Reviews You May Have Missed – February 2019

Last month we published a number of original reviews of some very interesting music. Check out the list below.

AMN Reviews: Sly & The Family Drone – Gentle Persuaders (2019; Love Love Records)

Despite the title, there is nothing gentle about Sly & The Family Drone. A mysterious band with a shifting lineup centered around its leader (Sly), this group has been around for a decade or so and explores the spaces around noise and free improv. The closest comparison that I can come up with is Wolf Eyes, though I imagine that a trio involving Mats Gustafsson, Merzbow, and Tony Oxley might not be sonically far off.

This latest effort, due out April 26 on Love Love Records, is described to “vomit forth a smooth serving of curious and clattering noise not devoid of fun.” To that point, wailing sax combines with structured synth noise and electronic effects as well as pounding drums. Regardless of a handful of discernable themes and rhythms, the entire album appears to be composed on the spot. The sax and drumming, in particular, would be right at home on a late-era Coltrane influenced free jazz recording.  The third element, the processed sounds that make up everything not attributable to those two instruments, place Gentle Persuaders in a category of its own. From fuzzy walls and feedback to the occasional whooshing, these elements add an unpredictable and dark atmosphere to the four tracks thereof. But Sly and friends are not averse to taking in down a notch or two, with spacious and deliberate (but still harsh) meanderings to break up the general breakneck approach.

While this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, Sly & The Family Drone is worth a listen or two if you do the noise thing. And Gentle Persuaders is a good place to begin an exploration of this singular group’s extensive discography. Strong recommendation.

Cuneiform Records Artists on Tour

Source: Cuneiform Records.

BEAT CIRCUS
March 22 – The Apohadion Theater – Portland, ME
March 23 – ONCE Sommerville – 156 Highland Ave – Sommerville, MA [with Count Zero, Jaggery, Emp. Norton, Kee Avil]
March 29 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
March 30 – The Windup Space – Baltimiore, MD
March 31 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
April 1 – Cafe Bourbon St – Columbus, OH
April 2 – Blockhouse Bar – Bloomington, IN
April 3 – The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
April 4 – The Happy Dog – Cleveland, OH
April 5 – Outer Limits Lounge – Hamtramck, MI
April 6 – The Baby G – Toronto, Canada
April 7 – L’Escogriffe Cafe Bar – Montreal, Canada
April 11 – The Parlour – Providence, RI

BILL BROVOLD [Larval] / MARK ORMEROD
March 21 – Tubby’s – Kingston, NY
March 22 – Dogwood – Beacon, NY
March 23 – Four Hour Lutherie – Baltimore, MD
March 24 – Rhizome – Washington DC
March 31 – Colony – Woodstock, NY

THE GREAT HARRY HILLMAN
April 8 – Cully Jazz Festival – Cully, Switzerland
April 15 – Kozlov Club (Mansarda stage) – Moscow, Russia
April 16 – Nikitin – Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
April 17 – Topographia Culture Center – Tula, Russia
April 18 – JFC Jazz Club – St Petersburg, Russia
April 19 – Dreadnought – Kaliningrad, Russia
April 20 – Sound Museum – St. Petersburg, Russia
April 22 – City Jazz Center – Yaroslavl, Russia
April 23 – Dubrava Culture Center – Sergiev Posad, Russia
April 24 – Jewish Culture Center – Moscow, Russia
April 25 – Petrovsky Book Club – Voronezh, Russia

LE REX
March 24 – Moods – Zurich, Switzerland

ROB MAZUREK
March 21-24 – Big Ears Festival – Knoxville, TN

MESSTHETICS [featuring Anthony Pirog]
March 5 – Ace of Cups – 2619 No High St – Columbus, OH
March 6 – Mac’s Bar – 2700 E. Michigan Ave – Lansing, MI
March 7 – Subterranean – 2011 W North Ave – Chicago, IL

March 8 – High Noon Saloon – 701A East Washington Ave – Madison, WI
March 9 – Off Broadway – 3509 Lemp Ave – St Louis, MO
March 20 – The Southern – 103 South 1st St – Charlottesville, VA
March 21-24 – Big Ears Festival – Knoxville, TN
March 25 – The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Ave – Atlanta, GA
March 26 – Saint Augustine Theatre [Front Porch Stage] – 1340C A1A South – St Augustine, FL
March 27 – Will’s Pub – 1042 No. Mills Ave – Orlando, FL
March 28 – La Rosas – 2898 NW 7th Ave – Miami, FL
March 29 – The Wooly – 20 North Main St – Gainesville, FL
March 30 – The Pour House – 1977 Maybank Hwy – Charleston, SC
March 31 – Neighborhood Theatre – 511 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC
April 11 – Casbah – 2501 Kettner Blvd – San Diego, CA [with Craig Wedren]
April 13 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – Indio, CA
April 15 – Club Congress – 311 East Congress St – Tucson, AZ
April 16 – Rebel Lounge – 2303 East Indian School Rd – Phoenix, AZ
April 20 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – Indio, CA
April 21 – Velvet Jones – 423 State St – Santa Barbara, CA [with Craig Wedren]
April 22 – The Chapel – 777 Valencia St – San Francisco, CA [with Craig Wedren]
April 23 – Harlow’s – 2708 J St – Sacramento, CA [with Craig Wedren]
April 24 – Jub Jub’s – 71 South Wells Avenue – Reno, NV

ED PALERMO BIG BAND
April 13 – The Falcon – 1348 Route 9W – Marlboro, NY 12542
April 22 – The Iridium – 1650 Broadway – NYC, NY

RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL
October 12 – Awakenings – Lea Hall Pavilion, Sandy Lane – Rugeley, Staffs – UK

ALEC K REDFEARN and THE EYESORES
March 3 – Muchmore’s – 2 Havemeyer St – Brooklyn, NY

SCHNELLERTOLLERMEIER
March 14 – Taktlos Festival – Zurich, Switzerland
April 3 – ROXY – Ulm, Germany
April 4 – Het Bos – Antwerpen, Belgium
April 5 – Bimhuis – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
April 6 – Merleyn – Nijmegen, The Netherlands
April 7 – Hafen 2 – Offenbach, Germany
April 8 – Cafe Wagner – Jena, Germany
April 12 – L’Amalgame – Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland
April 13 – tba – Basel, Switzerlandjkjkj
April 24-27 – in residence at Live In Vevey – Vevy, Switzerland

WADADA LEO SMITH
March 21-24 – Big Ears Festival – Knoxville, TN
March 30 – McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center – Minneapolis, MN [The Complete America’s National Parks]

THUMBSCREW [Michael Formanek – Tomas Fujiwara – Mary Halvorson]
March 21-24 – Big Ears Festival – Knoxville, TN

Bowerbird in March

Source: Philadelphia’s Bowerbird.

JOSHUA STAMPER’S COLOR AS TIME
MARCH 9, 2019
UNIVERSITY LUTHERAN

JOHANNA BEYER: MUSIC OF THE SPHERES – NIGHT ONE
Arcana New Music Ensemble And Friends
MARCH 15, 2019
THE ROTUNDA

JOHANNA BEYER: MUSIC OF THE SPHERES – NIGHT TWO
Arcana New Music Ensemble
MARCH 16, 2019
UNIVERSITY LUTHERAN

JOHN CAGE: SONATAS AND INTERLUDES
Amy Williams
MARCH 21, 2019
UNIVERSITY LUTHERAN

ALASH ENSEMBLE
MARCH 30, 2019
THE ROTUNDA

The Shapes of Sound in Peru 

Source: Jazz Right Now.

Peru, is there any space inside you? Is anybody listening to anything? How can I determine, or even simply understand your complex and varied mind? Such a diverse people, millions each consuming different cultural products. A mosaic of options, an unlimited space of possibilities which is brought to reality through a very refined process of selection. Our people consume popular culture, the parameters of “high standards” exist in different realities that dwell together, the ultimate definition of beauty is blurred by the pollution of a poorly industrialized society, a leftover of neoliberalism, how can we establish the “avant-garde” in such a space?