New Release Tuesday


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Just a quick reminder that four highly anticipated albums are out today. Efforts by Alex Cline and Nels Cline have been released on Cryptogramophone, and recordings by David S. Ware (actually released 2 weeks ago) and the trio of William Parker, Gerald Cleaver and Craig Taborn are out on Aum Fidelity.

And, all four are available now on eMusic. Surf, download, repeat.

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Cynic mixes it up with extreme metal and avant-garde jazz


This is a bit of an indulgence on my part – an interview with the founder of Cynic.

Though nurtured in the humid birthplace of modern death metal, Miami, Florida’s Cynic never really fit in with its more brutal peers. Despite having played on Death’s pivotal album Human (Relativity/Sony, 1991), childhood friends Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert suffused their own material with the swirling melodic experimentation of ’70s prog rock and fusion, creating in Cynic a unique hybrid of extreme metal and avant-garde jazz.

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Throbbing Gristle US Tour


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Throbbing Gristle will tour this Spring.

DATES ANNOUNCED
FIRST US TOUR SINCE 1981
INCLUDING COACHELLA
AND FIRST TIME EVER SHOWS IN NYC AND CHICAGO

4/16/09 MASONIC HALL BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
4/19/09 COACHELLA INDIO, CA
4/21/09 UCLA LOS ANGELES, CA**
4/23/09 GRAND REGENCY BALLROOM SAN FRANCISCO, CA
4/25/09 EPHIPHANY EPISCOPAL CHICAGO, IL

**”In The Shadow Of The Sun” soundtrack performance only.

Throbbing Gristle announce their first US performances in 28 years – including an appearance Sunday April 19th at the 2009 Coachella Music Festival! The band, who have not performed in the United States since May 1981, will also be playing Chicago and New York for the first time
ever.

To mark these special occasions, Throbbing Gristle will play TWO SET events in New York and Chicago. The performances begin with a new live soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s 60min 1980 alchemical film “In The Shadow Of The Sun,” followed by a second set of material from across TG’s history.

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Umbrella Music Through February 22nd


From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 11 February 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Gray/Becker/Roebke
Darin Gray – bass
Jim Becker – fiddle
Jason Roebke – bass
11:00PM | James Falzone’s Allos Musica
James Falzone – clarinet
Cathy Kuna – cello
Adam Larrabee – guitar, mandolin
Tim Mulvenna – hand drums, percussion
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Dave Rempis spins The Randomizer

Thursday, 12 February 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Gray/Roebke Duo
Darin Gray – bass
Jason Roebke – bass
11:00PM | Kimmel/Labycz/Roebke
Jeff Kimmel – bass clarinet
Brian Labycz – electronics
Jason Roebke – bass

Sunday, 15 February 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Mike Salter Group
Lineup TBA
11:00PM | Little Women
Darius Jones – alto saxophone
Travis Laplante – tenor saxophone
Ben Greenberg – bass
Jason Nazary – drums

Wednesday, 18 February 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Nate McBride Solo
Nate McBride – solo bass
11:00PM | Hauf/Hartman/Hess/Rosaly/Summerfield
Boris Hauf – tenor sax
Michael Hartman – drums
Steve Hess – drums
Frank Rosaly – drums
Toby Summerfield – guitar
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Bob Weston Brings The Classic Rock

Thursday, 19 February 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | My Silence
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Didier Petit – cello
Nick Butcher – electronics
Mike Reed – drums
two sets

Sunday, 22 February 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Hauf/Stein/Rosaly/Hartman/Hess
Boris Hauf – saxophones
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Frank Rosaly – drums
Michael Hartman – electronics
Steven Hess – drums
two sets

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New Nels and Alex Cline Releases on Cryptogramophone


From Cryptogramophone:

Alex Cline – Continuation

Alex Cline – drums and percussion
Peggy Lee – cello
Myra Melford – piano and harmonium
Scott Walton – bass
Jeff Gauthier – violin

Percussionist Alex Cline steps into the limelight with Continuation, a beautiful recording featuring Myra Melford on piano, Jeff Gauthier on violin, Peggy Lee on cello, Scott Walton on bass, and Alex Cline on drums and percussion. Alex’s music defies all genres with swinging strings, infectious grooves, and extended moments of transcendental beauty. This is a stunning collection of music from the drummer/percussionist/composer who has worked with Arthur Blythe, Tim Berne, Henry Grimes, Vinny Golia, Bobby Bradford, Julius Hemphill, and many others.

Nels Cline – Coward

Guitarist Nels Cline, recently named a “Guitar God” by Rolling Stone Magazine, presents a brilliant solo CD that covers an extraordinarily broad range of musical styles, with a surprising acoustic sensibility. The provocative title belies the intensely personal nature of this album which demonstrates a daring musicianship and a willingness to take musical and emotional risks. Coward blends improvisation and composition with a huge and constantly changing emotional and timbral palette. “Coward” is a musical tour de force.

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Tony Bianco and Paul Dunmall at the Vortex in London


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All About Jazz reports on this show.

It was billed as a trio, but in retrospect it was hard to see how a bassist could fit in with the powerhouse duo of U.S. expat drummer Tony Bianco and English reed explorer Paul Dunmall. As it happened, bassist John Edwards was in demand gigging elsewhere, leaving his two colleagues to put on a mesmerizing performance at London’s Vortex Jazz Bar in front of some 30 people on a rainy Sunday night.

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AMN Picks of the Week


Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Calibration (2007, free-form rock/fusion/psych)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Absense Makes the Heart Grow Fungus (2008, free-form rock/fusion/psych)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Old Money (2008, free-form rock/fusion/psych)
Bob Ravenscroft – CrossCurrents (2008, jazz)
Black Moth Super Rainbow / The Octopus Project – The House of Apples & Eyeballs (2006, modern rock / improv)
Gustavo Jobim – Piano (2005, solo piano / electronic manipulation)
The Flatlands Collective – Maatjes (2009, free jazz)
The Bad Plus – For All I Care (2009, jazz)
Matthew Shipp – Harmonic Disorder (2009, free jazz)
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Winterwood (2009, jazz)

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