Matthew Shipp To Stop Recording?


avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

Source: Village Voice.

Matthew Shipp, the prolific free-jazz pianist, orders a cup of coffee (milk, no sugar) at an unremarkable café on Avenue A, around the corner from where he’s lived since forever. The late-December morning is gray, rainy, and melancholy, but Shipp wants to share some news that appears to delight him. He will, he says, stop recording.

Seriously. Piano Song, out January 27, will be his last album, and one of his finest, for Thirsty Ear Recordings, where he’s been the anchor artist and curator for the long-running Blue Series. He will then finish “a few things” for ESP-Disk and RogueArt, the French label, “and basically, that’s going to be it. I’m going to stop.”

AMN Picks of the Week: Mantra Percussion & Michael Gordon / Sam Genovese / Sista Maj / Ellis Cage / John Zorn


English: John Zorn Français : John Zorn

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.

Mantra Percussion / Michael Gordon – Timber Remixed (2016)
Sam Genovese – Hive Crush (2016)
Sista Maj – Series of Nested Universes (2016)
Ellis Cage – Vinculum (2017)
John Zorn – The Mockingbird (2016)

Newsbits: Reflections in Cosmo / Led Bib / Kim Gordon / Tim Feeney


Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) at Rock en Seine Rout...

The new release from Reflections in Cosmo is reviewed.

Also reviewed is the new release from Led Bib.

Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth has conducted a very strange interview.

Percussionist and composer Tim Feeney is profiled in anticipation of a Chattanooga performance.

Newsbits: Leap of Faith Orchestra / Kris Davis / VidnaObmana / Dark Web


Jazz Right Now reviews new albums from The Leap of Faith Orchestra and Kris Davis.

Two new Bandcamp sites for experimental / ambient artist VidnaObmana (Dirk Serries) have been launched, one for older recordings, another for recordings on the Tonefloat label.

Dark Web is an internet-based digital music release combining composed music and interactive visuals. In this music release, the user enters a digital environment where a morphed echo of the outside world has been processed to fit a network of ones and zeros, some elements fully mutated, others not. Compositionally, Dark Web seeks to explore a core musical parameter, time, with the ambition to expand it without relying on automatism or generative systems. Instead, the music explores micro-polyphonic looping and canons on both a micro and a macro level.

El Intruso’s Ninth Annual International Critics’ Poll


Source: El Intruso.

Once more, El Intruso has put together the results to its detailed poll for the “best of” 2016. The emphasis is on free jazz, but the results are certainly not limited thereto. I am grateful for being asked to participate again this year.

AMN Picks of the Week: Steve Roach / Fielder, Gjerstad, & Smith / Birchall, Cheetham, Webster, & Willberg / Orthodox


English: Portrait image of Steve Roach at Soun...

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.

Steve Roach – Fade to Gray (2017)
Fielder / Gjerstad / Smith – A Shape Finds It’s Own Place (2017)
Birchall / Cheetham / Webster / Willberg – Plastic Knuckle (2016)
Orthodox – Supreme (2017)

Avant Music News Best of 2016: Part II – Albums of the Year


To the extent that these lists mean much of anything, here are our favorite recordings of 2016. Many of these albums have been reviewed here at AMN, and such reviews have been linked in the list below.

This year, our list is so lengthy that we broke it into two separate postings. The “best of” is today, and the honorable mentions were yesterday. As usual, let me add the usual disclaimer that this list is incomplete, I have not heard all 2016 releases, and probably missed a few really good ones. Enjoy.

Like this list? Feel free to peruse previous years’ lists.

Albums of the Year
Dan Weiss – Sixteen: Drummers Suite
Bent Knee – Say So
Anthony – Braxton – 3 Compositions (EEMHM)) 2011
Bobby PreviteMass

Best of 2016

John Butcher / Thomas Lehn / Matthew ShippTangle
Happy Place – Northfield
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio – Desire and Freedom
Christopher Hoffman – Silver Cord Quintet
Perhaps Contraption – Mud Belief
Dave Ball / Jon Savage – Photosynthesis
René Aquarius – Blight
Aram Bajakian – Dolphy Formations
Anthony Braxton –  10+1tet (Knoxville) 2016
Anthony Braxton – Trio (Knoxville) 2016
Brownout – Brownout Presents Black Sabbath, Vol. II
Burning Ghosts – Burning Ghosts
DC Improvisers Collective – Ministry of Spontaneous Composition
Massimo Discepoli / Daniel Barbiero – An Eclipse of Images
dMu – Synaptic Self
Mark Dresser / N.Mitchell / M.Melford / M.Dessen – Virtual Tour: A Reduced Carbon Footprint Concert Series
Cassio Figueiredo – Presença
Fond of Tigers – Uninhabit
Free Nelson Mandoomjazz – The Organ Grinder
Devin Gray – Devin Gray’s Fashionable Pop Music
Mats Gustafsson – This is from the Mouth (EP)
Ross Hammond / Vinny Golia – Ross Hammond and Vinny Golia
Horselover Fats – Liberty Ashes
Nathan Hubbard / Skeleton Key Orchestra – Furiously Dreaming
In Slaughter Natives – Ventre
Jack O’ The Clock – Repetitions of the Old City – I
Reid Karris – Oscines et Ensifera
Jockel Leiss – Fluid Variations
Merzbow / Keiji Haino / Balazs Pandi – An Untroublesome Defencelessness
Mondo Flockard – Spirals (EP)
Naima – Bye
Luca Nasciuti – Morpheus
Alexander Noice – Music Made With Voices
The Out Louds (Halvorson, Goldberg, Fujiwara) – The Out Louds
Richard Pinhas / B.Cleveland, M.Manring, Alberti – Mu
Richard Pinhas / Tatsuya Yoshida / Merzbow – Process and Reality
Xavi Reija – Live at RZZ Barcelona
Daniel Rosenboom – Book of Storms
São Paulo Underground – Cantos Invisíveis
Shrine – Ordeal 26.04.86
Sirius Quartet – Paths Become Lines
Space Sweeper – Alien Oceans
Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up – Old Locks and Irregular Verbs
Thumbscrew (Halvorson / Formanek / Fujiwara) – Convallaria
Tri-Centric Orchestra – Music of Blake, Bynum & Laubrock: Agora, Questions of Transfiguration, Vogelfrei
Luong Hue Trinh – Illusions
Troum – Acouasme
Harvey Valdes Trio – Point Counterpoint
Vaults of Zin – Kadath
Vortex – Moloch
Anna Webber Simple Trio – Binary
Nate Wooley – Argonautica