The 3dom Factor features Barry Altschul's new trio with saxophonist Jon Irabagon and bassist Joe Fonda in a program of Altschul compositions. The 3dom Factor features compositions that span almost the entirety of Barry Altschul's career. Carla Bley's "Ictus" is the only borrowed tune and was performed by Altschul with Paul Bley already in the 1960s whereas "Natal Chart" was included in Altschul's first recording as a leader. "Martin's Stew," "Be Out S'Cool," "Papa's Funkish Dance" and "Irina" were on his subsequent recordings as a leader in the late 1970s and the 1980s, and "Just A Simple Song" was composed for the FAB Trio in 2008. "The 3dom Factor," "Oops" and " A Drummer's Song" are introduced for the first time with this recording and bring the whole to the current day.
TED CURSON - POP WINE
Ted Curson at his finest – an incredible album that has him blowing hard, and with a wonderfully soulful style on the Paris scene of the early 70s! Curson's always been a hell of a trumpeter – but he's all-out, over-the-top on this amazing session from 1971 – working alongside the legendary trio of pianist George Arvanitas – who themselves really seem to hit a special sort of sound for the record! The tracks have a long, open-ended quality that offers a mix of modal grooving and hard spiritual soloing – perfect territory for Curson to show his stuff, over a groove that you'd hardly expect from Georges' group. Arvanitas' bassist Jacky Samson has this warm, round, wonderful tone that's a perfect foil for Curson's spirited blowing – and titles include "Quartier Latin", "Pop Wine", "LSD Takes A Holiday", and "Flip Top". ~ Dusty Groove
KEITH TIPPETT - YOU ARE HER I AM THERE
An early stunner from keyboardist Keith Tippett – served up with a punch and power that's missing from a lot of his later work! The music's a perfect blend of free-thinking jazz and some of the more progressive rock ideas of the time – not exactly jazz rock, not exactly avant jazz – but a really unique blend that flourished briefly in the UK for a handful years, under the guidance of Tippett and some of his key contemporaries! Deeper ideas are given a great sense of shape on the set – as Keith plays both acoustic and electric piano – in a cool combo that also includes Elton Dean on alto, Nick Evans on trombone, Mark Charig on cornet, and Alan Jackson on drums. The tracks have a nice little groove at the best moments – not really funky, but not that far off too – almost an echo of some of the MPS or other European styles. Titles include "This Evening Was Like Last Year", "I Wish There Was A Nowhere", "Violence", "Three Minutes From An Afternoon In July", and "Stately Dance For Miss Primm". ~ Dusty Groove