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Schola Cantorum, Trachea | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Trachea, from the Norwegian choral group Schola Cantorum, seems like the latest “voices-in-a-church” release from 2L Recordings, something very much in line without other recent titles such as Venelita and Himmelborgen. A few minutes in, you’ll start to notice some fundamental differences. First of all, you’ll notice unusual accompaniment to these otherwise ethereal voices, something that leans heavily into the secular. Trachea, which obviously refers to the windpipe as a “source of transformation where the breath of a human being can be refined into the most beautiful, powerful, tender art,” is all about singing for the joy of it, the joy of making one monumental and moving sound.… Read the full article

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Jeff Williams, Bloom | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | August 30th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Jeff Williams and his new album Bloom makes me rethink all of those reviews where I discuss the idea of the drummer-as-leader in jazz, and how that individual coaxes performances from the others on stage through momentum as well as the arrangements. Williams, who keeps the project simple by using a spare piano trio, with pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Michael Formanek, uses this opportunity to show what he’s made of behind the kit. This is Williams’ album all the way, full of stellar drumming techniques that astound, all those lovely and challenging time signatures as well as a somewhat guttural approach to beat.… Read the full article

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Pat Battstone, The Last Taxi: New Destinations | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | August 29th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Mention the name Pat Battstone to me and I’ll brace for something wild and unexpected, a free-spirited exploration in pure sound and what it means to fixate on a single note and think about it. This isn’t free jazz but experimental jazz, and there is a difference. Free jazz is about controlled and uncontrolled chaos, of an explosion of ideas that, deep down, adhere to structures and codes. Experimental jazz, and the music of Pat Battstone, is too controlled to be free.… Read the full article

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Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet, Radiotango | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Just a couple of days ago I talked about the some of the current tango trends, and how everyone is using this Argentine musical genre as a foundation for something new. Now, the Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet turns in this modest little masterpiece, Radiotango, a purist performance in every sense. Picture a tango in your mind, a couple gliding along the dance floor, and then pay attention to the music that’s playing. That’s this music, just four masters of the tango playing it how it’s supposed to be played–just like you’d imagine, and in front of a live audience.… Read the full article

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Pablo Lanouguere Quintet, Eclectico | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | August 20th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve been talking about the Great Tango Revival of 2019, and the Pablo Lanouguere Quintet and their new album Eclectico is certainly part of that. But here’s the thing. The Tango Revival seems to be marked by constant innovation, a need to expand this genre both stylistically and geographically–something that’s not found as much as in, say, the Big Band Jazz Revival that’s been going on for the last few years. Eclectico lives and breathes by this creed, that you just can’t play the hits (so to speak).… Read the full article

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Lyn Stanley, The Challenge LP | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | August 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Challenge LP from Lyn Stanley is, as far as I can tell, the concluding chapter to this Julie London project–although I have noticed that Lyn’s been shooting a video with performances of these songs. Maybe she’ll do a few more, who knows. I don’t think you can possibly do too much in the service of Julie London advocacy, and it’s been a fun ride evaluating all these CDs and LPs over the last few months. Heck, I even got to meet the singer and she took me to Ocean Way to talk with Allen Sides and then Bernie Grundman Mastering and even Capitol Frigging Records in Hollywood to see where everything happened.… Read the full article

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Oslo Kammerkor, Veneliti | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | August 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In terms of choral performances, the Oslo Kammerkor (Chamber Choir) and their performance of Orjan Matre‘s Veneliti is very different than the last 2L Recording I reviewed, Himmelborgen. In that recording, the Uranienborg Vokalemsemble chose works that re-define and build on traditional hymns, while Veneliti comes from the opposite direction, a re-working of folk music. The music from Matre, of course, takes a dream-like approach to the sound of a choral in the prerequisite Norwegian church, but this time the voices are allowed to float and blend into something more surreal than “And when this flesh and heart shall fail.” Veneliti has a secular feel that’s still a bit haunting, still suggestive of mystical forces that drive the singers’ emotions.… Read the full article

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Gretje Angell, In Any Key | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | August 13th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Gretje Angell’s new album, In Any Key, makes it two days in a row of fabulous woman singers–including, of course, Lauren Henderson’s warm and beautiful Alma Oscura. Both women have that seductive quality in their delivery, Henderson more classically so, but Angell is doing something a little more sunny and carefree, a little more mid-60s, a little more “Isle of Capri romp” and a little less “come join me in front of the fire.” In other words, In Any Key is the epitome of a breezy sound that seems to travel great distances to finally arrive at your ears.… Read the full article

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Lauren Henderson, Alma Obscura | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | August 12th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Lauren Henderson‘s new album, Alma Oscura, is destined to become one of those sexy, romantic things you play when you’re, well…let’s just say “in the mood for love.” It’s smooth and it’s sultry (a word I’m really beginning to like and overuse) and if you listen to it by yourself it might just seem a little weird. So take heed, audiophiles. And I do target audiophiles because this album sounds great. Really great. You want in-front-of-the-fireplace-on-the-bearskin-rug warmth. It’s a total package.… Read the full article

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Rob Ryndak & Tom Lockwood, Gratitude | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | August 7th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Rob Ryndak and Tom Lockwood are two jazz multi-instrumentalists and academics who cover much of the intricate sounds on their new album, Gratitude. They aren’t quite as comprehensive as Dred Scott and his one man jazz trio, but they come surprisingly close. Ryndak is a pianist and percussionist, while Lockwood tackles the saxophones, clarinets and flutes. (He plays bass as well but left those chores to Karl E. H. Seigfried–also a scholar of Norse mythology–for this album.) Both of them compose and arrange, and they divide these twelve tracks neatly in half.… Read the full article

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