There’s no particular theme in this episode, but there is a bit of an emphasis on some of today’s wonderful female improvisers. I didn’t plan it, but sometimes these shows just come together that way. Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock (now from New York but originally from Germany then London) teams up with pianist Aki Takase (from Japan and now in Germany) for the first time on record, and their mutual admiration for each other’s talents lead to some great music. Then there’s Alexandra Grimal from France, also a saxophonist with music from three different recordings. Another amazing saxophonist from Estonia, Maria Faust, takes no prisoners when she performs. I think this first time her music has been heard on OMJ. Rounding out the featured women, is Australia’s much-honoured pianist Andrea Keller. Oh, don’t worry, the guys are not left out, especially the fine trio of saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, bassist Christian Weber and drummer Michael Greiner and the Finnish trio Maisemat. Hope you enjoy this one.
00:00 Harish Raghavan * Calls For Action – Whirlwind * Seven * USA 06:05 Maisemat * Maisemat – Eclipse Music * Donna Drago * Finland 12:46 Host speaks 16:43 Ingrid Laubrock & Aki Takase * Kasumi – Intakt * One Trick Paper Tiger * USA/Germany 21:32 Mihaly Borbely Quartet * Grenadilla – BMC * Caravan/Tevemenet * Hungary 26:58 Alexandra Grimal * Naga – Ovni * Cambium * France 38:43 Host speaks 40:36 Alexandra Grimal & Dragons * Heliopolis – Ovni * Khamsin IV * France 46:06 Michael Formanek Very Practical Trio * Even Better – Intakt * Like Statues * USA 53:02 Host speaks 53:21 Les McCann * Listen Up – Music Masters * Listen Up * USA 58:46 Sun Ra Arkestra * Live In Poland 1986 – Lanquidity * I’ll Never Be The Same * USA 1:09:52 Host speaks 1:12:43 Maria Faust, Tim Dahl & Weasel Walter * Farm Fresh – Gotta Let It Out * Farm Fresh * Estonia 1:17:51 Maria Faust * Sacrum Facere – Barefoot * Tui * Estonia 1:24:38 Andrea Keller Five Below * Five Below Live – Self-released * Of Winter Ice and Snow * Australia 1:30:31 Host speaks 1:31:45 Andrea Keller * Transients Volume 2 – Self-released * Salmon Life * Australia 1:37:32 Longboard * Being Wild – Yolk * Hit The Brakes * France 1:42:30 OGJB Quartet * Bamako – Tum * Be Out S’Cool * USA 1:47:29 Host speaks 1:49:10 Tetuzi Akiyama, Gregor Vidic & Nicolas Field * Interpersonal Subjectivities – Astral Spirits * Synchronous Ancestor * Japan/Switzerland 1:58:02 Maisemat * Maisemat – Eclipse Music * Potato Farm * Finland 2:06:20 Host speaks 2:07:23 Alexandra Grimal, Lee Konitz Gary Peacock & Paul Motian * Owls Talk – Harmonia Mundi * Owls Talk * France 2:12:03 Gordon Grdina, Matthew Shipp & Mark Helias * Skin And Bones – NotTwo * Featherweight * Canada 2:22:17 Junius Paul * Ism – Intl. Anthem * You Are Free To Choose * USA 2:27:41 Host speaks 2:29:32 Ellery Eskelin, Christian Weber & Michael Greiner * Pearls – Intakt * La Fée Verte * USA/Switzerland 2:40:41 Sergio Armaroli Trio & Cartoon * Trioplustrio – Dodicilune * Trio Plus Trio #3 * Italy 2:47:07 Host speaks 2:49:06 Carlos Bica & Azul * Azul – EmArcy * Cançao De Embalar * Portugal