The French saxophonist Jérôme Sabbagh and the Australian guitarist Greg Tuohey seem built to complement each other. It is easy to misinterpret No Filter at first; there is a sense of familiarity – of a certain strain of perfectionism that is rooted in jazz tradition. But that fades quickly, giving way to delightful finesse as the writing unfolds with more subtlety than it first seemed to contain.
For The Seasons, the American saxophonist Ben Wendel has chosen to play in a quintet. This is his fourth album in a solo career that runs alongside his jazz-fusion outfit Kneebody. It takes us through the seasonal calendar in a musical journey inspired by Tchaikovsky’s piano suite and a painting by Lee Krasner.
Fidel Fourneyron is a trombonist of superior skill, a member of the Umlaut Big Band and the Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ), two recognized institutions of the French jazz scene. He is continuing his unique career with Animal, an innovative centiped trio, if we can indulge in this expression, with Joachim Florent (bass) and Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums).
The Onze Heures Onze Orchestra falls well within the field of jazz through its instrumentarium, sound ecology, and architecture, but its central theme is the inspiration sparked by composers as varied as Olivier Messiaen, Edgard Varèse and Morton Feldman.
Demiurgic sexagenarian dandy Marc Ribot has struck again, with a totally youthful fury. For the third opus in 11 years with Ceramic Dog, he offers up a sort of Clash-style New York Calling that also borrows sound divagations from his buddies Tom Waites and John Zorn.