John Zorn, Parrhesiastes, Tzadik ****

Go cold turkey with some very funky organ here in places from John Medeski on a sprawling, restless run-out of John Zorn compositions played by an often fiery and certainly lively line-up. Also with the Chaos Magick band's Brian Marsella on …

Published: 26 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

Go cold turkey with some very funky organ here in places from John Medeski on a sprawling, restless run-out of John Zorn compositions played by an often fiery and certainly lively line-up. Also with the Chaos Magick band's Brian Marsella on electric piano, Matt Hollenberg on guitar and Kenny Grohowski on drums, Parrhesiastes has just three tracks but these prove pretty long and engrossing ones at that. There's an open construction to the cosmic sounding pieces and a driving jazz-rock fusion complexion to the idiom. Best thing we have heard for a while.

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Human Being Human, Disappearance, April ***1/2

Appealing Euro piano jazz led from the bass from Danes Human Being Human who remind us of Phronesis a good deal although what is on offer is a lot more introverted and private a sound. A year on from their debut Equals, leader bassist Torben …

Published: 26 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

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Appealing Euro piano jazz led from the bass from Danes Human Being Human who remind us of Phronesis a good deal although what is on offer is a lot more introverted and private a sound.

A year on from their debut Equals, leader bassist Torben Bjørnskov, pianist Esben Tjalve and drummer Frederik Bülow are a thoughtful band - the original tunes are bittersweet and gentle and there is a terrific sense of flow throughout. Worth discovering.