World of Jazz 290

  1. Charles Lloyd & The Marvels – Defiant – Vanished Gardens
  2. Henry Threadgill Zooid – White Wednesday Off The Wall – This Brings Us To, Volume I
  3. Strunz & Farah – Butterfly’s Wing – Tales of Two Guitars
  4. Jason Robinson Janus Ensemble – Facing East – Resonant Geographies
  5. Oles Brothers with Christopher Dell – Three Pieces In Old Style – Gorecki Ahead
  6. Mark Nauseef – 13 50 – All In All In All
  7. Charles Lloyd & The Marvels – Vanished Gardens – Vanished Gardens
  8. Henry Threadgill Zooid – Chairmaster – This Brings Us To, Volume I
  9. Strunz & Farah – Vision Vine – Tales of Two Guitars
  10. Gordon Grdina’a The Marrow – Telesm – Ejdeha
  11. John Butcher, Martin Blume, Wilbert De Joode – Flowers – Low Yellow
  12. Oles Brothers & Antoni Gralak – Gambetta – Primitivo
  13. Strunz & Farah – Clavo y Canela (Cloves and Cinnamon) – Tales of Two Guitars
  14. Henry Threadgill Zooid – Mirror Mirror The Verb- This Brings Us To, Volume I
  15. Charles Lloyd & The Marvels – Monk’s Mood – Vanished Gardens

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels – Defiant – Vanished Gardens

On June 29th, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams  released Vanished Gardens, an album that presents the fascinating collaboration between  Lloyd and  Williams. Together they weave several threads of American music (Jazz, Blues, Americana, Country, and Rock) into a   new musical hybrid.  The Marvels are Bill Frisell on guitar, Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar and dobro, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland on drums. Vanished Gardens was produced by Lloyd, Dorothy Darr, and Don Was.

Henry Threadgill Zooid – White Wednesday Off The Wall – This Brings Us To, Volume I

This Brings Us To (2009) was the first release from Threadgill since 2001’s Everybodys Mouths a Book (Pi01) and Up Popped the Two Lips (Pi02). He has spent those eight years, the longest time between releases in his career, creating and perfecting a new system of improvisation in a group setting. A zooid is a cell that is able to move independently of the larger organism to which it belongs, an apt description of the musical language that Threadgill has developed for this band. The compositions are organized along a series of interval blocks comprised of three notes, each of which is assigned to a musician, who is free to move around within these intervals, improvising melodies and creating counterpoint to one another. The system provides the framework for open dialogue within the group while encouraging the musicians to seek new ways to improvise, away from a reliance on chord changes, scales or any of the clichés of certain free jazz.

Threadgill has always understood the importance of bringing together musicians who are willing to dedicate themselves to his vision. Each member of Zooid, Threadgill on flute and alto saxophone, Liberty Ellman on acoustic guitar, Jose Davila on trombone and tuba, Stomu Takeishi on acoustic bass guitar, and Elliot Humberto Kavee on drums has worked to gain a thorough mastery of Threadgill’s singular musical language. The core of the band has now been together for almost ten years. The one recent addition, Stomu Takeishi, was a member of Threadgill’s earlier band Make a Move, so he is no stranger to his music.

Strunz & Farah – Butterfly’s Wing – Tales of Two Guitars

S&F’s music is perhaps best described as original multi-cultural acoustic instrumental improvisational guitar music, or world jazz. Their music emphasizes and luxuriates in sensuous melody and rhythm with a colorful and passionate expression, and is saturated with their cultural roots. Afro-Caribbean, Latin American folk, flamenco and Middle Eastern music all converge in an essentially jazz context, especially in the sense of improvisation, and is a unique contribution to the diversity of contemporary guitar music.

Tales of Two Guitars – 2018 Selva 20th July – Strunz & Farah’s new studio recording, Tales of Two Guitars, is the latest chapter in the continuing story of the two virtuoso guitarists who have created an original and enduring body of guitar music. Rhythmic and colorful, and recorded with 11 guest musicians, Tales is a musical storybook of a fully evolved style of playing and composing which has been highly influential among guitarists everywhere. The new recording has 13 original pieces, full of contrasts both compositionally and instrumentally, ranging from rhythmic to romantic to jazz, incorporating in varying degrees their classic mix of Latin, Middle Eastern and Jazz influences.

Jason Robinson Janus Ensemble – Facing East – Resonant Geographies

Recorded January 5-6, 2016 at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY

Jason Robinson tenor and soprano saxophone, alto flute
JD Parran alto and contra-alto clarinet, bass flute
Oscar Noriega Bb and bass clarinets, alto saxophone
Marty Ehrlich bass clarinet, alto saxophone, flute
Michael Dessen trombone
Bill Lowe bass trombone, tuba
Marcus Rojas tuba
Liberty Ellman guitar
Drew Gress bass
George Schuller drums
Ches Smith drums, glockenspiel

2018 pfMENTUM PFMCD115

Resonant Geographies is a meditation on place, memory, relationships, and community. Each movement of the suite is inspired by specific places, a canvas of various experiences and memories for me over a number of years. These are not the sounds of places in a narrow sense, but what is contained here might as well be considered a sounding of those places.

Oles Brothers with Christopher Dell – Three Pieces In Old Style – Gorecki Ahead

Recorded August 29-30, 2017 at Studio S4 Polish Radio, Warsaw

Marcin Oles double bass
Bart Oles drums
Christopher Dell vibraphone

2018 Audio Cave ACD-005-2018

Mark Nauseef – 13 50 – All In All In All

Mark Nauseef percussion, electronics
Pat Thomas cassette player, electric keyboads, electronics
Sylvie Courvoisier piano, prepared piano
Arthur Jarvinen glockenspiel, chromatic harmonica, analogue electronics
Miroslav Tadić guitar
Bill Laswell bass
Walter Quintus real time processing
Tony Oxley percussion

2018 Relative Pitch RPR1065

Influenced by rock, jazz, Javanese and Balinese gamelan, NY drummer Mark Nauseef’s career has embraced an inclusive blending of styles, heard in this fantastic new album embracing compositional and ea styles, recorded with previous collaborators including Tony Oxley, Bill Laswell, Walter Quintus, along with Sylvie Courvoisier, Pat Thomas, Miroslav Tadic, & Arthur Jarvinen.

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels – Vanished Gardens – Vanished Gardens

Henry Threadgill Zooid – Chairmaster – This Brings Us To, Volume I

Strunz & Farah – Vision Vine – Tales of Two Guitars

Gordon Grdina’a The Marrow – Telesm – Ejdeha

Gordon Grdina oud
Mark Helias bass
Hank Roberts cello
Hamin Honari tombak, daf, frame drum

2018 Songlines SGL2409-2

Virtuoso Vancouver oud player Grdina’s new middle eastern/avant jazz ensemble is a quartet featuring illustrious New York collaborators Mark Helias (bass) Hank Roberts (cello) and Hamin Honari on Persian percussion. Grdina’s compositions are mostly based on classical Arabic maqam and Persian dastgah traditions but are performed in a creative jazz context where improvised group interplay is as important as solos and expanded tonality is welcomed. The music is intricate and often delicate with a deep connection to the past while looking forward. It defies categorization but remains comfortably engaging. The compositions cover a lot of ground. There are dark, brooding but frequently exciting excursions on middle eastern modes and vamps, more contrapuntally through-composed works, and two slow, song-like explorations for strings without percussion. The final piece is a vibrant, foot-tapping tribute to west African guitarist Boubacar Traore. This project extends Grdina’s previous fusions involving jazz improvisation and middle eastern music, from Think Like the Waves to East Van Strings and currently his 10-piece band Haram, while also drawing to some extent on his more avant jazz and guitar-based New York projects No Difference (featuring Helias) and Inroads (all on Songlines). But as Grdina points out, The oud has become about 50 per cent of my music…In the last few years it’s starting to feel like the oud playing and the guitar playing are turning into the same thing…It feels like jazz is looking outwards…Indian music, Iraqi music, Arabic stuff, Persian music: they’re all giving jazz another viewpoint on improvising.

John Butcher, Martin Blume, Wilbert De Joode – Flowers – Low Yellow

Recorded live October 28, 2016 at Španski borci ‘Sound Disobedience’ Ljubljana (Slovenia)

John Butcher tenor saxophone
Wilbert De Joode double bass
Martin Blume drums, percussion

2018 Jazzwerkstatt jw184

Oles Brothers & Antoni Gralak – Gambetta – Primitivo

Antoni Gralak trumpet
Marcin Oles double bass
Bartlomiej Oles drums

2016 For Tune 118 (075)

Strunz & Farah – Clavo y Canela (Cloves and Cinnamon) – Tales of Two Guitars

Henry Threadgill Zooid – Mirror Mirror The Verb- This Brings Us To, Volume I

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels – Monk’s Mood – Vanished Gardens

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Aural Delights 293

  1. m.t. scott – Starving Artist Rock – When The Lamb Became Lame
  2. The Red Propellers – As Rumours Abound – The Fragility of Love: Collected Works
  3. Elwhaeko – Over Think – Over Think
  4. Hologram Teen – Post-Apocalypteacakes – Between The Funk and The Fear
  5. Jübl – Thinking About You – Thinking Sweet
  6. Dave Graney and Clare Moore – Saturday Night Bath – Hashish & Liqour
  7. Robert Forster – Heart Out To Tender – Danger In The Past
  8. East Brunswick All Girls Choir – Steeple People – Teddywaddy
  9. Basil Kirchin – Four Seasons – Deja Vu : Basil Kirchin at Fairview
  10. Eddie Smith – Our Jeremy Part 1 – On The Beach
  11. Goddamit Jeremiah – I don’t want you to die – The Spring Collection
  12. Agitation Free – Sahara City – Malesch
  13. Jaye Jayle – As Soon As Night – No Trail And Other Unholy Paths
  14. m.t. scott – One Sunday Morning After Church – When The Lamb Became Lame
  15. East Brunswick All Girls Choir – DOG FM – Teddywaddy
  16. Klammer – Spiral Girl – You Have Been Processed
  17. The Seven Twenty – Hang A Fire – Joy
  18. The Room In The Wood – Snowblind – The Room In The Wood
  19. New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack – Lullaby Us – Single
  20. Eddie Smith – Johnny Machine – On The Beach
  21. Basil Kirchin – Operation Noah – Deja Vu : Basil Kirchin at Fairview
  22. The Red Propellers – Pink Knives Sharpened – The Fragility of Love: Collected Works
  23. East Brunswick All Girls Choir – Leave The City – Teddywaddy
  24. Calva Louise – Outrageous – Single
  25. Goddamit Jeremiah – Something More – The Spring Collection
  26. The Seven Twenty – Hazed – Joy
  27. The Room In The Wood – Vermillion Sands – The Room In The Wood
  28. m.t. scott – When The Lamb Became Lame – When The Lamb Became Lame
  29. Eddie Smith – Make Love Not War – On The Beach
  30. Basil Kirchin – Deja Vu – Deja Vu : Basil Kirchin at Fairview

World of Jazz 289

  1. John Coltrane – Untitled Original 11386 – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album
  2. Jin Jim – 7X7X7 – Weiße Schatten
  3. Marty Ehrlich – Dusk – Trio Exaltation
  4. Barker Trio – Avert Your I – Avert Your I
  5. Jamie Saft Quartet – Sweet Lorraine – Blue Dream
  6. Irek Wojtczak Quintet – Weselny – Play Iy Again
  7. Fujii, Fonda, Mimmo – Available Gravity – Triad
  8. Andrew Barker, Daniel Carter – Polyhedron (For Roy Campbell) – Polyhedron
  9. Stone Alliance – King Tut – Stone Alliance
  10. John Coltrane – Impressions – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album
  11. Marty Ehrlich – Stone – Trio Exaltation
  12. Stephanie Richards – Cerberus – Trio Music
  13. Jamie Saft Quartet – Mysterious Arrangements – Blue Dream
  14. Jin Jim – Duende – Weiße Schatten
  15. Marty Ehrlich – The Arc of the Oar – Trio Exaltation
  16. John Coltrane – Slow Blues- Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album

Concentrating on a handful of new releases this week with one dip into the archive. The centre piece of these new releases is something from John Coltrane

On March 6, 1963, Coltrane and his Classic Quartet—including double bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones, and pianist McCoy Tyner—entered Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey and recorded a session that was lost for decades after its master tape was destroyed by Impulse Records to cut down on storage space. The seven tracks making up this album survived as a copy Coltrane gave to his wife.

John Coltrane – Untitled Original 11386 – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album 

On March 6, 1963, Coltrane and his Classic Quartet—including double bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones, and pianist McCoy Tyner—entered Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey and recorded a session that was lost for decades after its master tape was destroyed by Impulse Records to cut down on storage space. The seven tracks making up this album survived as a copy Coltrane gave to his wife.

The standard issue of the album includes one recording of each track and expanded deluxe editions include multiple takes, including several of the title track from Impressions.

The source tape was formerly in the possession of Coltrane’s first wife Juanita Naima. Van Gelder made a separate copy of Coltrane’s sessions for the saxophonist to listen at home. After the Guernsey’s auction house announced plans to sell Coltrane related artefacts in 2005, the record company intervened to prevent the sale of the tapes and acquired them. Coltrane’s son Ravi and studio executive Ken Druker assembled the final album with liner notes written by Sonny Rollins.

Jin Jim – 7X7X7 – Weiße Schatten

“Vertical lift-off” was how broadcaster NDR described Jin Jim’s rise on the German jazz scene. These words are justified, if one considers the relatively short backstory which now culminates in their ACT debut album “Weiße Schatten” (White Shadows).In 2013 Peruvian-born flautist Daniel Manrique-Smith, bassist Ben Tai Trawinski, guitarist Johann May and drummer Nico Stallmann started up Jin Jim. In their first year as a band they were voted through by the public into the finals of the JazzTube Festival in Bonn. In the following year, the quartet won the “Future Sounds” competition at the Leverkusener Jazztage festival out of a field of nearly 200 entrants, and also released their first album “Die Ankunft” (The Arrival). Their meteoric ascent is based on the innovation which they bring to the music. Latin, jazz and rock all blend together (ACT)

Marty Ehrlich – Dusk – Trio Exaltation

Recorded at Namouche Studios, in Lisbon, Portugal, on April 28

2018 Clean Feed CF475CD

“Marty Ehrlich has released his first trio recording in many years, entitled Trio Exaltation. For this new trio concept, Ehrlich has called on bassist John Hébert and drummer Nasheet Waits. All three were members together in the Andrew Hill Point of Departure Sextet, a group which brought Andrew Hill’s music strongly before the public in the last decade of Hill’s life.

This recording features eight new compositions by Marty Ehrlich, one of the most accomplished and celebrated composers and performers in the New Jazz. The one exception is the seminal composition of Andrew Hill entitled “Dusk”, which is also the title of the first Andrew Hill Sextet recording. Ehrlich writes that this is a work of “simple complexity which Andrew was a master of.”

Barker Trio – Avert Your I – Avert Your I

Recorded by Andrew Barker & Dave Polk in Brooklyn, NY on February 23 and 24, 2017

2018 Astral Spirits AS064

Barker, a mainstay on the Brooklyn/NYC free jazz, avant rock, and experimental music scenes since the late 1990s, he is perhaps best known for his work with the Gold Sparkle Band, ensembles led by William Parker, and many collaborations with Charles Waters, Daniel Carter, and other musicians. The Barker Trio also includes up-and-coming saxophonist Michael Foster and bassist Tim Dahl, the latter best known for his noise-rock group Child Abuse. Each of the three brings a tenacity and daring that elevates the visceral experience of the music.

Jamie Saft Quartet – Sweet Lorraine – Blue Dream

Jamie Saft piano
Bill McHenry tenor saxophone
Bradley Christopher Jones bass
Nasheet Waits drums

Jamie Saft’s penetration of acoustic jazz continues with his present quartet recording Blue Dreams. Sonically very like John Coltrane’s  1960’s quartet, circa A Love Supreme.

Irek Wojtczak Quintet – Weselny – Play It Again

Recorded live on September 29, 2015 at the Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Hall Studio

Irek Wojtczak tenor, soprano sax; bass clarinet
Tomasz Dobrowski trumpet
Piotr Mania piano
Adam Zuchowski bass
Kuba Staruszkiewicz drums

2018 Fundacja Sluchaj FSR 06|2018

Excellently balanced, precise, playing from a strong line-up

Fujii, Fonda, Mimmo – Available Gravity – Triad

Recorded on October 9, 2017 at Real Sound Studio, in Milano, Italy

Satoko Fujii piano
Joe Fonda double bass, flute
Gianni Mimmo soprano saxophone

2018 Long Song Records LSRCD 142

“The second CD in a series of compelling releases featuring the lady of avant jazz Satoko Fujii and bass giant Joe Fonda, now with the addition of sax soprano master Gianni Mimmo. The result of a totally improvised one day studio session, Triad is a marvellous achievement in daring and spectacular avant jazz music. What better way for pianist-composer Satoko Fujii to celebrate turning 60 than with an album recorded on her birthday.

 

Andrew Barker, Daniel Carter – Polyhedron (For Roy Campbell) – Polyhedron

Recorded by Andrew Barker on January 20th, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY

Andrew Barker, drums, percussion
Daniel Carter alto, tenor, soprano saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, flute

2018 Astral Spirits AS066

“Polyhedron” finds Barker & Carter stretching the classic sax & drums duo into all kinds of wild territories and featuring each of their multi-instrumental talents throughout. Each piece is dedicated to colleagues that they have both worked with in the past & present (Roy Campbell, Sabir Mateen, William Parker & Charles Water). Both Daniel Carter & Andrew Barker have spent countless years honing their craft, together and individually…two true masters getting intensely deep within this tape. Play loud!

Stone Alliance – King Tut – Stone Alliance

Drums, Congas, Bongos, Bells – Don Alias
Electric Bass, Piano, Producer – Gene Perla
Tenor Saxophone – Steve Grossman
Originally released on PM Records in 1976

Recorded at Red Gate Studio, Kent, New York, June 1975 and June 1976.

“Stone Alliance is a newly formed group of three well-known musicians dedicated to the creative force of music in many styles inclusing Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Rock and Pop”.

John Coltrane – Impressions – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album 

Marty Ehrlich – Stone – Trio Exaltation

Stephanie Richards – Cerberus – Trio Music

Recorded April 23, 2017 at Conrad Prebys Music Center, UC San Diego

Stephanie Richards trumpet, flugelhorn
Vinny Golia woodwinds, ethnic aerophones
Bert Turetzky contrabass

2018 Ninewinds / PfMentum Records PFMCD117

This record documents a new encounter for Vinny, Steph, and Bert  three improvisors collectively negotiating the edges in a space of vibrant empathy.

Jamie Saft Quartet – Mysterious Arrangements – Blue Dream

Jin Jim – Duende – Weiße Schatten

Marty Ehrlich – The Arc of the Oar – Trio Exaltation

John Coltrane – Slow Blues- Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album 

Aural Delights 292

  1. Auster Boys featuring Moet – HMK – Unnatural Appetites
  2. Goddamit Jeremiah – Am I Turning Into A Dickhead – The Spring Collection
  3. The Seven Twenty – Building A Ship – Joy
  4. Ember Rev – Papilon – Premonition & Ruin
  5. Dave Graney & Clare Moore – Fearless Fred’s Shack – Hashish & Liquor
  6. Robert Forster – I’ve Been Looking For Somebody – Danger In The Past
  7. Blaney – The Arrival – Single
  8. The Red Propellers – Johnny, Johnny – The Fragility of Love: Collected Works
  9. Neko Case – Hell On – Hell On
  10. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Hold That Thought – Something Else
  11. Archie and the Bunkers – Sally Lou – Archie and the Bunkers
  12. Cedric Myton & Congos – Only Jah Know – Image Of Africa
  13. Palm Ghosts – Love In Winter – Architecture
  14. Dave Graney & Clare Moore – Tomorrow Inc. – Hashish & Liquor
  15. The Room In The Wood – Sky Pool – The Room In The Wood
  16. Isenordal – The Sorrow of a Shadowed World – Spectral Embrace
  17. Serial Chiller – Bad Mood – Single
  18. The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol – Subterranean City – Superficial Marks
  19. The Room In The Wood – Raven Girl – The Room In The Wood
  20. Auster Boys featuring Moet – Spit – Unnatural Appetites
  21. The Red Propellers – Death Foretold – The Fragility of Love: Collected Works
  22. Jübl – Thinking About You – Thinking Sweet
  23. Goddamit Jeremiah – Pterodactyls – The Spring Collection
  24. The Seven Twenty – Dust to Dust – Joy
  25. Robert Forster – Justice – Danger In The Past
  26. Dave Graney & Clare Moore – I Got Dimensions. – Hashish & Liquor
  27. Y Key Operators – Bad Karma – Y Key Operators
  28. Ember Rev – My Sentiments Exactly – Premonition & Ruin
  29. Serial Chiller – 7 Quid – Single
  30. Auster Boys featuring Moet – The Species – Unnatural Appetites
  31. Social Station – Try (Cross My Heart) – Try (Cross My Heart)

PROGRAMME NOTES

Auster Boys featuring Moet – HMK – Unnatural Appetites

Goddamit Jeremiah – Am I Turning Into A Dickhead – The Spring Collection
The Seven Twenty – Building A Ship – Joy
Ember Rev – Papilon – Premonition & Ruin

Goddamit Jeremiah -There’s three in the band,  Geoff Hinkins (bass, vocals) and Helen Robertson (guitar, voval). the drummer & vocalist being Jacqui Carnall. To confuse further, Jacqui and Geoff also play/record as ‘Jacqui and Geoff’ with Stewart from The Scissor!s In Goddammit, Helen is on guitar/vocals, Geoff on bass. Jacqui also sings on some songs

The Seven Twenty are James Burling (guitar, lead vocals), Stewart Harris (bass, backing vocals), Geoff Hinkins (keys, backing vocals) and Helen Robertson (drums, backing vocals). Stewart also plays in The Scissors and Helen & Geoff play in Goddamit Jeremiah

Ember Rev –   play seamless sets of rhythm-driven art-rock, reworking and repurposing familiar forms that recall the percussive Africana of Talking Heads and the accordion-led romance of Arcade Fire. Guitar & vocal: Dan Ecclestone , Accordian: Chris Peckham , Bass: Dom Hall-Smith and Drums: Ian Pickering

Dave Graney & Clare Moore – Fearless Fred’s Shack – Hashish & Liquor (2005)
Robert Forster – I’ve Been Looking For Somebody – Danger In The Past (1990)
Blaney – The Arrival – Single (from The Severance)
The Red Propellers – Johnny, Johnny – The Fragility of Love: Collected Works

Neko Case – Hell On – Hell On (2018)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Hold That Thought – Something Else (2018)
Archie and the Bunkers – Sally Lou – Archie and the Bunkers (2015)
Cedric Myton & Congos – Only Jah Know – Image Of Africa (1979)

American singer-songwriter, best known for her solo career and her contributions as a member of the Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers. 7th Studio album.

This is first full length offering from the Brian Jonestown Massacre for 2018, a second, self titled, album will be coming out in September. This is the 17th full length release from the band & the style is less experimental & more of a retracing back to the traditional sound of the band.

Straight from the city of Cleveland Ohio the newest sensation in Rock n’ Roll. Brothers Emmett and Cullen are taking the world by storm, bringing audiences nothing but the wildest rock music of the 21st century. This new sound will make you want to shake and smash things up. It is RAW POWER, by teenagers, for anyone who will listen. This is the real deal. This is HI-FI Organ Punk! Emmett: Drums/Vocals, Cullen: Organ/Vocals

Cedric Myton & Congo – third album

Palm Ghosts – Love In Winter – Architecture
Dave Graney & Clare Moore – Tomorrow Inc. – Hashish & Liquor
The Room In The Wood – Sky Pool – The Room In The Wood
Isenordal – The Sorrow of a Shadowed World – Spectral Embrace

Palm Ghosts is a Cinematic Dream Pop / Indie Rock project based in East Nashville. Their records have covered genres from dark indie folk to R.E.M style jangle pop, most recently influenced by early 4AD records dream pop and Peter Gabriel’s more cinematic offerings.

The Room In The Wood – Paul Cavanagh & Dave Jackson

ISENORDAL is a black funeral doom/dark folk project birthed in the year 2013 in the Cascadian region of the United States. Lineup: Kerry Hall – Guitar, Vocals, Jeff King – Bass, Cello, Marisa Kaye Janke – Viola, Vocals, Brian Hazard Spenser – Drums, Percussion
Lieu Wolfe – Piano, Organ, Keyboards, Vocals, and G. G. – Guitar

Serial Chiller – Bad Mood – Single
The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol – Subterranean City – Superficial Marks
The Room In The Wood – Raven Girl – The Room In The Wood
Auster Boys featuring Moet – Spit – Unnatural Appetites

Hull band – ‘Bed Mood’ was recorded as part of the Three Minute Heroes project and features lyrics originally written by school pupils. B-side ‘7 Quid’ was recorded as part of the same session and features on the limited edition cassette release. Released June 19, 2018

TBWNIAS – Canadian psychedelic improviser – John Westhaver, Bill Guerrero, Nathaniel Hurlow, Jason Vaughan, Dave Reford. Scott Thompson – Cardinal Fuzz. Originally out in 2008 now included in Box Set II

The Red Propellers – Death Foretold – The Fragility of Love: Collected Works
Jübl – Thinking About You – Thinking Sweet
Goddamit Jeremiah – Pterodactyls – The Spring Collection
The Seven Twenty – Dust to Dust – Joy

Rudy Tambala (of A.R. Kane) has been performing and recording with Maggie Tambala and Andy Taylor under the A.R.Kane moniker since 2015, including Primavera Barcelona and Porto, On Blackheath, Siren Festival, Kumu ÖÖ, and a bunch more.
In May 2018, they decided on a forward-facing re-brand to Jübl for the release of their debut EP Thinking Sweet.  The EP was made available via most major digital sites on June 20th

Robert Forster – Justice – Danger In The Past
Dave Graney & Clare Moore – I Got Dimensions. – Hashish & Liquor
Y Key Operators – Bad Karma – Y Key Operators
Ember Rev – My Sentiments Exactly – Premonition & Ruin

Serial Chiller – 7 Quid – Single
Auster Boys featuring Moet – The Species – Unnatural Appetites

Social Station – Try (Cross My Heart) – Try (Cross My Heart)

Social Station is a post-punk/dark wave artist based in Washington DC. With influences ranging from new wave and post-punk to jangle and dream pop, they forge an original haunting but accessible sound. Paul Todd, Jacob Sebastian, Spenser Kydd

World of Jazz 288

  1. Kamasi Washington – Can You Hear Him – Heaven and Earth
  2. Daniel Carter, Tobias Wilner, Djibril Toure, Federico Ughi – 125th Street – New York United
  3. No Fast Food – Longer Shorter – Settings For Three
  4. Tonbruket – Sinkadus – Live Salvation
  5. Joachim Kuhn – Die Seerauber-Jenny, Jenny-des-pirates, Pirate Jenny – The Threepenny Opera
  6. Cues Trio Meets David Liebman – Fran Dance – Feel
  7. No Fast Food – El Smoke – Settings For Three
  8. Massimo Manzi Project – Bemsha Swing – Indentita’
  9. Sun Ra – The Magic City – The Magic City
  10. Tonbruket – Vinegar Heart – Live Salvation
  11. No Fast Food – Shramba – Settings For Three
  12. Kamasi Washington – VI Lua VI Sol – Heaven and Earth

 

Kamasi Washington – Can You Hear Him – Heaven and Earth

Los Angeles saxophonist and band leader Kamasi Washington cuts a divisive figure in the jazz world. Some traditionalists consider his sound derivative, but for a new generation the Kendrick Lamar collaborator has catalysed interest in a scene that once felt inaccessible. His second LP, a conceptual double album exploring earth (reality) and heaven (idealisation), is perhaps unlikely to sway the old guard, but it pushes forward with a purposeful vitality that was at times missing from his debut album (Guardian Review)

Young Turks label – The long-awaited follow up to Washington’s debut The Epic, Heaven & Earth is comprised of two halves, which find Washington confronting quotidian realities with cosmic themes. A further investigation of Washington’s world building ideas, the new album explores his reckoning with current global chaos and his vision for the future.

Washington convened his band, The Next Step, as well as members of the long running collective The West Coast Get Down at Henson Studios in Los Angeles to record the 16 tracks on Heaven & Earth. The music was composed, written and arranged by Washington, with new arrangements of jazz and bebop legend Freddie Hubbard’s “Hubtones” and iconic kung fu film theme “Fists of Fury,” as well as one song by bandmate Ryan Porter. Thundercat, Terrace Martin, Ronald Bruner, Jr., Cameron Graves, Brandon Coleman, Miles Mosley, Patrice Quinn, Tony Austin and many more contribute to the album.

Daniel Carter, Tobias Wilner, Djibril Toure, Federico Ughi – 125th Street – New York United

Recorded on May 10, 2016 at Tedesco Studio, New Jersey

Daniel Carter alto, tenor saxophones, flute, trumpet
Tobias Wilner electronics, synth, beats
Djibril Toure bass
Federico Ughi drums

2018 577 Records 5803

Legendary downtown music master Daniel Carter meets Tobias Wilner from world-renowned electronic band Blue Foundation. Featuring Wu-Tang Clan bass player Djibril Toure & drum wiz Federico Ughi. As a band, they have played a number of concerts in NYC, including the Forward Festival 2016, and are currently promoting their debut album. This group is the ultimate mix between the classic New York sound of the avant-garde (i.e., John Coltrane & Albert Ayler) combined with electronic manipulation and production.

Although this is the first album they have released as a group, the four musicians have collaborated on different projects for years. To make this recording, they entered the studio without any preconceived plans or written music. They improvised brand new sounds on the spot that were later produced and moulded by Tobias Wilner. The result is four strong and dreamy tracks that showcase the rich sound of the acoustic instruments alongside the power of the electronic beats. This project is being released as a limited edition 12’’ vinyl album plus one bonus track for the digital version.

No Fast Food – Longer Shorter – Settings For Three

Recorded on January 10,2016 at Scholes Street Studio, Brooklyn NY

Drew Gress bass
Phil Haynes drums
David Liebman woodwinds

2018 Corner Store Jazz

Review by GLENN ASTARITA, AAJ

It would be easy enough to cite this trio as a veritable jazz supergroup. And as one would surmise, the musicians give it their best shot. It’s the trio’s third album and first not recorded from a live performance. Here, legendary reedman David Liebman uses various flutes and saxophones, yet this is a democratic engagement where each player serves a crucial role. Indeed, their insightful improv tactics and acute communications rule the roost via sombre ballads and popping funk vamps, amid a tidal wave of bouncy free-bop oeuvres and experimental world music grooves.

Liebman picks up his tenor sax atop Hayne’s sweeping drums patterns, leading to a potent medium-tempo and pulsating journey, sculpted on buoyant flows and alternating currents. However, they chance upon dark corridors due to Gress’ animated bass solo and Haynes’ creaky cymbals treatments, but amp it up with an excitable bop motif that comes to a dead stop. In addition, the crystalline audiophile sound quality is a bonus on this multidimensional program, streaming with prismatic colors and the musicians’ enviable chops, among many other positives.
Tonbruket – Sinkadus – Live Salvation

A superb concert recording „Live Salvation” captures the band’s fluidity as it moves from lulling and sensitive folk through playful and hip jazz, and onwards and outwards to ferocious full-on rock, casting the Swedish quartet in a different light from its award-winning studio recordings.The dovetailing and the interaction between the musicians are immaculate. If no single band member appears to stand out as a soloist, it is because they have a way of all soloing together at the same time. “The team is the star,” wrote the Esslinger Zeitung’s critic in a highly enthusiastic review of the Tonbruket concert at Jazzclub Bix in Stuttgart which is now presented on this CD.

line up
Dan Berglund / double bass
Johan Lindström / guitar, pedal steel
Martin Hederos / piano, synthesizers, violin
Andreas Werliin / drums

Recorded live in concert by Åke Linton
at Bix Jazzclub Stuttgart, November 17, 2016

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Joachim Kuhn – Die Seerauber-Jenny, Jenny-des-pirates, Pirate Jenny – The Threepenny Opera

While the music of Kurt Weill has been frequently recorded by jazz musicians, most of the songs on this trio date, other than the well-known “Mack the Knife,” are not commonly performed in a jazz setting (one early exception was the album by the Sextet of Orchestra, USA).

Pianist Joachim Kuhn is joined by his frequent bandmates, Jean-François Jenny-Clark on bass and drummer Daniel Humair, for this introspective and very entertaining examination of eight songs from Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera”. “Pirate Jenny” is a driving hard bop performance that becomes quite intense  . Fans of post-bop and avant-garde will best appreciate the adventurous music within this highly recommended CD.

Joachim Kühn, Daniel Humair, Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark – Music From The Threepenny Opera

Cues Trio Meets David Liebman – Fran Dance – Feel

Roberto Tarenzi piano
Lucio Terzano acoustic bass
Tony Arco drums
David Liebman saxophones

2002 Abeat Records ABJZ 014

No Fast Food – El Smoke – Settings For Three

The group dedicates this album to the late modern jazz trumpeter, Paul Smoker (1941—2016). The first and lengthiest (10:28) track “El Smoke,” is derived from drummer Phil Haynes’ collective quartet Joint Venture, featuring bassist Drew Gress, saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and Smoker. Therefore, Settings for Three draws inspiration from Smoker’s artistry on this piece that begins with the bassist’s nimble phrasings and Liebman’s high-pitched flute work, offering imagery of a sacred place of worship.

Massimo Manzi Project – Bemsha Swing – Indentita’

Bass – Paolino Dalla Porta
Drums – Massimo Manzi
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Piano – David Liebman
2007 Wide Sound
Sun Ra – The Magic City – The Magic City

Recorded in two sessions in 1965,the record was released on Ra’s own Saturn label in 1966. It was reissued by Impulse! in 1973, and on compact disc by Evidence in 1993. It is part of the Penguin Jazz Guide’s Core Collection of recommendations.

It is notable especially for the title track, on which “the Arkestra’s range of feelings and sound is expressed in a design that’s simply unprecedented in jazz.” While it begins with use of tape echo recalling the experiments on Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow, the key features quickly emerge: Ra’s simultaneous piano and clavioline intertwining with Boykins’s bass as the underpinning for new long-forms of group music-making which draw on varying sub-ensembles from the Arkestra through the course of the piece.

Lindsay Planer writes:

The boundaries of Sun Ra’s self-proclaimed “space jazz” underwent a transformation in the mid-’60s. The Magic City is an aural snapshot of that metamorphic process. Many enthusiasts and scholars consider this to be among Ra’s most definitive studio recordings.

The title Magic City refers to Ra’s home town of Birmingham, Alabama, and to a large metal sign with the words ‘Birmingham, The Magic City’ erected in front of the railway station, Birmingham Terminal Station, in 1926   The cover art, by William White (as noted on the back side), directly references the dome of the station. Ra grew up next to the post office and close to the main station, where, “as a child, Sonny could look out the window and see the big sign over the railroad tracks that greeted visitors to The Magic City”. John F. Szwed explains:

[Birmingham was] the earthly birthplace he steadfastly denied, and in the recording he reimagines the city without its grim, racist, smoke-choked past. By simply pointing to musicians when he wanted them to play, he proved it possible to collectively improvise an entire album on the strength of nothing more than a shared belief.

Sun Ra – piano, clavioline
Pat Patrick – baritone saxophone, flute, tympani
John Gilmore – tenor saxophone
Marshall Allen – alto saxophone, flute, oboe, piccolo
Danny Davis – alto saxophone, flute
Harry Spencer – alto saxophone
Robert Cummings – bass clarinet
Walter Miller – trumpet
Chris Capers – trumpet
Ali Hassan – trombone
Teddy Nance – trombone
Bernard Pettaway – trombone
Roger Blank – Percussion
Ronnie Boykins – bass
Jimhmi Johnson – Percussion
Tonbruket – Vinegar Heart – Live Salvation
No Fast Food – Shramba – Settings For Three
Kamasi Washington – VI Lua VI Sol – Heaven and Earth

 

Sunn O))) re-issue White Albums

For twenty years, Sunn O))) have been challenging the way we think about music. From 1999’s The Grimmrobe Demos to 2015’s Kannon, core members Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson have forged connections between the worlds of Metal, Drone, Contemporary Composition, Jazz and Minimalism with startling results while remaining true to the eternal principles of volume, density and weight.

O’Malley and Anderson are reissuing the WHITE albums this summer, coinciding with Southern Lord’s 20th anniversary. For these reissues they took the original full length unedited premasters/final mixes to Matt  Colton at Alchemy Mastering in London for a complete high resolution 88K/24bit mastering and, crucially, cut the lacquers using Alchemy’s half-speed method on their Neumann SX 74 cutterhead. The outstanding results allow the original full length mixes to be pressed at high fidelity on the vinyl format. The new masters reveal a broader frequency response, the bottom end is deeper and more intense, low mids are lusher, high frequencies are smoother and the stereo image is vastly improved, seeming more three dimensional spatially and more dynamic.

The sound is clearer, sharper, more direct.

Stephen O’Malley & Greg Anderson originally conceived the two albums to be “acoustic” but the sessions at Fontanelle’s Magnetic Park studios in Portland Oregon quickly took a far different route toward the psychedelic and the electronic/synthetic, with trance and drone experiments.

WHITE1 was originally released in 2003 by Southern Lord as a CD and very limited 3-sided LP edition of 540 copies (in a white sleeve with a sticker, packaged in an embroidered pillowcase and containing a sleeping pill). The WHITE1 album was a great step forward into the experimental and highly collaborative area which SUNN O))) has metamorphosed via since. Together withguest artists Julian Cope, Joe Preston, Rex Ritter, Ulver and Runhild Gammelsaeter the concept of SUNN O))) was taken into different sonic areas.

WHITE2 was originally released in 2004 by Southern Lord as a CD and limited double LP edition of 1000 copies (in a tip on gatefold sleeve in various vinyl colours). The WHITE2 album was notably the first collaboration with the Hungarian  singer Attila Csihar.  With the WHITE albums SUNN O))) took another bold step in the experimental and highly collaborative path the group has traveled since. Together with Attila, WHITE2 featured  special guests Joe Preston, Rex Ritter & Dawn Smithson.

Southern Lord are offering each these reissues on 180g White vinyl, housed in Stoughton Printing old style gatefold tip-on sleeves. Each includes an A1 poster with classic portraits of the band from the period by Kerry O’Sullivan & Glynnis McDaris. T-shirts and other exclusive packages are also available. Limited to 1,000 copies, are made available exclusively via http://www.sunn.southernlord.com/products and http://www.sunn.bandcamp.com. Other vinyl colours will be available through all outlets later in July.

Photo by Kerry O’Sullivan

Thanks to Lauren Barley at Rarely Unable

Aural Delights 291

  1. The Cramps – TV Set – Songs The Lord Taught Us
  2. The Red Propellers – No Reprieve – The Fragility of Love: Collected Works
  3. The Colourful Disease – Dance – Economics
  4. The Seven Twenty – Flight Home – Joy
  5. Ember Rev – The Fear – Premonition & Ruin
  6. Last Day Sect – The Witch House – Single
  7. Dave Graney – Gloria Grahame (Fuck or Die) – Single
  8. Wam ‘n’ Daz – Phoney Baloney (Porn on the Phone) – Single
  9. Gabriella Cohen – Neil Young Goes Crazy – Pink Is the Colour of Unconditional Love
  10. Robert Forster – Danger In The Past – Danger In The Past
  11. The Colourful Disease – Scorpion Joe – Economics
  12. New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack – Your Love Is Fucking With My Head – Single
  13. New Luna – New Too – New Too
  14. Ember Rev – Something Almost Imperceptible – Premonition & Ruin
  15. Black Sedan – All Fall Down – Single
  16. The Room In The Wood – Sensation – The Room In The Wood
  17. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Cross My Heart – Bon Voyage
  18. Mien – Earth Moon – Mien
  19. The Seven Twenty – Hat and Coat – Joy
  20. Matthew Sweet – Lady Frankenstien – Tomorrow’s Daughter
  21. Dave Graney & Clare Moore – Mr. Bad Luck – Hashish and Liquor
  22. Robert Forster – Dear Black Dream – Danger In The Past
  23. Half Man Half Biscuit – Swerving The Checkatrade – No One Cares About Your Creative Hub so Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut
  24. Speedy Ortiz – Can I Kiss You? – Twerp Verse
  25. The Colourful Disease – Economics – Economics
  26. Fred Abong – Hi Avalon – Homeless
  27. The Room In The Wood – Grey Wolf Lullaby – The Room In The Wood
  28. The Red Propellers – Sandy Says – The Fragility of Love: Collected Works
  29. The Velvet Underground – Rock & Roll – Loaded