AMN Reviews: Chvad SB – Gut (Facility Records)

“Gut”  is the original soundtrack to an indie movie about some very disturbing videos and their devastating effect on the two very middle-class friends who watch them. In a wonderfully low-budget backstory, Chvad SB is said to have sat himself down in front of the television with the film on and sweated his way through its composition, striving to capture the brokenness of its characters, hunched over the guitar in his lap.

It begins a little raw but soft, evoking the quotidian numbness felt by the lead role, until some quiver edges its way into “The Talk”. Hearts begin to race arrhythmically on “Under Skin” and “Tense at Work”, where Chvad SB treats his guitar strings more like percussion instruments. A single hard, electric volt leaps from the midst of “Poison”, a track otherewise poised and coiled.

“Love Your Wife” is the shortest and spookiest track, especially in juxtaposition with the title, a foreboding drone that sets the stage for the excruciatingly drawn-out moral struggle that begins tentatively with “The Transition”, pricks at the listener with single, diamond-hard notes on “Detachment” and grows creepier as the tracks grow longer, stretching to four, five, six minutes. And yet even as the strain begins to show, Chvad SB continues to advance at a snail´s pace, fixated on the details of each note and its echo. The first distorted blast since “Poison” punctuates the second half of “The Call the Fight”, after which comes the disoriented haze of “Drive” and “The End of Things”, a little opus in itself that is the closest thing to a typical, cave-echoing horror flick chill.

For a story about alienation and objectification, “Gut” is an admirably restrained, characterful album fraught with tension without offering release.

Stephen Fruitman

Newsbits: Avantwhatever in April / Calvin Weston / Shayna Dulberger in DC / Little Women / British Jazz Book

Avantwhatever features Carolyn Connors (Voice and Accordion), Alexander Rishaug (Laptop and Electronics), Dale Gorfinkel (Reeds, Feedback and Other Stuff), at The Alderman, 134 Lygon St, Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday April 24.

Imaginary Chicago has a new release out from Calvin Weston.

Twins Jazz in DC features Shayna Dulberger on April 11.

Burning Ambulance features Little Women.

An excerpt from the new book Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers, and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz, 1960-1975, by Duncan Heining, is available.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Mats Gustafsson
Mats Gustafsson (Photo credit: neofob)

From Free Jazz:

Joshua Abrams Quartet – Unknown Known (RogueArt, 2013) ***
Jon Irabagon, Hernani Faustino, Gabriel Ferrandini – Absolut Zero (Not Two, 2013) *****
Double Tandem/ Mats Gustafsson Solo: Abet ?! (Terprecords, 2012) **** ½
Mats Gustafsson & Johns Lunds: Plays Alto Saxophone (7’’) (yoyooyoy, 2012) *** ½
Swedish Azz: Toots and Quincy (Flexi Disc) (Not Two, 2012) ****
Merzbow/Mats Gustafsson/Balász Pándi: Cuts (Rare Noise Records, 2013) ***
Willamette (CD Baby/Bandcamp, 2012) ***
Die Enttäuschung – Vier Halbe (Intakt, 2012) ****

This Week in Buenos Aires

From Buenos Aires,su Nueva Musica:

At Virasoro bar guatemala 4328
friday 12
INGRID ( new jazz)
Richard Nant (trumpet, flugel horn)
Alan Plachta (guitar)
Ezequiel Finger (vibraphone)
Gabriel Spiller (drums)

Gustavo Camara (sax)
Tito Fornaro (guitar)
Leo Cejas (contrabass)
Santiago Lacabe (drums).

Saturday 13
Ernesto Jodos (piano)
Pablo Moser (sax)
Mauricio Dawid (contrabass)
R. Gatica (drums)

LA CORNETITA ( free jazz )
Pablo Puntoriero (sax, flutes, percussion)
Sergio Lamas (guitar)
Pablo Vazquez (contrabass)
Lulo Isod (drums).

At Vicente El Absurdo (Julián Álvarez 1886)
Thursday 11 , 21.00 hs
Ensamble Chancho a Cuerda ( avant garde/ unclasified)
Nahuel Carfi ,piano voice
Julián Galay, Bass
Agustín Lumerman ,percussion
Lautaro Matute ,guitar
Nicolás Rallis, guitar
Joaquín Chibán, violín
Manuel Rodríguez Riva, clarinets

At ESPACIO ZAFRA, Sarmiento 3096
Thursday 11 ,21.30 hs
TANGO EN TRES ( contemporary new tango)
Julián Graciano: 7 Stringued Guitar
Santiago Álvarez: Contrabass
Marcelo Cóceres: Drums

At Domus Artis , Av Triunvirato 4311
Friday 12 , 21.30 hs
José de Diego
Eduardo Rey / Francisco Ali-Brouchoud
+ César Remonda / Sebastián Mouriño

At BLABLA , Nicasio Oroño 1579
Saturday 13 , 21 hs
T. Castro , piano
Sebastian Grosshaus , Drums
Guillermo Roldan , Bass

At Zaguan Sur ,Moreno 2320
Saturday 13 , 22.00
FOTO ( experimental )
Wenchi Lazo -guitar
Diego Voloschin – drums
Barbara Togander -voice
Hernan Hayet , bass
Visuals / Caro Andreetti – Azu Losan

At Garrick Arte•Cultura Avellaneda 1359 22.00 hs

PasajerO unO FESt (Experimental / electronics /multimedia )
carloS alonsO_unOxUNo
Fernando Kabusacki (electric, synthesized and acoustic guitars )
Ernesto Romeo (synths , sequencers. electronics)
Lucas Romeo (guitars, Laptop, electrónics)

A day with John Zorn: The Walker celebrates his 60th

English: John Zorn Français : John Zorn
English: John Zorn Français : John Zorn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yet another review of Zorn in Minneapolis.

When Zorn decided to celebrate his 60th with a series of events, Bither was the first person he called. Bither said, “Sure, how about a week’s worth?” Zorn said (because he likes to sleep at home), “Let’s do it all in one day.” The Walker called it “John Zorn @ 60″ and the “Zorn-a-thon.” The day began at 3 p.m. in the Walker Cinema, moved to the McGuire Theater for performances at 4, 7, and 10 (each featuring music from a different time in Zorn’s career), and ended shortly before 1 a.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral across the street. It was an exhilarating, exhausting 10 hours (with breaks) during which we were given glimpses into Zorn’s life, music, nuclear energy, prickly personality, unbelievable prolificacy, and blast-furnace creative mind.