A Conversation with Zappa

Source: American Songwriter.

When he was thirteen years old and living in San Diego, he read an article in Look magazine praising the record merchandiser Sam Goody. It claimed that Goody was such a genius that he could sell any album no matter how ugly it was musically. And the album they chose as an example of this ultimate ugliness was The Complete Works of Edward Varèse, Volume I, which featured a percussion piece called “Ionizations.” The writer described the piece as “a banging and clanging with sirens and stuff.”

An Encounter with Keith Tippett 

Source: The Wire.

I first heard Keith Tippett in my early teens on King Crimson’s 1970 album In The Wake Of Poseidon. A guest player, he made his presence felt, spilling dissonant, deliciously incongruous piano lines across their otherwise Beatlesy single “Cat Food”. And on “Bolero: The Peacock’s Tale” from Lizard (1970), he suddenly breaks the faux-Iberian mood by hammering a single staccato chord over and over before scrambling up the keyboard. These were strange offerings from a rock group, leading to an abiding fascination for Tippett’s playing and composition, encompassing the singular approach to jazz taken by The Keith Tippett Group, groundbreaking large ensembles such as Centipede and Ark, and solo free improvisations.

June 2020 New York City Jazz Record is Out

Source: The New York City Jazz Record. And with a great set of articles.

Interview: JOE MORRIS
Joe Morris is a composer/improviser who plays guitar, double bass, mandolin, banjo, banjouke, electric bass and drums. He is also a recording artist, educator, producer, concert curator and author. DownBeat magazine called him “the preeminent free music guitarist of his generation”.

Encore: RA KALAM BOB MOSES
The man formerly known as the jazz drummer Bob Moses, active since the ’60s and on albums by everyone from Gary Burton to Henry Kaiser, is now Ra Kalam. The new name was bestowed upon him by Bhapuji Tisziji Muñoz, a spiritual guide to many musicians and also a killer guitarist.

Record Label Spotlight: MORE IS MORE
It’s not an exaggeration to say that trumpeter Peter Evans is one of those rare musicians identifiable after a single note. He’s one of a select cohort who has taken his instrument to levels undreamed of by previous generations, especially in the realm of solo playing. His debut under his own leadership was a striking unaccompanied outing titled More Is More on Evan Parker’s psi imprint in 2006 and he’s also used that as the banner for his own label.

Dead Neanderthals Interview

Source: Invisible Oranges.

A slow, crawling, eldritch horror, direct from the nightmare world. Dead Neanderthals has been known to craft otherworldly “heavy free jazz” atmospheres in other releases, but Blood Rite is something different and older in a… different sort of way. With Otto Kokke ditching his trademark wailing saxophone for crushing, heavily distorted synthesizer and Rene Aquarius slowing his usual blast to a slow plod, Blood Rite is far from Dead Neanderthals’ usual “New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz.” No, Blood Rite is minimal, destructive death/doom metal, a 27-minute venture into the darkest recesses of horror-music and pitch-black tones.

Parallels can be made between this Dutch duo’s frantic jazz musings and Blood Rite’s minimal lumbering — the names of the game here, much like with every other Dead Neanderthals album, are energy and atmosphere, which Blood Rite oozes in spades. Though this isn’t your average, or at least partially expected Dead Neanderthals release, Blood Rite’s anti-mania crushes the listener all the same. Lose yourself in an exclusive stream of this single-track album and read an interview with the band below

Whit Dickey Interview 

Source: Aquarium Drunkard.

On the surface, nothing about Whit Dickey’s decision to start his new record label, Tao Forms, makes much sense. It’s the drummer’s first time leading such a venture, and he’s doing so in his mid-60s, right around the time most impresarios are looking toward retirement. Too, he’s using Tao Forms as outlet for free jazz, the unbound subgenre that Dickey has spent four decades devoting his career to. Not the soundest of commercial moves—especially amid a global pandemic—but that has never seemed to be his concern.

Robert Fripp on Eno, Bowie and King Crimson 

Source: UNCUT.

The latest issue of Uncut – in shops now or available to order online by clicking here – features an exclusive, in-depth interview with Robert Fripp, in which he talks with wit and candour to Michael Bonner about his new Music For Quiet Moments series, “Crimson metal”, advice from David Bowie, how to avoid provoking armed police officers, and why you should never, ever have a band meeting. Here’s an extract…

Braxton75: Navigation Through Form Online Event

Source: New School.

In celebration of Anthony Braxton’s 75th birthday year, International Contemporary Ensemble and Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation are collaborating to present the very first online Braxton75 event accessible to the public. In this talk, Tri-Centric president James Fei, who has been working closely with Braxton for over two decades, will offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings of Braxton compositions. Specifically, using scores and audiovisual material, Fei will examine the intersection of improvisation and notation, the changing role of the performer, and the fluid notions of “composition” in Braxton’s works.

Tangerine Dream – 50 Years of Electronic Meditations

Source: Echoes.

50 years ago Tangerine Dream began recording their electronic music in what was then West Berlin. Founded by Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream has epitomized the electronic age of music, recording over 150 albums of synthesized compositions. Their film soundtracks include “Sorcerer” “Thief,” “Risky Business,” and “Legend.” Tangerine Dream founder and last original member, Edgar Froese left the planet in 2015, but the group continues on with music he composed. On Echoes, we draw upon over a dozen interviews with the Dream members past and present including Froese, Peter Baumann, Christoph Franke, Klaus Schulze, Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss and many others to celebrate 50 years since the release of their debut album, Electronic Meditation.