Reviews

Citizen Jazz “échos la nuit” review

June 2, 2019 Saxophone et piano, deux instruments et un solo. Michael Attias publie aujourd’hui un travail qu’il mène depuis 2006 dans lequel il joue à la fois des deux instruments. De manière concomitante d’ailleurs puisqu’il ne s’agit pas d’utiliser les possibilités d’un studio et du réenregistrement mais plutôt d’envisager le piano comme matrice harmonique et mélodique auxContinue reading “Citizen Jazz “échos la nuit” review”

‘Brooding Rainswept Minimalism’: New York Music Daily “échos la nuit” review

March 24, 2019 Michaël Attias’ new album échos la nuit [. . .] evokes an iconic midnight Manhattan of the mind: rain-soaked streets, sax player on the corner alone, desolate phrases echoing into the darkness.  What’s different about the record – Attias’ first solo release – is that he plays both alto sax and piano,Continue reading “‘Brooding Rainswept Minimalism’: New York Music Daily “échos la nuit” review”

‘Bird Is Like Shakespeare’: Downbeat Player’s Feature

April 2017 On one of his previous Clean Feed albums, 2012’s Spun Tree (with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist Sean Conly and drummer Tom Rainey), alto saxophonist Michaël Attias took a deliberately through-composed approach on exacting pieces like “Ghost Practice,” “Subway Fish Knit” and the knotty title track, each brimming with polyphony. HisContinue reading “‘Bird Is Like Shakespeare’: Downbeat Player’s Feature”

‘In The Fuzzy Space’: Irish Times “Nerve Dance” review

March 9, 2017 The old division between “free” and structured music takes a battering on Michaël Attias’s sixth release as leader. The New York alto saxophonist’s compositions may evince detailed harmonic and rhythmic structures, with clearly “intended” consequences, but they are first and foremost a set of instructions for setting his talented quartet free. Pianist AruánContinue reading “‘In The Fuzzy Space’: Irish Times “Nerve Dance” review”

All About Jazz “Nerve Dance” review

March 2, 2017 Methodical design, rough-and-tumble play, and thoughtful exchange are often viewed as mutually exclusive concepts in jazz. Saxophonist Michaël Attias’ Nerve Dance, however, obliterates that line of thinking and any potential obstacles that could separate those realms. This is a work that’s cultured, contumacious, and conversational in nature. It’s principled art unbound.  Nerve Dance introducesContinue reading “All About Jazz “Nerve Dance” review”

Jazzword “Renku: Live in Greenwich Village” (+ Jean-Brice Godet’s “Mujô”) review

September 16, 2016 Like a high-quality electronic product manufactured by the Panasonic Corporation, the career of alto saxophonist Michaël Attias has always involved being slightly ahead of his time. Israeli-born, the reedist followed what has now become a common career trajectory, by moving back-and-forth from the US to Paris, where he first recorded, before settingContinue reading “Jazzword “Renku: Live in Greenwich Village” (+ Jean-Brice Godet’s “Mujô”) review”

Freddie Free Jazz “Renku: Live in Greenwich Village” review

May 16, 2016 Sous ce nom insolite, «Renku», nom que s’est approprié un collectif new-yorkais apparemment méconnu, se cachent en réalité trois musiciens bourrés de talent: Michaël Attias (saxophone alto), John Hébert (contrebasse) et Satoshi Takeishi (batterie). Cette désignation, «Renku», est en fait dérivée d’un style propre à la poésie japonaise, laquelle pose comme règleContinue reading “Freddie Free Jazz “Renku: Live in Greenwich Village” review”

‘Disque Choc’: Jazz Magazine “Spun Tree” review

April 2013 Avec une intégrité qui force le respect, le label portugais [Clean Feed] continue de défendre une ligne éditoriale exigeante, ouverte à tous les possibles de l’improvisation et de l’avant-garde, le tout enregistré et édité avec le plus grand soin, et dans un esprit du perpétuel renouvellement. Nous commencerons néanmoins cette chronique avec unContinue reading “‘Disque Choc’: Jazz Magazine “Spun Tree” review”

All About Jazz “Ghost Practice” (from “Spun Tree”) review

December 2, 2012 Saxophonist Michaël Attias seldom rests on his laurels. Always aligning with a superlative support structure, each of his solo outings offer a fluctuating refresher course on routes previously navigated. With nouveau ideologies in place, Attias’ expansive cache of weaponry once again comes to the forefront. The band skirts between introspection, aggression, andContinue reading “All About Jazz “Ghost Practice” (from “Spun Tree”) review”