AMN Reviews: Kayo Dot – Hubardo

English: Kayo Dot in Santa Cruz
English: Kayo Dot in Santa Cruz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While you could think of Kayo Dot as heavy avant-prog from Brooklyn, categories don’t do this group justice. Led by Toby Driver, formerly in Maudlin of the Well, Kayo Dot combines a rich set of palettes and styles. They build on what has come before without sounding retro.

Comparisons? Try the red-headed stepchild of Mr. Bungle and Dillinger Escape Plan, with some Dead Can Dance, John Zorn, Godpseed You Black Emperor, and death metal sprinkled in. The overall sound is concentrated on vocals and guitar riffing, supported by bass and drums. Add to that the occasional sax, flute, and organ, and you have an eclectic range of textures. For instance, “Crown-in-the-Muck” begins as sax and guitar driven progressive rock, then morphs into thrash metal. On the other hand, “And He Built Him a Boat” combines post-rock stylings with atmospheric vocals.

As I listen to Hubardo, sometimes I think that I’ve heard all of the elements before – but never combined in this particular fashion.  At 100 minutes, some of which is slow-moving, there is a lot to digest.  It is likely that I’ve missed many details on the first few listens. Nonetheless, a remarkable release.

Vijay Iyer and Jeremey Denk are MacArthur Fellows

English: The Vijay Iyer Quartet performed an i...
English: The Vijay Iyer Quartet performed an intense and spirited set of music as part of the Albright-Knox’s Art of Jazz series 3/16/08. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Congrats to both! From the MacArthur Foundation:

Vijay Iyer is a pianist, composer, bandleader, electronic musician, and writer forging a new conception of jazz and American creative music through an eclectic oeuvre that includes compositions for his own and other ensembles, collaborations across multiple genres and disciplines, and scholarly research on the act of listening. An ardent investigator of musical communities, practices, histories, and theories, he mines core rhythmic, melodic, and structural elements from a wide range of sources to construct richly varied, improvisation-driven solo and ensemble music.

Jeremy Denk is a concert pianist enlivening the musical experience for amateurs and aficionados alike through his eloquence with notes and words. As a soloist and in concerti and chamber ensembles, Denk masterfully performs some of the most technically demanding works of iconic masters—Bach, Beethoven, Chopin—as well as compositions of storied twentieth-century artists—Ives and Ligeti—with virtuosic dexterity and imagination. Noted for his unexpected pairings of pieces in recital programs and recordings, he often draws out surprising themes and continuities between historically and stylistically disparate works. His live and recorded duets with violinist Joshua Bell, a longstanding tradition, are critically acclaimed and lauded for their extraordinary balance and original interpretation.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

From Free Jazz:

Mostly Other People do The Killing – Red Hot (Hot Cup, 2013) ****½
Charity Chan / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter ‎– Improvised Music And Tentacles (Bug Incision, 2013) ****½
Michael Wintsch, Weber, Wolfarth – The Holistic Worlds Of (Monotype, 2012) ****
Dawn of Midi – Dysnomia (Thirsty Ear, 2013) ****
Craig Taborn Trio – Chants (ECM, 2013) ****
Sophia Domancich, Avenel, Goubert – Upcoming Summer (Sans Bruit, 2013) ****
Busk – Nur Eins (Ilk, 2013) ***½
Nicolás Chientaroli Trío – ViajeraMente (Pan Y Rosas, 2013) ***
Novoa-Moreno-Prats – Bajo Cero (Femme Sutil, 2012) ***
RGG Tio – Szymanowski (Fonografika, 2013) ***
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette – Somewhere (ECM, 2013)
Alipio C Neto-Jean-Marc Charmier 5Tet – Lilies For Ra (TerreSommerse, 2013) ****
Nate Wooley/Daniele Martini/Giovanni Di Domenico/Hugo Antunes/ Chris Corsano: Posh Scorch (Orre Records, 2013) **** ½
Wadada Leo Smith & TUMO – Occupy The World (TUM, 2013) ****½

Jaap Blonk and Jeb Bishop in Orlando on October 6th

Jaap Blonk
Jaap Blonk (Photo credit: Laertes)

From thecm5:

Jaap Blonk and Jeb Bishop
Sunday, October 6th
Timucua white house
2000 S. Summerlin Ave., Orlando
7:30 pm concert, free admission, all ages welcome

It’s the path less traveled for Jaap Blonk and once you’ve experienced his work, that should trigger your admiration, in gushing fashion or begrudgingly. The Dutch sound poet with Dada bone fides returns on October 6th for his second appearance at the Timucua white house, this time with duet partner Jeb Bishop.