Reprint from Downbeat Magazine
3/31/2014 – by Bradley Bambarger

John Coltrane’s sonic seeking in the months prior to his death in 1967 continues to inspire musicians today. On March 24 in New York City, the Evolving Music series (presented by Arts for Art) hosted “An Evening in Interstellar Space: Remembering Coltrane,” a concert featuring three jazz duos that aim to keep the questing flame alive.

The husband-and-wife pairing of Laubrock and Rainey—who play together and apart in myriad bands—concluded the night with a set that also served to mark the release of their first duo album, And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch), as well as to cap the saxophonist’s monthlong residency at Clemente Soto Vélez. Laubrock is a dauntless player—unafraid of paint-stripping skronk, for better or worse—and a sharp conceptualist. The veteran Rainey again proved that he is one of the world’s master drummers in this idiom.

Touchingly, the couple beamed at each other as one dramatic duo composition came to life after the other, the performance audibly impressing a crowd filled with aficionados. With loose-limbed virtuosity, Rainey drew music from all parts of his kit—rubbing the drumheads, rustling his sticks and mallets together, even drawing tones from the drum stool; meanwhile, Laubrock summoned an almost theatrical sound, crying, sighing and moaning through her instrument.

The aspect of ritual was evoked: Laubrock, with a sink-stopper in the bell of her horn, whistled through her tenor as if it were a griot’s quietly keening flute, with Rainey’s bass-drum bombs like the punctuations of a rite. The two conjured a whole aural world with their set, an ideal tribute to Interstellar Space.



Tom Rainey (left) and Ingrid Laubrock onstage at the
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center in New York City on March 24.
(Photo: Peter Gannushkin


March 4th, 2014

From – Outtakes
By – Steve Dalachinsky

Expanding on something I wrote awhile back about a relatively new independent label, Relative Pitch, begun by two hardcore fans of music (who met while waiting in line at a show) with good taste, Kevin Reilly and Mike Panico; all I can say is that in a relatively (see how many times I can use that word) short time they have managed to produce, out of sheer love and dedication, 20 C.D.s, with more on the way. Some of the finest music by some of the best masters of the craft, young and old, is being made available to the discerning listener. One interesting aspect of the label, which may be purely coincidental, is the number of duo and trio records it has produced. Aside from a quartet led by veteran West Coast reedman Vinny Golia that I reviewed upon release, and a mixed bag of musicians on Jemeel Moondoc’s upcoming recording, thus far 10 C.D.s have been duos and nine trios. The duos range from two of Bill Frisell with Joey Baron and Greg Cohen as leaders, under-appreciated alto player Jack Wright and his son Ben Wright on bass (a true gem), tremendous sessions with Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey, two C.D.s featuring bassist Jöélle Leandre, Golia’s latest: a C.D. from the amazing Austrian reed player Urs Leimgruber, and two musicians previously unknown to me, Chris Abrahams and Magda Mayas, playing in an enlightening and unique piano, harpsichord, and harmonium setting. This list also includes Moondoc’s first release for the label in a duo with pianist Connie Crothers, and pianist Matthew Shipp, who has both duo and trio C.D.s on the label. Some of the trios include such exciting voices as Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Philip Greenlief (who also appears with Leandre), Jim Hobbs, Nate Wooley, Joe Morris, Agustí Fernandez and John Butcher, plus more voices new to me: Carmina Escobar and Milo Tamez, in a trio rounded out by monster pianist Thollem McDonas. All are worth picking up and listening to for their diverse qualities and, in many cases, one-of-a-kind musical ambitions. Other projects in the works for 2014: Paul Flaherty/Randall Colbourne with Ironic Havoc; Stephen Gauci, Kirk Knuffke, Ken Filiano with Chasing Tales; Bogan Ghost (Liz Allbee/Anthea Caddy) with Zerfall; Jemeel Moondoc’s The Zookeeper’s House; Evan Parker/Sylvie Courvoisier with Either Or And; Mary Halvorson’s Reverse Blue; Michel Doneda solo; and Tomas Fujiwara Trio with Brandon Seabrook and Ralph Alessi. Keep your ears peeled.


w shipp trio - root of things

Relative Pitch is proud to be releasing the new Matthew Ship Trio’s record Root of Things on March 18!  The release gig will be at The Sanctuary For Independent Media in Troy NY on March 15.

You can find more info on the venue here

Buy tickets online here

An read a great review on this upcoming release here

See you at the gig!!