Category Archives: AMN Reviews

Music reviews from Avant Music News contributors.

AMN Reviews: Christopher Hoffman – Silver Cord Quintet (2016)


Combining jazz and classical is not new – efforts from Gershwin, Milhaud, Mingus, and Ellington (and more recently, Anthony Braxton) are well-documented. But there is a new generation of composer-performers that move between these genres with fluidity and ease. To … Continue reading

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AMN Reviews: Morton Subotnick – Music for the Double Life of Amphibians [Wergo 73122]


The literal meaning of “amphibian” is “double life” and applies to animals living part of their lives in water and part of their lives on land. In the program note to his electroacoustic classic Music for the Double Life of … Continue reading

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AMN Reviews: Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland (feat. Michael Manring & Celso Alberti) – Mu (2016; Cuneiform Records)


Over the last 40 years, guitarist Richard Pinhas has left a varied trail of recordings, from the progressive rock of Heldon, to his early synth-laden solo efforts, to more recent experimental partnerships with Merzbow, Wolf Eyes,  Peter Frohmader, Pascal Comelade, and others. … Continue reading

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AMN Reviews: Distante, D’Amico & Forestiere – Aphasia [Plus Timbre PT038]


  Summing up his aesthetic, pianist Jack D’Amico describes his music as ranging across a continuum of song, noise and silence. Aphasia, his trio collaboration with trumpeter Giorgio Distante and drummer Walter Forestiere, does indeed integrate all three elements into … Continue reading

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AMN Reviews: Richard Pinhas / Tatsuya Yoshida / Masami Akita [Merzbow] – Process and Reality (2016; Cuneiform Records)


Over the last 40 years, guitarist Richard Pinhas has left a varied trail of recordings, from the progressive rock of Heldon, to his early synth-laden solo efforts, to more recent experimental partnerships with Merzbow, Wolf Eyes,  Peter Frohmader, Pascal Comelade, and others. … Continue reading

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AMN Reviews: François Couture – Spam Me (simulacres de chansons​/​simulacra of songs) (2016; Bandcamp)


  I have always been intrigued by how bizarre spam email and blog comments can be. What purpose could the following actual spam message possibly have? [I]ts brown leafy gray and quite a few equally blazed and unglazed. Have got … Continue reading

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AMN Reviews: John Butcher / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp – Tangle (2016; Fataka)


So here’s a trio that apparently has not recorded together previously. Butcher and Shipp are both well-known improvisors, on the sax and piano, respectively. Lehn is not as known on this side of the pond, but has been kicking around … Continue reading

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