Dan Coffey’s Top Albums of 2014

English: Peter Hammill onstage solo at Nearfes...
Peter Hammill

2014 has been a great year for unearthing lost gems as well as finding newly compressed diamonds. Here is a list, in no particular order, of the best recordings released this year, with links to information about each one. Here’s to 2015 and the makings of another list…

  1. Peter Hammill & Gary Lucas – Otherworld (Esoteric)
  2. Ashley Paul – Heat Source (Important Records)
  3. Amy Kohn – PlexiLusso (Palpebre)
  4. Officer! – Ossification (Knock ‘Em Dead)
  5. R. Stevie Moore – 1952-19?? (Cordelia)
  6. Fripp and Eno – Live in  Paris, May 28, 1975 (DGM)
  7. Fred Frith &John Butcher – The Natural Order (Northern Spy)
  8. Steve Lacy – Cycles (Emanem)
  9. Ideal Bread – Beating the Teens (Cuneiform)
  10. John Edwards, Mark Sanders, & John Tilbury – A Field Perpetually at the Edge of Disorder (Fataka)

Touching Extremes Reviews

A shot from a 2006 performance by Peter Brötzm...
A shot from a 2006 performance by Peter Brötzmann, a key figure and doyen in European free jazz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Touching Extremes:

Peter Brötzmann / Jörg Fischer – Live in Wiesbaden (Not Two, 2011)
Jörg Fischer / Olaf Rupp / Frank Paul Schubert – Phugurit (Gligg, 2011)
Pat Battstone / Richard Poole – Mystic Nights (Self Release, 2012)
Cummi Flu – Z (Shitkatapult / Morr Music, 2015)
Gerald Cohen – Sea of Reeds (Navona, 2014)
Alessandra Novaga – LA Chambre Des Jeux Sonores
Forbes Graham – Return: the Journey

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

English: Arve Henriksen, moers festival 2010
Arve Henriksen

From Free Jazz:

Wadada Leo Smith, Joe Morris, Jamie Saft and Balazs Pandi – Red Hill (Rare Noise Records, 2014) ****
Wadada Leo Smith, Morris, Saft and Pandi – Red Hill (Rare Noise Records, 2014) ****
Jøkleba – Outland (ECM, 2014) ****
Terje Isungset & Arve Henriksen – World Of Glass (Unique, 2014) ***½
Luis Vicente & Marjamäki – Opacity (JACC, 2014) ***
Erik Truffaz & Murcof – Being Human Being (Mundo, 2014) **½
Skein – Skein (Leo Records, 2014) ****½
Pawel Szamburski – Ceratitis Capitata (Self, 2014) ***½
Doug Wieselman – From Water (88 Records, 2014) ***
Claudio Parodi – Heavy Nichel (CS, 2013) ***½
Jean-Luc Petit – Matière Des Souffles (Improvising Beings, 2014) ****
Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love – Extended Duos (Audiographic Records, 2014) *****
Ken Vandermark – Nine Ways to Read a Bridge (NotTwo, 2014) *****
Side A – In the Abstract (NotTwo, 2014) ****½
DKV Trio – Sound in Motion in Sound (NotTwo, 2014) *****
Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love – Lightning Over Water (LaurenceFamily Records, 2014) ****½

Standing Out From Their Crowds: on saxophonist Jon Irabagon and guitarist Mary Halvorson

From WSJ:

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon and guitarist Mary Halvorson spent 2014 solidifying their stature as two of jazz’s rising stars. Each musician spent time in ensembles that showcased the increasing diversity of their sound and approaches. As the year wore on, Mr. Irabagon put his influences further in the distance as his own distinctive style emerged; Ms. Halvorson seemed to arrive fully formed seven years ago, but in the past 12 months she has demonstrated surprising new range in her composing and playing.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 01/2015

English: ICP Orchestra - Han Bannink
ICP Orchestra – Han Bannink (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Soulfood Available: Brotzmann, Sax, Cl, Taragato/ Edwards, B/ Noble, Dr

Zanussi’s 5 Live in Coimbra: Kjetil Moster, Ts, Ss, Cl/ Jorgen Mathisen, Ts, Cl/ Eirik Hegdal, Bari Sax, Cl/ Gard Nilssen, Dr/ per Zanussi, B

Don’t Wait for the Revolution: Velkro

Bunuel DE Jour: Kalle Kalima, El G/ Mikko Innanen, Sax, Xaphonn, Whistles, Etc/ Veli Kujala, Accordian/ Teppo Hauta Aho, B, Perc

Startlingly Fresh
Alligator Wings: Duke Way, Poetry, Vo/+ Band

Cycles: Steve Lacy, Ss

the Whammies Vol 3: Jorrit Dijkstra, as/ Pandelys Karayorgis, P/ Jeb Bishop, Tbn/ Mary Oliver, Vln, Vla/ Jason Roebke, B/ Han Bennink, Dr

Setola Di Maiale
Oktopus Connection: Piero Bittolo Bon _ Alto Sax _ Baritone Sax _ Flute _ Electronics Alberto Collodel _ Alto Clarinet _ Bass Clarinet _ Korg Monotron Marcello Giannandrea _ Bassoon Riccardo Marogna _ Clarinet _ Bass Clarinet _ Tenor Sax Nicola Negri _ Trumpet Niccolò Romanin _ Drums Giambattista Tornielli _ Cello Luca Ventimiglia _ Vibraphone

Brian Groder
Brian Groder Trio: Bg, Tp/ Mike Bisio, B/ Jay Rosen, Dr

the Fallout of Dreams: Steve Dalachinsky, Spoken Word/ Dave Liebman, Sax, FL, P, Dr, Bells/ Richie Beirach, P

Patrick Battstone
Winter’s Poems: P Battstone, P

the Last Taxi: P Battstone, P/ Todd Brunel, Bcl/ Richard Poole, Dr, Viib/ Chris Rathbun, B

Through an Open Door: P Battstone, P/ Richard Poole, Vibraphone

Papers for the Border Podcast 19: Reboot ~ A Sideways Glance at 2014

Our own Dan Coffey runs the Papers for the Border Podcast, the latest of which features the following tracks:

Intro (You’ll Never Get Me – R. Stevie Moore, 1952 – 19??)
Reboot ~ Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas, Otherworld
LED – Amy Kohn, PlexiLusso
Records – R. Stevie Moore, 1952-19??
Wind on Water – Fripp and Eno, Live in Paris, May 28, 1975
I’m Finding You – Ashley Paul, White Light
Delirium Perhaps – Fred Frith & John Butcher, The Natural Order
The Lyrics Are Simultaneously About How the Song Starts And What the Lyrics Are About – People (feat. Mary Halvorson), 3x a Woman
Cassettes – R. Stevie Moore, 1952-19??
Faust Suite: Rejsen til Bloks Bjergog Valborgsnat – Else Marie Pade, Electronic Works 1958-1995
Vai Lentissimo – Peter Hammill, …all that might have been…
Outro (You’ll Never Get Me – R. Stevie Moore, 1952-19??)