AMN Reviews: Jack ‘O The Clock – All My Friends

1317156510-1San Francisco area band Jack ‘O The Clock has been described, in these pages and others, as a cross between Henry Cow and Gentle Giant, with a mix of New Weird Americana. This, their third release, does not deviate far from that description, yet still broadens their already wide oeuvre.

The lyrical theme of All My Friends is friendship. The combination of words and vocal melodies are haunting, and even disturbing if you listen closely.  However, one can listen to the vocals of this release as just another instrument without being distracted. While an ostensibly a five piece in which each band member plays multiple instruments, they compliment their guitar, hammer dulcimer, violins, psaltery, bassoon, flute, bass, piano, drums, percussion, and accordion with church organ, harp, and a brass / wind section. But this plethora of musical tools results in more of a chamber rock than orchestral feel.

Not sold yet? Try out All My Friends on the group’s Bandcamp page. Listen to tracks 4-8.  From disjointed percussion on The Pilot, to modern-rock-riffing-turned-contrapuntal-jazz on Saturday Afternoon On The Median, I dare you to not come away intrigued and wanting more.

If 2013 were to end today, Jack ‘O The Clock’s most recent release would easily win my nod for album of the year. Bravo.

Meitar Ensemble at Roulette Reviewed

From NYTimes.com:

The MATA Festival, which focuses on emerging composers, prides itself on presenting a diversity of styles. And members of the Israeli new-music Meitar Ensemble, founded in 2004 by the pianist Amit Dolberg and conducted by Guy Feder, played with a poise and precision that sought and found the unique character of each of the five works on Thursday’s program.

But those works all trod similar ground, intriguing if not exactly surprising: investigating the interaction of acoustic instruments and electronic sounds generated from them in real time. Each piece had interest, but their juxtapositions of hazy electronic backdrops and piquant, jittery lines began to blend into one another.

Drummer Frank Rosaly emerges as a bandleader with Cicada Music

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From the Bleader:

Since moving to Chicago in 2001, Rosaly has been a fixture on the local scene, playing with countless groups, but it’s only been in the last few years that he’s focused on forming and writing music for his own. There’s Green and Gold, which he formed to play the music of Sonny Simmons and Prince Lasha; Bootstrap, a quartet inspired by social resistance movements; and Todos de Pie!, a revisionist plena project. But Cicada Music is the first of his groups to release any music, and unlike those other bands, it has no particular conceptual underpinnings.

DMG Newsletter April 12th, 2013

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Aki Takase (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From DMG:

Frith/Laswell/Hayward’s Masscre – Live ’99/’08! Jon Madof’s Zion80 With Frank London/Greg Wall! Uri Gurvich Qt! Raz Mesinai DVD! Peter Brotzmann: Solo in Italy! John Medeski: Solo Piano!

Samo Salamon Trios with Tim Berne/Tom Rainey//Achille Succi/Roberto Dani! Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Acoustic CD+DVD! Frank Rosaly Chicago Quintet!

Taborn/Morgan/Cleaver! Zeena Parkin’s Adorables! Aki Takase plays Duke Ellington! More Than a Dozen from El Gallo Rojo! Bob Gluck & Aruan Ortiz! Pietaro/Moshe Red Microphone! Tomasz Stanko NY Qt!

Mike Patton soundtrack! Iva Bittova! Seamus Blake! Ambarchi/O’Rourke/Haino! David Grubbs! Alan Licht! Daniel Menche! Chris Potter! Bob Gluck/Aruan Ortiz!

John Coltrane: Complete Sun Ship 2CD! Butch Morris Rarities! Pere Ubu Live ’78 2LP! Paul Metzger & Milo Fine! Duke Ellington: My People Complete! Stravinsky’s Agon!

Tons of New Release on Italy’s Premier Avant-Jazz label El Gallo Rojo!

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The DMG Free Weekly In-Store Performance Series Continues in 2013 With:

Record Store Day/Weekend Free Music Sets at DMG!
This Saturday, April 20th:
6pm: FRANCISCO MORA CATLETT’S AFRO HORN with ALEX HARDING!

This Sunday, April 21st:
6pm: ELLIOTT LEVIN – Philly’s Finest Saxist/Flutist/Poet/Legend!

Sunday, April 28th Double-Header:
6pm: LEO CIESA – Solo Drums!
7pm: JESSE DULMAN & JASON CANDLER – Tuba & Alto Sax with Electronics!

Sunday, May 5th Double-Header:
6pm: MICHAEL LYTLE / ROBERT DICK / EYAL MAOZ – Clarinets/Flutes/Guitar!
7pm: DOMINIC FRAGMAN – Solo Drums!

Sunday, May 12th:
6pm: PASCAL NIGGENKEMPER !

Sunday, May 26th Double-Header:
6pm: SANDY EWEN & WEASEL WALTER – Incredible Guitar & Drums Duo!
7pm: SHAYNA DULBERGER & YONI KRETZMER – Amazing Double Bass & Sax Duo!