Reviews that mention Julian Argüelles

April 27, 2019

Gebhard Ullmann & Basement Research

Impromtus and Other Short Works
WhyPlayJazz WPJ 045



Umland 19/el NEGOCITO eNR 088

Proving once again his adaptability and the welcome he gets from European-based bands two of New York trombonist Steve Swell’s newest CDs highlight his contributions to ostensibly German-based combos. Both are invested with the same dynamic. One session situates him within the newest iteration of Berlin-based tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist Gebhard Ullmann’s Basement Research. With low-pitched exploration an apt metaphor for the affiliated sextet Plant, the other CD demonstrates the re-imagining of the sextet sounds from a band that started as a trio in 2004. MORE

August 6, 2016

Festival Report

Ljubljana Jazz Festival
By Ken Waxman

Located on both banks of the picturesque Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, is a pleasant city containing, unique historical edifices mostly designed by the city’s early 20th century starchitect Jože Plečnik. Ljubljana is replete with pedestrian-only areas, especially near the iconic Triple Bridge, with parts of its main street restricted to public transit and bicycles. In modern times, Ljubljana has been part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, under Italian or French control, ruled by native dictators and kings and a member of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Declaring independence in 1991, Slovenia joined the European Union in 2004. Always supportive of improvised music, the Ljubljana Jazz Festival celebrated its 57th anniversary June 29th-July 2nd this year. Performances were presented in different indoor spaces and the back-garden of the multi-level Cankarjev Dom cultural centre, one of Europe’s largest. MORE

June 16, 2016

Samo Salamon Bassless Trio

Samo Records 2016

Continuing his experiments with a bass-less trio, Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon has put together a super group of sorts to explore the challenges of having one chordal instrument – Salamon’s – take on both the melodic and rhythmic roles. Plus he has the perfect helpmates on board. Besides leading his own ensembles, American drummer John Hollenbeck has worked in many groups, as has the now Graz-based, British tenor and soprano saxophonist Julian Argüelles. Like a series of engineering diagrams Salamon’s 10 compositions delineate positions for the players. But like constructing a sturdy structure, each operation takes place simultaneously, with the linkage creating the decisive form. MORE

June 21, 2015

Basement Research

Hat And Shoes
Between The Lines BTLCHR 71238

Carlo Costa Quartet


Neither Nor Records n/n 001

Having paid his dues in experimental – and other – music(s) since the mid-1970s, New York-based trombonist Steve Swell has become an eclectic, respected commodity in both North America and Europe. While this means that Swell is as likely to be gigging with Peter Brötzmann as Rob Brown, it also pinpoints the dissolving differences between so-called American and so-called European free music MORE