The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear:

Mahall / Dorner / Roder / Jennessen:
Die Enttauschung
(Intakt)

Fred Frith:
Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air
(Recommended Records / Fred Records)

Noyes / Chabala:
The Shade & The Squint
(Roeba)

Furt:
Sense
(psi)

John Zorn:
Femina
(Tzadik)

Phill Niblock:
Touch Strings
(Touch)

Ignaz Schick/Martin Tetreault:
Live-33-45-78
(Ambiances Magnetiques)

Kevin Drumm:
Imperial Horizon
(Hospital)

Weightless:
A Brush With Dignity
(Clean Feed)

Fossils:
A Common Confusion
(Bug Incision)

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DMG Newsletter December 4th, 2009

From DMG:

Classic Soft Machine Qt from 1971! Frode Gjerstad’s Circulasione All-Star Orchestra 3 CD Set! Paul Rogers Freedom Orchestra! Dunmall & Rogers Duo & More from FMR!

Kazuhisa Uchihashi Solo! Two from Intakt: Omri Ziegele/Irene Schweizer Trio & Ulrich Gumpert/Baby Sommer Duo! Rothenberg/Jauniaux/Phillips Trio! Golia & Turetzky! Bill Dixon Trio LP! 3 Hatology Reissues! Robert Wyatt‘s Big Box-Set Sale!

Plus Historic Discs from Sonic Youth! More Moondog! Nurse with Wound! Bruce Gilbert! Cluster! Can! Kraftwerk! Judy Dyble! Iain Matthews! Steve Reid! Robert Crumb‘s Hot Women Comp! Michael Hurley! Plus Tons of Vinyl & Even More Goodies!

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Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

This Sunday, December 6th at 6pm:
ERGO! Cuneiform Recording Artists Featuring:
BRETT SROKA / SAM HARRIS / SHAWN BALTAZOR!
Celebrating the Release of their Fabulous New CD!

Sunday, December 13th at 6pm:
MIKKO INNANEN / JOE FONDA / LOU GRASSI!
Superb Reeds / Acoustic Bass / Drums Trio!

Tuesday, December 15th at 6pm:
DANIEL LEVIN / INGEBRIGT HAKER-FLATEN / FRANK ROSALY!
New Cello / Contrabass / drums Trio! Rare DMG Tuesday Gig!

Sunday, December 20th at 6pm:
JUDITH INSELL & REUT REGEV!
Amazing New Viola & Trombone Duo!

Sundays, December 27th & January 3rd – nothing scheduled

Sunday, January 10th at 6pm:
JEREMIAH CYMERMAN / CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN / HARRIS EISENSTADT!
Extraordinary New Clarinet / Cello / Percussion Trio!

Sunday, January 17th at 6pm:
ANDY HAAS & DEE POP!
Two Magical/Mystical Musicians Return to DMG for a Rare Duo Set!

Sunday, January 24th at 6pm:
RAS MOSHE Returns!

Sunday, January 31st at 6pm:
JESSE ELDER & LOGAN RICHARDSON!
Excellent Piano & Alto Sax Duo & CD Release Celebration!

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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
SUN RA ARKESTRA

Saturday, December 5, 8pm
BILL DIXON AND EXPLODING STAR ORCHESTRA

Saturday, January 30, 8pm
CIRCULASIONE TOTALE ORCHESTRA

Saturday, March 6, 8pm
ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO

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Tom Hamilton and Bruce Eisenbeil Interviewed

From New York’s Roulette:

Coherence without predictability, speed without tempo, direction without a roadmap – an unlikely foray into the world of out-jazz and free improvisation. On Saturday, October 3rd at Roulette, Hamilton and Eisenbeil will be joined in one set by their special guest, the great percussionist William Hooker.

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear:

Olivier Dumont:
Living in Holes and Disused Shafts
(Utech)

Leo Dumont/Matt Milton:
Scrub
(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
(Intakt)

A.M.K.:
The Lonesome Echo
(Transparency)

Kurt Gottschalk:
24b
(Batterrie)

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:
Figuren
(Creative Sources)

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MadLove – Dissonances, Drones and Feedback at Southpaw

NYTimes.com 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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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.

Tom Heasley & Toss Panos – Passages (2007)
Taras Bul’ba – Secrets Chimiques (2009)
Layton and Wood – When Softly (2009)
Herb Robertson – Elaboration (2005)
Mike Pride – Scrambler (2007)
Dustin Wong – Seasons (2009)
Eyal Maoz / Asaf Sirkis – Elementary Dialogues (2009)

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Out on Bo’Weavil Recordings

Bo’Weavil Recordings has a new avant-jazz release:

NEWtoons
by N.E.W. (Noble/Edwards/Ward)

N.E.W are the combined improvising talents of Steve Noble (Drums/Percussion), John Edwards (Bass), and Alex Ward (electric guitar). This, the third release for N.E.W, catches them in all their live ferocity, potency and inventive group improvisation, equal measures free improv as avant-rock, these 3 lives tracks reveal the sheer power, attack and total commitment that these three have to reaching new heights.

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