Interview with Dave Morecroft of WorldService Project 

Source: First Post.

The London-based “anti-Brexit” quintet WorldService Project has attracted attention worldwide with their exciting and edgy blend of music — combining punk’s abrasive attitude with jazz’s improvisatory essence. Inspired by the sounds of Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa and John Zorn, and the playful impertinence of Monty Python, WSP has released four equally well-received studio albums and performed at festivals across the world.


Milford Graves Profiled and Interviewed

Source: Modern Drummer Magazine.

A new documentary on the drummer artfully reveals a player and educator who’s long been uneasy with typical learning methods. But his commitment to musical communication and self-actualization has resulted in his being considered one of the most revered musical voices of our time.

5049 Records Episode 186 – Brian Marsella 

Source: 5049 Records.

For episode 186, the fabulously talented and all around good dude, Brian Marsella swings by for a wide-ranging conversation that covers a lot of ground, from dealing with death, to touring in the United States, growing up in Philadelphia and making music in the 21st century. A veteran of the bands of Cyro Baptista and John Zorn, Brian has recently released a series of powerful, smoking records and that highlight his skills as a piano player and a band leader. This is a good one.

William Hooker Interview

Source: The Trove.

Seventeen years to the day that William Hooker carried a traumatized woman from the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center collapse about a mile northeast to TriBeCa, we sat in his exposed-brick and wood-paneled living room on Manhattan’s west side to continue a conversation we’d started in Washington, D.C. weeks earlier. Before the exemplary bandleader and free jazz drummer’s extemporaneous trio set at Twins Jazz with two of the dopest improvisers in the nation’s capital, bassist Luke Stewart and tenor saxophonist, Brian Settles, he waxed optimistically on touring his eponymous multimedia chronicle of The Great Migration, his soon-to-launch podcast and the next release in his prolific recording corpus. By the time we reconvened in New York City over tea, his characteristic ebullience was dimmed – only a notch – by a bout of bronchitis, the suitable opprobrium of the election cycle and the remembrance of September 11, 2001.

5049 Records Podcast Episode 185 – Wendy Eisenberg 

Source: 5049 Records.

Wendy Eisenberg is a tremendously talented and original guitarist who grew up in Maryland and now lives in Western Mass. She was a founding member of Birthing Hips and most recently has released a powerful trio recording on Tzadik with Ches Smith and Trevor Dunn. Her playing is intense, focused and completely unique. This is a great talk with someone who you will be hearing from for a long time.

15 Questions for Heather Leigh 

Source: 15 questions.

I was obsessed with music from a young age though I didn’t start making my own until I was a teenager. Early passions included my uncle’s heavy metal vinyl + 8track collection, storybook 7” records made by Disney – particularly Peter & The Wolf – I had quite a nice collection of various singles that I always played on my cheap plastic Fisher Price record player. Another major early touchstone for me was the “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of The Haunted House” LP by Disney, I must have played it thousands of times, I found it so evocative and truly scary, it no doubt influenced my love for horror films a bit later though my mother taking me to see The Shining in the theatre when I was 4 also haunted me throughout childhood, both the imagery and the soundtrack had a lasting influence.

5049 Records Podcast Episode 184 – Sam Weinberg

Source: 5049 Records.

Sam Weinberg is among the most active of New York’s newest generation of improvisers. He’s worked extensively with Ben Bennett, Jaimie Branch, Sandy Ewen and Weasel Walter. He leads and co-leads W-2 (with Chris Welcome), BLOOR (with Andrew Smiley and Jason Nazary), Maestro Day (with Henry Fraser and Joe Moffett). Most recently he’s been focusing on solo saxophone performance as well as sound collage and musique concrete. Today’s a good talk with a thoughtful musician.