Intakt CD 314 / 2018



Bill Milkowski, Downbeat, August 2018


Rigobert Dittmann, BA 100, Oct 2018


Wolf Kampmann, Jazzthing, Nov 2018


Marc Chénard, La Scena Musicale, Nov 2018


Marc Chénard, La Scena Musicale, Nov 2018


Phil Freeman, The Wire, November 2018




Avant Scena. Contemporary music blog, November 12, 2018



Nate Chinen,,Nov 11, 2018



INGRID LAUBROCK with MARY HALVORSON / KRIS DAVIS / NATE WOOLEY - Contemporary Chaos Practices (Intakt 314; Switzerland) "Ingrid Laubrock's credentials as an ambitious, skillful composer of intricate yet visceral works for small ensembles is well established – not least on the evidence of her excellent, much-admired Intakt recordings. Whether writing for conventionally constituted assemblages like her quintet Anti-House, or for a more unusual complement, like the mix of tuba, koto, electronics, and more that she convened two years ago for Serpentines, Laubrock has demonstrated a formidable capacity for writing music of intricacy, integrity, and broad appeal. The critic Steve Smith writes in the liner notes: "The present recording, recorded in a studio by an ensemble of first-call freelancers led by two ideally sympathetic conductors, Eric Wubbels and Taylor Ho Bynum, provides eloquent evidence of what Laubrock has achieved. Both of her orchestral pieces – Vogelfrei, with its variegated textures, animated rhythms, swooping vocals, and inexorable momentum; and Contemporary Chaos Practices, where four instantly distinguishable soloists (Mary Halvorson, Davis, Wooley, and Laubrock herself) retain their individuality while negotiating a brilliantly rendered aural landscape – serve notice of an estimable composer who has something to say, and knows exactly how to say it."
Since moving to New York nearly a decade ago, I've had the opportunity to watch Ingrid Laubrock grow and evolve as a musician, composer and multi-bandleader. Over some four dozen discs as a leader or collaborator, as well as witnessing dozens of performances, Ms. Laubrock has consistently surprised me time and again. Her half dozen+ discs on the Intakt label show immense signs of growth, and an admirable sense of adventure and risk-taking. This disc is perhaps her most ambitious effort so far, utilizing the talents of a 35 piece orchestra plus another eight vocalists. Ms. Laubrock has also chosen a handful of well-selected soloists/collaborators: Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis and Nate Wooley as well as her own tenor & soprano sax, to be featured in different sections, all four in especially fine form. I like the way the orchestra reaches up to surround and/or support the soloists, carefully adding layers or shades sympathetically or robustly at times as well. Some of the more mysterious or chaotic-sounding arranging for the strings and reeds, recalls Xenakis or Penderecki, while the soloists add their own twists and turns the different currents. There is a good deal of fascinating activity and shape-shifting spirits going on here, which will take some time to fully absorb. Bravo to Ingrid Laubrock and her extraordinary orchestra, this disc will no doubt show up on a number of year-end Best Of lists!
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, November 16th, 2018



Kevin Press, Exlaim, Nov 14, 2018



Don Phipps, All About Jazz, November 16, 2018


Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise Magazine Issue 236, Dec 2018


Arkiv Jazz, Nov 15 2018


Joseph Neff, The Vinyl District, Nov 20 2018


Éric Champagne, La Scena Musicale, Dec 2018


Diario de Querétaro, Dec 4 2018


Kevin Coultas,, Dec 2 2018


Troy Dostert, All About Jazz, Dec 3 2018




Stuart Broomer, The Whole Note, Nov 27, 2018




David Cristol, Jazzmagazine, Paris, Dec 2018


Filipe Freitas, Jazztrail, Dec 10 2018


Raul da Gama,, Dec 6 2018


Sergio Piccirilli, El Intruso, Dec 8 2018


Bandcamp Daily, Nov 2018


Jesús Rodríguez Lenin, Robb Report Spain, Dec/Jan 2018/19



Seth Colter Walls, the New York Times, Dec 13, 2018


Xavier Plus, Concerto Magazine, 6 Dec 2018


Phil Freeman,, Dec 2018


Peter Margasak,, Dec 2018


Franpi Barriaux,, Dec 16 2018


Gonçalo Falcão,, Dec 2018



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