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.

Paul Bley – Hands On (1997, piano)
Fred Anderson – Live in Verona (1979, free jazz)
Fred Anderson – Dark Day (1979, free jazz)
Fred Anderson – Back at the Velvet Lounge (2003, free jazz)
Fred Anderson – The Milwaukee Tapes vol. 1 (1980, free jazz)
Robert Barry / Fred Anderson – Duets 2001 (2001, free jazz)
My Dying Bride – The Angel and the Dark River (1995, avant-metal)
My Dying Bride – Like Gods of the Sun (1996, avant-metal)
George Cartwright’s Gloryland Ponycat – Black Ants Crawling (2003, free jazz)
Henry Threadgill / Make a Move – Where’s Your Cup? (1997, free jazz)
John Zorn – Filmworks XXII: The Last Supper (2008, modern classical)
The Microscopic Septet – Lobster Leaps In (2008, avant-jazz)
What We Live – Never Was (1998, free jazz)
Roscoe Mitchell – Roscoe Mitchell and the Sound and Space Ensembles (1984, free jazz)

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AMN Podcast: Fast ‘n’ Bulbous – Waxed Oop

Woeish Me Bop

Captain Beefheart‘s music is the quintessential ‘outsider art music’ of the second half of the 20th century. Despite the fact that he retired from music over 25 years ago, his music resonates more strongly than ever as an influence on contemporary music. Fast ‘n’ Bulbous offer a unique slant on the songbook of one of contemporary music’s most idiosyncratic musical figures. The band features seven great, well-regarded musicians drawn from the rock and the jazz worlds: co-leaders guitarist Gary Lucas (who was in the final incarnation of Beefheart’s Magic Band) and saxist/arranger Phillip Johnston (of the Microscopic Septet) as well as drummer Richard Dworkin, and baritone saxist Dave Sewelson (both also of the Micros), trombonist Joe Fieldler (Ed Palermo Big Band and Satoko Fujii‘s big band), bassist Jesse Krakow (of Time of Orchids and Doctor Nerve) and trumpeter Rob Heinke (also of Doctor Nerve). With a strong, creative line-up like this, you know that you will be getting something more than just a ‘cover band’ and you indeed are. Heartfelt, exciting and it both rocks and swings!

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