Performances Reviews

London Broil: John Butcher at The Stone

From All About Jazz:

On a sheer sonic level, John Butcher goes further into his instrument—and further out of it—than any of his monumental precursors in the iconoclast tradition of abstract British improvising. Not that he’s going to bury such icons as Terry Day, Trevor Watts, or Evan Parker; but as he demonstrated in solo performance last week at The Stone in Manhattan, this tenor and soprano saxophonist—trained in physics—is particularly well-attuned to the properties and propensities of the sound produced by his horns, apart from its customary dissection into elements of harmonic theory and acoustic principles, and takes it to places unknown to most listeners until now.

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear:

Olivier Dumont:
Living in Holes and Disused Shafts

Leo Dumont/Matt Milton:
(Another Timbre Byways)

Abbott / Dumont / Kanngiesser:
Loiter Volcano
(Another Timbre)

Heiner Goebbels:
The Italian Concerto
(I Dischi di Angelica)

Xu Fengxia / Lucas Niggli:
Black Lotos

The Lonesome Echo

Kurt Gottschalk:

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Parriso U.F.O.:
Dark Side of the Black Moon / What Planet Are We On?
(Important Records)

John Cage:
Cage Performs Cage: Empty Words; Music for Piano; One?
(Mode Records)

Quatre Ttes:
(Creative Sources)

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Performances Reviews

Van der Graaf Generator – Asking Existential Questions, 40 Years On

A recent VDGG show is reviewed:

Van der Graaf Generator cited general relativity theory in the first song it played on Sunday night at the Nokia Theater, “Interference Patterns.” The music reflected the song title: jagged, overlapping keyboard patterns moving in and out of phase, precise and tricky, as Peter Hammill sang, in counterpoint with his own piano parts, about physics and the nature of reality. Then came ruminations on war (“Scorched Earth”), totalitarianism (“Every Bloody Emperor”) and self-destruction versus survival (“Lemmings”). Mr. Hammill, the band’s main songwriter, doesn’t take on small or frivolous topics. His lyrics are philosophical disquisitions, carried by ambitious progressive rock.

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