AMN (Retro) Picks of the Week: Francis Dhomont / Chicago Underground Trio

Recently I had the opportunity to purchase almost 50 used CDs at a very good price. I’m slowly going through these and will be posting some of the better ones in a few special “retro” Picks of the Week articles. Enjoy.

Francis Dhomont – …et Autres Utopies (2006)
Francis Dhomont – Cycle du Son (2001)
Chicago Underground Trio – Possible Cube (1999)
Chicago Underground Trio – Flamethrower (2000)
Chicago Underground Trio – Slon (2004)

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Newsbits: Amazon Smile / Francois Carrier / Mr. Bungle / Bielecki Foundation / George Crumb

Matthew Shipp

Cover of Matthew Shipp has launched Smile, a way a way for you to fund a charitable organization. Amazon will donate a portion of the

price of your purchases to your favorite charitable organization. A number of charities have signed up and I have chosen Portland’s Creative Music Guild. Hopefully other creative music organizations will use the program as well.

Francois Carrier has two new releases out, Russian Concerts 1 and 2, with Carrier, Michel Lambert, and Alexey Lapin. Volume 2, for example, features 8 pieces Recorded live in Moscow at Nikitskaya Jewish Cultural Center (JCC) on April 28 and in St. Petersburg at ESG-21 (Experimental Sound Gallery) on April 29 and JFC Jazz Club on April 30, 2013.

Avant-rock gurus Mr. Bungle are releasing their catalog on vinyl.

Robert D. Bielecki has started a foundation, and some of his first grants have gone to Matthew Shipp, Fred Van Hove, and Downtown Music.

The 35th Festival for Free & Improvised Music is reviewed.

George Crumb’s Ancient Voices for Children was performed at the BAM.

AMN (Retro) Picks of the Week: Tim Berne / Jason Lescalleet

Tim Berne

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Recently I had the opportunity to purchase almost 50 used CDs at a very good price. I’m slowly going through these and will be posting some of the better ones in a few special “retro” Picks of the Week articles. Enjoy.

Tim Berne / Hard Cell – Hard Cell Live (2004)
Tim Berne / Hard Cell – Feign (2005)
Tim Berne / Paraphrase – Pre-Emptive Denial (2005)
Joe Colley / Jason Lescalleet – Annihilate This Week (2006)
Graham Lambkin / Jason Lescalleet – The Breadwinner (2008)

Newsbits: Barbiero and Margolis in DC / Cline and Lage Duo Release

Nels Cline

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Following up on their collaboration on The Rationale for a Space Telescope, Al Margolis (If, Bwana) and Daniel Barbiero will play a set on Saturday, September 13, 7:30 PM, at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, 8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD. The show is a benefit for the 2014 Sonic Circuits Festival.

The duo of Nels Cline (Wilco, The Nels Cline Singers) & Julian Lage (Mark O’Connor, Jim Hall) will release a duo album ROOM on November 25 via Mack Avenue Records.

Newsbits: George Crumb / Fred Frith / Terence Hannum / Hemingway Interviews Braxton

English: Fred Frith, moers festival 2010

English: Fred Frith, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A new CD from George Crumb is out, featuring his Spanish and American songs.

Fred Frith and the Gravity Band, and their recent Moers performances, are the focus on a few videos.

Terence Hannum’s Via Negativa release is out on Utech Records.

A video of Gerry Hemingway interviewing Anthony Braxton is available.

Any Denio Seeking Funding for Two New Projects

English: Photograph of Amy Denio, taken in Sea...

Amy Denio

Long-time vocalist, sax player, composer, and improviser Any Denio is crowdsourcing her next two efforts on Indiegogo:


Italian sextet OU plays vivacious soundtrack chamber funk world soul music! OU is ‘egg’ in Sardu (Sardinian). It is pronounced at the bottom of one’s voice with a long ‘O’ and a little upturn of ‘u’ at the end. Composer Ersilia Prosperi is a genius. She creates amazing music for OU and plays trumpet, flugel horn, ukelele and sings in the sextet. Based in Rome, Italy, the three women are Sardinian, the three men pure Romans. Bass drums and piano form the lively rhythm section ~ then trumpet, sax, ukelele, glockenspiel and 6 glorious voices weave themselves over the contagious rhythms.


I’ve had the pleasure of playing a variety of concerts in the company of extraordinary flautist and vocalist Emily Hay (U Totem, Motor Totemist Guild, Polarity Taskmaskers). People are clamoring for an official recording, so we’ll do it! We plan to spend a week at LITHO STUDIOS to produce a new collaborative multi-instrumental recording! We will be improvising, composing, and playing a few games too, to create a rich palette of sound.

AMN Picks of the Week: Chemical Clock / Anglagard / Ken Thomson / Wadada Leo Smith / Neil Leonard

Jamie Saft

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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.

Chemical Clock – Bad Habitat (2014)
Anglagard – Prog på Svenska – Live in Japan (2014)
Ken Thomson / Slow Fast – Settle (2014)
Wadada Leo Smith / Jamie Saft / Joe Morris / Balazs Pandi – Red Hill (2014)
Neil Leonard – For Kounellis (2014)