AMN Picks of the Week: Håker Flaten / Bankhead / Mazurek / Revis / Zorn

English: The Norwegian jazz band Element in co...

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.

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / New York Quartet – Now Is (2012)
Harrison Bankhead / Sextet – Morning Sun, Harvest Moon (2011)
Rob Mazurek / Pulsar Quartet – Stellar Pulsations (2012)
Eric Revis – Parallax (2012)
John Zorn – Rimbaud (2012)

AMN Picks of the Week: Sky Burial / Eduardo F. Rosario / Magma / Anglagard

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.

Sky Burial – There I Saw The Grey Wolf Gaping (2012)
Eduardo F. Rosario – (Auto/Anti)nomía (2012)
Magma – Félicité Thösz (2012)
Änglagård – Viljans Öga (2012)

AMN Picks of the Week: Vaggione / Bisio & Shipp / Young / Ahleuchatistas / Living By Lanterns

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp
avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Horatio Vaggione – Points Critiques (2011)
Michael Bisio / Matthew ShippFloating Ice (2012)
Katherine Young’s Pretty Monsters – Pretty Monsters (2012)
Ahleuchatistas – Heads Full of Poison (2012)
Living By Lanterns – New Myth / Old Science (2012)

AMN Picks of the Week

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.

Atomik Clocks – Magdan in Charleroi (2011)
Andy Ortman – Provocative Electronics (2008)
Family Battle Snake – Split LP (2008)
Eli Keszler – Cold Pin (2011)

AMN Picks of the Week: Morris / Ware / Tin Hat / Kubisch

English: Photography of William Parker at Jazz...
English: Photography of William Parker at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2010, Austria. By Frank Schindelbeck, http://www.schindelbeck.org (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Joe Morris – Altitude (2012)
David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Mohammed Ali – Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011 (2012)
Tin Hat – Rain is a Handsome Animal (2012)
Christina Kubisch – Mono Fluido (2010)

AMN Picks of the Week

(the) Melvins live in concert
(the) Melvins live in concert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Joel Harrison – Holy Abyss (2012)
Jesse Stacken – That That (2007)
miRthkon – Vehicle (2009)
Lustmord – Other (2008)
French TV – I Forgive You For All My Unhappiness (2010)
Melvins – Freak Puke (2012)

AMN Picks of the Week

Henry Threadgill - Zooid
Henry Threadgill – Zooid (Photo credit: volume12)

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.

Henry Threadgill‘s Zooid Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp (2012)
Harris Eisenstadt – Canada Day Octet (2012)
Steve Lehman – Dialect Fluorescent (2012)
Steve Lehman – Manifold (2007)
KTL – KTL V (2012)

Is that jazz? Explore improvisation, composition and more at Seattle festival

From the Seattle Times Newspaper:

Formal composition vs. spontaneous creativity is the prevailing theme at a series of experimental jazz performances called Is That Jazz? Seattle’s Avant Jazz Music Festival.

The festival convenes Friday night with two performances at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford by the Sunship quintet and the Sun Ra Tribute Band, named for the jazz composer, pianist and philosopher who helped pioneer free jazz in the 1950s and ’60s. The event continues Saturday night with performances by esteemed clarinetist Bill Smith’s trio and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes’ big band, called Threat of Beauty.

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Innova Recordings Profiled

From All About Jazz:

Minnesota’s Innova Records is one of the more prolific and longer-standing independent labels working in the US. An extension of the St. Paul-based American Composers Forum, Innova has been issuing a healthy number of discs in a surprising array of styles since 1982. Formal and quirky composed works sit alongside extended improv and teenager radio dramas in the label’s catalogue of over 700 titles. But as with any healthy eclecticism, it isn’t the point but a byproduct of people following their instincts.

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Newsbits

Kyle Gann
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Free Albums Galore profiles some free MP3 releases from Kyle Gann.

The Earshot Jazz Fest has an online ballot in which all can vote for achievers in Seattle’s jazz scene.

Jazz Continuum has a blog post questioning how albums get chosen for all those “year end” lists.

David S. Ware‘s kidney transplant recovery is featured.

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