World of Jazz 287

  1. The Bad Plus – Hurricane Birds – Never Stop II
  2. Honest John with Ab Baars – Treem – Treem
  3. Chris Beck – Teona – The Journey
  4. Rafael Toral – Porto – Space Quartet
  5. Patrick Cornelius – Infinite Blue – Infinite Blue
  6. expEAR with Drew Gress – Blue to Pink – Vesper
  7. Minji Kim, Drew Gress, Jongkuk Kim – A Big Tree – Every Moment
  8. The Bad Plus – Salvages – Never Stop II
  9. Billy Bang – Da Bang – Da Bang!
  10. Billy Bang, Shoji Hano – Summer – East Meets West, Four Seasons
  11. Billy Bang, William Parker – Eternal Planet (Dedicated to Leroy Jenkins) – Medicine Buddha
  12. William Parker Quartets – Some Lake Oliver – Meditation Resurrection
  13. Oliver Lake – Maasai Moves – Movements, Turns and Switches
  14. The Bad Plus – Lean in the Archway – Never Stop II
  15. John Coltrane – Naima – Live At The Village Vanguard Again

 

The Bad Plus – Hurricane Birds – Never Stop II (2018)

The featured album, the first with new pianist Orrin Evans after the departure of their long-time pianist Ethan Iverson.  Back on track with some great compositions and a developing new sound that still reflects the Bad Plus we know and love

Orrin Evans: piano; Reid Anderson: bass; Dave King: drums.

Legbreaker Records
Honest John with Ab Baars – Treem – Treem (2018)

Recorded at Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria, Oslo, Norway, on October 29, 2016

Ole Henrik Moe violin
Kim Johannesen guitar, guitar banjo
Ola Hoyer double bass
Erik Nylander drums, drum machine
Klaus Ellerhusen Holm alto saxophone, Bb clarinet
Ab Baars tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet, shakuhachi

Clean Feed Records

Honest John is a quintet comprised of some of the most active and colourful musicians in the fields of Jazz and Improvisation in Norway. Honest John gathers inspiration from many divergent sources – Dutch Free jazz, Brazilian Jazz and Samba and composers like Webern and Schiarrino. With these different traditions well represented in the band, the result is a vital tonic of energetic compositions, with focused improvisations which issue forth from them.

Chris Beck – Teona – The Journey (2018)

Chris Beck drums
Stacy Dillard saxophone
Terell Stafford trumpet
Anthony Wonsey piano
Eric Wheeler bass

2018 Chris Beck / A.W.M.C. Records

With the release of this his debut album Chris Beck is making a name for himself on the New York scene as a hard-swinging, powerhouse drummer and composer. Beck’s refreshing and soulful vision as an artist is on full display, as is his unique ability to pay homage to the classic straight-ahead style of jazz while infusing elements of his African roots and Gospel upbringing.

Rafael Toral – Porto – Space Quartet (2018)

Recorded on November 2017  Sonoscopia, Porto

Rafael Toral modular feedback circuit, modified MS2 (feedback) and MT10 (bending) amplifiers (L)
Ricardo Webbens modular and network synthesizer (R)
Hugo Antunes double bass
João Pais Filipe drums and percussion

Clean Feed

After the conclusion of the 13-year-long Space Program series, Space Quartet marks a new horizon in Rafael Toral’s ongoing music explorations. Referring both to a record and a band configuration, Space Quartet embodies a maturing moment for the Portuguese musician. As one of the most internationally-recognized figures in the leftfield domains of music, Toral describes the album as “an advanced application of the Space Program principles”: electronic music with a human touch.

Over the years, Toral developed a jazz-like phrasing using abstract electronics. Operating within the context of a typical quartet, Space Quartet features the interplay of two electronic voices, one played by himself, on melodic feedbacks and hacked amplifiers, and one by Ricardo Webbens, on modular synthesizer and other custom stuff; rounding out the quartet is the versatile Hugo Antunes on double bass and the inventive drums of João Pais Filipe, who also plays gongs and bells of his own making.

The electronics are the driving core of the ambitious Space Quartet, setting it apart from many examples of electronics in jazz. Inspired by some of the principles and methods of enigmatic master Sei Miguel, the music develops solely according to the musicians’ free decisions. The result is a sense of flux and ever-renewing forward motion, continuously unfolding into new places, through spirit and matter from jazz-rock to ambient music and “the singing of standards from another planet” (Toral dixit). One thing is for sure: you’ve never heard anything like this before.

Patrick Cornelius – Infinite Blue – Infinite Blue (2013)

Patrick Cornelius alto saxophone
Frank Kimbrough piano
Michael Janisch bass
Jeff Ballard drums
Michael Rodriguez trumpet

2013 Whirlwind Recordings WR4637

Veteran New York saxophonist and composer Patrick Cornelius delivers his fourth album as leader with Infinite Blue, a gem of a recording that sparkles with an A-list of players interpreting eight new originals and one cover tune in one remarkable session of music.

expEAR with Drew Gress – Blue to Pink – Vesper (2017)

Drew Gress bass
Henrik Frisk tenor saxophone
Maggi Olin piano
Peter Nilsson drums

2017 expEAR / Kopasetic Productions

Three Swedish jazz musicians who have played together for decades intentionally leave room for extra members in their group expEAR. The main purpose of this project is to explore the potential openness of contemporary jazz and improvised music and move beyond genre delimitations.
Finding musicians and artists who have a long and particular experience of developing a unique voice in music is part of the quest: who could be better suited to fulfill this role than the phenomenal American bassist Drew Gress?
In nine compositions by Gress, Olin and Frisk, the four musicians play with unconditional sensibility, seeking the soft poetry of Cradle Song as well as the roaring intensity of Zaftig. Blue to Pink allows for melodic beauty and Vesper hard swing, while Removal by Suction shows dark and secret undertones. The dynamic mix between Nilsson’s powerful drumming and Gress’ solid bass lays down a rhythmic foundation for Olin’s harmonic complexity and Frisk’s tenor saxophone.

Minji Kim, Drew Gress, Jongkuk Kim – A Big Tree – Every Moment (2018)

Minji Kim piano
Drew Gress bass
Jongkuk Kim drums
Alan Ferber trombone

2018 Minji Kim / Nabiya Music

The Bad Plus – Salvages – Never Stop II

FEATURED ARTIST – BILLY BANG

Billy Bang (September 20, 1947 – April 11, 2011), born William Vincent Walker, was an American free jazz violinist and composer. He has a remarkable life story, he was a combat veteran from Vietnam, he was politically active, and his music career moved between Sun Ra, and a vast array of jazz musicians from the free improv end of the music.

Billy Bang – Da Bang – Da Bang! (2013)

Billy Bang violin
Dick Griffin trombone
Andrew Bemkey piano
Hilliard Greene double bass
Newman Taylor-Baker drums

2013 TUM Records CD 034

“Da Bang!” was recorded in February 2011, just two months before
Billy Bang succumbed to Lung cancer. In this final session, the Billy Bang Group
featured one extended composition by Bang, “Daydreams,” as well as compositions by
some of Bang´s favourite musicians, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.  The title track was composed by Barry Altschul.
During his career, Billy Bang recorded almost 30 albums as a leader, another dozen
or so with various co-operative groups and many more as a sideman. In addition to being a beautiful recording in its own right and a stellar addition to his discography, Da Bang! serves as an ample reminder of why Billy Bang was considered a true master of his chosen instrument and one of the undisputed leaders of his generation of improvising musicians.

Billy Bang, Shoji Hano – Summer – East Meets West, Four Seasons (2009)

Recorded at Heart Lord Studio; Nakano Akiku, Hiroshima, Japan, 2008

Billy Bang violin
Shoji Hano drums
2009 Heart Lord Studio HLSCD-0009

Billy Bang, William Parker – Eternal Planet (Dedicated to Leroy Jenkins) – Medicine Buddha (2014)

Recorded Live May 8, 2009 at The Rubin Museum Of Art, New York

Billy Bang violin, thumb piano
William Parker bass, shakuhashi, dousn gouni

2014 NoBusiness Records NBCD 71
William Parker Quartets – Some Lake Oliver – Meditation Resurrection (2017)

In Order To Survive band

William Parker bass
Hamid Drake drums
Rob Brown alto saxophone
Cooper-Moore piano

2017 AUM Fidelity AUM104/105

Oliver Lake – Maasai Moves – Movements, Turns and Switches(1997)

Oliver Lake’s String Project. An unusual but consistently fascinating set, he utilizes a string quartet (violinist Ashley Horne and Sandra Billingslea, Ashley Horne on viola, and cellist Eileen Folson) for five of his six originals, occasionally adding bassist Belden Bullock

The Bad Plus – Lean in the Archway – Never Stop II

John Coltrane – Naima – Live At The Village Vanguard Again (1966)

Recorded in May 1966, the album shows Coltrane playing in the free jazz style that characterized his final recordings.

Out of all the recordings made during the session, only three pieces remain: “Naima”, originally from the album Giant Steps, “My Favorite Things”, from the album of the same name, and a bass solo by Jimmy Garrison entitled, “Introduction to My Favorite Things”. The line up consists of the augmented quartet of the time, featuring Alice Coltrane on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Rashied Ali on drums. Additionally, Pharoah Sanders contributes on flute and tenor saxophone, while Emanuel Rahim plays percussion. Coltrane and Sanders typically solo during the pieces over a whirlwind of percussion. Alice Coltrane can be heard playing in the background but at times is barely audible. Bass player Jimmy Garrison is somewhat hard to hear throughout the recording, except in his six-minute bass solo.

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Aural Delights 290

  1. Four Candles – Strange Things Are Happening – Spiritual Rapture
  2. Bobbie Peru – I Am Contagious – Single
  3. Diagonal Science – Broken Knowledge – Diagonal Science
  4. Drink and Drive – Pale Brigade – This Is What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food
  5. Monkeys In Love – Cocaine Radius – Live in New Stoke Newington
  6. The Red Propellers – Carter Family Darkness – The Fragility of Love: Collected Works
  7. Artificial Pleasure – I Need Something More –  The Bitter End
  8. A Place to Bury Strangers – Never Coming Back – Pinned (Brainwashing Machine Edition)
  9. The Room In The Wood – Greedy Stars – The Room In The Wood
  10. Dave Graney & Clare Moore – I Will Have Always Been Here Before – Hashish and Liquor
  11. Robert Forster – The River People – Danger In The Past
  12. Courtney Barnett – Walkin’ On Eggshells – Tell Me How You Really Feel
  13. Four Candles – C33 – Spiritual Rapture
  14. The Prick Jaggers – The Golden Ass – The Golden Ass
  15. The Empty Page – In Patterns – Unfolding
  16. The Sandells – A Matter Of Time – Forwards
  17. The Red Propellers – Derailed Track – The Fragility of Love: Collected Works
  18. A Shoreline Dream – Waitout – Waitout
  19. Loudhailer Electric Company – Underneath The Underground – Promo Track
  20. Dave Graney & Clare Moore – Only The Stoned – Hashish and Liquor
  21. Robert Forster – Leave Hear Satisfied – Danger In The Past
  22. Courtney Barnett – Sunday Roast – Tell Me How You Really Feel
  23. Gabriella Cohen – Music Machine – Pink Is the Colour of Unconditional Love
  24. Half Man Half Biscuit – Mod Diff V Diff Hard Severe – No One Cares About Your Creative Hub so Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut
  25. Jethro Tull – The Witches Promise (2013 Remastered Version) – 50 for 50
  26. Life – Sugar God – Popular Music
  27. The Room In The Wood – False Friend – The Room In The Wood
  28. Triptides – Colors – Colors

World of Jazz 286

  1. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg – Dirt Part III – Dirt… And More Dirt
  2. Alberto Pinton Noi Siamo – Marion – Opus Facere
  3. Angles 3 – Equality & Death (Mothers, Fathers, Where Are Ye) – Parede
  4. Samo Salamon Sextet -Blue – The Colours Suite
  5. Robert Wyatt – Song for Che – Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard
  6. Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra – This Is Not America – Not In Our Name
  7. Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba – When Will The Blues Leave – Tokyo Adagio
  8. Charlie Haden – The Golden Number – Golden Numbers
  9. Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, featuring Geri Allen – Blues In Motion – Etudes
  10. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg – And More Dirt Parts I to IV – Dirt… And More Dirt
  11. John Coltrane – Transition – Transition
  12. Miles Davis & John Coltrane – All Blues – The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6
  13. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew – Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4

NOTES

Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg – Dirt Part III – Dirt… And More Dirt (2018)

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Album of the Week

Comprised of two full-length works, “Dirt… and More Dirt,” is composed for Threadgill’s band 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, which features 15 musicians (guitar, bass, drummers (2), cello, tuba, alto saxophone (3), flute (2), trumpet (2), trombone (2), and piano (2). The works are part of Threadgill’s ongoing exploration for integrating composition with group improvisation, in particular an entirely new system of improvisation based on preconceived series of intervals. They bear the unmistakable stamp of all Threadgill compositions: complex forms, multi-layered counterpoint, rigorous polyphony, and timbral contrasts all wrapped up in a swirl of rhythmic convolution. The use of multiple horns and woodwinds on “Dirt…” vastly expands the music’s harmonic and tonal palette at Threadgill’s disposal, adding a much wider range of color, texture, and weight. At the age of 73, Threadgill remains at the peak of his powers, yet remains completely open to all possibilities in expanding and refining his craft.

Alberto Pinton Noi Siamo – Marion – Opus Facere (2018)

Recorded on March 3, 2017 at Glenn Miller Café Stockholm Sweden

Alberto Pinton baritone, alto saxophone; clarinet, bass clarinet
Niklas Barnö trumpet
Torbjörn Zetterberg bass
Konrad Agnas drums

2018 Clean Feed CF473CD

The Italian, but living in Sweden, saxophonist and clarinetist Alberto Pinton continues to explore the post-bop heritage of the Sixties with his new album, “Opus Facere”, stretching it to include what is coming after free jazz in a non-conformist attitude. The name of his quartet, Noi Siamo (meaning We Are in English) has “This is Our Music” (because of the “This is” part), by Ornette Coleman, as a reference, but musically it brings us to another classic, Eric Dolphy’s “Out to Lunch”, and specially Pinton’s combinations with trumpeter Niklas Barnö (Fire! Orchestra, Je Suis – another allusion), modeled by the ones formed by the ongoing conversations between Dolphy and Freddie Hubbard. In Torbjorn Zetterberg and Konrad Agnas they have the ideal rhythm section to bring tradition to a sort of reinvention of the present. Through all this you have energetic solos and solid structures, everything you wish from an affirmative and audacious band committed to make jazz a music of fire and soul, as the great mavericks wanted to once upon a time. Intense, agile, shape-shifting, full of drive and, yes, swing. –Clean Feed Notes

Angles 3 – Equality & Death (Mothers, Fathers, Where Are Ye) – Parede (2018)

Recorded live November 22-24, 2016 at SMUP, Parede, Portugal

Martin Kuchen tenor, soprano saxophone
Ingebrigt Haker Flaten double bass
Kjell Nordeson drums, percussion

2018 Clean Feed CF483CD

“After concerts and recordings as Angles 10, Angles 9, Angles 8 and Angles 6, here is back the original Angles line-up, Angles 3. It was 2004 and for a gig at the Glenn Miller Cafe it’s mentor and saxophonist, Martin Küchen invited two Scandinavian musicians now living in the United States (respectively, Austin – Texas and San Diego – California), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Kjell Nordeson.

Parede, the title, is a tribute to the Portuguese town near Lisbon where the album was recorded live, at a venue called SMUP which in few years became the equivalent in this Southern European country to The Stone, Cornelia Street Café and Nublu. Most of the compositions, like Küchen’s classics “Satan in Plain Clothes” and “By Way of Deception”, are the same of those other Angles investments, of course with different arrangements. This version functions as a reduction to the essence of the music conceived by the Swedish musician, resulting in an energetic, even brutal, kind of free bop delivered to the ears as if it is punk or metal, echoes of Sonny Rollins and Albert Ayler mixing with something that could come from… The Melvins.” -Clean Feed

Samo Salamon Sextet -Blue – The Colours Suite (2017)

Recorded on June 30, 2016 at Jazz Festival Ljubljana

Samo Salamon guitar
Achille Succi bass clarinet
Julian Arguelles tenor, soprano saxophones
Pascal Niggenkemper bass
Roberto Dani drums
Christian Lillinger drums

2017 Clean Feed CF414CD

Here is one more live recording of the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, featuring the Slovenian guitarist, and former John Scofield’s student, who is unanimously pointed out as one of the most defying players today in Europe: Samo Salamon. The Sextet is of transnational constitution, putting together the cream of the European scene, namely a British, Julian Arguelles, two Italians, Achille Succi and Roberto Dani, a French-German, Pascal Niggenkemper, and a German, Christian Lillinger. The presence of two drummers was an old Salamon’s aspiration, as it was the desire to have with him, for the first time, an «amazing» (his own adjective) double bassist like Niggenkemper and to continue to work with Succi, who contributed to another album by the composer of “The Colours Suite”, “Ornethology”. Being each one of the participants specially picked for this project, Samo Salamon wrote the suite thinking about the personalities of these musicians. This was the modus operandi of Duke Ellington, and there’s something of that heritage here, namely the combination of complex harmonic and rhythmic motives with open improvisation, the results giving us the «feel of a living organism». In two words: powerful music, not to be missed. –CF

Robert Wyatt – Song for Che – Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (1975)

The follow-up to Rock Bottom, for which Wyatt had written all of the music and lyrics, Ruth… consists of Wyatt’s adaptations and arrangements of other people’s music (either friends – Phil Manzanera, Fred Frith, Mongezi Feza, former Wilde Flowers bandmate Brian Hopper – or influences – Charlie Haden) with Wyatt adding his own lyrics in much the same way as he had done on Matching Mole’s Little Red Record. Released on Virgin Records

Gary Windo –   tenor and alto saxophone
Nisar Ahmad “George” Khan – tenor and baritone saxophone
Bill MacCormick – bass guitar
Laurie Allan – drums

ARTIST OF THE WEEK- Charlie Haden

American double bass player, bandleader, composer and educator known for his deep, warm sound, and whose career spanned more than fifty years. In the late 1950s, Haden was an original member of the ground-breaking Ornette Coleman Quartet.

Haden revolutionized the harmonic concept of bass playing in jazz.  Haden played a vital role in a revolutionary new approach, evolving a way of playing the bass that sometimes complemented the soloist and sometimes moved independently. In this respect, as did his predecessors  Jimmy Blanton and Charles Mingus, Haden helped liberate the bassist from a strictly accompanying role to becoming a more direct participant in group improvisation. In 1969, he formed his first band, the Liberation Music Orchestra, featuring arrangements by pianist Carla Bley. In the late 1960s, he became a member of pianist Keith Jarrett’s trio, quartet and quintet. In the 1980s, he formed his band, Quartet West. Haden also often recorded and performed in a duo setting, with musicians including guitarist Pat Metheny and pianist Hank Jones.

Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra – This Is Not America – Not In Our Name
Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba – When Will The Blues Leave – Tokyo Adagio
Charlie Haden – The Golden Number – Golden Numbers
Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, featuring Geri Allen – Blues In Motion – Etudes

Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg – And More Dirt Parts I to IV – Dirt… And More Dirt

John Coltrane – Transition – Transition (1970)

Recorded in 1965 but released posthumously only in 1970. As its title indicates, Transition was a bridge between classic quartet recordings like A Love Supreme and the more experimental works of Coltrane’s last years. For some reason, Impulse! decided to alter the track listing of the original album on the CD edition, removing “Dear Lord” and replacing it with two pieces originally released on Kulu Sé Mama, both recorded on June 10: “Welcome” and “Vigil”. However, the 2001 Japanese edition restored the original track listing.

Coltrane’s playing alternates between blues idioms and the free jazz that would dominate his final work. Of the four musicians on this album, pianist McCoy Tyner was still the most grounded in traditional jazz. Bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones were finding new ways to approach their instruments, while Coltrane took the lead with a new found musical freedom.

Miles Davis & John Coltrane – All Blues – The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (2018)

Miles Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)

Konserthuset, Stockholm March 1960

Miles Davis – Bitches Brew – Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4 (2015)

Recorded October 22, 1971 at the Newport Jazz Festival in Europe, Neue Stadthalle, Dietikon, Switzerland

Miles Davis – electric trumpet with wah-wah
Gary Bartz – soprano saxophone, alto saxophone
Keith Jarrett – electric piano, organ
Michael Henderson – electric bass
Leon “Ndugu” Chancler – drums
Don Alias – percussion
James Mtume Foreman – percussion

 

 

Aural Delights 289

  1. Loop Aznavour – She Is My Automaton – When Casios Walked The Earth
  2. The Junta – All Roads – Single
  3. Ten Million Aliens – Rocket Klank Klank – Road Trip (Fall of the Rebel Angels)
  4. The Red Propellers – Images – The Fragility of Love: Collected Works
  5. The Room In The Wood -Baba Yaga – Magical Thinking
  6. Dave Graney & Clare Moore – I Wanna Get Lost Again – Hashish & Liquor
  7. Courtney Barnett – Crippling Self-Doubt And A General Lack Of Confidence – Tell Me How You Really Feel
  8. Tropical Fuck Storm – A Laughing Death in Meatspace – A Laughing Death in Meatspace
  9. Plays With Marionettes – Hellbelly – Hot Records Compilation
  10. The Church – Another Century – Man Woman Life Death Infinity
  11. Ten Million Aliens – From A Buick 8 – Road Trip (Fall of the Rebel Angels)
  12. Vive La Void – Red Rider – Vive La Void
  13. Half Man Half Biscuit  – Every Time a Bell Rings – No One Cares About Your Creative Hub so Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut
  14. The Room In The Wood -Dragonfly- Magical Thinking
  15. The Nearlys – Travelling Song – Single
  16. Ten Million Aliens – Cops and Robbers – Road Trip (Fall of the Rebel Angels)
  17. Tropical Fuck Storm – Rubber Bullies – A Laughing Death in Meatspace
  18. La Luz – Floating Features – Floating Features
  19. Legs on Wheels – Stuck In Time – Iguana Salad
  20. Courtney Barnett – Help Yourself – Tell Me How You Really Feel
  21. Half Man Half Biscuit – Emergency Locksmith – No One Cares About Your Creative Hub so Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut
  22. Loop Aznavour – Analysed By Fraud – When Casios Walked The Earth
  23. Dave Graney & Clare Moore – A Lot To Drink About – Hashish & Liquor
  24. The Room In The Wood -Magical Thinking- Magical Thinking
  25. Life – In Your Hands – Popular Music
  26. The Red Propellers –  A Camus Sad Murmer – The Fragility of Love: Collected Works
  27. Dirtmusic – Bi De Sen Söyle (feat. Brenna Mac Crimmon) – Bu Bir Ruya

World of Jazz 285

  1. Elephant9 – Way Of Return – Greatest Show On Earth
  2. Horace Tapscott & Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – Maui – Flight 17
  3. Yves Charuest, Agusti Fernandez, Nicolas Caloia, Peter Valsamis – (Un)Fold V – Stir
  4. Sean Conly – Skippin’ Time (1000 Mile Rule) – Hard Knocks
  5. The Open Secret – Spoon Wink – A Geography For Plays
  6. Steve Tibbets – The Big Wind – Northern Song
  7. Elephant9 – Farmers Secret – Greatest Show On Earth
  8. Terje Rypdal – Bleak House – Bleak House
  9. Terje Rypdal – Innseiling – Descendre
  10. Terje Rypdal – After The Rain – After The Rain
  11. Joelle Leandre, Elisabeth Harnik – Ear Area 1 – Tender Music
  12. Christian Wallumrød, Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Erik Honoré – Birth Wish 2 – Birth Wish
  13. Caterina Palazzi Sudoku Killer – Grimilde (From Snow White) – Asperger
  14. Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, Chris Corsano – Legacies – A History of Nothing
  15. Lynn Cassiers – Kapitein Antonio & Toutes Les Gares – Imaginary Band
  16. Christian Wallumrød, Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Erik Honoré – Birth Wish – Birth Wish
  17. Elephant9 – Mystery Blend – Greatest Show On Earth

 

Elephant9 – Way Of Return

Greatest Show On Earth (2018)

Album of the week

Elephant9 blends the virtuosic precision of King Crimson and Yes with the jazz-fusion explorations of electric Miles, Weather Report and the Tony Williams Lifetime. Key and time signatures change constantly as the quartet helters and skelters between tightly composed sections, driving kosmische interludes and bucolic Canterbury excursions. Rolling Stone (US)

This sums it up pretty well when it comes to reference points, but it´s also necessary to add that Elephant9 have developed quite a personal and identifiable style – through previous albums, touring and close collaborations with Reine Fiske and Terje Rypdal.
On this, their fifth studio album, they are back to the core trio of their two first albums, with Ståle Storløkken (keyboards), Nikolai Hængsle (bass) and Torstein Lofthus (drums). “The Greatest Show On Earth” displays some truly astonishing playing and is a more dynamic, structured and focused album with all tracks clocking in between five and seven minutes.

Horace Tapscott & Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – Maui 

Flight 17 (1978)

Other than half an album cut in 1969 for Flying Dutchman (which was shared with the John Carter/Bobby Bradford group), this release was pianist Horace Tapscott’s recording debut as a leader. Tapscott’s Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (consisting of two pianos, six reeds, two trombones, Red Callender on tuba, cello, two basses, a drummer, and a percussionist) had an unusual sound and made three records during 1978-1979. The band performs five group originals; surprisingly none were written by the leader. While there are some individual solos (particularly by Tapscott), it is the dense and frequently exciting ensembles that are most notable in this avant-garde but rhythmic music.

Yves Charuest, Agusti Fernandez, Nicolas Caloia, Peter Valsamis – (Un)Fold V

Stir (2018)

Recorded on June 19, 2014 at Studio Hotel2Tango, Montreal Canada

Yves Charuest alto saxophone
Agusti Fernandez piano
Nicolas Caloia contrabass
Peter Valsamis drums

2017 Tour de Bras TB89021CD

Sean Conly – Skippin’ Time (1000 Mile Rule)  

Hard Knocks

Recorded on August 29, 2017 at Tedesco Studios , Paramus NJ

Sean Conly double bass
Michaël Attias alto saxophone
Satoshi Takeishi drums

2018 Clean Feed CF472CD

In a trio setting with Satoshi Takeishi (drums) and Michaël Attias (alto saxophone), Sean sets out on a musical adventure with his longtime friends and collaborators of roughly 20 years.

The Open Secret – Spoon Wink 

A Geography For Plays (2018)

Recorded November 29, 2014 at RAK Studios, London, UK

John Butcher saxophones, feedback
dieb13 (aka Dieter Kovacic) turntables, computer
Gino Robair energized surfaces, prepared piano, Blippoo Box

 

Butcher and Robair have been making music together for more than 20 years, and this recording documents their trio with Viennese turntablist dieb13.
Moody and dark, The Open Secret goes against  your expectations of improvised music.

Steve Tibbets – The Big Wind

Northern Song (1982)

Recorded October 26-28, 1981, Talent Studio, Oslo

Congas, Bongos, Percussion – Marc Anderson
Guitar [6 String], Twelve-string Guitar, Kalimba, Tape Loops

ECM Records

Steve Tibbets debut with ECM

Elephant9 – Farmers Secret 

Album of the Week

ARTIST OF THE WEEK TERJE RYPDAL

Starting out as a Hank Marvin-influenced rock guitarist with The Vanguards, Rypdal turned towards jazz in 1968 and joined Jan Garbarek’s group and later George Russell’s sextet and orchestra. An important step towards international attention was his participation in the free jazz festival in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1969, where he was part of a band led by Lester Bowie. During his musical studies at Oslo university and conservatory, he led the orchestra of the Norwegian version of the musical Hair. He has often been recorded on the ECM record label, both jazz-oriented material and classical compositions

Terje Rypdal – Bleak House 

Bleak House (1968)

One would think Terje Rypdal’s debut is more psychedelic blues than it is jazz on the basis of the opening track but then it expands into a wide range of other areas presenting a microcosm of the late 60s European transition from jazz-rock into what would become a unique ambient/avant-garde/free jazz hybrid. Rypdal incorporates elements of post-bop, big band, fusion and avant-garde, into a remarkably mature album, given his age.

A large number of musicians are in play most notably Jan Garbarek and Jon Christensen are key players.

A great debut.

Terje Rypdal – Innseiling

Descendre (1980)

Rypdal’s ninth album as a leader. Recorded in 1979 and released the following year. A beautifully understated album with a trio of Rypdal, Palle Mikkelborg and Jon Christensen. The searing sustained guitar works well with Mikkelborg’s bleak trumpet and Christensen adds some interesting colour. Additional keyboards from Rypdal and Mikkelborg make the band sound a lot bigger than a trio.

Terje Rypdal – After The Rain 

After The Rain (1976)

Essentially a solo album with vocals from, his then-wife, Inger Lise Rypdal, the only other contributor. It’s standard ECM output, all ambient and floating, with Terje playing long and sustained solo electric guitar passages over a minimal backing. Rypdal plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer, piano, electric piano, soprano saxophone, flute, bells, and, tubular bells.

Joelle Leandre, Elisabeth Harnik – Ear Area 1 

Tender Music (2018)

Elisabeth Harnik piano
Joelle Leandre bass

2018 Trost records TR172CD

This album is a great opportunity to hear two outstanding jazz masters playing together.

“Tender Music” has evocative, innovative and interesting sound. The improvisations are always changing, they are based on many different styles, manners, expressions and the opposite episodes, which are highly contrasting with each other.

Christian Wallumrød, Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Erik Honoré – Birth Wish 2  

Birth Wish (2000)

Effects [Live Treatments], Producer, Engineer, Mixed By – Erik Honoré
Piano – Christian Wallumrød
Sampler [Live Sampling], Producer – Jan Bang
Trumpet – Arve Henriksen

Pan M Records

Quietly stunning jazz with ambient electronic elements. According to the liner notes, every noise on the album was originally produced by either piano or trumpet — from there, they’re either left as-is or filtered through a sampler or any number of effects.

Caterina Palazzi Sudoku Killer – Grimilde (From Snow White)  

Asperger (2018)

Recorded August 2017 at LRS Factory Roma Italy

Caterina Palazzi double bass, compositions
Giacomo Ancillotto guitar
Maurizio Chiavaro drums
Sergio Pomante tenor saxophone

2018 Clean Feed CF474CD

Each composition in “Asperger” is a suite inspired by one bad character of the movies produced by Disney, and like the previous “Infanticide” the purpose is to destroy the childhood vision that the good guy always wins, something that reality constantly denies in the adult world.

Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, Chris Corsano – Legacies  

A History of Nothing (2018)

Rodrigo Amado tenor saxophone
Joe McPhee pocket trumpet, soprano saxophone
Kent Kessler double bass
Chris Corsano drums

2018 Trost Records TR170

Lynn Cassiers – Kapitein Antonio & Toutes Les Gares 

Imaginary Band (2018)

Recorded December 9-12, 2017 at Dada Studios, Brussels, Belgium

Lynn Cassiers voice, electronics
Ananta Roosens violin
Sylvain Débaisieux soprano, tenor saxophone
Niels Vermeulen euphonium
Erik Vermeulen piano
Manolo Cabras double bass
Marek Patrman drums

2018 Clean Feed CF484CD

The septet consisting of Lynn Cassiers (compositions, voice, electronics), Sylvain Debaisieux (soprano and tenor saxophone), Ananta Roossens (violin), Niels Van Heertum (euphonium), Erik Vermeulen (piano), Manolo Cabras (double bass) and Marek Patrman (drums) is debuting with the record you hold in your hands, ‘Imaginary Band’. Cassiers’ compositions are dynamic, free, vulnerable and musing. With her dreamy voice and electronic manipulations, Lynn Cassiers knows exactly how to take the audience with her to her own unique and personal universe. Imaginary Band transcends the classical jazz ensemble and sounds fresh and adventurous.

Christian Wallumrød, Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Erik Honoré – Birth Wish  

Elephant9 – Mystery Blend 

Aural Delights 288

  1. The Mothers of Delusion – Get You – Soundcloud
  2. Keltrix – Behind Black Glass – Naked
  3. Hot Snakes – I Need A Doctor – Jericho Sirens
  4. Surmiser – Mindreader – Hold The Static
  5. Baptists – Worse Than Hate – Beacon of Faith
  6. Dave Graney & Clare Moore – Let’s Live Properly – Hashish & Liquor
  7. Courtney Barnett – Need A Little Time – Tell Me How You Really Feel
  8. Tropical Fuck Storm – The Future of History – A Laughing Death in Meatspace
  9. Dave Graney & Clare Moore – A Taste of The Abyss – Hashish & Liquor
  10. ANMLPLNET – I Was Fucked By A Cloud – Fall Asleep
  11. Vive La Void – Matter – Vive La Void
  12. Parquet Courts – Total Football – Wide Awake!
  13. Aquaserge – Virage Sud – Déjà?-?Vous?
  14. Surmiser – ESF – Hold The Static
  15. Baptists – Beacon of Faith – Beacon of Faith
  16. Half Man Half Biscuit – The Announcement – No One Cares About Your Creative Hub so Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut
  17. Lusterlit – River – You Were Never Really Here
  18. Courtney Barnett – Nameless Faceless – Tell Me How You Really Feel
  19. Tropical Fuck Storm – Two Afternoons – A Laughing Death in Meatspace
  20. The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol – Once We Were – Biker Smell
  21. Keltrix – Endure – Naked
  22. Half Man Half Biscuit – What Made Columbia Famous – No One Cares About Your Creative Hub so Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut
  23. Baptists – Indigo Child – Beacon of Faith
  24. Courtney Barnett – I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch – Tell Me How You Really Feel
  25. Tropical Fuck Storm – Soft Power – A Laughing Death in Meatspace
  26. Lusterlit – Rolodex – You Were Never Really Here
  27. Low Standards, High Fives – Slow Dancers In A Rush Hour – Single
  28. Christ on Parade – Kill Your Landlord – A Mind Is A Terrible Thing (reissue)
  29. Half Man Half Biscuit – Harsh Times in Umberstone Covert – No One Cares About Your Creative Hub so Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut

 

KEN mode trail their new album with an intense video

KEN mode have announced their seventh full-length album “Loved” which will be released via Season Of Mist/New Damage Records on August 31st. As an early indication of the album, the band have shared the video for the opening track “Doesn’t Feel Pain Like He Should”.

The album represents yet another pivot point in the group’s sound, a departure from the indie/noise punk focused songs on their previous album, Success. Drawing from the noise and industrial sonics of the 80’s and 90’s, KEN mode has mixed in the decidedly more extreme tone and presence of death and black metal to their sound.

ABOUT THE BAND

Kill Everyone Now mode. KEN mode: an ethos legendary Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins would use to describe the band’s state of mind while taking the stage for the endless touring cycle of their genre-defying classic album ‘My War’. This proved to be the psychological foundation/attitude for the project brothers Jesse and Shane Matthewson would form in 1999 in their home of Winnipeg, MB, Canada that would see them produce a manic form of metal and hardcore infused with noise rock.

Cutting their teeth in the early 2000s with a pair of records – 2003’s Mongrel and 2006’s Reprisal – on Philadelphia’s Escape Artist Records, the group would find breakout underground notoriety with their JUNO award-winning album, 2011’s Kurt Ballou produced Venerable. This marked a decided shift for the band, embarking on an unrelenting touring schedule for the following 5 years. This included releasing two additional full-lengths 2013’s Matt Bayles produced Entrench and 2015’s Steve Albini produced Success (both JUNO nominated and highly critically acclaimed) and seeing them hit a multitude of major festivals and doing live sessions for institutions such as BBC Radio and Daytrotter.

With such a heavy schedule burnout was inevitable, and in 2016 the band took a step back to regroup: core members, Shane and Jesse, formed their own music business management services company, MKM Management Services – who now maintains a who’s who of Canadian metal, punk, and hardcore bands as its clientele; Jesse went to Thailand to study Muay Thai full time; while bassist Scott Hamilton released records with his other bands Adolyne and Greylight District and managed film programming at the Broadway Theatre at his home in Saskatoon. In 2017 the band began writing with a newfound focus and desire, in the most collaborative effort they have ever put together.

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