AMN Picks of the Week: Laplante, Evans / Henry Threadgill / Kamasi Washington / Steve Coleman

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

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.

Travis Laplante / Peter Evans – Secret Meeting (2015)
Henry Threadgill / Zooid – In for a Penny, In for a Pound (2015)
Kamasi Washington – The Epic (2015)
Steve Coleman / The Council of Balance – Synovial Joints (2015)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Joëlle Léandre at Cornelia street cafe Photo: ...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Lucia Martinez & Agustí Fernández ‎– Desalambrado (Pasoancho Productions, 2015) ****
Agustí Fernández– River Tiger Fire (Fundacja Słuchaj!, 2015) ****½
Joëlle Léandre, Delbecq, Carnage The Executioner – Tout Va Monter (Nato, 2015) ****
Joëlle Léandre, Benoit Delbecq & François Houle – 14, Rue Paul Fort, Paris (Leo, 2015) *****
Larry Ochs – The Fictive Five (Tzadik, 2015) *****
William Parker – For Those Who Are, Still (AUM Fidelity, 2015) ****½
Nick Mazzarella Trio – Ultraviolet (International Anthem, 2015) ****
Rempis Percussion Quartet – Cash and Carry (Aeroponic, 2015) ****½
Noah Preminger – Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar (s/r, 2015) ****
Jonah Parzen-Johnson – Remember When Thing Were Better Tomorrow (Primary Records, 2015) ***½
Jon Irabagon – Inaction is an Action (Irabbagast Records, 2015) ****
Jon Irabagon – Behind the Sky (Irabbagast Records, 2015) ****
Barry Altschul‘s 3Dom Factor – Tales of the Unforseen (TUM, 2015) ****½

AMN Reviews: Ascanio Borga – Altered States (Sonic Boundaries)

Like listening to a painter attack the canvas while drinking absinthe in the other room, Altered States is a two-disc, ninety-minute collection of solo guitar vignettes by Ascanio Borga, his first on new label Sonic Boundaries. Track titles hang off the same, great chain of roiling, evolving being – “Magma”, “Acid Landscape”, “Harsh Ground”, “Raw Science Loops” – and Borga works quickly but methodically. Altered States is formalist in the sense that no heed is paid historic, political and cultural context, all attention instead focused on the materiality of the art.

Disc one was recorded one day in January 2010, disc two also a single day, one year and one month later. Dark green outside, vital-organ pink inside. Played and treated live, no additional fiddling or overdubbing, a dozen states of mind (even grace) passionately expressed. The cumulative effect is volcanic, droning, sputtering worlds being formed, others being pulverized down to cellular level, ancient in gut feel, ablating all other thoughts. You can´t help but concentrate. Raw indulgence, visceral gratification.

Stephen Fruitman