Reviews that mention Chefa Alonso

May 8, 2017

Tony Marsh & Cheffa Alonso

Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)
Emanem 5043

By Ken Waxman

One of those journeyman players, who like character actors in classic films, appears distinctively in many scenes, but without upfront billing, drummer Tony Marsh made his mark on many facets of British jazz. Starting in the ‘70s, Marsh who died at 72, five years ago this month, established himself in contemporary settings with established figures like Don Weller and Mike Westbrook, only to invest his final years embedded in free music with the London Improvisers Orchestra (LIO), and groups featuring Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker and younger innovators. One was the now-Madrid-based soprano saxophonist Cheffa Alonso. Souvenir of her four-year British sojourn, Goodbye Red Rose is an almost 69-minute CD recorded in three different spaces that illuminate how the duo evolved over a one year period. By “Huesa (not Wesker)” the final track, the two erstwhile LIO members have become such simpatico improvisers that they’re like an old married couple finishing one another’s sentences. MORE

January 29, 2017

Tony Marsh & Cheffa Alonso

Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)
Emanem 5043

Kasper Tom/Rudi Mahall

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

Barefoot BFEC0 50 CD

Dispensing with the extraneous musical padding of chordal instruments so that players’ skills are as exposed like X-rayed skeletons easily pinpoints musicians’ strengths and weaknesses. The challenge is to maintain vigor throughout without flagging. In truth like the time needed to recount an intricate fable, extended duration blunts the message, but these reed-percussion duos advance different formulae to combat this. MORE

December 5, 2007

John Russell

Analekta
EMANEM 4138

John Russell/Jean Demey/Jean-Michael Van Schouwburg

The Mercelis Concert

Inaudible 006 CD

A fixture on the London Free Music scene since the early 1970s, guitarist John Russell has never had the same high profile as some other improvising guitarists, despite his association with the long-running Mopomoso concert series and partnership, with, among others, saxophonist John Butcher and pianist Chris Burn.

Part of the reason for this can be heard on these two collaborative CDs. Although mostly a series of duos and trio – with one nonet showcase – Russell’s sharp, metallic styling frequently seems to recede into the background. No matter whether he’s matched with an instrumentalist or a sound-singer, and despite how well the guitarist plays, the overall impression is that he’s accompanying the other performer(s). MORE

December 5, 2007

John Russell/Jean Demey/Jean-Michael Van Schouwburg

The Mercelis Concert
Inaudible 006 CD

John Russell

Analekta

EMANEM 4138

A fixture on the London Free Music scene since the early 1970s, guitarist John Russell has never had the same high profile as some other improvising guitarists, despite his association with the long-running Mopomoso concert series and partnership, with, among others, saxophonist John Butcher and pianist Chris Burn.

Part of the reason for this can be heard on these two collaborative CDs. Although mostly a series of duos and trio – with one nonet showcase – Russell’s sharp, metallic styling frequently seems to recede into the background. No matter whether he’s matched with an instrumentalist or a sound-singer, and despite how well the guitarist plays, the overall impression is that he’s accompanying the other performer(s). MORE