"Birdies for Lulu" unveils a revamped Sylvie Courvoisier - Mark Feldman quartet, with the much sought-after bassist Scott Colley and drummer Billy Mintz, and it feels like a fresh start. Mark Feldman: "When we made the switch, the music took a much different turn – which is at should be, when 50 percent of the band is different."
The music pianist Courvoisier and violinist Feldman make together often references jazz and modern European/American composed music.
Kevin Whitehead writes in the liner notes: «On Lulu those recombinant strains sound crisper, more concise and focused than before. Also funnier and more swinging.»
released May 15, 2014
Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano
Mark Feldman: Violin
Scott Colley: Bass
Billy Mintz: Drums
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The guitarists first solo album (like the actors first Hamlet) is a hoop that eventually has to be jumped through...and Mary Halvorson has finally risen to the challenge...a truly brilliant improviser and technician (I remember being knocked out by a performance she gave with Anthony Braxton in London),she has added layers of emotional and spiritual patina to those skills...the pre-release track here demonstrates all those qualities in spades...I see this release will include work by Noel Akchote (whose music plays a key part in my listening regime)...
So,until its release "I eat the air,promise crammed"...
Update! This album is now released and I can "count myself King of infinite riches"...this release catapults Mary Halvorson into a different league for me...wonderful,wonderful,wonderful! John Cratchley
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The Room Is contains an incredible amount of methodology, patients, and introspection. It is a meditation of sorts - on what exactly, I don't know. The main reason why I purchased this was because the clarinet, in all it's variations, is one of my favorite instruments and The Room Is contains a whole large ensemble of clarinets within it! Christopher Moklebust