Music News 12/21/23



Ambrose Akinmusire / Bill Frisell / Herlin Riley OWL SONG (Nonesuch, $15.98) – One of the year’s most beautiful albums is trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s spare trio with guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Herlin Riley. Owl Song is filled with Mr. Akinmusire’s long melodic lines are complemented by Mr. Frisell’s counterpoint, and Mr. Riley’s coloristic work on the drums with sticks, mallets and brushes. 


Palle Mikkelborg / Jakob Bro / Marilyn Mazur, STRANDS: Live at the Danish Radio Concert Hall (ECM, $18.98) –  Veteran trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg , electric guitaris Jakob Bro, and percussionist Marilyn Mazur are “three of the defining protagonists of improvisation in Denmark, leading musicians from three generations of Danish jazz.” The trio played a special concert this past February, playing songs from Bro’s albums, Returnings and Gefion