Graham Lock

Graham’s Contributions


January/February 2002    Albums

Michel Petrucciani/Tony Petrucciani

No sooner has the guitar stated the opening of "Summertime" than Michel Petrucciani leaps in with a piano solo that is scintillating in its speed, precision and surging exuberance. That's symptomatic of what happens throughout this hugely enjoyable disc...


December 2001    Albums

More Jazz Takes on Joni Mitchell
David Lahm

Pianist David Lahm has renewed his love affair with Joni Mitchell's music, arranging seven more of her songs as what he calls "mainstream jazz." Lahm's previous Mitchell disc drew on a pool of 18 musicians, so while the results were often erratic there was...


December 2001    Albums

Like a Kiss That Never Ends
David Murray Power Quartet

We all know David Murray is one of the finest tenor players around. A superb technician, he's mastered the extended saxophone languages developed by free players like Albert Ayler and John Coltrane, and he deploys them to enliven a range of popular genres...


December 2001    Albums

25th Anniversary: The New Chapter
World Saxophone Quartet

David Murray's "Suki Suki Now," a joyful slice of surging R&B on Murray's recent Like a Kiss That Never Ends, also opens the World Saxophone Quartet's 25th Anniversary CD, where it sounds fussy and flaccid in comparison. The WSQ disc is disappointing, especially...


September 2001    Albums

Canticles for the Millennium
Jay Rosen Quartet

Canticles marks drummer Jay Rosen's first date as a leader, a debut he's chosen to share with three veteran hornmen more often found leading their own groups: Paul Smoker (trumpet), Vinny Golia and Mark Whitecage (clarinets, saxophones). They are all good...

July/August 2001    Albums

Bik Bent Braam (Michiel Braam)

Holland's Bik Bent Braam is a 13-piece group that's been around for some 13 years, either of which facts may explain their latest CD title. Led by pianist Michiel Braam, the group is reminiscent of the Willem Breuker Kollektief, but with less slapstick and...


July/August 2001    Albums

Monk's Moods: Music of Thelonious Monk
Anthony Brown Asian American Orchestra with Steve Lacy

Percussionist Anthony Brown's last project was a version of Ellington's "Far East Suite" that used Far and Middle Eastern instruments together with standard jazz instrumentation. There was a logic at work there that doesn't seem to apply to Thelonious Monk...


June 2001    Albums

Marilyn Crispell/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian

While the Crispell trio's previous ECM disc, which featured the music of Annette Peacock, was widely praised, I found it a rather dour and occasionally ponderous set. Amaryllis is very different. Much of the music has a lighter, airier feel, and the trio...


June 2001    Albums

Selected Works 1983-1986
Marilyn Crispell

Some of Crispell's earlier steps are retraced on this Golden Years double CD, which collects together her first three LPs on the Leo label: the solo Rhythms Hung in Undrawn Sky (1983), And Your Ivory Voice Sings, a duo with percussionist Doug James (1985...


May 2001    Albums

Joe Harriott

There's so little of Joe Harriott's music available that any addition to his discography is welcome. And this is a valuable release. It comprises four tracks by Harriott's pioneering free-form quintet live in 1961; one track apiece of the altoist with the...

May 2001    Features

Bill Dixon: Veiled Odyssey

Trumpeter Bill Dixon seems less than impressed by any kind of public approval. “I’m suspicious of anyone the society grabs and makes a fuss over,” he says. “If too many people dig what you do, you’d better re-examine it. It may not be what you think it is...


January/February 2001    Albums

Knitting Factory (Piano/Quartet) 1994, Vol. 2
Anthony Braxton

The initial volume from these concerts proved one of the 1990s' more startling releases. It marked the first time we'd heard the Braxton piano quartet and, in particular, the first time in over 20 years we'd heard Braxton's piano playing. "A strange and...


December 2000    Albums

Thirteen Cosmic Standards by Sun Ra and Funkadelic
Spaceways Incorporated

Ken Vandermark is the common denominator on these five CDs. Chicago's ubiquitous reedsman leads or co-leads four of these groups, and also plays with Witches & Devils, an Albert Ayler tribute band put together by saxophonist Mars Williams. Vandermark is...

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