AMN Picks of the Week: Christopher Zuar / Henry Kaiser / Sloth Racket / Tomonari Nozaki

English: Henry Kaiser (and Steve Beresford) at...

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.

Christopher Zuar Orchestra – Musings (2016)
Kaiser / Smith / Parker / Cogburn – Nearly Extinct (2015)
Sloth Racket – Triptych (2016)
Tomonari Nozaki – Concession (2016)

Jim Black Trio at Le Poisson Rouge Reviewed

Source: The New York Times.

The Jim Black Trio closed its show at Le Poisson Rouge late Monday night with a transfixing burst of turbulence called “Beariere.” Elias Stemeseder, the band’s pianist, whipped up a low-end fury out of which a melody surprisingly emerged, like a sparrow from a bramble. Thomas Morgan’s bass was a movable pivot, holding the center of the churn. Mr. Black, on drums, struck an elusive truce between bombast and finesse, driving his agenda along with the pulse of the tune.

Bob Ostertag & Fred Frith en Espacio en Construcción in Chile

English: Bob Ostertag

Source: Facebook Events. Rough info with machine translation to English.

Thursday, March 24at 9 PM in UTC-03
Espacio En Construcción
Arauco 128, piso 3, 5090000 Valdivia, Chile

In a single concert in Chile, the renowned musicians Bob Ostertag and Fred Frith will perform. Both artists have had great careers, surpassing the 40 years of activity. This is a unique opportunity to listen to these important guests. Opening is the duo Elsa Bergman (Sweden) on bass, who is touring South America, and Benjamin Vergara (Valdivia, Chile) on trumpet.

The capacity of our concert hall is for 70 people, and is prepared to sound acoustically optimal. The size allows to generate a connection and a very special bond between musicians and audience.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Marc Ducret at moers festival 2006

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Wacław Zimpel – Lines (Instant Classics, 2016) ****½
Mototeru Takagi – The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Solo Improvisation (Chap Chap Records, 2015) *****
Kolega Doriana – s/t (s/r, 2016) ****
Christian Meaas Svendsen & Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø: Solo Explorations
Henry Kaiser – Nearly Extinct (Balance Point Acoustics, 2015) ****
Gutbucket – Dance (Gut Records, 2016) ****
Fernando Guiomar & Paulo Chagas – Escape and Return (Zpoluras Archives, 2016) ****1/2
Henry Kaiser and Robert Musso – Echoes for Sonny (There, 2015) ****
Marek Kadziela Adhd – In Bloom (ForTune, 2016) ***½
Marc Ducret Trio + 3 – Métatonal (Ayler, 2015) ****½