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Angelika Niescier, Tomeka Reid, Savannah Harris, Beyond Dragons, Intakt ***1/2

A brutal often exhilarating ride here from a powerful avant trio that on principle refuses to hold back but yet finds plenty to say in what is very often a rollercoaster of a journey. Alto saxophonist Angelika Niescier cooks with the kind of molten …

Published: 6 Oct 2023. Updated: 8 months.

A brutal often exhilarating ride here from a powerful avant trio that on principle refuses to hold back but yet finds plenty to say in what is very often a rollercoaster of a journey. Alto saxophonist Angelika Niescier cooks with the kind of molten energy you find on a Matana Roberts record while the combination here with cellist Tomeka Reid allows new possibilities tonally. Drummer Savannah Harris provides a lot of free wheeling direction and yet there is lots of control from the kit on a track like 'Risse' that goes inside/outside from a position of tight control to navigate a freer space. Playing Niescier's compositions there's a ruggedness and sense of marauding spirit you just can't fake.

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Shuteen Erdenebaatar, Rising Sun, Motéma Music ****

Quite a revelation - Rising Sun from pianist Shuteen Erdenebaatar, a musician hailing from Mongolia where she studied in Ulaanbaatar later championed by the Goethe Institute and excelling academically in Munich where she is based, Erdenebaatar is …

Published: 5 Oct 2023. Updated: 8 months.

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Quite a revelation - Rising Sun from pianist Shuteen Erdenebaatar, a musician hailing from Mongolia where she studied in Ulaanbaatar later championed by the Goethe Institute and excelling academically in Munich where she is based, Erdenebaatar is joined by soprano saxophonist Anton Mangold who also plays flute on the record and by bassist Nils Kugelmann and by drummer Valentin Renner. Tunes are strong, often quite bittersweet and poignant in nature, with hints of folklore from her homeland as on the flute line on 'An Answer From The Distant Hill'. Gentle and thoughtful it's all highly distinctive and speaks to the heart.