AMN Picks of the Week: Wadada Leo Smith / Kris Davis / Barbiero and Moore / Tim Daisy / Tanya Tagaq

English: Tagaq at the in August 2007 Français ...

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.

This is the second “Picks” for this week. I’m trying to get through my backlog (currently 105 albums) – lots of great stuff.

Wadada Leo Smith – America’s National Parks (2016)
Kris Davis – Duopoly (2016)
Daniel Barbiero / Ken Moore – Frequency Drift
Tim Daisy’s Celebration Sextet – The Halfway There Suite (2016)
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution (2016)

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Cuneiform Records October Releases

Merzbow, prominent Japanoise musician, in 2007

Source: Cuneiform Records.

Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland
[Featuring: Michael Manring & Celso Alberti]
Mu
Pinhas’ first collaboration with guitarist and studio wizard Cleveland and two other superb West Coast musicians results in a mesmerizing treasure of psych/ ambient / world music.

Richard Pinhas / Tatsuya Yoshida / Masami Akita [Merzbow]
Process and Reality
Recording in Tokyo, Pinhas and fellow experimental music icons Akita & Tatsuya – his long-time collaborators from the Japanese Noise scene – create a soundtrack for the industrial era’s final collapse.

São Paulo Underground
Cantos Invisíveis
The collaborative trio São Paulo Underground, formed at the end of his 8 year Brazilian sojourn, is one of Mazurek’s key groups, featuring his long-time Brazilian collaborators, the experimental musicians Mauricio Takara and Guilherme Granado. Joined on Cantos Invisíveis, their 5th São Paulo Underground release, by Swiss/Brazilian musician Thomas Rohrer, they create a remarkable album that feels like the soundtrack for the global future, imbedded lovingly with memories and traditions past.

Wadada Leo Smith
America’s National Parks
Smith’s America’s National Parks comes at a critical time: 2016 is the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, the Interior Department bureau that oversees national parks, and the year of a Presidential Election in which one outcome may endanger the future of public lands.

Tzadik September Releases

English: Fred Frith, moers festival 2010

Source: Tzadik.

Fred Frith
Freedom In Fragments ~~~ A Tzadik Classic!

Active since 1978, the dynamic Rova Saxophone quartet has collaborated with and commissioned from some of the world’s greatest composers. Here they give a dynamic reading of Fred Frith’s major composition Freedom in Fragments, which was written expressly for them and comprises a series of short compositions that can be played in whole or in part and in any given sequence. Rova has chosen the most rigorous of these, and the final sequence, created by the composer himself, gives a seamless flow to the overall listening experience. Messiaenic harmonic shifts, catchy folk melodies, complex dance rhythms and looping minimalism from one of new music’s original border crossers.

John Zorn
49 Acts Of Unspeakable Depravity In The Abominable Life And Times Of Gilles De Rais

“49 Acts of Unspeakable Depravity in the Abominable Life and Times of Gilles de Rais” is the fifth CD by Simulacrum, an organ trio of unparalleled power that brings the sounds of heavy metal, blues, funk and jazz together with modern classical music. Tighter than ever and able to stop and start at breakneck speed, Medeski, Hollenberg and Grohowski are at their raging best as they blaze through Zorn’s wildest flights of fancy—a ten-movement suite evoking a sick and decadent descent into madness. Driven by an intense and powerful fury, this CD contains some of the craziest sounds you are ever likely to hear as genres, noise, instrumental colors and driving rhythms collide head-on. A jaw-dropping visit to a new musical world where absolutely anything is possible!

Kaiser/Noyes/Park
Invite The Spirit 1983 ~~~ A Tzadik Classic!

Free improvisation meets the Korean shamanic tradition in this historic and groundbreaking band that includes kayagum virtuoso Sang-Won Park, guitar legend Henry Kaiser and the enigmatic Charles K. Noyes on percussion. Digitally remastered for the first time direct from the original two track tapes, this is the complete 1983 double LP release by one of the most evocative and successful bands blending East and West. This historic and important classic recording is finally made available again and now sounds better than it ever has before.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1050

Source: Vital Weekly.

LE FORBICI DI MANITU – TINNITUS TALES (2CD, 10″, book by Sussidiaria) *
BLACK EARTH – DIAGRAMS OF A HIDDEN ORDER (CD by Black Plague Productions/ Malignant Records) *
MIGUEL A. GARCIA & SEIJIRO MURAYAMA – ZASHOMON (CDR by Hybrida) *
ZARATA FEST BOOK (CD plus book by Belleze Infinita)
VANBINSBERGEN PLAYSTATION – LIVE (CD by Brokken Records)
HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO – BLACK STABAT MATER (CD by Rune Grammofon)
HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO – LIVE IN OSLO (CD by Rune Grammofon)
LAUTBILD – PULSUS FREQUENS (CD by Mik Musik) *
TVLPA – MOUNTAIN OF THE OPPOSER (CD by Malignant)
TASOS STAMOU – KOURA (CD by Moving Furniture Records) *
SPOOK – BLURRED HEAD AND SCRAMBLED EGGS – (CD by Atypeek & Pied de Biche)
TERUYUKI NOBUCHIKA – STILL AIR (CD by Oktaf) *
INGAR ZACH – LE STANZE (CD by Sofa) *
DAKOTA SUITE & VAMPILLIA – THE SEA IS NEVER FULL (CD by Karaoke Kalk) *
LEICHTMETALL – MIT DEM BAUCH AN DIE WAND (CD by Karaoke Kalk) *
LES HARRY’S – GGOTS (LP by Sonic Protest)
ALEX ZHANG HUNGTAI & DAVID MARANHA & GABRIEL FERRANDINI – ANCORA (CDR by Grain Of Sound)
THE MIZ’RIES – COMPLETE CONTROL OF YOUR VEHICLE (CDR by Belts & Whistles) *
BLOOD RHYTHM – CUTTING TEETH (CDR by No Part Of It) *
ARVO ZYLO – HEAVENLY SOUNDS IN LO-FIDELITY: ARVO PLAYS FERRANTE & TEICHER (two cassettes by Personal Archives) *
STUART CHALMERS – POETRY OF DECAY (cassette by Strange Rules) *