AMN Reviews: Led Bib – Umbrella Weather (2017; RareNoiseRecords)

unnamed-5The U.K.’s proggy jazz-rock outfit Led Bib returns for its first new album since 2014. Umbrella Weather is a live-in-the-studio affair, spontaneously composed rather than fully improvised.

The band’s sound remains similar to that of its previous efforts – a dual-sax attack with prominent keyboards, fuzz bass, and busy drumming. The sound is frantic at times, with lead track Lobster Terror being an example thereof; an aggressive uptempo rhythm drives anxiously angular sax solos and motifs. The tension runs high throughout, even in spacier passages such as those in On the Roundabout. These pieces are both tuneful and foreboding, full of information-rich themes with unusual meters and jagged lines. The keyboards add a dark atmosphere when not acting as a lead instrument, and feature a palette with a vaguely 70’s texture.

With four previous albums put out by U.S. label Cuneiform Records, it is not surprising that Led Bib’s latest has sonic similarities to other Cuneiform artists, such a Rattlemouth and Curlew, not to mention the band’s own recordings.  In short, if you are a Led Bib fan, you’ll enjoy this one.

Staying on its own side of the pond label-wise this time, Umbrella Weather will be coming on RareNoiseRecords on January 20.

Previous Led Bib review:

John Zorn’s Stone Scheduled to Close in February 2018

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source: The Stone. This was perhaps inevitable given the economics of running a club in Manhattan. John Zorn‘s showcase The Stone has announced that in February 2018 it will “Ring the Bell, Close the Book and Quench the Candle.” Sad news, yet there are several other venues in New York, such as National Sawdust, Roulette, IBeam, Cornelia Street Cafe, and others that will continue to provide music of the same ilk.

Update: We’re hearing that Zorn will be expanding his relationship with National Sawdust, perhaps as a way of compensating for the Stone’s closing.

The IBeam Brooklyn in January

English: Hank Roberts at Jazzhaus, Stadtgarten...

Source: IBeam Brooklyn.

The Out Louds
Tuesday, January 3rd 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Tomas Fujiwara – Drums
Ben Goldberg – Clarinets
Mary Halvorson – Guitar
The working method of The Out Louds is sonic research, conducted on a decibel-by-decibel level. Once deconstructed, the music can be transmitted to the listener in its pure form and beauty. For example, a person contemplating the Fragility of Existence soon passes from this world, while the fragile existence of the universe continues forever. It is for this reason that the titles on this record are derived from the names of flowers that one can encounter at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Chris Jentsch NO-NET
Sunday, January 8th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

Mike McGinnis’s MusicNOW Trio + Goldberg / Drye / Sacks
Wednesday, January 11th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
8:30 pm
Goldberg / Drye / Sacks
Ben Goldberg – Clarinet
Brian Drye – Trombone
Jacob Sacks – Piano
9:30 pm
Mike McGinnis’s MusicNOW Trio
Mike McGinnis – Clarinet
Tom Rainey – Drums
Angelica Sanchez – Piano

Billy Mintz Two Bass Band
Saturday, January 21st 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Ron Horton – Trumpet
Dave Scott – Trumpet
John O’Gallager – Saxophones
Adam Kolker – Saxophones
Brian Drye – Trombone
Curtis Fowlkes – Trombone
Masa Kamaguchi – Bass
Cameron Brown – Bass
Billy Mintz – Drums / Compositions

Sean Moran’s – Sun Tiger
Sunday, January 22nd 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Sun Tiger
Sean Moran – Guitar
Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums
Hank Roberts – Cello

5049 Records Podcast: Episode 96, Steve Swell 

Source: 5049 Records.

Steve Swell is a trombonist who has been living and working in New York City since 1975.  A veteran of the bands of Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker, Steve has been forging a singular voice on the trombone and has become a crucial member of the Downtown scene in the last forty years. For this talk, we go back to his roots in New Jersey, New York in the 80s and talk about the current living/working conditions of the twenty first century musician in New York City.

Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

Magnus Granberg – How Deep is the Ocean, How High is the Sky?
Electric Sewer Age – Bad White Corpuscle
Paul Wirkus – Disours Amoureux
Ghastly Marshes – Ancient Spirits of the Fen
Philip Glass/Steffen Schleiermacher – Glass:Early Keyboard Music
Morton Feldman/The California E.A.R. Unit – Crippled Symmetry
Dutch Futurismo – Festival Of Misfits