz Gajcy was a poet of the 1920s polish generation. The first ones to be born in the free country after the I World War. The ones that had to sacrifice their youth lives in the II World War. He was a soldier of the polish underground army that fighted for the Warsaw in the 1944. Died on 16.08.1944.