COOPER,LINDSAY: Rarities from the Lindsay Cooper Archive
This double CD set collects together, amongst other things, all of Outtakes for Other Occasions and The Small Screen, both of which were never commercially released, all four pieces from The Classic Guide to NoMansLand, the subscription 7” Pictures from the Great Ex…
BIOTA: Funnel to a Thread
Since the late 1970s Biota has ploughed its own furrow, producing a body of work that resembles nothing anyone else has done or is yet doing. Their compositions evolve in long, constantly shifting timbral blocks filled with fragments and echoes of quasi-familiar mus…
STEVAN TICKMAYER: Gaps, Absences.
A beautifully recorded and produced cycle of pieces that combine complexity and precision with rich and unfamiliar timbres. The ensemble pieces amplify and enrich a core piano with various combinations of harmonium, double bass, violin, percussion, Hungarian zither…
Based on the lineup of Steve Swell on trombone, Jonathan Moritz on sax, and Sean Ali on bass, along with Carlo Costa on percussion, I was expecting a jazz album. An “outside” jazz album that was perhaps on the unconventional side, but jazz nonetheless. But what I heard upon first listen to Sediment was more along the lines of the textural experiments of Luigi Nono, early AMM, and Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.
Instead of laying down a groove, this quartet establishes an atmosphere. Almost ambient in its approach, the group juxtaposes minimalism and a busy scratching and droning of their respective instruments. The result is a quiet, but tense, set of six improvisations that are deceptively complex. Reflective of the title, the music is a solid material and moves about through natural processes.
As leader, Costa never dominates this recording, focusing on using the drums and cymbals to set a tone rather than drive a rhythm. The other members take similarly spacious approaches, bowing or blowing out discreet, angular motifs, or resting between notes. There are no leads or solos – Sediment is a true group effort.
Costa and group have hit a high water mark with this unconventional release. It takes courage to release an album such as this one, as well as skill to make such disjointed music so engaging and listenable.
We Will Fail – Verstörung
Wolvhammer – Clawing into Black Sun Supersilent – 12
Riko Goto Trio – Unbalance
Crown Of Ashes – At The Throne Ov Kyne
Louis Sarno – Song From The Forest
Twilight Circus Meets Edward Ka-Spel – 800 Saints In A Day
kÖök – Imber Wiltshire
Bagman – In Their Blood and From the Gutter
The current lineup of Zs, an outsider rock band-slash-avant-garde ensemble that coalesced in New York in 2000, has been active for more than two years now, and made its recorded debut with a 2013 EP titled “Grain.” Still, unless you’ve caught Zs live recently, it’s entirely possible that you might have no idea what saxophonist Sam Hillmer, guitarist Patrick Higgins, and drummer Greg Fox might actually sound like, playing together.
Sunday January 25
5:30 Art Opening with Dick Griffin and Michael Wilderman
7 Yuko Otomo / Steve Dalachinsky – poetry
8 Miya Masaoka – koto / Robert Dick – flutes
9 Tom Buckner – voice / Earl Howard – sax, synth / Steve Swell – trombone
Monday January 26
7 Music Now Unit
Ras Moshe – tenor sax, flute
Bill Cole – sona, hojok, piri, nagaswarm, didgeridoo, flutes
Larry Roland – bass, poetry
Lisette Santiago – congas, bata, theremin
8 James Brandon Lewis – sax / Dominic Fragman – drums
9:30 Ana Ïsma Viel’s Cross Breath
Ana Ïsma Viel – voice / Daro Behroozi – tenor sax / Pascal Niggenkemper – bass
Wednesday January 28
7 Henry Grimes
8 MOVIN: Andrew Lamb – tenor sax / Larry Roland – bass /
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums
9:30 Ken Filiano Quartet
Thursday January 29
7 David Mills – poetry
8 Lafayette Gilchrist Solo – piano
9:30 Tony Malaby TubaCello Quartet
Tony Malaby – tenor sax / Bob Stewart – tuba
Christopher Hoffman – cello / Billy Mintz – drums
Friday Jan. 30
8 Joe Morris – guitar / Daniel Levin – cello
9:30 Fay Victor – voice / Daniel Carter – reeds, trumpet / Reggie Nicholson – drums