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.
Jonathan Rowden Group – Becoming (2014)
Richard Pinhas / Oren Ambarchi – Paris – Part One – TnVO Live at Instants Chavires (2014)
Tom Carter & Pat Murano – Four Infernal Rivers (2014)
The Microscopic Septet – Manhattan Moonrise (2014)
Richard Pinhas / Tatsuya Yoshida – Welcome in the Void (2014)
Guitarist Marc Ribot‘s been around. Beginning in the early ’80s, he’s balanced his own skronky, avant-garde-ish solo work with sideman and session gigs for half the rock and jazz world, including the Black Keys; T-Bone Burnett; Cibo Matto; Elvis Costello; Elton John; Marianne Faithfull; Allen Ginsberg; Diana Krall; Medeski, Martin & Wood; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; Stan Ridgway; David Sanborn; and many, many more. He maintains several long-running creative relationships, most notably with John Zorn (for whom he’s recorded dozens of times, and is a member of both the Bar Kokhba Sextet and Electric Masada) and Tom Waits (he’s played on Rain Dogs, Franks Wild Years, the live Big Time, Mule Variations, Real Gone, Orphans, and Bad As Me). As a leader, he’s made over 20 albums, ranging from solo work to nearly metallic noise-rock to Latin dance tunes with Los Cubanos Postizos. His latest release is Live at the Village Vanguard, a trio disc featuring bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor—the same rhythm section heard on his 2005 album Spiritual Unity (by the band of the same name), a tribute to Albert Ayler featuring the late trumpeter Roy Campbell.
Jaap Blonk, Sandy Ewen, Damon Smith, Chris Cogburn – North of Blanco (Balance Point Acoustics, 2014) ***
William Hooker Duo w/Damon Smith – Triangles of Force (Balance Point Acoustics, 2014) ***½
Working Hard To Make Your Life Easier! – Volume One (Castor & Pollux, 2014) *** Hamid Drake & Jesse Stewart – Timelines (Art Stew, 2013) ***
William Winant – Five American Percussion Pieces (Poon Village, 2013) ***½
Peeter Uuskyla – Daydreaming Nerves (Omlott, 2014) ****
Fred van Duijnhoven – Breuk (PJJ, 2013) **½
Hati – Wild Temple (Monotype, 2013) ****
Jason Kahn – Things Fall Apart (Herbal International, 2013) *** Roscoe Mitchell – Conversations II (Wide Hive, 2014) ****½ Ben Goldberg – Worry Later (BAG Production, 2014) ****
Axel Dörner – Die Anreicherung (Jazzwerkstatt, 2013) ****
Mrs. Conception- Back In A Minute (Gligg, 2013) ****
Axel Dörner, Andreas Willers & Achim Kaufmann – AAA Live (Creative Sources, 2013) ****
Axel Dörner, Eddie Prévost, Kai Fagaschinski, Noid, Sachiko M & Taku Unami – Ftarri Collection 2 (IMJ/Matchless, 2014) **½
L’Étau: Choses Clandestines (Disques Bloc Thyristors, 2014) *****
William Hooker – Heart Of The Sun (Engine, 2014) ***
The Italian composer Ennio Morricone has canceled a short North American visit in which he was to have conducted concerts of his film music — at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 13, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on June 15, and at the National Auditorium in Mexico City on June 18. The concerts, originally scheduled for March, had been postponed after Mr. Morricone, 84, injured his back before he was to have traveled to the United States.