AMN Picks of the Week: Reid Karris / Rodrigo Amado / Lamia Vox


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.

Reid Karris – Ambiens Sonitus (2014)
Rodrigo Amado / Motion Trio / Peter Evans – The Freedom Principle (2014)
Rodrigo Amado / Motion Trio / Peter Evans – Live in Lisbon (2014)
Rodrigo Amado – Wire Quartet (2014)
Lamia Vox – Inlumaeh (EP) (2014)

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Robert Wyatt Receives Honorary degree in Canterbury (Photos)


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Robert Wyatt

From The Robert Wyatt Website:

In its turn, the University of Kent would like to record its appreciation of Robert’s work. For his musical achievements and influence over the last fifty years, most honourable deputy vice-chancellor, to you and to the whole university I present Robert Wyatt to be admitted to the Degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa.

Follow the link for photos.

Newsbits: Avant Improv in NY / Edwards, Sanders, Tilbury Reviewed / Terence Hannum Release / Anne-F Jacques & Tim Olive Release / Dmitri Kourliandski Release


On Monday, August 4th at Trans Pecos, 915 Wycoff Ave., Queens, NY, Hans Tammen & The Dead Sea Horns, Tanks (Ches Smith – drums, Brandon Seabrook – guitar, Toby Driver – bass), and Red Triangle (Nonoko Yoshida – sax, Chuck Bettis – electronics, James Ilgenfritz – double bass) will appear.

Burning Ambulance reviews the latest release from Edwards, Sanders, and Tilbury.

Utech Records will release Terence Hannum’s Via Negativa LP on August 16. Via Negativa is the first solo album for Utech Records by visual artist and Locrian member, Terence Hannum. Incorporating voice and synth, Hannum creates a world where time slows and sound is reduced to the steady pulse of the universe.

845 Audio has a new release from Anne-F Jacques & Tim Olive, entitled Dominion Mills.

Col Legno is putting out a new release from Dmitri Kourliandski.

AMN Picks of the Week: Martin, Johnson, Davis / If, Bwana / Jon Armstrong / Falsetto Teeth / APUH!


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If Bwana (Photo credit: kubia)

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.

Ross Martin / Max Johnson / Jeff Davis – Big Eyed Rabbit (2014)
If, Bwana – The Rationale for a Space Telescope (2014)
Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra – Farewell (2014)
Falsetto Teeth – Boiling High Idol (2014)
APUH! – ETT (2014)

RIP Charlie Haden


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Sad news from USA Today:

Charlie Haden, a bassist whose music drew from many streams of American music, died Friday morning in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 76. Haden had collaborated with Kenny Barron, Carla Bley, Paul Bley, Michael Brecker, Alan Broadbent, Don Cherry, Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, Paul Motian, Dewey Redman, Archie Shepp, and Ernie Watts.

Newsbits: Geri Allen at the Stone / New Anna Webber and Matt Ulery Releases / Guelph Jazz Interim Director


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Geri Allen at the Stone in NY is reviewed.

New York-based composer, saxophonist and flutist Anna Webber’s new release Simple, featuring Matt Mitchell on piano and John Hollenbeck on drums, will be released on Chris Speed’s Skirl Records on September 16th, 2014.

Chicago bassist and composer Matt Ulery will release his album, In The Ivory, on September 16, featuring his core trio plus violinist Zach Brock, vocalist Grazyna Auguscik and 3-time grammy-Winning New Music Ensemble, eighth blackbird.

The Guelph Jazz Festival is looking for an interim artistic director.

Ornette Coleman And the Free Jazz Movement


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From allAfrica.com:

During the late 50′s and early 60′s, the word “Freedom” stood out as a politically charged word in American public discourse and it would be difficult to find a term that was more explosive and laden with varieties of meaning being proclaimed with more emotion during those tumultuous years. “Freedom” was very much something to live for, or, for a few, even to die for. There were the “Freedom Riders”, the “Freedom Singers”, and there was the “Freedom Vote”. The word was imprinted on the public’s consciousness and dramatized in speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King. It was sang in hymns and brandished at all battlegrounds of the civil rights movement. The influence of this Freedom Movement on Free Jazz was therefore very visible and expressive. However, the sociopolitical ramifications of this music are in many ways decisive in distinguishing the new free jazz players from the older generation of experimental jazz performers. From a purely musical point, freedom i e atonality in jazz music had appeared many years before Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor raised it into a decisive issue. But all of these precursors of free jazz were white musicians and representatives of the status quo.

Newsbits: Scott Walker and Sunn O))) / Brandon Evans on Bandcamp / Avantwhatever Show in Australia / Two Octets


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Apparently, Scott Walker and Sunn O))) are working on a new album.

Brandon Evans’ recent release of most of his catalog on Bandcamp is profiled.

Australia’s Avantwhatever is hosting Boquillas (Drone) and Bison Grass (Drone), featuring Aaron Wallace, Kevin Lo, Michael O’Dwyer and Trent Brown on vocals, acoustic guitar, dictaphone, strings, percussion and laptop, at The Alderman, 134 Lygon St, Brunswick, on Sunday July 13.

An article features Steve Lehman’s and Jason Roebke’s octets.

Memories of Horace Silver 1928-2014


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From NewMusicBox:

Horace wrote great tunes that have a way of improving you harmonically and rhythmically if you play them frequently (or every night, in my case). He also liked very fast tempos, and if you weren’t on top of it you’d get rolled right over. It goes without saying, then, that I learned a lot harmonically and technically. Much of what I learned from Horace Silver, however, was not music in the technical sense. These things helped me to become a leader and turned out to be as important as improving my grasp of harmony and my execution. I thought I would share some of them with you here.

AMN Best of 2014 (So Far)


We are half-way through 2014, and therefore it is a good time to revisit some of the best releases that have come to my attention so far this year. Of course it is important to keep in mind that there are plenty of releases I’ve yet to hear, so this list is far from comprehensive.

For each of the releases that we’ve reviewed, a link is included.

The best so far:

Led Bib – The Good Egg
Nels Cline Singers – Macroscope
Jack O’ The Clock – Night Loops
Peter Kerlin Octet – Salamander
Thumbscrew (Halvorson / Formanek / Fujiwara) – Thumbscrew
Touch and Go Sextet – Live at the Novara Jazz Festival
Dan Weiss – Fourteen

Excellent releases:

Sam Boshnack / Quintet – Exploding Syndrome
Tom Carter & Pat Murano – Four Infernal Rivers
Chicago Underground Duo – Locus
D.C. Improvisers Collective – In the Gloam of the Anthropocene
Barry Guy New Orchestra – Amphi / Radio Rondo
Ross Hammond - Humanity Suite
Otavan Veret – Otavan Veret
Reconnaissance Fly – Flower Futures
Peter Van Zandt Lane – HackPolitik

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Honorable Mentions:

2TE Freund, Der – Sub Divo
After the Rain – The Night Must Fall
Aram Bajakian – There Were Flowers Also in Hell
Guy Barash – Facts About Water
Raoul Björkenheim eCsTaSy – eCsTaSy
Black Dirt Oak – Wawayanda Patent
Philip Blackburn – Music of Shadows
Tyler Blanton –  Gotham
Jaap Blonk  /Sandy Ewen /Damon Smith/Chris Cogburn – North of Blanco
Brute Force – Brute Force
Chris Campbell – Things You Already Know
Jeff Cosgrove  / Matthew Shipp / William Parker – Alternating Current
Anthony Davis – Notes from the Underground
Kris Davis – Massive Threads
Deadwood – Sheolic
Djam Karet – Regenerator 3017
Pierre Dorge  / Torben Westergaard / Tyshawn Sorey – Like Salamanders We Survive
Mark Dresser  / Gerry Hemingway / Assif Tsahar – Code Re(a)d
Peter Epstein Quartet – Polarities
André Foisy –  The End of History
Gauci / Knuffke / Filiano – Chasing Tales
Ben Goldberg / Adam Levy / Smith Dobson – Worry Later
Rich Halley / 4 – The Wisdom of Rocks
Michael Hersch / Blair String Quartet – Images from a Closed Ward
Ideal Bread – Beating the Teens
In Slaughter Natives – Cannula Coma Legio
Indigo Mist (Cuong Vu / Richard Karpen) – That The Days Go By And Never Come Back
Jon Irabagon / Mark Helias / Barry Altschul – It Takes All Kinds
Max Johnson – The Prisoner
Max Johnson Trio – The Invisible Trio
Keith Kelly – The People Who Left
Igor Krutogolov / Karate Band – How to be a Crocodile
Helmut Lachenmann / JACK Quartet – Complete String Quartets
Dominic Lash Quartet – Opabinia
Led Bib – The People in Your Neighbourhood
Locrian – The Crystal World
Chris Lynn  / Daniel Barbiero – Augmented Landscapes
David MacBride – A Special Light
Machine Mass / Dave Liebman – Inti
Marsen Jules (Martin Juhls) – Beautyfear
Ryan McGuire –  Civilian
Medeski, Martin & Wood / Nels Cline - Woodstock Sessions (Vol. 2)
Mesektet – Towards a Bleak Sun
Szilárd Mezei / International Improvisers Ensemble – Karszt
Nicole Mitchell / Black Earth Ensemble – Xenogenesis II: Intergalactic Beings
N.E.W. (Steve Noble, John Edwards, Alex Ward) – Motion
Keir Neuringer – Ceremonies Out of the Air
Adriano Orru – Palimpsest
Ed Palermo Big Band – Oh No! Not Jazz!!
Richard Pinhas / Tatsuya Yoshida – Welcome in the Void
Reutoff & Sal Solaris – Eigengrau
Eric Revis – In Memory of Things Yet Seen
Jason Roebke – Combination
Rent Romus / Lords of the Outland – The Proceedings of Dr. Ke
Daniel Rosenboom Quintet – Fire Keeper
Jonathan Rowden Group – Becoming
JC Sanford Orchestra – Views from the Inside
Sax Ruins – Blimmguass
Shrine – Nihil
Sonar – Static Motion
Marco Stroppa – Upon a Blade of Grass
Treha Sektori – Severh Sehenh
Wolvserpent – Perigea Antahkarana
Jack Wright / Ben Wright – As If Anything Could be the Same