Reviews that mention Dominic Lash

February 12, 2022

John Butcher/Dominic Lash/John Russell/Mark Sanders

Discernment
Spoonhunt SHCD003

When UK guitarist John Russell died of cancer at 66 in January 2021, the creative music world lost not only an exceptional improviser, but also a committed organizer. Starting in the 1980s, among his other activities, Russell helped set up the Acta Records and coordinate MOPOMOSO, London's longest running free music concert series

Still these sidelines didn’t detract from his inventive and sympathetic playing, as demonstrated on this session, recorded a year before his death. Part of the reason for the perceptive communication is that one of the participations is saxophonist John Butcher, with whom Russell had been playing for over 30 years. Percussionist Mark Sanders and bassist Dominic Lash are slightly younger players who also frequently worked with the guitarist. MORE

June 17, 2021

The Locals

Play the Music of Anthony Braxton
DISCUS 103 CD

Perhaps answering the question of what Anthony Braxton’s compositions would sound like if played by Weather Report is this classic session by The Locals, recorded in 2003 but not released until now. Pat Thomas’ astute arrangements let the UK quintet transform Braxton’s mathematical titled tunes into rhythmically sophisticated tracks that reflect ProgRock as much as pure improv. Intermingling textures from Thomas’ keyboards, Darren Hasson-Davis’ drums, Dominic Lash’s electric bass and Evan Thomas’ guitar provides the symmetry. Meanwhile the flutter tonguing, note-splaying and flattement from Alex Ward’s clarinet confirms that in this music it’s as effective as a saxophone. MORE

January 21, 2021

Keune/Lash/Noble

And Now
FMR CD 583-0520

Ombak Trio

Through Eons to Know

Setola di Maiale SM4070

Two takes on the saxophone-string-percussion form confirm its ongoing adaptability, especially when applied to Free Music. Recorded four months apart in two countries, the trios consist of a mixture of younger and older improvisers from four different countries. Uniformly engaging, the lines of demarcation involve tracks lengths and instrument choices.

Someone who has played frequently with the John Russell, German saxophonist Stefan Keune, who limits himself to tenor on And Now, has forged a long-standing relationship with drummer Steve Noble and bassist Dominic Lash, both from the UK. Classic in some ways the CD consists of three extended tracks. Younger than Keune, Slovenian tenor and soprano saxophonist Cene Resnik, who has worked with Rob Mazurek, expresses himself over six selections on Through Eons to Know. His associates are both Italian, percussionist Stefano Giust and cellist Giovanni Maier who have played with many exploratory musicians from both sides of the border. MORE

July 21, 2018

Dominic Lash & Seth Cooke

Egregore
Intonema int 1024

Ermano Baron/Ginomaria Boschi/Marco Bonini

Acre

Creative Sources CS 465 CD

Electronics and their offshoots are becoming so much a part of the music of many improvisers that their presence hardly seems worth commenting on. Well that is, unless the musicians are involved in unique and imaginative creativity. Both this British duo and this Italian trio have done this, although it’s the Bristol-based pair who is fully committed to the voltaic.

This may appear somewhat aberrant since Dominic Lash, who deals with electronics on Egregore and Seth Cooke, who plays cymbals and microphones, are established as acoustic musicians elsewhere. Cooke was a drummer with the Defibrillators, while Lash’s skill as a bassist has included work with the likes of Alex Ward, Tony Bevan and Steve Noble. Reflecting the definition of Egregore as “collective group mind”, not only can no acoustic instrumental textures be detected, but the two also function as a single drone-like entity during the CD’s nearly 60-minute length. MORE

December 26, 2017

Dominic Lash Quartet

Extremophile
Iluso Records IRCD 006

Butcher/Edwards/Sanders

Last Dream of the Morning

Relative Pitch Records RPR 1056

Two generations of high-quality British improvisers demonstrate on these CDs that the characteristic inventiveness of players drawn to the gene hasn’t lessened even if the country goes through political-existential crises like Brexit. Although the seven players involved are actually close in age, the British with their mania for classification have, more than improvisers from other countries, insisted on where in a chronology their improvisers fit. Thus Last Dream of the Morning by saxophonist John Butcher, bassist John Edwards and drummer Mark Sanders featured five tracks from designated second generation improvisers. Extremophile recorded a three month earlier in 2016 is deemed to be by a quartet of third-generation improvisers: reedist Ricardo Tejero, bassist Dominic Lash, percussionist Javier Carmona and Alex Ward on guitar and clarinet. Although the Spanish background of two of the quartet’s players may superficially mark a change, the largest difference between the dates is Ward’s instruments. Butcher/Edwards/Sanders specialize in cerebral, close-knit micro interactions. Forthright electric guitar interchanges define Extremophile in a contrasting fashion. MORE

December 21, 2017

The Holy Quintet

Borough
Mikroton cd 55

Jamie Drouin & Hannes Lingens

Alluvium

Intonema int021

By Ken Waxman

Ranging far afield from his Victoria, B.C.-home base, sound artist/composer Jamie Drouin helps animate notable improvisational landscapes on these European-recorded sets. Borough’s two extended tracks find Drouin’s suitcase-sized modular synthesizer and radio put to good use as part of a quintet filled out by London-based David Ryan on bass clarinet, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga on zither and bassist Dominic Lash, plus another visitor, Berlin-based violist Johnny Chang. A live session concerned with large gestures and confrontational drones, its creative discordance is expressed differently than the program on Alluvium, a Berlin studio meeting between Drouin’s no-input mixer, contact microphone, laptop and radio plus German percussionist Hannes Lingens’ floor tom, snare drum and objects. Together the duo scrupulously explores microtones during nine brief and one extended track. MORE

March 27, 2016

Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash/Steve Noble

Fractions
NoBusiness NPLP 83

Trying to ascribe geographical characteristics to improvisers is usually as bogus as analysing the behavior or scientists or sports figures via their national origin. Like all concepts built on platitudes there’s some truth in the stereotypes of course, but the reverse can be just as legitimate. All this is a roundabout way to note that Fractions takes no quarter. It’s a high energy, live, five-track wedge of unbridled improvisation. It’s the sort of sounds identified by supporters and denigrators of Energy Music, with its avatars American figures such as Charles Gayle and Albert Ayler or German such Peter Brötzmann. MORE

July 22, 2014

Dominic Lash Quartet

Opabinia
Babel BDV 13122

Sophisticated samples of top-flight British Jazz – even if two of the quartet members are Spanish – Opabinia also demonstrates that bassist Dominic Lash has come into his own as a composer as well as a player. Oxford-based, although he usually gigs in London and has spent some time in New York, Lash has worked extensively with American trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum and Canadian drummer Harris Eisenstadt plus Britons like saxophonist Evan Parker and John Butcher.

Less gnarly than straight-ahead with a twist, the 11 tunes here flow with flexible looseness. Additionally they show off the sidemen’s skills to their best advantage. Not there is much question of sourcing invention and cooperation from the three others. Pianist Alexander Hawkins, who is part of the Convergence Quartet along with Lash, Bynum and Eisenstadt, also leads his own bands and has developed other long-term playing relationships. Now Barcelona-based, drummer Javier Carmona, who lived in London for a spell, plays with UK residents like guitarist John Russell. As for Madrid-born tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Ricardo Tejero, he’s been in the UK since 2001, working with experimenters like trumpeter Roland Ramanen. MORE

February 1, 2014

Dominic Lash-Ricardo Tejero

Southville, Summer.
Clamshell CR 11

Jason Roebke & Tobias Delius

Panoramic

NotTwo MW 881-2

Balancing the timbres of a reed instrument with only a double bass’s four strings can be a sticky proposition – especially if the result is an all-improvised program. That hasn’t stopped many excellent musicians from attempting the feat though, including the multi-country duos featured here. During a series of instant compositions, the Panoramic duo sticks a little closer to more common Jazz motifs, while the Southville two are more involved with pure experimentation. Overall though, the latter create a more affecting program. MORE

December 23, 2013

8th Annual Jazz Critics Poll – NPR Music

Ken Waxman
(The New York City Jazz Record, Jazz Word)

NEW RELEASES

1. Convergence Quartet, Slow and Steady (NoBusiness)

2. Andrew Cyrille, Duology (Jazzwerkstatt)

3. Black Host, Life in the Sugar Candle Mines (Northern Spy)

4. Scott Neumann, Blessed (Origin)

5. Michel Edelin, Resurgence (RogueArt)

6. Ab Baars-Meinard Kneer-Bill Elgart, Give No Quarter (Evil Rabbit)

7. Maria Faust, Jazz Catastrophe (Barefoot)

8. Barry Altschul, The 3dom Factor (TUM)

9. Mark Dresser, Nourishments (Clean Feed)

10. Alexey Kruglov-Alexey Lapin-Jaak Sooäär-Oleg Yudanov, Military Space (Leo) MORE

September 24, 2013

The Convergence Quartet

Slow and Steady
NoBusiness NBCD 53

Book of Three

Continuum (2012)

Relative Pitch RPR 1012

Gianni Lenoci Hocus Pocus 4 + Taylor Ho Bynum

Empty Chair

Setola di Maiale SM 2440

Along with leading his own band(s) and serving as aide-de-camp for many of Anthony Braxton’s projects, peripatetic cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum somehow manages to find time to regularly gig with players on both sides of the Atlantic. Sympathetic to others’ ideas his presence manages to multiply the number of high quality sessions extant. MORE

April 16, 2013

Tony Bevan/Joe Morris/Tony Buck/Dominic Lash

Tony-Joe Bucklash
Foghorn FOGCD 016

NoReduce

Jaywalkin’

nWog Records NWOG 005

Pumped up past the expected, despite the common saxophone-guitar-bass-drums configuration are these CDs. Although each features an American playing with a European unit, the path to quality is achieved by different routes.

In one case perhaps visiting Boston guitarist Joe Morris could be the spark plug for the extended go-for-broke improvising on Tony-Joe Bucklash, since the three other British players have singly and together frequently recorded outstanding work in the past. Besides Morris, known for his association with the likes of bassist William Parker and saxophonist Joe Maneri, Oxford-based reedist Tony Bevan is not only one of the (few) masters of the bass saxophone, but equally proficient on tenor and soprano. Berlin-based Aussie drummer Tony Buck is a long-time member of the Necks; while bassist Dominic Lash is busy in both New York and London. Rather than Morris being the only special guest, this CD also marks the first recorded meeting by Bevan with both bassist and drummer. MORE

March 15, 2013

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

All There, Ever Out
Babel BDV 1196

Alexander Hawkins & Louis Moholo-Moholo

Keep Your Heart Straight

Ogun OGCD 039

Praised frequently as one of the United Kingdom’s most accomplished young pianists, on the basis of these discs it’s easy to see how Oxford-based Alexander Hawkins has gained this reputation. Someone whose collaborators as pianist and organist have included North Americans drummer Harris Eisenstadt, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and reedist Joe McPhee, Hawkins is also perfectly at home working with Commonwealth citizens who are veterans or his contemporaries. MORE

November 30, 2011

Pat Thomas/Oxford Improvisers Orchestra

4 Compositions for Orchestra
FMR CD 293-0810

AIM Toronto Orchestra

Year of the Boar

Barnyard Records BR0322

Spurred by the world-wide conduction projects of Butch Morris and their results, improvising ensembles in Europe and North America have been organized to advance the concept of playing free music on a larger scale.

Although there are notable orchestras in expected places such as London, New York and Berlin, often the most remarkable, and certainly the most original, large group interpretations come from bands in smaller centres. Working with a group of like-minded musicians in his hometown, for instance, British pianist/electronics manipulator Pat Thomas has composed dissimilar pieces for the Oxford Improvisers Orchestra (OIO) on this CD. Involving voices, non-Western instruments, a tribute to a Jazz master and a literal violin concerto, each moves in a different fashion. Toronto’s AIM Toronto Orchestra (AIMTO) on the other hand plays pieces by four different composers on its seven-track CD. However under the direction of artistic director/soprano saxophonist Kyle Brenders, who penned the two lengthiest pieces, a harmonic uniformity exists. MORE

November 21, 2010

Tony Bevan/Paul Obermayer/Paul Marks/Dominic Lash

A Big Hand
Foghorn FCGD012

Credited for having rescued the bass saxophone from the clown role in which it has been relegated since the 1920s, British saxophonist Tony Bevan usually works in the all-acoustic area with the likes of drummer Sunny Murray or guitarist Derek Bailey. While he has toyed with electronics in the past, A Big Hand is watershed recording for all concerned, since everyone involved is fully conversant with electro-acoustic improv. Bevan, who plays soprano, tenor and bass saxophones plus flute here, lined up a novel – for him– group of associates for the CD. For a start, electronic manipulator Paul Obermayer is in the long-established electro-improv duo FURT. Besides his acoustic work, drummer Phil Marks is also one-third of electronic combo Bark alongside Obermayer; while busy bassist Dominic Lash has recently been recording as part of a microtonal duo. MORE

September 18, 2010

Patrick Farmer/Dominic Lash

Bestiaries
Cathnor Cath 010

Marcin & Bartłomiej Brat Oleś

Duo

Fenomedia FM 08-007

Demarcation of the role of a double bassist and a percussionist in tandem improvisation unites these two prime slices of up-to-date Free Improv. For the Jazz traditionalist the idea of an entire CD featuring bass and drums playing without another instrument is disturbing enough; that the three tracks on Bestiaries and 10 on Duo are all originals should add to this unease. Listeners entranced by boundary-stretching interface however should be drawn to these sessions. MORE

August 12, 2010

Roland Ramanan Tentet

London
Leo Records CD LR 556

Swiss Improvisers Orchestra

Zwitzerland

Creative Sources CS 157 CD

Although neither fish nor fowl – that is neither big-band nor small combo –important improvised music history has been made by ensembles larger than the standard quintet or sextet and much smaller than the accepted big band or symphony orchestra.

Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool nonet is an example of this as is Thelonious Monk’s Town Hall tentet. Count Basie’s Kansas City band was originally nine pieces, while more recent mid-sized band experimenters – including Evan Parker, Misha Mengelberg and Anthony Braxton – have welcomed the freedom associated with an ensemble that allows for additional tonal colors, but moves with flexibility. MORE

August 3, 2009

Tony Bevan/Chris Corsano/Dominic Lash

Monster Club
Foghorn FGCD 010

Keune-Schneider-Krämer

No Comment

FMP CD 133

Avram Fefer Trio

Ritual

Clean Feed CF 145 CD

Pedants who classify Free Music according to countries or areas of origin will likely be flummoxed by this trio of saxophone-bass-drums sessions from the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. While each is striking, not one traffics in the clichés associated with regionally based sounds.

British improvisation, for instance, is often described as “insect music”, made up of miniscule, understated gestures and sounds. Monster Club – note the in-your-face title – is anything but that. Lead by reedist Tony Bevan, who has collaborated as much with pioneering Free Jazz drummer Sunny Murray as Free Music forefather guitarist Derek Bailey, the sounds on the CD’s four tracks are often rip-snorting and riotous. Part of this may be attributed to Bevan’s young associates. Oxford-based bassist Dominic Lash not only works regularly with lower-case improvisers such as violinist Angharad Davies, but also with outgoing North Americans like cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and percussionist Harris Eisenstadt. Uncompromising saxophonist Paul Flaherty is a frequent playing partner for drummer Chris Corsano, part of the Sunburned Hand of Man avant-rock band. MORE

August 3, 2009

Keune-Schneider-Krämer

No Comment
FMP CD 133

Tony Bevan/Chris Corsano/Dominic Lash

Monster Club

Foghorn FGCD 010

Avram Fefer Trio

Ritual

Clean Feed CF 145 CD

Pedants who classify Free Music according to countries or areas of origin will likely be flummoxed by this trio of saxophone-bass-drums sessions from the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. While each is striking, not one traffics in the clichés associated with regionally based sounds.

British improvisation, for instance, is often described as “insect music”, made up of miniscule, understated gestures and sounds. Monster Club – note the in-your-face title – is anything but that. Lead by reedist Tony Bevan, who has collaborated as much with pioneering Free Jazz drummer Sunny Murray as Free Music forefather guitarist Derek Bailey, the sounds on the CD’s four tracks are often rip-snorting and riotous. Part of this may be attributed to Bevan’s young associates. Oxford-based bassist Dominic Lash not only works regularly with lower-case improvisers such as violinist Angharad Davies, but also with outgoing North Americans like cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and percussionist Harris Eisenstadt. Uncompromising saxophonist Paul Flaherty is a frequent playing partner for drummer Chris Corsano, part of the Sunburned Hand of Man avant-rock band. MORE

August 3, 2009

Avram Fefer Trio

Ritual
Clean Feed CF 145 CD

Tony Bevan/Chris Corsano/Dominic Lash

Monster Club

Foghorn FGCD 010

Keune-Schneider-Krämer

No Comment

FMP CD 133

Pedants who classify Free Music according to countries or areas of origin will likely be flummoxed by this trio of saxophone-bass-drums sessions from the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. While each is striking, not one traffics in the clichés associated with regionally based sounds.

British improvisation, for instance, is often described as “insect music”, made up of miniscule, understated gestures and sounds. Monster Club – note the in-your-face title – is anything but that. Lead by reedist Tony Bevan, who has collaborated as much with pioneering Free Jazz drummer Sunny Murray as Free Music forefather guitarist Derek Bailey, the sounds on the CD’s four tracks are often rip-snorting and riotous. Part of this may be attributed to Bevan’s young associates. Oxford-based bassist Dominic Lash not only works regularly with lower-case improvisers such as violinist Angharad Davies, but also with outgoing North Americans like cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and percussionist Harris Eisenstadt. Uncompromising saxophonist Paul Flaherty is a frequent playing partner for drummer Chris Corsano, part of the Sunburned Hand of Man avant-rock band. MORE