Blood Trio | feat. Sabir Mateen, Michael Bisio, Whit Dickey | Understory | Not Two Records

We’ve reviewed albums before with saxophonist and clarinetist Sabir Mateen bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey. Use the “search” engine on the right and lists of albums will appear, with the three artists as leaders in their respective bands, and in bands like Frode Gjerstad’s Circulasione Totale, William Parker’s orchestras, the David S Ware bands, or in albums with Joe Morris, Matthew Shipp, Joe McPhee, Daniel Carter … and many more. And now we get all three in a trio, and a real trio, with all three musicians shaping the sound. Is it all improvised? It’s hard to say, because most of the tracks have a clear and identifiable sound or even a theme, that, vague as it may be, creates the focus for the ensuing free development, with an underlying boppish element that is never far away. — Stef Continue reading

Oluyemi Thomas | Ijeoma Thomas | Michael Bisio | Kenn Thomas | Positive Knowledge – Edgefest Edition | Not Two Records

Oluyemi Thomas – bass, musette, flute, soprano, percussion | Ijeoma Thomas – voice , percussion | Michael Bisio – bass | Kenn Thomas – piano. Compositions by Ijeoma & Oluyemi Thomas (OLUIJEO UNIT MUSIC, ASCAP), Michael Bisio (AMB MUSIC, ASCAP), Kenn Thomas. Recorded by Oluyemi Thomas at Edgefest / Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI, October 15, 2009. Mixed and mastered September 2010 by Rafal Drewniany (DTS Studio). Cover photo by Oluyemi Thomas. Inside photos by Marc Andren. Layout by Andrzej Wojnowski. Continue reading

The David Arner Trio | Out / In the Open | Not Two Records

David Arner – pianist, composer, harpsichordist, percussionist – David Arner is a long time proponent of innovative music and spontaneous composition. His wide interests have encompassed the avant-garde, birding, mythology, astrology, modern dance and silent film within his musical pursuits. While well known for his solo piano work, over the years Arner has also worked with Michael Bisio, Jennifer Choi, Connie Crothers, Dominic Duval, Lisle Ellis, Avram Fefer, Joe Giardullo, Lou Grassi, Francois Grillot, Rosi Hertlein, Susie Ibarra, Adam Lane, Joe McPhee, Tatsuya Nakatani, Pauline Oliveros, Jay Rosen, the Sirius Quartet, David Taylor, Tomas Ulrich, Sarah Weaver. Continue reading

The Michael Bisio Quartet | Live at Vision Fest. XII | Not Two Records

For years, free improvisers have explored the tactile aspect of performance, in which the nature of the encounter between the player and the instrument becomes the subject of the music itself. Bisio is one of the few musicians that has managed to meld this high-concept sense of physicality with the soulful charge of jazz. His fiddle-high, scraped overtones create a tangled choir that is impossible to resist; his expressiveness with the bow is unmatched. Having whirled the listener into a transportive state, he gently shows the way out… Paul DeBarros, Signal to Noise Continue reading

Lorenzo Sanguedolce | Michael Bisio | Live at the Yippie | No Business Records

Live At The Yippie is part of a performance by tenor saxophonist Lorenzo Sanguedolce and bassist Michael Bisio, with two tracks clocking right under 20 minutes each, the regular time constraint of a vinyl LP. Sanguedolce is possibly best known, if at all, from his Sweetblood Quintet, a name which is the English translation of his Italian family name. — Stef Continue reading