New Releases From Chant Records

Source: Chant Records.

Xander Naylor – Continuum

Xander Naylor is a guitarist, improviser, and composer living in New York City, who gathers the vocabularies and core energetic forces of avant jazz, post-rock, and Indian classical music, into a singular new sound, described by The Critical Masses as “a language all his own.” Naylor’s new album Continuum features all-new compositions which are all about breaking through the barriers of digital screens and facing others eye-to-eye, as well as facing the problematic discourses of our time with the knowledge that “there still are people who still stand for respect and the ideal of common good.”

Ruthless Cosmopolitans – Ruthless

New York’s Ruthless Cosmopolitans is a collaboration between guitarist, producer, and label-owner Jon Madof (Zion80, Rashanim, Chant Records) and underground rapper, poet, and performance artist Eden Pearlstein (aka ePRHYME of Darshan). Ruthless Cosmopolitans is a cathartic/parodic/prophetic response to the spiraling state of our nation, and the world. Music, poetry, performance and imagery are the mediums employed to spread this synaesthetic form of sympathetic magic. Word. Sound. Sign. Signal.

Bassist Luke Stewart Profiled

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Watching Luke Stewart play the upright bass is hypnotic. He balances the instrument’s long neck gently on his shoulder, like he’s tending to a dance partner who’s fallen asleep, and then leans an ear in, as if it has something to tell him. When the music is fast, he bounces his upper body up and down, whipping his head toward the neck, then yanking it away as if trying to comprehend the notes he’s just played. When he’s playing electric, by contrast, he wears the instrument right at his waist, eschewing low-slung punk-rock cool in favor of a harmolodic intensity, again cocking one ear down toward the strings as he yanks and plucks them with his fingers.

Black Artists’ Group Documentary to Premiere

Source: stlamerican.com.

Bryan Dematteis’ documentary film “The Black Artists’ Group: Creation Equals Movement,” which will premiere at the 2020 St. Louis International Film Festival from November 5-22, was a long time in the making. Dematteis began working on the film in 2014, and the Black Artists’ Group dissolved back in 1972, so this movie took either six years or a half-century to be made, depending on how you look at it.

Dematteis told The American that he canned more than 50 hours of on-camera interviews for this lean, 48-minute film. The new interviews he conducted – of BAG principals such as Oliver Lake, the late Hamiet Bluiett, Malinke Elliott, the late Shirley LeFlore, Portia Hunt, George Sams and the late Charles “Bobo” Shaw – form a valuable contribution to the history of black artist movements and of St. Louis. The interviews all look and sound great, and the subjects are eloquent. Given how long Dematteis worked on this film, he captured what must have been the last on-camera interviews for some people we have since lost, such as Bluiett, LeFlore and Shaw, that the public is now seeing for the first time after they are gone.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1256

Source: Vital Weekly.

COLMORTO – VOLUME 1 (CD by Torto Editions) *
THE CEPI NOMADS + HIC – CEPI MEETS HIC (CD by Torto Editions) *
PHIL MAGUIRE & TIM OLIVE – INVOER (CD by 845 Audio) *
CHRIS DADGE & TIM OLIVE – NICE YOU! (CD by 845 Audio) *
APERUS – ARCHAIC SIGNAL (CD by Geophonic Records) *
DE FABRIEK – REMIXES VOL 10 (CD by De Fabriek) *
YELLOW6 – SILENT STREETS AND EMPTY SKIES (CD by Sound In Silence) *
PANOPTIQUE ELECTRICAL – FIVE PIANOS (CDR by Sound In Silence) *
EIKI MORI – SHIBBOLETH – I PEEP THE OCEAN THROUGH A HOLE IF THE TORN CARDIGAN (CD by Immeasurable) *
GIANMARIA APRILE – RAIN, GHOSTS, ONE DOG AND EMPTY WOODLAND (CD by We Insist! Records) *
INFECTED BURST (CD by Viande Records/Burst Production) *
FRAHR ‎- COURSE(S) CONTRE L’ENFER (CD by Decimation Sociale) *
MICRO_PENIS – LA MAISON DE LA JUSTICE (LP by Éditions Vibrisse)
JAN VAN DEN BROEKE – LOST AND LATEST (LP by EE Tapes) *
LORE CITY – ALCHEMICAL TASK (LP by Lore City Music) *
BOY DIRT CAR – SOLAR MOUNTAIN (CDR by After Music Recordings) *
DELPHIUM – A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO DIE (DVDR by Aquese Recordings) *
SUPERROR/XTEMATIC (cassette by Dead Hound Records) *
FERN/YU (cassette by Dead Hound Records) *
TERRITORIAL GOBBING/PLASTIGLOMERATE – FAILED TO AMPLIFY CACTUS IN THE PAST (cassette by Dead Hound Records) *
ØYVIND BRANDTSEGG – NANCARROW BIOTOPE (cassette by Cronica Electronica) *
TED BYRNES – WITH AND WITHOUT DRUMS (cassette by Grisaille) *
MODELBAU – A THING ABOUT MACHINES (cassette by Grisaille) *
JULIUS MÉNARD – DENSE HISS (cassette by Grisaille) *
JON MUELLER – A PRESENCE HELD (cassette by Grisaille) *

AMN Reviews: Lisa Cameron / Damon Smith / Alex Cunningham – Dawn Throws its First Knife (2020; Balance Point Acoustics)

Dawn Throws its First Knife is a compelling slab of creatively and freely improvised music from percussionist Lisa Cameron, bassist Damon Smith, and violinist Alex Cunningham. The album was recorded in January of this year, and will be released on October 30.

Not only does this trio explore textures, tempos, and dynamics, but they also do so with an unusual amount of energy and imagination. Of particular note are the dueling bows, as Smith and Cunningham both saw their respective instruments in a gritty and visceral style. Cameron backs this up with loose and exploratory patterns that are more irrhythmic rattling than rhythmic exposition – and yet it complements her bandmates perfectly. Of particular note is when Smith and Cunningham produce droning structures that are accompanied by Cameron employing extended techniques to do the same on her kit.

The result is a busy, dense, and information-rich outing. A fitting offering of improvised chaos to round out a chaotic year.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Okuden Quartet (Walerian/Shipp/Parker/Drake) – Every Dog Has His Day But It Doesn’t Matter Because Fat Cat is Getting Fatter (ESP-Disk, 2020) ****½

Cory Smythe – Accelerate Every Voice (Pyroclastic, 2020) ****½

Martin Taxt – First Room (Sofa, 2020) ****

Hermione Johnson – Tremble (Relative Pitch, 2020) ****½

“You Cannot Imagine” Interview with Joëlle Léandre

Newsbits: New Theremin / Unreleased Morricone / Susie Ibarra / Nilssen-Love Large Unit Rebroadcast

Moog is releasing a new theremin in honor of its 100th birthday.

A new album will feature previously-unreleased Ennio Morricone recordings.

A new Susie Ibarra interview is available.
And, a rebroadcast of the Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit is scheduled for this weekend.