Archive for May, 2008

Guardian Music Reviews

Posted: May 31, 2008 by Mike in Reviews

Reviews from the Guardian:

Fieldwork, Door
*** Pi Recordings

James Carter, Present Tense
**** Universal/Emarcy

Bill Frisell, History, Mystery
**** Nonesuch

John Surman, Rain On the Window
**** ECM

Marilyn Crispell, Vignettes
*** ECM

Henry Grimes Performances

Posted: May 31, 2008 by Mike in Performances

Henry Grimes is playing out this coming month.

Sunday, June 1st, 8 p.m: Julie Patton’s “Ghost of a Chance Defense Fun(d) Band” rent party, w/ Julie Patton (“voicesays”), special guest Henry Grimes, “Poet of the Air” (words, instrumental voicing), Brad Jones (bass), Drew Gardner (percussion), Rod Williams (piano), Paul Van Curen (guitar), and more, at the Stone, northwest corner of Ave. C at 2nd St., Manhattan (NYC), http://www.thestonenyc.com, nycthestone@yahoo.com, 212-473-OO43. Juliesays: “So accustomed to throwing my own voice I no longer own it. Who does? … I exchange the tone poem (courtesy) my pause, self-contained in a room colandered for pipsqueak messages, every in an out.” NOTE: James Uhart and Gino Sitson follow at 1O p.m.

Friday, June 13th, 11:3O p.m: Sabir Mateen & Henry Grimes Quartet (Sabir playing reeds and flutes, Henry playing double-bass and violin) with Rasul Siddik (trumpets) and John Betsch (drums), Vision Festival at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 1O7 Suffolk St. betw. Rivington & Delancey St’s, Manhattan (NYC), http://www.visionfestival.org/home.php, http://www.visionfestival.org/visionfestival13.php, http://www.csvcenter.com, info@visionfestival.org, 212-254-542O, 212-696-6681, 212-26O-4O8O, ext. 12. Several groups precede.

Saturday, June 14th, 9:3O p.m: Paul Dunmall (saxophone, bagpipe)/ Henry Grimes (double-bass, violin)/ Andrew Cyrille (drums), Vision Festival at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 1O7 Suffolk St. betw. Rivington & Delancey St’s, Manhattan (NYC), http://www.visionfestival.org/home.php, http://www.visionfestival.org/visionfestival13.php, http://www.csvcenter.com, info@visionfestival.org, 212-254-542O, 212-696-6681, 212-26O-4O8O, ext. 12. Several groups precede and follow.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Posted: May 31, 2008 by Mike in Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Satoko Fujii … and bands … looking back from the future …

Satoko Fujii Trio – Trace A River (Libra, 2008) ****
Junk Box – Sunny Then Cloudy (Libra, 2008) *****
Gato Libre – Kuro (Libra, 2008) ****

Tellus Recordings

Posted: May 31, 2008 by Mike in Free Music

Free Albums Galore informs us of the availability of the Tellus recordings in Ubuweb.

Tellus was a bimonthly audiocassette “magazine” devoted to promoting new and experimental music. It was published from 1983 to 1992 and featured many of the most innovative artists in music, spoken word, and performance arts. Ubuweb has almost all 27 issues available as free downloads. Much of this music has rarely been heard while some tracks have been accepted as seminal works in this post-modern era. I will be featuring many of these albums through the year and I will start with the first two issues of this important “publication”.


The new Mike Patton is reviewed. The reviewer claims it is Patton’s best since Mr. Bungle. Here at AMN Central we’ve found it to be quite good but perhaps not as strong of some of his recent efforts.


Yet another Zappa DVD is out.

Frank Zappa – The Torture Never Stops DVD

Halloween, New York City, 1981
Live at The Palladium

edited, performed & music composed & conducted by FZ
with Ray White, Steve Vai, Bobby Martin, Tommy Mars,
Ed Mann, Scott Thunes, Chad Wackerman

2 hours with xtras – ratta tat too!

DVD 9 Dual Layer, NTSC, American English, Dolby Digital 2.0

Downbeast Music Blog

Posted: May 30, 2008 by Mike in General

Downbeast is a new blog from the Cryptogramophone guys.