Copy Protection Spyware on Commercial CDs

Here’s something that’s starting in the mainstream but we’ll all have to watch out for: Apparently the new Beastie Boys CD will quietly install spyware on your Mac or PC when you pop it in. Computer security experts are not impressed. Once again, the major labels are shooting themselves in the foot. By trying to enforce anti-piracy, they are ironically encouraging people to download for free rather than buy.

Chicago Jazz Festival Lineup

The lineup for the Chicago Jazz Festival has finally been announced. Highlights include the final evening:

4:45 – 5:00 “Bass is the Place” – Remembering Malachi Favors Maghostut
5:05 – 5:55 Fred Anderson, Kidd Jordan, Hamiet Bluiett, Jeff Parker, Harrison Bankhead, Hamid Drake
6:00 – 6:55 Butch Thompson’s “Tribute to Fats Waller at 100”
7:10 – 8:10 The Monksieland Band with Don Byron, Roswell Rudd, Dave Douglas, Jean-Jacques Avenel, and John Betsch. Dedicated to the late great Steve Lacy.
8:30 – 9:30 Toshiko Akiyoshi with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Upcoming from Steve Roach

Roach blesses us with yet another album, HOLDING THE SPACE: FEVER DREAMS II.

While the first FEVER DREAMS expressed a sensual “body-ambient” sound, HOLDING THE SPACE takes a dramatic turn into a deep shamanic landscape, all of which was composed and created over the past four months during extensive unbroken sessions. Part II will also feature Byron Metcalf on percussion and the voice of Jennifer Grais. More news and MP3 excerpts will come around the end of June. Then you will start to hear the heart-wrenching sound of “The Wounded Healer” emerging from the “Wicked Dream”.

New From Cryptogramophone

Cryptogramophone finally has a couple of new releases available:

The Giant Pin
The Nels Cline Singers

Nels Cline is the new guitarist for the popular band Wilco. After several years of touring the U.S. and Europe honing their sound, The Nels Cline Singers present their second recording entitled, “The Giant Pin.” While the core group consists of electric guitar, acoustic bass and drums, (no singers), there are some notable guest artists on this recording; including keyboardist Jon Brion and vocalist Greg Saunier of Deerhoof. This is a mature work from the leader that Jazz Times has called, “The world’s most dangerous guitarist.”

Like a Dream
Darek Oles with Brad Mehldau

Pianist Brad Mehldau is featured on five piano/bass duos. Bassist Darek Oles has toured the world with such noted musicians as Brad Mehldau, Charles Lloyd, Bennie Maupin, Dianne Reeves, Shiela Jordan and many others. Darek now offers his first CD as a leader, which features several of his well known colleagues in duo, trio and quartet formats. This is a profound CD by one of the most important bassists and composers in jazz today.