A Closer Listen Reviews

From A Closer Listen:

Mortal Morning ~ The Lost Line
Sunken Cathedral ~ S/T
Papillon ~ S/T
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra ~ Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
Troum ~ Mare Morphosis
Kyle Bobby Dunn ~ Fragments And Compositions Of
Scott Lawlor ~ Jupiter is a Cosmic Vacuum Cleaner
tarab ~ strata
Otto A Totland ~ Pinô
solo.op ~ Randrone
Plinth ~ Wintersongs
Lubomyr Melnyk ~ Windmills
Origamibiro ~ Collection
Small Things on Sundays ~ In Slow Motion

RIP Arthur Doyle

Burning Ambulance has a nice profile of Arthur Doyle, who passed away yesterday at 69.

Arthur Doyle
Cover of Arthur Doyle

As early as the late 1970s, Doyle was working in the blurry zone between free jazz and noise-rock as a member of guitarist Rudolph Grey‘s Blue Humans; he can be heard on Live NY 1980, along with drummer Beaver Harris. In the 1990s and 2000s, he was embraced by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth; he put out an album, The Songwriter, on the guitarist’s Ecstatic Peace label, and the band even namechecked him on the song “Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream.” He recorded prolifically, though not everything was brilliant. A trio disc, Live in Japan 1997, with Les Rallizes Dénudés guitarist Takashi Mizutani and drummer Sabu Toyozumi, is hard to find but worth the search. A pair of duo discs with legendary free jazz drummer Sunny Murray—2000′s Dawn of a New Vibration, on Fractal, and 2001′s Live at Glenn Miller Café, on Ayler, are also of interest, the former more than the latter.


JACK Quartet at The MAC, Belfast Reviewed

From All About Jazz:

The Jack Quartet - Family Portrait
The Jack Quartet

“This is really weird,” a woman said as she deliberated where to sit for the concert. With no stage in the windowless room and the two halves of the audience facing each other—an arrangement which naturally invited plenty of mutual, casual scrutiny—there was no obvious sweet spot in which to sit for the JACK Quartet’s recital of Georg Freidrich Haas‘ String Quartet No. 3 In iij. Noct.. Intriguingly, all sorts of conventions were challenged before a single note had been sounded.

“Be Known” documentary on musician Kahil El’Zabar

Kahil El'Zabar at Chicago's Ethnic Heritage En...
Kahil El’Zabar


Chicago’s WBEZ features an interview with Kahil El’Zabar on his music, life, and the upcoming documentary “Be Known.”


Music innovator, poet and world traveler, Kahil El’Zabar, has been creating cutting edge music for decades. Long time boyhood friend and filmmaker, Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, has made a penetrating “warts and all” documentary about Kahil’s life, titled “Be Known.” The documentary is a riveting, edgy portrait that chronicles the day-to-day(or gig-to-gig) struggle and the tumultuous life of a working musician. Kahil El’Zabar and Dwayne Johnson-Cochran join us.