The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Denzler/Grip/Johansson – Zyklus 1 (Umlaut/SAJ Records, 2019) ****½

Christoph Schiller and Anouck Genthon – zeitweise leichter Schneefall (New Wave of Jazz, 2019) ***½

Ackley/Frith/Kaiser/Shelton – Unexpected Twins (Relative Pitch, 2019) ****½

Der Finger – Le Cinque Stagioni (Toten Schwan, 2019) ****

Dave Douglas with Uri Caine and Andrew Cyrille – Devotion (Greenleaf Music, 2019) ****

Jozef van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch – An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil (Sacred Bones Records, 2019) ****

Two From Guy and Hemingway

A Beginner’s Guide to the Surreal Music of Frank Zappa

Source: Treblezine.

The discography of Frank Zappa is much like the parable of the blind men and the elephant. Depending on the album you start with, your first impression of what Zappa does will be wildly different. With a career spanning from the Mothers of Invention’s 1966’s psych-rock Freak Out! album to the orchestral Yellow Shark released a month before he died in 1993, delving into his massive catalog might seem daunting. But If you are looking to get into Zappa you have come to the right person. The first album I heard was Frank Zappa Vs the Mothers of Prevention during an acid trip in high school. It piqued my interest—I found a double cassette of Joe’s Garage when I came down, and now 25 years later I am writing this guide to getting into Frank that does not require an eight-hour hallucination. Little did I know, aside from smoking a couple joints in the 60s, Frank was not into drugs, which might come across as a a surprise, considering how crazy his music can get.

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Mark Alban Lotz
The Wroclaw Sessions (Audio Cave)

Christy Doran’s Sound Fountain
For The Kick Of It (Between the Lines)

Thom Yorke
ANIMA (XL Recordings)

Hans Koch / Jacques Demierre
Incunabulum (Herbal Records)

Gabriel Ferrandini
Volúpias (Clean Feed Records)

John Luther Adams
Become Desert (Cantaloupe Music)

Lisbon Freedom Unit
Praise Of Our Folly (Clean Feed Records)

Jose Dias
After Silence, Vol. 1 (Clean Feed Records)

Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra
Pathways To Unknown Worlds (Modern Harmonic)

Ilia Belorukov, Gabriel Ferrandini
Disquiet (Clean Feed Records)

Mr. Bungle’s “California” Turns 20

Source: Invisible Oranges.

We have barely embarked upon the Information Age and already our understanding of the science behind existence has left us drooling like blockheads impatiently waiting for recess; the more granular we see the universe, the more complex the system appears and paints our tenure as a random stroke of fate. Floating in that expansive landscape of knowledge sits Mr. Bungle, the San Francisco treat who, over a decade, laid waste to a prude musical landscape content operating with earplugs and blindfolds. They cultivated their own complex universe whose parts, embracing both regimen and disorder, inspired awe with increasing perspective and closer examination. Over three full-length albums, they matured from funk metal madness to tenebrous soundscapes and concluded with the beach musings of a madman.