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)
Source: Cuneiform Records.
Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland
[Featuring: Michael Manring & Celso Alberti]
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
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.