AMN Reviews: Synchro Rhythmic Eclectic Language – Lambi (1976/2019; SOMMOR)

I’ve always found an affinity between the afrobeat grooves of Fela Kuti and the pounding Zeuhl rhythms of Christian Vander’s Magma. Not so much that one influenced the other, but that they had a common influence. This re-release of Lambi, a 1976 recording by Synchro Rhythmic Eclectic Language, ties together these two camps with afro-Carribean and funk stylings tossed in. A double LP, the album contains bonus tracks not on the original release (it is not clear whether the bonus tracks have been previously released officially ).

The lineup is stellar, with AACM co-founder Steve McCall on drums, Jo Maka on sax, Jean-Yves Rigaud on violin, Gerard Curbillon on electric guitar, Georges-Edouard Nouel on electric piano, and Louis Xavier on bass. Rigaud was a member of Magma-offshoot Zao. The opening effort, Rigibo, features a Fela-like sax theme over a repetitive rhythm and chanted vocals. Following that, the 14-minute title track includes late-night blues, African percussion, prog-rock inflected rhythms and a taste of jazz both inside and free.  The remaining pieces offer similar genre-bending with long solos and infectious jams.

As a result, Lambi is a rather unique and unusual statement, especially given the time frame of its release. A welcome reissue.

Matana Roberts Interviewed

Source: The Quietus.

Best known for her COIN COIN project – a wildly ambitious 12-album series, released through Montreal-based Constellation Records – Roberts disassembles US jazz traditions in order to transform them into a profound and visionary storytelling medium. Through her sax playing, field recordings, spoken word and singing, she explores aspects of American history, ancestry and race, with a focus on oral history, family narratives and mythology. A frequent traveller, much of her work has drawn on journeys she has made through the US South, particularly in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, while voyages to parts of Asia and Africa over the past two years have also begun filtering into her work.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Russ Losing Trio – “Ways” (Hat Hut Records, 2019)

Berman/Lytton/Roebke – “Trio Discrepancies” (Astral Spirits, 2019)

Tobias Meier, Silvan Jeger – “Cold Voodoo” (*thrghsttsfmttr, 2019)

Anemochore – “suites and seeds” (Creative Sources, 2019)

Laura Jurd – “Stepping Back, Jumping In” (Edition Records, 2019)

Brötzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink – “Fifty Years After​.​.​. Live at the Lila Eule 2018” (Trost Records, 2019)

Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey With Jürg Frey And Alfred Zimmerlin ‎– “Zeit” (Leo Records, 2019)

Carl Stone Interviewed and Profiled

Source: The Japan Times.

Carl Stone has dedicated his life to his craft. An electronic musician who has been using computers to make live music pretty much since it was a possibility, the list of people Stone has played with or composed for in Japan and the United States reads like a who’s who of avant-garde, experimental and contemporary classical music. He’s also a long-term resident of Japan, having moved here about 20 years ago after making his mark on the Japanese musical scene.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1200

Source: Vital Weekly.

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CONTRASTATE – AN EXERCISE IN DEFASCINATION (7″ by Black Rose Recordings)
QUEST – WINTER’S SUN (CDR by Fuzzy Panda) *
DC (CDR by Setola Di Maiale) *
HARSH NOISE LONDON RECYCLED TAPE SERIES #20: CANNON (recycled cassette by Harsh Noise London)
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IAN STENHOUSE/POOL PERVERT (cassette by Non-Interrupt)
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