10 months from now the Magic Band is scheduled to play Beefheart in London. That’s all we know right now.
New! Other Dimensions: Carter/Campbell/Parker/Drake 2 CD set! Herb Robertson NY Downtown AllStars! Anthony Braxton 2007 Trio! Dennis Gonzalez NY Qt! Brotzmann/Wilkinson Qt!
Harry Beckett/George Haslam Sextet plus 6 More New Discs from Slam! Steve Jansen w/ David Sylvian! 4 Discs from Weasel Walter’s Ug-Explode label! 3 from Australia’s Barney McAll w/ Billy Harper, Joey Baron, Josh Roseman & Badal Roy!
Daunik Lazro & Joe McPhee! Nobu Stowe & Perry Robinson! Ghidra w/ Wally Shoup & Bill Horist! ESP Disk: Billie Holiday box, Lester Young, and Burton Greene!
Plus Historic Discs & Reissues from Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Wolfgang Dauner Quintet, Taj Mahal Travelers, Fela Kuti 3 CD Set, Erik Satie//Poulenc, 3 by Morricone, 4 from Welsh Rockers: Man and An Eccentric Soul Compilation!
This review covers the improvising rock collective covering the sounds of free-jazz pioneer Marion Brown.
This, of course, is good news, as many out of print recordings can now be downloaded. Their prices are a bit high, but it is a step in the right direction. Quite a number of modern classical releases are included.
Stephen Riley – Once Upon a Dream – 28 Nov 07
Ted Brown – Shades of Brown – 27 Nov 07
Chip Shop Music – s/t – 27 Nov 07
Anthony Braxton – Solo Willisau – 27 Nov 07
From Musique Machine:
The English Heretic – Wyrd Tales(cd & book)
The English Heretic are a mysterious musically, literary & dark historic collective who investigate ocultic matters blurring the lines between fact and fiction, their music is a layered and sinister mix of dark electronics, folk and source recordings & ambience. Their written word a mixture of ocultic history, true crime and horror fiction- all to make a intoxicating and often highly un-nerving whole.
Supersilent – 8
The eighty chapter in the awe inspiring Norwegian collective Supersilent’s career finds them creating a rather horror shrouded atmospheric album that weaves together elements of jazz, complex electroinca, rock & metal, creepy synth expanses, cinematic tones and all manner of genre pick & mix into a magical, epic often edgy, sometimes beautiful whole
Chapter – Two – (the Biographer)
Two is, as the title would indicate, the second album by Chapter, a duo consisting of Swiss artists Alexander J.S. Craker and Thierry van Osselt. The album’s subtitle (the biographer) refers to the unifying concept of the work; an elegantly presented lyric book presents a short biography, for which each track is named. For instance, the first track is named Baron B.M. Craker (1946-2003). Each biography refers to lyrics or poems found or provided by family members or significant others. Chapter sets each of these lyrics or poems to music. It is only upon careful examination of the album credits that you realise you’ve been had, most of the time. It says “All biographies are fictional; any resemblance to persons living or dead, are purely coincidental (except for Baron B.M. Craker, which is based on true facts)”. It’s an intriguing idea, and a pretty clever prank.
Tenhornedbeast – The Sacred Truth
The Sacred Truth is first slice of sonic darkness from this new project from Christopher Walton one half of the now defunct ocultic dark ambient, neo-classical & ritual percussion project Endvra. Thankful this doesnâ€™t try to recapture Endvra’s past glories instead this has itâ€™s own grim identity that summons up a quite an organic mix of dark ambience, drone blackness & doomy/ blackened mettlic guitar tone.
Rapoon – Time Frost
For me Time Frost is the first fully realized release from the Glacial Movements label that fulfils the labels remit of supplying ambience and sound work that conjures up vast frozen deserts, shifting ice continents and the loneliness and beauty of artic climes.
29-Nov-07 One Shot
Ewaz Vader (Le Triton)
Reviewed by John Kelman
29-Nov-07 Bismillah Khan
The Shenai’s Humble Master (Saregama India)
Reviewed by Chris May
28-Nov-07 Miles Davis
Miles Davis: The Complete On The Corner Sessions (Sony-Legacy Music)
Reviewed by John Kelman
27-Nov-07 3 Cohens
Braid (Anzic Records)
Reviewed by Mark F. Turner