Downbeat review by Peter Margasak


cf-1122Angles – Every Woman is a Tree (CF 112)
With his new band Angles, Swedish reedist Martin Küchen struts some mean free-bop chops. Every Woman is a Tree (Clean Feed 112: 59:00) **** is a wordless political protest against war, and specifically, the Iraqi occupation, but its muscular, post-Mingus propulsion embroiders big-boned melodies with so much style and energy that no back story is needed. His excellent band (trumpeter Magnus Broo, trombonist Mats Äleklint, vibraphonist Mattias Ståhl, bassist Johan Berthling, and drummer Kjell Nordeson) rides the six originals hard, and each improvisation meets the sextet’s raucous articulation head on.

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