Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 25/2013

Carla Bley, Treibhaus Innsbruck 2009. Concert ...
Carla Bley, Treibhaus Innsbruck 2009. Concert with Billy Drummond, Steve Swallow, Andy Sheppard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

No Business
Rebento: Red Trio-rodrigo Pinheiro, P/ Hernani Faustino, B/ Gabriel Fernandini, Dr, Perc

Absolute Horizon: Adam Lane, B/ Darius Jones, as/ Vijay Anderson, Dr

Ecm
Trios: Carla Bley, P/ Andy Sheppard, Ts, Ss/ Steve Swallow, B

Innova
Sensorium-music for Dance Music: Ken Field, as, Composition + Various Artists

the Character of American Sunlight: Jerome Kitzke

Evil Rabbit
Give No Quarter: Baars/ Kneer/ Elgart

Bartleby the Scrivener: Fiorenzo Bodrato, B/ Stefano Battaglia, P/ Andrea Massaria, G/ Massimiliano Furia, Dr

Vafongool (Rip Eirik Tofte, Founder)
Lana Trio: Andreas Wildhagen, Dr/ Kjetil Jerve, P/ Henrik M N, Tbn

W/w: Christian Winther, G/ Christian M Svendsen, B

as Deafness Increases: Inga M Aas, B/ Rudolf T Bjornerem, G/ Henrik M Norstebo, Tbn

Barefoot
Angel: Stephen Sieben, G/ Dam P Melbye, B/ Hakon Berre, Dr

Gnom: Petter Hangsel, Tbn/ Kristian Tangvik, Tuba/ Rune Lahse, Dr

plus: Zesper Zeuthen, as/ + Band

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AMN Picks of the Week: Daniel Rosenboom / Bram Stadhouders / Scott Fields / Insect Ark / Anthony Braxton

Scott Fields (b. September 30, 1956 in Chicago...
Scott Fields (b. September 30, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois), is a guitarist, composer and band leader. (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.

Daniel Rosenboom – Book of Omens (2013)
Daniel Rosenboom – Unsayable Absence: Live at the Blue Whale (2013)
Bram Stadhouders – Henosis (2013)
Scott Fields Ensemble – Frail Lumber (2011)
Insect Ark – Long Arms (2013)
Anthony Braxton – Quartet (London) 1991 – 04.02 – Set 1 (2013)

Newsbits: Microscopic Sextet Kickstarter / Ostertag Release / Olivia Block and Others in St. Louis / New York Shows / Zappa Release

Bildbeschreibung: Frank Zappa-Statue von Vacla...
Bildbeschreibung: Frank Zappa-Statue von Vaclav Cesak in Bad Doberan Quelle: selbst fotographiert Fotograf/Zeichner: Hei_ber Datum: 2003 Sonstiges: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Microscopic Sextet have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their next album.

Bob Ostertag has a new release out. The release page happens to have a long overview of this career as well, and is worth a read regardless.

Olivia Block, Sandra Gibson, and Luis Recoder will perform in St. Louis on November 15.

Jazz Right Now has a really nice list of New York improv and creative music shows happening in November.

A new Frank Zappa archival release, Road Tapes, Venue #2, is now out.

And finally, on a lighter note, a chart depicting various “levels” of musical appreciation is available. How low can you go?

Music from Norway: Just How Important Is It, Really?

Eivind Aarset at Moers Festival 2006, Germany
Eivind Aarset at Moers Festival 2006, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While not focused exclusively on avant-jazz, this article provides a highly detailed overview of the Norwegian music scene in general and the culture that supports it.

When it comes to jazz in Norway, one of the accusations from the US “jazz police” (by no means representative of everyone, any more than the right wing extremists represent the entire country) is that the music Norway is making may be good, but it’s emphatically not jazz. The truth, if you dig beneath the surface, however – sometimes not very far at all – is that many of the musicians who are famous today, like Arve Henriksen, Stian Westerhus, Nils Petter Molvær, Thomas Strønen, Ståle Storløkken, Ola Kvernberg, Eivind Aarset and Håkon Kornstad, all have the background to play something more akin to American jazz; they just choose not to.

200 Motels, Royal Festival Hall, London Reviewed

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frank_zappa (Photo credit: TheGoogly)

From The Independent:

Among the things Frank Zappa had in common with his coeval Lou Reed was an interest in the music of the classical avant garde. But Zappa’s involvement went deeper: echoes of Stravinsky and Schoenberg permeated many of his compositions, underpinned by the credo of the scientist-composer Edgard Varese, who enlisted ambient noise as part of his compositional armoury. Zappa followed suit, and into his 200 Motels he poured everything from his rackety life with his spaced-out rock band The Mothers of Invention. It’s appropriate that the score for his “surreal documentary” should be getting its British premiere at the Southbank, since that was where he road-tested its first songs in 1968.