Reviews that mention Joe Hertenstein

June 4, 2017

Core Trio

The Core Trio featuring Matthew Shipp
Evil Rabbit Records ERR 23

Matthew Shipp Trio

Piano Song

Thirsty Ear THI 57212.2

Sports announcers and other chroniclers of the minutiae of recreational challenges often muse about the effects of home turf advantages verses road situations when aiming for winning outcomes. However it’s evident that improvising musicians are made of sterner stuff. With peripatetic schedules that make the itineraries of pro ball teams resemble childhood walks around the block, they usually score no matter where they’re playing. MORE

June 20, 2014

The Curators

Thank You
Engine 54

By Ken Waxman

Aptly named The Curators, this well-matched trio can be heard as curators of the ongoing free jazz tradition. Notwithstanding recording in the classic saxophone-bass-drum formation the quirks and adaptations the band brings to its 10 improvisations confirm that the three are extenders not caretakers of freer sounds.

Ferocious in his tone spattering and string spanking on most tunes for instance, double bassist James Ilgenfritz also exhibits the methodical restraint that allowed him to impressively record solo versions of some of Anthony Braxton’s knottier compositions. German-born, NYC-based Joe Hertenstein, who mostly concentrates on laid-back patting plus unexpected noise interjections here, can strengthen his attack if need be. Finally there’s alto and baritone saxophonist Mikko Innanen, who divides his time between NYC and Helsinki. On other CDs he has reconfigured rock tunes into blowing vehicles and found a descriptive place within a Wadada Leo Smith-directed big band tone poem. Here he uses those experiences to digress enough to moderation when his frenetic reed outlay becomes too visceral and Peter Brötzmann-like. MORE

March 20, 2013

Joe Hertenstein/Achim Tang/Jon Irabagon

Future Drone
Jazzwerkstatt JW 126

Mikolaj Trzaska/Olie Brice/Mark Sanders

Riverloam Trio

No Business Records NBLP 52/NBLP 53

With experimenters such as Sonny Rollins, Peter Brötzmann and Ornette Coleman having pioneered the reed/bass/drum trio as a paramount improvisatory vehicle nearly a half century ago, mercurial efforts like these are almost expected in terms of Free Jazz elaboration. Yet such is the malleability of the process that each of these trans-nationalist efforts defines its strategy differently. MORE

October 10, 2011

Hertenstein/Heberer/Badenhors/Niggenkemper

Polylemma
Red Toucan #RT 9342

TØRN

Crespect

2nd Floor 014

By Ken Waxman

Part of New York’s growing Diaspora of German musicians Brooklyn-based drummer Joe Hertenstein show his maturity as a capable performer and appealing composer on these recent sesions.

Ironically, although Hertenstein has lived in the Apple since 2007, his associates on both discs are also European. Recorded in his home town of Cologne, Crespect features two others from that city’s bubbling improv gestalt: pianist Philip Zoubek and bassist Achim Tang. Although recorded in Brooklyn, Polylemma has a similar European cast: Hertenstein, trumpeter Thomas Heberer and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, all Germans who constitute the HNH group, and Belgian bass clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst from Antwerp. MORE

October 10, 2011

TØRN

Crespect 2nd Floor 014

Hertenstein/Heberer/Badenhors/Niggenkemper

Polylemma

Red Toucan #RT 9342

By Ken Waxman

Part of New York’s growing Diaspora of German musicians Brooklyn-based drummer Joe Hertenstein show his maturity as a capable performer and appealing composer on these recent sesions.

Ironically, although Hertenstein has lived in the Apple since 2007, his associates on both discs are also European. Recorded in his home town of Cologne, Crespect features two others from that city’s bubbling improv gestalt: pianist Philip Zoubek and bassist Achim Tang. Although recorded in Brooklyn, Polylemma has a similar European cast: Hertenstein, trumpeter Thomas Heberer and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, all Germans who constitute the HNH group, and Belgian bass clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst from Antwerp. MORE

July 7, 2011

Festival Report:

Moers Festival June 10 to 12, 2011
By Ken Waxman

Ornette Coleman’s performance at Germany’s Moers Festival was the surprise birthday present celebrating the 40th anniversary of Moers, which takes place annually in this town, about 50 miles from Cologne. Announced earlier, cancelled, and rescheduled, the jazz legend’s performance wasn’t even noted in the official program. Appearing on the fest’s final night, Coleman’s quartet turned in a suitably magisterial set, with the leader, dapper in a suit, infusing his tongue flutters and altissimo reed cries with genuine emotion. Segueing through short selections including classics like “Dancing in Your Head” and “Lonely Woman”, the alto saxophonist’s lines swooped, swerved and sighed, bringing a distinct country blues sensibility to everything he played. MORE

May 31, 2011

Joe Hertenstein/Pascal Niggenkemper/Thomas Heberer

HNH
Clean Feed CF 205 CD

Taylor Ho Bynum/John Hébert/Gerald Cleaver

Book of Three

RogueArt Rog-0029

Unusual in composition, an improvising trio made up of double bass, drums and a brass instrument usually has a harder time balancing its sonics than when the third instrument is piano, say, or saxophone. It’s a tribute to each of these formations that the end results are of such high-quality, although the Book of Three CD is low-key and atmospheric, while HNH is bright and lively. MORE