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Anna Webber and Matt Mitchell, Capacious Aeration, Tzadik ****

Stimulating sounds here from this heavyweight avant duo, a parity of esteem in the saxophone and flute playing of the Canadian Anna Webber and US pianist Matt Mitchell and an in-the-moment energy and inventiveness at every turn no matter how …

Published: 30 Nov 2023. Updated: 6 months.

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Stimulating sounds here from this heavyweight avant duo, a parity of esteem in the saxophone and flute playing of the Canadian Anna Webber and US pianist Matt Mitchell and an in-the-moment energy and inventiveness at every turn no matter how abstract or impenetrable the course of the improvising lines become. Webber has also released a larger group album on the Intakt label recently entitled Shimmer Wince. Dense and quite often intense but certainly not arid or clinical the main piece here is the lengthy 'Re-aeration' running at nearly half an hour but there are ''moments'' to be found on each of the five pieces. While not the same period or exact idiom at all I kept thinking that the rapport the two display shares something with that of Steve Lacy's work with Cecil Taylor - a similar meeting of minds from a good deal more than half a century ago. SG

photo: Liz Kosack

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Susan Alcorn Septeto del Sur, Canto, Relative Pitch ****

Pedernal, a previous release of pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn's we really liked, and Canto is just as good - its aching melancholy and spare often moving melody lines hit the spot time and time again. With a Chilean septet, Alcorn was inspired …

Published: 29 Nov 2023. Updated: 6 months.

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Pedernal, a previous release of pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn's we really liked, and Canto is just as good - its aching melancholy and spare often moving melody lines hit the spot time and time again. With a Chilean septet, Alcorn was inspired by travelling in Chile and where Canto was recorded. It's mostly her tunes plus a song by the Chilean folk singer Victor Jara. Instrumentally violin and flute are part of the blend with the three-part suite 'Canto.' at the heart of the album. Worth discovering.