Band leader and trumpet man Sean Jones’ 2014 release captured his quartet live with no overdubs. Old school is the way, at least for this fan, when it comes to this kind of improvised music. The energy and in the moment interplay makes for an engaging session. This immediacy also lends to the recording quality. Check […]
Stian Westerhus is a formidable improviser/guitarist with a reputation for intense live performance. On, Maelstrom he focuses those skills on more song oriented material. And, he sings. Very well, I might add. If I must attempt to describe the tunes, they are post-rock ballads of a sort. I feel this is a weak attempt to […]
John Zorn’s second release with the organ trio, delivering intense, heavy tunes. The Lineup: Trevor Dunn: Bass John Medeski: Organ Marc Ribot: Guitar Kenny Grohowski: Drums Matt Hollenberg: Guitar
Another favorite, that deserves attention. Improvised music for people.
David Lynch’s Twin Peaks returns in May for Season 3. Damn. I don’t have words to describe my excitement. Showtime In the meantime, the Fire Walk With Me soundtrack is getting the vinyl reissue treatment this week. Death Waltz
Knuffke again. Ya, I know I’m a fan. But, this record is funky. And, surprising. No kidding – check it out. Kirk Knuffke – Cornet Stomu Takeishi – Acoustic bass Bill Goodwin – Drums/percussion Kenny Wolleson – Drums/percussion. Not your typical arsenal of instruments. Cornet, acoustic bass guitar (not upright), and two drummers playing an […]
Turntablist/artist/musician Kid Koala’s new record and collaboration with Emiliana Torrini, Music to Draw To: Satellite is coming soon, and you can stream it now at the link below. Kid Koala is an intriguing artist, and his work using current tech to tell human stories with images and sound is inspiring. Link
Eric Bachmann (Archers of Loaf/Crooked Fingers) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case, among others).The two musicians have been supporting Neko Case on tour, and last Summer released a record of instrumental tunes. Recorded at 513 studios in Tempe, Arizona, it’s a primarily acoustic, all-instrumental affair.
Today, it’s Avishai Cohen’s record for ECM released February 2016. Somber and atmospheric. Cohen spent several years with the SF Jazz Collective, and first recorded for ECM playing with Mark Turner’s quartet on Lathe of Heaven. One of my favorites from last year.
Nolatet’s Dogs was released in February last year. A four piece band comprised of piano, vibes, bass and drums, all driven by seasoned veterans of improvised music who’ve collaborated in different settings for many years. The recording is fantastic – live, open and dynamic. If you’re a fan of improvised music, I recommend this record.