Rainer Bruninghaus, keyboards; Eberhard Weber, bass; Manu Katche drums; Marilyn Mazur percussion; Agnes Buen Garnas, vocal; Mari Boine, vocal.
With Steve Swallow and The Partyka Brass Quintet — and the brilliant arranging you’d expect, radiant and scrupulous, twinklingly awakening from the deep tunes like Away In A Manger, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
With new cohorts from Finland and Denmark — electric bass and guitar bringing a new tension and urgency — this is by turns fierce and hard, swinging and sparse, lyrical and mournful.
Crafted, swinging, soulful Middle Eastern jazz, led by oud and bass clarinet. Dedicated to the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. (Why he didn’t win the Nobel Prize isn’t a mystery.)
‘The quintessence of experience of sorts. It has some free playing, some reflection, and we also played Komeda’s Kattorna. Among my records this is the one I listened to the most after recording.’
With Chick Corea, piano; John McLaughlin, guitar; Miroslav Vitous, double-bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums.
With Francois Couturier, piano; Jean Louis Matinier, accordion.
John Surman, bass clarinet and soprano saxophone; Dave Holland, double-bass.