Matana Roberts: Live in London (3 stars)

Saxophonist Roberts is joined by Robert Mitchell, Tom Mason and Chris Vatalaro for a remarkable live album

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Matana Roberts: Live in London

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American saxophonist Matana Roberts is something of a standard bearer for the 60s avant-garde (as befits someone introduced to the music of Albert Ayler as a five-year-old), but with a contemporary twist. This concert set from London’s Vortex jazz club bursts with freewheeling but tightly focused energy and invention, moving fluently from unbridled free jazz to more lyrical and considered approaches. The saxophonist is a powerful force, and she is matched by the exuberant pianism of Robert Mitchell, leading her London-based trio with Tom Mason on bass and Chris Vatalaro on drums.

Matana Roberts Live In London

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