2018 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part II

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2018 lists from around the web and provide links here. Sure, we haven’t reached the end of the year yet, but some intrepid individuals just cannot be held back. The AMN Best of 2018 is coming in early January. Stay tuned…

A Closer Listen on the year’s best winter music.

Pop Matters best jazz of 2018.

Jazziz best jazz albums of 2018.

Stereogum best jazz albums of 2018.

See also:
2018 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part I

AMN Picks of the Week: Leo Suarez / John Luther Adams / All Traps on Earth / Danketsu 9 / Nate Wooley

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.

Leo Suarez – Marbles On Tile (2018)
John Luther Adams – Everything That Rises (2018)
All Traps on Earth – A Drop of Light (2018)
Danketsu 9 – Thahraas (2018)
Nate Wooley – Columbia Icefield (2018)

Newsbits: Jack O’ The Clock / Drones in Baltimore / William Parker / Symposium on Double Bass

Jack O’ The Clock will be dedicating sales of their albums to the victims of the Northern California wildfires.

On December 9, The Holy Underground’s last Drone Brunch for 2018 features HeterodyneSarah Hughes, & Corey Thuro.  2021 Maryland Ave. Baltimore MD  21218; 11 AM – 3 PM. Bring contributions if you’d like.

William Parker will be performing at Revolution Books on December 15.

Percorsi Musicali has just posted a symposium on the double bass. It is mostly in Italian, but Google translate is your friend.

2018 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part I

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2018 lists from around the web and provide links here. Sure, we haven’t reached the end of the year yet, but some intrepid individuals just cannot be held back. The AMN Best of 2018 is coming in early January. Stay tuned…

Jazz Right Now’s best of 2018.

Jazz Right Now’s best live concerts of 2018

The New York Times best jazz of 2018.

Anti-Gravity Bunny’s Top 15 Drone Records Of 2018, all from women.

Anthony Davis on Earl Howard

Source: Interpretations.

I first encountered Earl Howard’s music in 1980 with his work V & T, which was composed for the violinist Shem Guibbory. I was greatly impressed by his command of texture and the subtle interaction between the soloist and the tape. Initially I felt the soloist was controlled by the tape music but the piece fostered a nuanced performance with a refreshing attention to detail within a relatively restricted musical realm. I felt a connection to this new music because it resonated with my desire to create ensemble music in which compositional aims could be achieved through directed improvisation. I was pleased when he decided to create a new work for piano and tape, Particle W. Particle W was the beginning of a creative collaboration with Earl that continues to this day.

RIP Perry Robinson

Source: Wikipedia.

Robinson was born and grew up in New York City. He attended the Lenox School of Jazz in Massachusetts in the summer of 1959. Robinson served in a U.S. military band in the early 1960s. His first record, Funk Dumpling (with Kenny Barron, Henry Grimes, and Paul Motian) was recorded in 1962. He also appeared with Grimes on The Call in 1965, on the ESP-Disk label (ESP 1026).

AMN Picks of the Week: KTL / Andrew Livingston / Nouveaux Classical Project / Far Corner

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.

KTL – The Pyre (2018)
Andrew Livingston – News from the Oort Cloud (2018)
Nouveaux Classical Project – Currents (2018)
Far Corner – Risk (2018)