Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Thomas Heberer – Five By Five (Self Published, 2009) ****

Chicago Underground Duo – Boca Negra (Thrill Jockey, 2010) ****½

Dave Rempis & Frank Rosaly – Cyrillic (482 Records, 2010) ****

Andreas Schmidt, Samuel Rohrer, Thomas Heberer – Pieces For A Husky Puzzle (Jazzwerkstatt, 2009) *****

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Vijay Iyer
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From Free Jazz:

Chad Taylor – Circle Down (482 Music, 2009) ***
Vijay Iyer Trio – Historicity (ACT, 2009) ***½
Plaistow – Jack Bambi (Self Published, 2009) ****
Tony Malaby – Voladores (Clean Feed, 2009) *****

Katherine Young – Further Secret Origins (Porter Records, 2009) ****

Marilyn Crispell – Collaborations 2004 and 2007 (Leo, 2009) ****

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

A shot from a 2006 performance by Peter Brötzm...
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From Free Jazz:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Ivo Perelman – Mind Games (Leo Records, 2009) ****

Monday, November 23, 2009
Frode Gjerstad, Nick Stephens, Louis Moholo-Moholo (Loose Torque, 2009) ****

Sunday, November 22, 2009
Trio Passeurs – Existences (Futura Marge, 2009) ****

Saturday, November 21, 2009
Five Spot – Poltva (SoLyd Records, 2009) ****

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Anti-Jazz Series at Ars Nova Workshop

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

In 1961, Down Beat magazine published a review of a John Coltrane performance referring to the music as “anarchistic” and as “a horrifying demonstration of what appears to be a growing anti-jazz trend.” This review documented one of the most controversial moments in the history of jazz: the advent of Free Jazz or “The New Thing.” Anti-Jazz: The New Thing Revisited, celebrates the 50-year trajectory of Free Jazz. The series, while bearing in mind landmark contributions such as Ornette Coleman‘s Free Jazz and John Coltrane’s Ascension, is a glimpse at the current state of the phenomenal Free Jazz continuum featuring many of the founding visionaries and iconoclasts – including the Sun Ra Arkestra, Bill Dixon, Bobby Bradford and the Art Ensemble of Chicago – along with an emerging generation of distinguished instrumentalists.

Saturday, October 31, 8pm

Saturday, December 5, 8pm

Saturday, January 30, 8pm

Saturday, March 6, 8pm

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MadLove – Dissonances, Drones and Feedback at Southpaw reviews Trevor Dunn‘s latest project.

The bassist Trevor Dunn has a lot of experience making music of canny disruption and outrageous effect. He’s well entangled in a few different scenes, notably the one that includes the experimental-metal supergroup Fantomas and the one that revolves around the avant-garde polymath John Zorn. (There’s some overlap there.)

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The State of Modern Classical Labels

NewMusicBox features an article (and this is part 2 of a 3 parter) about the economics and focus of indie classical labels in a post-CD world.

Given that thousands of new CD titles are produced every year across the span of musical genres, it’s not hard to surmise that most discs don’t earn back enough funds to recoup the costs of recording and manufacturing. In other words, it can’t be just classical and contemporary music projects that have modest sales.

It’s a given: money has to come from somewhere before discs get released. It’s just that the need for dough is more on the surface in all realms of the always-struggling little realm of contemporary American music.

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New Release on 577 Records

577 Records

Demian Richardson
Matthew Putman
David Moss
Federico Ughi
Daniel Carter

The Gowanus Recordings

The Gowanus Recordings are the embodiment of the 577 approach. Featuring some of Free Jazz’s most established musicians, it covers a wide range of musical ideas, creating a dynamic atmosphere of kinetic interplay. Song titles are scientific terminology which are described in the liner notes, and also felt in the playing and listening of the music. The Gowanus Recordings are meant to extend the reach of Free Jazz by incorporating classical and scientific ideas, while enlightening the listener.

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Samara Lubelski, Parallel Suns (The Social Registry)
Music with flowers in its hair. A new name to me, but according to her thick resumé Samara Lubelski has worked with (either as musician or engineer) Jackie-O Motherfucker, Thurston Moore, MV & EE, Hall of Fame, and fellow-German experimental collective Metabolismus. For this album, she laid… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:48, 18 May 2009

Anonymeye, Anonymeye Motel (Half/Theory)
Like an old vinyl album of country picking mysteriously infested with viruses from Oval´s skipping CDs and someone else´s radio frequencies. Half theory and half execution is key to appreciating what it is offering as it celebrates the resistence of roadside culture and mom-and-pop capitalism to… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:39, 18 May 2009

Tibetan Red, Ritual Breathing (Antahkarana Records)
An artistically and spiritually challenging record, of the air and instruments which depend on it for their voice, like the shakuhachi and didgeridoo. The opening, title track rumbles with the sound of God´s heavy breathing as he sleeps – always the Creator, he only exhales, long, drawn-out, and… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:30, 18 May 2009

Lena, The Uncertain Trail (Soundsaround)
Third album by Mathias Delplanque as Lena. He is otherwise most celebrated for his still-standing avant ambient recordings under his christian name. Compilation of unreleased tracks produced between 2004 and 2006. Trail referred to is the collection he has made of his transglobal travels, from… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:49, 15 May 2009

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