AMN Reviews: Chaos Echoes with Mats Gustafsson – Sustain (2018; Utech Records)

Mats Gustafsson is like salt – you can add him to almost anything and the outcome gets a flavorful boost. Here, he joins French death-metal group Chaos Echoes for a pair of long-form tracks. The latter outfit consists of guitarists Kalevi Uibo and Fabien W. Furter, bassist Stefan Thanneur, and drummer Ilmar Uibo. Previous releases by this quartet would be what you would expect from their genre – fast, loud, heavy, and aggressive. But on Sustain, they instead focus on atmospherics and slowly-moving textures. Eschewing stereotypical riffing, the group goes more in a direction pioneered by Sunn O))) – giant slabs of distorted sound. Gustafsson joins in with sax drones and free-jazz wailing.

Spellbound is an ominous trek through a shattered landscape. Ilmar Uibo provides a constant stream of improvisation to keep the momentum building, while Gustafsson’s discordance introduces a sense of urgency. The track ends with Gustafsson blurting out an increasingly strident series of twisted cries over busy snare work and a distorted wall of noise. Harvest of Souls begins with punctated riffing and plaintive sax notes backed by a pounding rhythm. Guitar drones and harmonics join in, as well as effects-laden bass. Gustafsson’s contributions become agitated over time, like a growing madness. After a brief interlude around the 10-minute mark, the mayhem continues with improvised sax keening to an abrupt conclusion.

This recording will be available on April 13 from Utech Records.

http://utechrecords.com/Chaos-Echos-with-Mats-Gustafsson-Sustain

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Big Ears Festival Preview

British saxophonist Evan Parker

Source: Pollstar.

This year, attendees will hear, from the world of jazz, Mitchell with his trio, a tribute to Alice Coltrane, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Jason Moran with three different bands, Tyshawn Sorey Trio and Craig Taborn Quartet; saxophonist Evan Parker and trumpeter Peter Evans will each perform solo and with their ensembles.

The 30-year-old classical unit Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform three programs, and Suuns, Brooklyn Rider, Cyro Baptista, Nels Cline and Dimanda Galas are among the boundary-free artists on the bill along with Ribot, who will duet with Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and lead his Ceramic Dog band.

Avant Scena Reviews

Dave Liebman Storyville - NYC - 1975?

Source: Avant Scena.

Jozef Dumoulin & Orca Noise Unit – “A Beginner’s Guide to Diving and Flying” (Yolk Records, 2018)

Chino Shuichi, Marie Takahashi, Hui-Chun Lin – “I’m Not Yours” (Mayabee Records, 2018)

Taylor Ho Bynum & Mark Dresser – “THB Bootlegs Volume 4: Duo with Mark Dresser” (SR, 2018)

Veston Weryan – “The Make Project” (Barnyard Records, 2018)

Igor Lumpert & Innertextures – “ELEVEN” (Clean Feed, 2018)

Dan Phillips Trio – “Divergent Flow” (Lizard Breath Records, 2018)

Dave Liebman | Adam Rudolph |Tatsuya Nakatani – “Unknowable” (Rare Noise, 2018)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1122

Source: Vital Weekly.

MAP 71 – GLORIOSA (CD by Fourth Dimension) *
WHILE WE STILL HAVE BODIES – SAME (CD by Neither/Nor)
FIRE! – THE HANDS (CD by Rune Grammofon)
USUFRCUT – WINDFALL (CD by Vaux Flores Industrial)
CHRISTINA KUBISCH/ANNEA LOCKWOOD – THE SECRET LIFE OF THE INAUDIBLE (2CD by Gruenrekorder) *
HIROYUKI URA & KENICHI KANAZAWA & SATOKE INOUE – LAND OF THE HERMITS (CD by Ftarri) *
SMALL CRUEL PARTY – ISLANDS OF SLEEP (CD by Ferns) *
PLASTER – TRANSITION (CD by Kvitnu) *
EUGENEKHA – GRAVITY (2CD by Frozen Light) *
ZINC ROOM – GRAVE ABYSS (CD by Frozen Light) *
SYSTEM MORGUE – FROID (CD by Frozen Light) *
KOREA UNDOK GROUP – CONTINENT (7” by Il Dischi Del Barone)
JOS SMOLDERS – L’OREILLE COUVERTE (cassette by Soft Error) *
EFRAIN ROZAS – I ENJOY THE WORLD (cassette by Buh Records)
NICK HOFFMAN – SALAMANDER (cassette by Notice Recordings) *
BENZOIL (cassette by Fuzzy Warbles Cassettes) *
FAMOUS LOGS IN HISTORY (cassette by Fuzzy Warbles Cassettes) *
LÄRMSCHUTZ – TEFLON (cassette by Powdered Hearts Records) *
ERIK ALALOOGA – METRONOMIC NIGHTMARE (cassette by Servataguse)

McCoy Tyner In The ’70s: Part 3 

McCoy Tyner in 1973

Source: burning ambulance.

On August 31 and September 1, 1974, Tyner and his road band—saxophonist Azar Lawrence, bassist Juini Booth, drummer Wilby Fletcher, and percussionist Guilherme Franco—played at San Francisco’s Keystone Korner. The gigs were recorded, and the highlights were released on the pianist’s second double live album in as many years, Atlantis. Like 1974’s Enlightenment, it can be a lot to take in; the bandmembers are soloing ferociously, particularly Lawrence, who’s deep into a post-Coltrane calling-the-spirits zone. Fletcher is a hard-hitting, almost rock-like drummer, and Franco matches his energy level, throwing a constant clatter at him like he’s marching in a Carnival parade in Brazil. Booth’s extended solo on the 18-minute, album-opening title track is positively booming, and Tyner, of course, is tearing up the keyboard as always, spinning out long, elaborate lines while maintaining a serious hard bop groove at the same time. In addition to four Tyner originals—I love the fact that he was using live gigs to premiere new material—Atlantis features versions of Duke Ellington‘s “In a Sentimental Mood” and the standard “My One and Only Love.” The former is a wild, rippling solo performance that heads into Cecil Taylor territory, almost sounding like Tyner’s got four hands at times.

Coming to Houston

Source: Nameless Sound.

Monday, March 12, 2018
Maria Chavez
&
William Gray
Maria Chavez (New York) – turntable
William Gray (Houston) – synthesizer

Monday, March 19, 2018
Kyle Motl
&
Scott Ayers/Tom Carter
Kyle Motl (San Diego) – bass
Scott Ayers (Houston) – guitar
Tom Carter (Houston) – guitar

Monday, March 26, 2018
John Kennedy/Dane Rousey
&
Sonia Flores/?
John Kennedy (Houston) – drums, percussion
Dane Rousey (San Antonio) – drums, percussion
Sonia Flores (Houston) – double bass, voice