Fall Cuneiform Releases

From Cuneiform Records:

Chrome Hoof – Chrome Black Gold

Chrome Hoof serve up their sonic gumbo with a truly theatrical flair evoking the spectacles of Devo, Gong, Parliament/Funkadelic, Hawkwind, and Sun Ra, transporting their audiences on a Trip Into the Beyond. The result is a one-of-a-kind, hugely entertaining, nitro-pop, electro-metal, synth-pop, sci-fi, space-disco, psyche-Dalek spectacle!

The Claudia Quintet – September

Led by composer, drummer and three-time Grammy nominee John Hollenbeck, The Claudia Quintet have quietly but firmly and definitively recast jazz into shimmering new shapes inflected by classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock. They are one of the most influential stylists on other musicians in cutting-edge jazz today.

Miriodor – Cobra Fakir

Over a nearly 35 year-long career, Miriodor have continuously produced music that is intricate, melodic, challenging and filled with both humour and fire. Cobra Fakir is the group’s eighth studio album and, like all their releases, is a captivating new-music gem filled with great musicianship, terrific tunes and a distinctive and personal sound.

Pixel – We Are all Small Pixels

Pixel delivers a exuberant second album that makes a mighty statement, further refining its fervently creative vision with We Are All Small Pixels, a jazz meets indie manifesto that translates ancient spiritual insight into the digital age. The group stands at the forefront of a rising generation of jazz players who are remaking jazz in their own image.

Tatvamasi – Parts of the Entirety

Born out of cataclysm and nurtured in silence and solitude, the music of Tatvamasi reveals hidden depths of the Polish soul. Tatvamasi plays scorching, uncategorizable music defined by searing tenor sax riffs, cutting electric guitar, and a loose and sinewy rhythm section of electric bass and drums. With Parts of The Entirety, Tatvamasi opens up new territory, bringing the narrative heft of jazz to the sturdy forms of folk music.

Robert Wyatt – ’68

In September, 1968, the Soft Machine had just finished their second, exhaustive tour of the USA supporting the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Post-tour, Robert Wyatt stayed, working on recordings in Hollywood and New York City. Upon Robert’s return to England, these documents lay forgotten… Now, for the first time, all four of the recordings Robert made in ’68 are collected together and released, all in the best possible sound quality!

Zevious – Passing Through the Wall

According to Zevious, the goal on Passing Through the Wall is to induce a trance-like state in the listener through repetition, non-conventional melody and challenging song structure. The compositions are based around large cycles of layered poly-rhythmic patterns against octave displaced melodies; the individual parts working together to create dense, pulsating textures. It’s a hypnotizing blend of intricate, locked-in interaction and energy.

AMN Picks of the Week: Taylor Ho Bynum / Lasse Marhaug / Wicked King Wicker / Vortex / Taphephobia

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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.

Taylor Ho Bynum – Navigation (2013)
Lasse Marhaug – Bring Me the Head of Lasse Marhaug (2004)
Wicked King Wicker – Evolving (2013)
Vortex – Kali Yuga (2013)
Taphephobia – Escape from the Mundane Self (2013)

Anthony Braxton’s Echo Echo Mirror House: Music Implications for Improvisation


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Braxton, Anthony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Henry Kuntz reviews the first two Echo Echo Mirror House releases, and discusses their broad implications on improvised music.

These releases document the first recorded examples of Braxton’s new Echo Echo Mirror House music. Following on the heels of his advanced Ghost Trance Music (see review by clicking here please…), in which players instrumentally access and include in their compositional renderings any of Braxton’s music from whatever period, in this new Echo Echo Mirror House music the players – in addition to their acoustic instruments – wield IPODs loaded with digitized versions of Braxton’s entire recorded output: the players can instantly access any of Braxton’s recorded music from any period and interject that music over an array of loudspeakers into the new EEMH compositions.

Setola di Maiale New Releases

From Setola di Maiale:

Ivano Nardi / Eugenio Colombo / Roberto Del Piano / Carola DE Scipio – To Max with Love (Omaggio a Massimo Urbani)

Collettivo Di Resistenza Culturale (Paolo Sanna / Elia Casu / Patrizia Oliva / Francesco Guerri / Stefano Giust) – Due

The Star Pillow (Paolo Monti / Federico Gerini) – The Beautiful Questions

Star Pillow Meet Bruno Romani (Paolo Monti / Federico Gerini / Bruno Romani) – S/t

Cristian Naldi – Spettro

Fabrizio ‘Bozzi’ Fenu / Michele Anelli / Paolo Sanna – Inner Songs