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.
KRK – Acouasm (2009, avant-improv)
Ocrilim – Annwn (2008, math / post-rock)
Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward (2008, avant-rock)
Rent Romus – The Pit (2009, avant-jazz)
Rafal Mazur / Michal Dymny – Extension (2009, improv)
Levin / Looney / Smith / Walter – Summer Rise / Summer Set … Summaries (2009, avant-jazz/rock)
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Infernal Machines (2009, jazz orchestra)
The Chicago Tribune discusses Wilkes’ new CD and upcoming shows.
Just last month, Wilkes released his second CD, “Cries from tha Ghetto” (Pi Recordings), a bold follow-up to his debut recording of the year before, “Drop It” (Delmark Records). If the first recording established the heady lyricism of Wilkes’ music and the scope of his artistic ambition (with its dramatic fusion of music and poetry), the sophomore CD pushes vigorously into avant-garde territory.
The Chicago Reader discusses Ware’s recent release as well as his kidney operation.
In January powerhouse saxophonist David S. Ware released Shakti (Aum Fidelity), his 23rd album as a bandleader, recorded in May 2008 following a European tour. It was his first new studio disc since 2003, and on it he debuted a superb group with guitarist Joe Morris, drummer Warren Smith, and longtime bassist William Parker. Though Ware’s muscular tone and rigorous style of post-Sonny Rollins motific exploration remained intact, the band as a whole sounded markedly different than the quartet he’d led for the previous 17 years.