New From Utech Records

Evan Parker Mats Gustafsson Pat Thomas Roger T...
Evan Parker Mats Gustafsson Pat Thomas Roger Turner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Out on Utech Records:

MATS GUSTAFSSON > BENGT
Bengt is the new solo recording by Mats Gustafsson and is dedicated to Bengt Nordström. Mats Gustafsson plays a plastic alto sax. A classic Grafton sax. The type of sax that was used by Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman and Bengt Nordström. Nordström is best known having produced Albert Ayler´s first recording Something Different!!!!!! on his Bird Note imprint.

PHILIPPE PETIT > UNA SYMPHONIA DELLA PAURA
Una Symphonia Della Paura began as a collaboration with Justin Broadrick. The result of “Murmurs” led French composer Philippe Petit to continue with the record, building an impenetrable wall of black fog and ash. Rasping layers of distortion, percussion and guitar noise combat one another in the harshest work from Petit to date.

SUZUKI JUNZO > ODE TO A BLUE GHOST
Inspired by Lonnie Johnson‘s “Blue Ghost Blues,” Suzuki Junzo’s second album on Utech Records, Ode to a Blue Ghost, channels the bleak side of his playing. While hints of his blues- and folk-inspired work can be heard at times, they’re never far from the clutches of phantasmagorical loops and feedback squalls. Resonating guitar and meditative riffs inhabit a world apace with shimmering calm and levigating dissonance.

AMN Picks of the Week

Jessica Lurie, Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone...
Jessica Lurie, Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, performing at Bumbershoot 2008, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Jessica Lurie Ensemble Megaphone Heart (2012)
Vialka – Curiosities of Popular Customs (2005)
Ballister – Mechanisms (2012)
Frank Wright – Blues for Albert Ayler (1974)
Atrium Carceri – Reliquiae (2012)
Raison d’Etre – When the Earth Dissolves in Ashes: Live 2010-2011 (2012)
Orquesta Metafisica – 7 Movimientos (2011)
Man Forever – Pansophical Cataract (2012)

Newsbits: Cotone / Braxton / Glass / 50 Jazz Albums

Nino Cotone of Gatto Marte has a new album out.

Anthony Braxton‘s Tricentric Foundation has released two new recordings: GTM (Iridium) 2007 Volume 2 – Set 1 and GTM (Iridium) 2007 Volume 2 – Set 2.

Burning Ambulance provides a list of 50 jazz albums that you normally would not see as part of a list of 50 jazz albums.

Philip Glass has been chosen as a feature of the New York Zine The Fader. NPR covers.

Touching Extremes Reviews

From Touching Extremes:

FRODE GJERSTAD / KEVIN NORTON / DAVID WATSON – Tipples
CORNSTAR – Lulla
CELER – All At Once Is What Eternity Is
VOICE OF EYE – Primaera
CHRISTOPHER MCFALL & ASHER – An Amber Hollowed Night
ELLIOTT SHARP TRIO – Aggregat
TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA – Maruto
TAUS (TIM BLECHMANN & KLAUS FILIP) – Pinna
THINKING PLAGUE – Decline And Fall
CRAIG VEAR – Esk
JOE COLLEY – Disasters Of Self

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Earl Howard, at Moers Festival 2007
Earl Howard, at Moers Festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Free Jazz:

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up – The Air is Different (482Music, 2012) ****½
Axel Dörner, Werner Dafeldecker, Sven-Ǻke Johansson – Der Kreis des Gegenstandes (Monotype, 2011) ****
Muringa – The Unknown Knowns (Sofa Music, 2012) *****
Jim Denley, Philippe Lauzier, Pierre-Yves Martel, Kim Myhr, Eric Normand- Transition De Phase (Tour De Bras, 2012) ****
Sheriffs of Nothingness – A Summer’s Night At The Crooked Forest (Sofa, 2011) ****
Jennifer Allum & Eddie Prévost – Penumbræ (Matchless, 2011) ****
Thanos Chrysakis & Philip Somervell – Knotted Alembic (Aural Terrains, 2012) ****
Otherways and Free Space – Life Amid The Artifacts (Emanem, 2011) ***
Lapslap – Granita (Leo, 2012) ***½
Myelin – Axon (Intonema, 2012)
Soizic Lebrat & Heddy Boubaker – Off The Record (Audition Records, 2011)
Earl Howard – Granular Modality (New World Records, 2012)
Christina Kubisch – Mono Fluido (Important, 2011)
Ernesto Rodrigues – Suspensaõ (Creative Sources, 2011)
Michel Doneda, Jonas Kocher, Christoph Schiller – Grape Skin (Another Timbre, 2011)
Michel Doneda & Jonas Kocher – Action Mécanique (Flexion, 2011)
Michel Doneda, Kocher, Grom, Sambolec- Udarnik (L’Innomable, 2011)
Osvaldo Coluccino – Atto (Another Timbre, 2012)
Rafael Toral & Davu Seru – Live In Minneapolis (Clean Feed, 2012)
Annette Krebs, Anthea Caddy, Magda Mayas – Thread (Another Timbre, 2012)
Jean-Luc Guionnet & Sijiro Murayama – Window Dressing (Potlatch, 2011)
Thomas Tilly & Jean-Luc Guionnet – Stones Air Axioms (Circum, 2011)
Lucio Capece & Radu Malfatti – Explorational (B-Boim, 2011)
Aaron Novik – Secret of Secrets (Tzadik, 2012) ****½