Newsbits: Can on Vinyl / Wadada Leo Smith Stream / Ahleuchatistas in Chicago / Sexy Men of the Synthesizer

The entire catalog of seminal German Krautrock group Can will be released on vinyl.

Parts of Wadada Leo Smith‘s UK performances of Ten Freedom Summers is streaming on the BBC.

Ahleuchatistas upcoming Chicago performance is previewed.

And finally, if you’re seeking proof that there is indeed a web site for everything, check out Sexy Men of the Synthesizer.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...
Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) 13/1/08) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Free Jazz:

Jeffrey Haden Shurdut – The Music of Everything – BFP (Creative Musicfor Creative Listeners, 2014) ****
The Ames Room – Struggling In Public (Norwegianism, 2014) ****
Gato Libre – DuDu (Libra, 2014) ****
Martin Küchen – … And Everything Inside Came Down As Dust (Confront, 2014) ****
Angles 9 – Injuries (Clean Feed ,2014) *****
Ross Hammond – Shiner (Prescott Records, 2014) ****
Diego Barber with Craig Taborn – Tales (Sunnyside, 2014) ****
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – Black is Back (Catalyst, 2014) *****
Jacques Coursil and Alan Silva – FreeJazzArt (RogueArt, 2014) ***

Cecil Taylor at News Conference on His Stolen Prize Money


Cecil Taylor, the jazz pianist known for his wild improvisations and free-form performances, was sitting next to the Brooklyn district attorney on Tuesday. The stated purpose was a news conference on the arrest of an acquaintance who was accused of bilking Mr. Taylor of $500,000 in prize money. But Mr. Taylor did not want to talk about the case. He wanted to talk about the quality of trees on the train ride between Tokyo and Kyoto, the Kabuki dancers he had once seen in a Balanchine ballet, the conductor Pierre Boulez.

Now out on Neos

From NEOS:

Arturo Fuentes
Space Factory

Laurie Altman, Arnold Schönberg, Erich Korngold

Misato Mochizuki
Etheric Blueprint

Peter Bruun, Anders Brødsgaard, Steingrímur Rohloff
Preludes to Disaster

D.M. Visotzky, Béatrice Zawodnik, Barry Guy, Brice Pauset, Leonardo García Alarcón
Schizzi di Orlando Furioso

Toru Takemitsu, Toshio Hosokawa
Works for Solo Guitar

Peter Ruzicka
Orchestra Works Vol. 2

Roberto Gerhard
Leo – Gemini – Libra – Concerto for 8

René Wohlhauser

Denis Schuler
THE LINES – Solos & Duets Cycle

Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music, October in Washington DC

The lineup for this year’s Sonic Circuits:

Fri, Oct 3rd 2014 @Pyramid Atlantic
7:30 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.
~ $15

Insect Ark
MInd Over Matter Music Over Mind
Chester Hawkins
[ówt krì]
Bonnie Jones
Chris Lynn

Sat, Oct 4th 2014 @Pyramid Atlantic
5:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.
~ $20

Gilles Aubry
oceans roar 1000 drums
Anthony Pirog
Bee vs. Moth
The Use
Limax Maximus
The Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra + Movement

Sun, Oct 5th 2014 @Pyramid Atlantic
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
~ $20

Mia Zabelka
Boat Burning
Gen Ken Montgomery and Andrea, The Enchantress of Bioluminosity* – “8-Track Magic: A Light Odyssey”
Valerie Kuehne
Sarah O’Halloran
Fast Against the Wall
Layne Garrett

Cuneiform Records Fall Releases

New albums coming soon from Cuneiform Records.

ANTHONY PIROG – Palo Colorado Dream

Palo Colorado Dream – recorded with the all-star trio of Michael Formanek on bass and Ches Smith on drums – is guitarist Anthony Pirog’s debut solo album, and it marks the young innovator’s entrance onto the national stage. The album’s 11 tracks have an immersive depth and understated allure that hold the listener rapt. And they illustrate all the various realms of Pirog’s artistry: the spinning fantasy-scape of his loops and the hard-nosed technical power of his soloing, his patience with a slow build and his knack for moments of fierce catharsis.


Two years after the release of their impressive debut Sky Bleached, Dylan Ryan/Sand release Circa, a purposeful continuation of the aesthetic that the group had fostered on its first record. Circa, which features guitarist Timothy Young (David Sylvian, Reggie Watts, Wayne Horvitz), bassist Devin Hoff (Nels Cline Singers, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto) and leader/composer/drummer Dylan Ryan (Herculaneum) has a wholly unique styling, which ranges from the fearlessly improvisational to the tender; the abrasive to the understated.

ROB MAZUREK and BLACK CUBE SP – Return the Tides

“I have always thought of the idea of passing as a beautiful thing, in which the soul or life force of the individual is somehow transferred to the immensity and brilliance of the entirety. The idea of Heaven and Hell (and everything inbetween) has always been a hallmark within the limited spectrum of what we humans can come up with and the idea of God or Gods has, for some, been an interesting way of putting a life and circumstances into some kind of mysterious belief system that can at times be fed off of and at times be fed to.”

HAPPY FAMILY – Minimal Gods

“Happy Family are one of the best Japanese bands to have played in the past decade. The group interaction is incredible…” – Gibraltar Vol 4, #47


The guitar and percussion tracks of Verse were recorded to half-inch tape, after which Jonathan brought in a number of Baltimore musicians to help orchestrate the pieces with wind, brass, voice, reeds and strings. Dueling mezzo sopranos weave light into sparse, cavernous structures. A guitar finds its way alongside a piano. Choirs of trumpets and flugelhorns warn us, but we don’t listen.


The Cellar And Point is an adventurous ‘garage chamber’ band, developed and led by childhood friends Joseph Branciforte and Christopher Botta. They had long imagined a fluid synthesis of their wide-ranging interests: the detail of modern concert music, the improvisational sensibilities of downtown jazz and the emotional directness of rock, combined with the production values of hip-hop and electronica. Might it be possible to draw equally upon these influences, while transcending mere collage and to present it in the context of a working ensemble, not just a studio project? Ambit, the group’s impressive debut album, is one answer to those questions.