A short interview with Medeski, Martin and Wood has been posted.
John Zorn, Lou Reed, and Laurie Anderson will play next year’s Montreal Jazz Fest.
Theo Bleckmann has a new album of Charles Ives songs coming out.
Phil Kline‘s latest two releases are reviewed in the Chicago Reader.
Caustic Reverie is an ambient-drone artist with 15 albums available for free download.
Well, here it is, another best of list that you probably should not take too seriously. The top ten of 2008 along with a pile of runners up.
Stephen Haynes / Taylor Ho Bynum – Double Trio
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Lil Tae Rides Again
William Parker – Double Sunrise Over Neptune
Anthony Braxton – Quartet (Moscow) 2008
Daniel Carter – Chinatown
Mary Halvorson – Dragon’s Head
William Parker Quartet – Petit Oiseau
Vladimir Bozar n Ze Sheraf Orkestar – Universal Sprache
John Zorn / Lou Reed / Laurie Anderson – The Stone: Issue Three
Steve Swell / Rivers of Sound Ensemble – News from the Mystic Auricle
Bang on a Can – Brian Eno: Music for Airports Live
Beat Circus – Dreamland
James Blackshaw – Litany of Echoes
Box – Studio 1
Rob Brown – Crown Trunk Root Funk
Copperhead Trio – Labyrinths
Cynic – Traced in Air
Bill Dixon – Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra
Harris Eisenstadt – Guewel
The Empty Cage Quartet – Stratostrophic
Fulminate Trio – Fulminate Trio
Jeff Gauthier / Goatette – House of Return
Frode Gjerstad – A Sound Sight
Dominique Grimaud – Les Quatre Directions
I Heart Lung – Interoceans
Peggy Lee Band – New Code
Daniel Levin – Fuhuffah
Byron Metcalf / Mark Seelig / Steve Roach – Nada Terma
Szilárd Mezei – As You
David Parsons – Surya
Rob Price – I Really Do Not See the Signal
Kurt Rosenwinkel – The Remedy – Live at the Village Vanguard
Stray Ghost – Losthilde
The Thing – Now and Forever
Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer – Cold Peace Counterpoints
Yitzhak Yedid – Oud, Bass, Piano Trio
Recent shows by various subsets of these four are reviewed.
One of these two John Zorn gigs cost more to enter than the other. One of them possibly featured a portion of its customers who might just have been hoping that one of its artists would sing, and play some non-improvised material. Lou Reed and John Zorn performed in January of 2008 at the latter’s Lower East Side venue The Stone, with a people-capacity of maybe sixty. In that joint, folks knew to expect the unexpected, but the freshly opened Poisson Rouge club in Greenwich Village has an as-yet untested demographic, even though its booking policy is turning out to be almost as adventurous as The Stone’s, particularly given its much larger size and very accessible location. So, Reed is in a decidedly improvisational mode (even though his roadie periodically seems to place sheets of paper on a music stand: do these contain musical notation, reminders for effects pedal settings, or incoming emails?), but this state should come as little surprise, as he’s been sculpting spontaneous ‘noise’ since the Velvet Underground days.