The Story Of Impulse! Records 

Source: uDiscover.

Founded in 1961 by Creed Taylor, Impulse! Records is regarded as one of the most important and iconic record labels in jazz. Its history is rich with pioneering musicians who refused to sit still, pushing musical boundaries and creating a discography that’s the equal of any other major jazz record label.

One man looms large in Impulse! Records’ history: John Coltrane. A musical seeker who played saxophone and flute, and recorded for Prestige, Blue Note and Atlantic before landing at Impulse! in 1961, Coltrane evolved into a paradigm-busting pathfinder who became not only the label’s talisman but also, both musically and spiritually, its guiding light. Indeed, such was his influence on the company’s mindset and raison d’être that Impulse! Records was often referred to as “the house that Trane built”.

Experimental Musicians as South Park Characters

Source: Dangerous Minds. A little bit of humor to end the day.

If you like your music adventurous, you’ll probably get a huge kick out of Noise Park, a Tumblr that features South Park versions of many avant-garde, experimental, and generally out-there musicians. Whoever is making these charmingly made the decision to follow his or her own esoteric musical tastes, which is a nice way of saying that a good many of the subjects are a bit obscure (Blevin Blectum, Moth Cock, Rotten Milk, etc.), which has the effect of turning it all into an inside inside joke of sorts.

But a lot of the subjects are quite well-known, covering the more cerebral end of the musical spectrum (Kraftwerk, Beefheart, Residents). I spent a fair amount of time trying to come up with a plausibly minimalist South Park episode plot involving Terry Riley, but I failed. Then I switched to Throbbing Gristle and my brain exploded.

Seattle Scene: April 19-27, 2019

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Austin Larkin
Fri. Apr. 19, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Violinist/composer Austin Larkin and ensemble perform a composition of harmonics and tuned densities unfolding and persisting in time. Transmute states of variance and continuity are held, extended, measured through the vibration of strings and resonant bodies within a room. In the realization of this piece, a focus is placed on the ordering of tone, the diffusion of spectra, and congruences of silence.

Stephen Fandrich
Sat. Apr. 20, 8 PM; $5 – 15 donation at door

Nonsequitur presents composer/pianist Stephen Fandrich, joined by special guests Gamelan Pacifica and Del Sol String Quartet. Fandrich performs compositions and improvisations at the piano in just intonation, and presents two unusual instrumental combinations with Javanese gamelan: Iron Tears, for String Quartet and Javanese Gamelan, and Ketawang Chroma, for Diphonic Singing and Javanese Gamelan.

Tue. 4/23 – Earshot Jazz presents Swiss/Argentine tenor saxophonist and composer María Grande performing Persphone / HerStory

Sat. 4/27 – Nonsequitur presents cellist/composer Ha-Yang Kim’s TERMINALS, a full-length meditative audiovisual work inspired by the peripatetic quality of contemporary life, with Hahn Rowe (NYC – guitar, violin/viola, electronics), violist Heather Bentley, and video artist Ursula Scherrer (NYC/Berlin)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Marion Brown/Dave Burrell: Live at the Black Musicians’ Conference, 1981 (NoBusiness, 2018) ****

Anthony Shadduck – Anthony Shadduck Quartet/Double Quartet (Big Ego Records, 2019) ****

David Torn, Tim Berne & Ches Smith – Sun Of Goldfinger (ECM, 2019) *****

Arrington De Dionyso/Ben Bennett – Live at China Cloud 1/12/2018 (s/r, 2019) ****½

Michael Attias – Solo & Quartet at Greenwich House, New York on April 6, 2019

The Diagonal (Jeff Parker/Jeb Bishop/Pandelis Karayorgis/Nate McBride/Luther Gray) Filter (Not Two, 2018) ****

Sol Sol – Unaccustomed Soil (Signal And Sound Records, 2019) ****

Trapper Keaper – Meets Tim Berne and Aurora Nealand (ears&eyes Records, 2019) ****

Claudia Solal, Katherine Young, Tomeka Reid, Benoit Delbecq – Antichamber Music (The Bridge Sessions, 2019) **½

Rouba 3i + Tony Buck live at Borderline Festival (Athens, April 5 th, 2019)

Shortlist for Scottish New Music Awards Announced

Source: New Music Scotland.

Dorico Award for Small / Medium Scale Work sponsored by Steinberg (1-10 performers)
James Dillon – Quartet No. 9
Claire McCue – I Regret Your Sex
Lisa Robertson – The Inimitable Brightness of the Air

Large scale New Work (11+ performers) sponsored by PRS for Music
Helen Grime – Woven Space
David Fennessy – Triptych
Ailie Robertson – Caoineadh

The Good Spirits Co award for innovation in New Traditional Music
Ailie Robertson – Seven Sorrows
Grit Orchestra – Bothy Culture

EVM Award for Electroacoustic/sound art work
Louise Harris – Visaurihelix
Alex Menzies – Other World Music Vol 1
Pippa Murphy – Breathe In Me

Community/Education project
Get Composing – sound
Incredible Distance – Scottish Chamber Orchestra / WHALE Arts / Fruitmarket Gallery / Scottish Society of Artists
Lost At Sea – East Neuk Festival / Scanner / Svend McEwan-Brown

The RCS Award for Contribution to new music in Scotland
Red Note Ensemble
Enterprise Music Scotland
Fiona Robertson

Prize for Collaboration
Anthems for Queer Youth – Patricia Auchterlonie / Gareth Mattey / Savage Parade / Robert Reid Allan
Simon Thacker’s Svara – Kanti Simon Thacker Neyveli/ B. Venkatesh/ K.V. Gopalakrishna/ N Guruprasad/ Farida Yesmin/ Raju Das Baul / Sunayana Ghosh
WEAR – Alistair White / UU Studios / Gemma A. Williams

Recorded New Work
ANNO:Four Seasons by Anna Meredith & Antonio Vivaldi – Anna Meredith and the Scottish Ensemble – Moshi Moshi Music
Out of Silence – John Mcleod / RSNO / Evelyn Glennie / Holly Mathieson – Delphian Records
softLOUD – Sean Shibe – Delphian Records

Award for Creative Programming
The Night With…

The RCS Award for Making it Happen
Glasgow Experimental Music Series
Nevis Ensemble
Nordic Viola

New Music Performer(s) of the Year
Drake Music Scotland
Garth Knox

Kate Gentile Interview

Source: Heavy Metal Bebop Podcast.

Kate Gentile is a drummer-composer with a highly advanced and personal musical language. Trained in jazz from high school on, she began listening to metal in recent years and has since gravitated toward some of the more intense, outlandish areas of the underground. In this episode, she discusses a slew of her favorite death-metal bands — including Cenotaph, Defeated Sanity and Malignancy — the process of incorporating double-kick drumming into her jazz work, why Tony Williams’ playing was a revelation early on, what she admires about metal fandom and much more. To learn more about Kate and her work, go to