Something Else! Reviews

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp
Matthew Shipp

From Something Else!:

Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble – The Gospel According to Matthew and Michael (2015)
Gaps and Spaces [Greg Ward + Caleb Willitz] – Synoptic Optiks (2015)
The Thing – Garage (2004; 2015 vinyl reissue)
Anthony Braxton – Trio and Duet (1974; 2015 expanded reissue)




April 19, 2015
Otomo Yoshihide Solo, The Stone
Otomo Yoshihide

April 19, 2015
Pet Bottle Ningen and Otomo Yoshihide, The Stone
Chuck Bettis Dave Miller David Scanlon Nonoko Yoshida Otomo Yoshihide

April 18, 2015
Dither Guitar Trio and Otomo Yoshihide, The Stone
Taylor Levine Joshua Lopes James Moore Otomo Yoshihide

April 18, 2015
Otomo Yoshihide, Kato Hideki, Billy Martin, The Stone
Kato Hideki Billy Martin Otomo Yoshihide

April 17, 2015
Yasunao Tone, Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, The Stone
Sachiko M Yasunao Tone Otomo Yoshihide

April 17, 2015
Otomo Yoshihide, Yuko Mohri, Yan Jun, Sachiko M, The Stone
Yan Jun Sachiko M Yuko Mohri Otomo Yoshihide

April 16, 2015
Tim Keiper & Otomo Yoshihide, The Stone
Tim Keiper Otomo Yoshihide

April 15, 2015
Nels Cline & Otomo Yoshihide, The Stone
Nels Cline Otomo Yoshihide

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Lourdes Rebels – Snuff Safari
Mastery – VALIS
Steinbrüchel – Parallel Landscapes
Stian Westerhus & Pale Horses – Maelstrom
Dead Body Collection – Witch’s Ashes Scattered By The Wind
Otomo Hava – Blue Velvet: Volume Five
D.S.W.A.C.V – Gaze Upon Suól
Primitive Man – Home Is Where the Hatred Is
Big Plastic Finger – Up From Under

Still Facing East: AACM Celebrates Fifty Years of Great Black Music

English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009
Muhal Richard Abrams

From Newcity Music:

Silently, the musicians in the Chicago-born Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) stand and face east before a single note is expressed. This, according to Muhal Richard Abrams, the Association’s co-founder, is because all life originates in the east. If any evil energies exist in a performance space, the musicians must wear war paint and masks for protection. This tradition has characterized AACM presentations since 1965.

Reviews of Secret Keeper and Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up at the Cornelia Street Cafe (4/17 and 4/18/15)

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...
Mary Halvorson

From Jazz Right Now:

This past weekend, Cornelia Street Cafe hosted two significant record release concerts. On Friday, guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Stephan Crump teamed up with their Secret Keeper project to debut their second record, Emerge (Intakt). On Saturday, Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up (including Halvorson, Jonathan Finlayson, Brian Settles, and Michael Formanek) debuted their third record, After All Is Said (482 Music). Both records deserve critical attention.

Drummer Gerald Cleaver Profiled

Gerald Cleaver, jazz drummer, picture taken in...
Gerald Cleaver

From the Detroit Free Press:

More than any other Detroit jazz export of his generation, drummer Gerald Cleaver has earned his reputation on the cutting edge. The secret to his originality? Well, the first thing he will tell you is that he’s not trying to do anything new.

To put it another way, Cleaver sees the big picture, and he’s interested in everything except novelty.

“I’m just continuing in my personal fashion with what I grew up with,” said the 51-year-old drummer. “I think that’s all anybody really does. No matter what I’m playing, I’m looking for a connection to infinity. I think getting preoccupied with creating something new handicaps you from actually doing it.”