Vital Weekly Reviews 1306

Source: Vital Weekly.

CHRIS CAMPBELL – ORISON (CD/LP by Innova) *
SEAN ALI – A BLINK IN THE SUN (CD by Neither/Nor) *
MAGDA MAYAS & TINA DOUGLAS – OBJECTS OF INTEREST (CD by Room40) *
GUSTAVO COSTA – ENTROPIES AND MIMETIC PATTERNS (CD by Sonoscopia) *
NOAM BIERSTONE – MOUNTAINS MOVE LIKE CLOUDS (CD by No Hay Discos) *
TIMOTHEE QUOST – FLATTEN THE CURVE (CD by Carton Records) *
THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE – THE DAY COMPUTERS BECAME OBSOLETE (CD by No Type) *
MORCEAUX_DE_MACHINES – SAISON GONZO (CD by No Type) *
CARL LUDWIG HÜBSCH – THE MULTIPLE JOY(CE) ORCHESTRA (CD by Impakt) *
IMPROVISIERENDE IM INTERVIEW: WIEN (booklet)
IMPROVISERS IN INTERVIEW: THE BAY AREA (booklet)
NOBUKA – REIKO (LP by Esc Rec) *
CHRIS ABRAHAMS & CLAYTON THOMAS & MILES THOMAS – WORDS FAIL (2LP by Hospital Hill) *
TIM BRUNIGES- JULIAN DAY- MATT MCGUIGAN – VERY FAST & VERY FAR (LP by Hospital Hill) *
FREE MAGIC SHOW – AWKWARD WINNER (CDR by Minimal Resource Manipulation) *
BUNNY & THE INVALID SINGERS – FLIGHT OF THE CERTAINTY KIDS (CDR by Bearsuit Records) *
WILLIAM ST HUGH – THE CRACKING SHIP (CDR, private) *
MAD DISC – MATERIAL COMPOSITION (cassette by Cronica Electronica) *
POOL PERVERT – MASKING TAPE (cassette by Non Interrupt) *
ERB/MAYAS/HEMINGWAY – DINNER MUSIC (cassette by Veto Records)
CARL MICHAEL VON HAUSWOLFF & MICHAEL ESPOSITO (USB by Spectral Electric)

Robert Fripp to Release Music For Quiet Moments 8CD Box 

Source: Inner Knot Online Store.

In May 2020 with much of the world in lockdown and reeling from the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, Robert Fripp began uploading the first of 52 individual soundscapes on his YouTube channel, streaming platforms, and DGMLive.

Entitled Music For Quiet Moments and appearing once a week, these pieces created a space for reflection, offering a means of pausing from the day-to-day concerns and to provide a point of calm and perhaps, a sense of hope, in such troubled times.

By way of introduction, Fripp defined what he meant by the term, quiet moment: “Quiet moments are when we put time aside to be quiet. Sometimes quiet moments find us. Quiet may be experienced with sound, and also through sound; in a place we hold to be sacred, or maybe on a crowded subway train hurtling towards Piccadilly or Times Square. Quiet Moments of my musical life, expressed in Soundscapes, are deeply personal; yet utterly impersonal: they address the concerns we share within our common humanity.”

Each of the 52 pieces was drawn from Soundscapes’ performances from 2004 to 2009 and venues/shows as varied as those for G3 (Satriani, Vai, Fripp), to Churchscapes (as the name suggests, concerts in churches), opening act for Porcupine Tree and even appearances at ‘The Big Chill’ festival.
These pieces are contemplative for the most part and range from a few minutes in length to a performance of ‘Elegy’ in Nashville that lasts over 44 minutes. Each week this music became a gentle word-of-mouth success, as listeners eagerly awaited and discussed the weekly selections, with many encountering Soundscapes for the first time, marking their first contact with Fripp’s music as a result of the series.

New Releases From Clean Feed Records

Source: Clean Feed Records.

Michaela Antalová/Martin Küchen – Thunder Before Lightning
LP only release documenting this duo of Slovakian unique percussion player Michaela Antalová with the mastermind of Angles, Trespass and All Included reedsman Martin Küchen. I remember the first time I heard this, what a transe!

L.U.M.E. – Las Californias
Third chapter of L.U.M.E. led by the genius composer Marco Barroso featuring an elastic and tight big band mixing elements of jazz, classical, metal and god knows what else.

Ritual Habitual – Pagan Chant
Rooted in the free jazz more organic tradition but stepped on a ritualistic repetition concept, this is the result of much work together of the trio.

Lisa Ullén/Sten Sandell – Double Music
This is a magic record with two pianos stretching out and dancing and sounding incredibly beautiful.

Friends and Neighbors – The Earth Is
Fifth record by this Norwegian super group exploring post bop and free jazz idioms bringing them to the XXI century. I just love this band!

The Who Trio – Strell
Finally the LP version of this very special record is ready!

The Rite of Trio – Free Development Of Delirium
The Rite of Trio by guitarist André Silva, bassist Filipe Melo and drummer Pedro Alves is that kind of cooperative band that you could never replace any of them even if needed. Six years and hundreds of concerts after the release of “Getting All the Evil of the Piston Collar!”, The Rite of Trio comes with more Jambacore music, disruptive, progressive and experimental Jazz if you want to name it.

João Lencastre´s Communion – Unlimited Dreams
Once again mixing musicians from Portugal/Europe and North American, João Lencastre presents the new chapter of his band “Communion”, an octet for the date. “Unlimited Dreams” is his most ambitious work to date blending musical dreams that are not always easy to combine or even predict as a composer. Jazz, metal, classical, electronic music and afrobeat are holding hands in a natural way. Bravo João!

Pedro Melo Alves Omniae Large Ensemble – Lumina
Directed by Pedro Carneiro and recorded at Guimarães Jazz Festival this is a major work by the unstoppable composer/drummer Pedro Melo Alves. A true masterpiece featuring 17 musicians including three voices, strings, electronics, classical guitar, brass, reeds and rythm section that sounds as innovative and clear as Pedro’s vision of music.

Carlos “Zingaro”/Pedro Carneiro – Elogio Das Sombras
Impressive duo by the leading light of portuguese impro scene for the past 50 years and violin maestro Carlos “Zingaro” and the world class marimba player (here with a very rare custom marimba with a damper pedal). The result is not only very rich musical and timbrically but ever surprising.

Ballrogg – Rolling Ball (LP)
The new opus by this fantastic trio. Together they reached a miraculous imaginary sound with a layer of americana feel over free improvised music. Finally on LP.

The Block Ensemble – Hugs & Bugs
Recorded in isolation and separately by the musicians. Initiated, curated, edited and produced by Kristoffer Berre Alberts joining people as Maja Ratke, Mette Rasmussen, Jasper Stadhouders, Mats Aleklint, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten etc.

Luís Lopes Love Song – Emmentes
Third opus of Luís Lopes Love Song series on Shhpuma, this time with only a nylon-stringed acoustic guitar. Since the amount of devotion and give of self that Lopes always puts in is music the result is an intimate, profound and beautiful music.

Padang Food Tigers – God´s Plenty
The London duo of Stephen Lewis and Spencer Grady – introduce us to an enchanting world, often surreal, ambient-folk tapestry full of dreamlike reveries. Weaving minimal acoustic abstractions of dobro and banjo atop organ-led drones, keening lap steel flickers, field recordings and bizarre radio transmissions. Although the music is deeply rooted in blues and folk, we can hear echoes of Ry Cooder or Virginia Astley, their approach transcends anything you have listened to before. Magical.

Moon-Liters/Millennium Development Goals – Nerve Agent
Philadelphian poly-instrumentalist D. Liedel offer us a peculiar blend of rock, jazz, electro, metal, hardcore punk, mambo, and calypso. Don’t let yourself be fooled by the familiar melodies, because anything can happen at any second in surprising ways. Everything sounds like it could have been recorded in the ‘80s or ‘90s with low-priced equipment, but the songs themselves sound fresh and full of life. Authentic, grounded and profoundly popular.

Sofia Gubaidulina Profiled

Source: The New York Times.

The composer Sofia Gubaidulina, who turns 90 on Sunday, lives in a humble brick bungalow in this small town outside Hamburg. She receives guests in the dining room; to get there, they are led through the kitchen to a small round table decked out with a spread of strong tea, something sweet, and the Russian Orthodox icon known as Our Lady of Kazan. It’s all modest and unassuming. But there are clues everywhere of an eminent career in music.

AMN Picks of the Week: Ensemble Interactivo de La Habana / SPP / Taphephobia & IDFT / Maneri, Kalmanovitch, Jacobson & Osgood / Alphaxone

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Ensemble Interactivo de La Habana – Studio Session (2021)
SPP – L’albero Della Meduse (2009)
Taphephobia & IDFT – Kandu (2021)
Maneri / Kalmanovitch / Jacobson / Osgood – Variations On No Particular Theme – Part 1 (2021)
Alphaxone – Ghost Machine (2021)

Eugene Chadbourne to Offer Daily Guitar Solos

Source: Eugene Chadbourne.

EUGENE CHADBOURNE presents HEAD OF BOOKS, an ongoing, daily program of access to newly recorded guitar solos. No objects. No titles. Free if you want, although donations of any size are happily accepted. Write eugene@eugenechadbourne.com and provide an active email address. If you are donating, you can PayPal whatever amount you would like to enter into the HEAD OF BOOKS to the same email address, eugene@eugenechadbourne.com If you do that, there will be a record of your email available from that transaction. Paid or free, you will begin receiving guitar solos in email and download files, sometimes on a daily basis. Sometimes you will be the only person receiving the solo. Please join in on my latest goal, to record a guitar solo every day from now until the beginning of 2025.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Erin Rogers – 2000 Miles (Relative Pitch, 2021) ****½

Georg Graeve, Kjell Nordeson, Jon Raskin Trio – Live at NIR Studios (Temescal Records, 2021) ****

Carina Khorkhordina

Henry Threadgill – Poof (Pi Recordings, 2021) ****½

Satoko Fujii – 24 albums reviewed

Vinny Golia – Even to this day…Movement One: Inoculations for Orchestra and Soloists (Ninewinds & pfMENTUM, 2021) ****½

Bruno Duplant – Nocturnes (3 Études) ( Inexhaustible Editions, 2020) ****½

The Month In Jazz From Stereogum

Source: Stereogum.

John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is one of the most towering works of art of the 20th century. It represents an ideal of jazz composition and performance: its simple four-note bassline anchors some of the most passionate playing of his career, and there’s not a single note out of place from anyone in the band. Each of the piece’s four movements flows seamlessly and logically from the one before, and though it’s less than 33 minutes long, when it reaches its conclusion, you realize there’s nowhere else he and his bandmates could have taken the music. (This is particularly true when one realizes that the final track, “Psalm,” is Coltrane reciting, through his horn, the poem that appears in the liner notes. You can actually read along with the music, syllable by syllable.) It’s a perfect album.