Some new CDs…

Realised I’ve a bit of a back-log of releases that I’m on but haven’t written about on here…

Nick Malcolm’s ‘Beyond These Voices’ is now out, featuring Alexander Hawkins, Mark Whitlam and me, plus Corey Mwamba guesting on three tracks.  You can hear and/or buy it here:

We’ve already had quite a few nice reviews for ‘Beyond These Voices’, some of the internet ones can be found here:

Also just released is the second album by the Riverloam Trio – Mikolaj Trzaska, Mark Sanders and me.  Our first album came out on No Business a couple of years ago as a double LP, this time we’ve gone for a CD, which has been released on FMR.  You could get one from the usual places, or I’m bringing copies to gigs…  Only one review so far for that, the Downtown Music Gallery had this to say:

“By now, you should recognize the name of Polish reedsman, Mikolaj Trzaska, since he can be found on more than thirty releases working with Joe McPhee, Johannes Bauer, Peter Brotzmann and Ken Vandermark’s Resonance Ensemble. Trzaska also has a dozen discs as a leader. British bassist Olie Brice I know from a few discs on the FMR label as well as a trio with Ingrid Laubrock. UK drum master Mark Sanders certainly needs no introduction here since he is the in-demand drummer for Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker and Jah Wobble. This is a strong, spirited free trio with all three members integral to the intense, creative sound. Mr. Trzaska lets out some extreme blasts at times, bending his notes in a Brotzmann-like way yet his sound is definitely his own. There are moments when the trio lays back, the bassist does some haunting bowing while Trzaska plays quietly ominous bass clarinet. This is a formidable, inventive and spirited date. Ommmm. – Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG”

One more to tell you about, an improvised trio session by Mike Fletcher, Tymek Jozwiak and me has been released on Slam Productions, called ‘Nick Of Time’.  Don’t think it’s technically been released yet, but if you catch Mike on a gig physical copies do exist… Here’s what Slam have to say about it –

The on-going saga of my Quintet record is still unresolved… details here if and when it ever comes out!


Some more Riverloam reviews


A few more reviews have come in for the Riverloam Trio LP.

Gapplegate Music Reviews had this to say:

“NoBusiness Records has been doing an excellent job exposing the world to important aspects of the American and International improvising avant garde. They have also, from their home base in Lithuania, been taking the opportunity to document and present Eastern European artists that we might not otherwise get the chance to hear.

Altoist-bass clarinetist Mikolaj Trzaska is one such artist. The recent double LP Riverloam Trio (NoBusiness NBLP 52/53) gives us a good listen to Mikolaj in a fine trio setting. Olie Brice on double bass and Mark Sanders on drums provide an excellent collaborative twosome for Trzaska’s reeds. They are free-wheeling and inventively varied, accomplished free improvisers. Trzaska has stylistic originality. He has a soulful rasp a la Threadgill and the ability to weave interesting lines with excellent consistency. He can soar in the clouds or whisper with the wind.

The double LP is a joy to hear. But keep in mind only 300 copies have been minted. So grab one now if you are inclined. It’s a great listen”. describe it as “A powerful record that understand its roots

Clifford Allen, writing in the the New York City Jazz Record says:  “Improvised music is truly a world music – that much has become clear over the last few decades. European and Asian musicians have long been as vital as their American counterparts, despite the occasional (and without merit) stateside protest that this music is on a path that rejects or sidesteps its AfroAmerican roots.  With the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc, artists from Poland and the former Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia have furthered relationships with musicians throughout Europe and the US, making up for lost time as artists whose work was important on the nascent European jazz scene went practically unheard in the States.

Polish altoist and bass clarinetist Mikołaj Trzaska has, over the past two decades, become a leading light of the country’s improvised music scene and worked across geographic demarcations with such figures as Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee, Lester Bowie, Peter Brötzmann, Johannes Bauer and Peter Uuskyla. Riverloam Trio finds Trzaska joined by the English rhythm section of bassist Olie Brice and drummer Mark Sanders on a program of five improvisations recorded in Birmingham, England in May 2011.

 On “Ostrich Season” his dusky bass clarinet is given to dirt and elegance; Brice and Trzaska saw and ululate with Sanders accenting in flits and clatters.  Switching to alto, Trzaska’s tone is measured and dry but with a fullness of impact, each tonal construction hovering between brittleness and muscularity. There’s certainly a felt kinship with recent Brötzmann (with whom Sanders has collaborated), at least tonally, but Trzaska seems more coiled or controlled. The proceedings build to a hard charge, albeit briefly, and it’s clear that the reedman could resolutely peel the paint off the walls if and when necessary. “Carnival of Shapes” is similarly sparse but more agitated, Trzaska curling and cursing before his statements unfurl in hoarse wails and bitter conversational scraps. Riverloam Trio presents some of the finest Trzaska on record, not to mention the work of sympathetic and exciting collaborators”.