saw her at last year's atp, playing a set of solo alto where she spent the whole set -- well, what i saw of it -- playing simple lines and then increasingly deconstructing them, showing off in a way impressive for its casual grasp of normal & extended technique. cerebral and meditative, and probably one of the most accomplished bits of music i saw at that festival.
getting some press for her new record, 'coin coin chapter one', which is the first of a twelve-piece ... thing: closest analogue would be something like that first charlie haden/carla bley record, but on a much larger scale; she's performed six of the twelve parts, and the recording of the first was done live-in-studio with a sixteen-piece ensemble including prepared ensemble and musical saw. she spends a lot of time doing recitative chant-singing about slavery. the idiom is free jazz, more or less, with digressions into folk-song modes and pastiche of earlier jazz forms. it's far more exciting than i'm making it sound.
― thomp, Thursday, 28 July 2011 17:00 (2 years ago) Permalink
it's also on constellation, which i'm not sure if i agree with or not. she has also recorded, i believe, with tortoise and prefuse 73.
― thomp, Thursday, 28 July 2011 17:06 (2 years ago) Permalink
― thomp, Friday, 29 July 2011 17:29 (2 years ago) Permalink
new album is AOTY contender
― ennui morricone (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 29 July 2011 22:37 (2 years ago) Permalink
― Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Sunday, 31 July 2011 21:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
that youtube is amazing, definitely going to track a copy down
― zappi, Sunday, 31 July 2011 21:15 (2 years ago) Permalink
me too. the bit i listened to on sonnedclod was a wee bit scary and some kinda sublime(link to flac d/l)http://cstrecords.com/store/products/CST079-FLAC.html
― Marquis de Sade (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 31 July 2011 21:31 (2 years ago) Permalink
it's a good record and an AMAAAAZING piece. was stunned last summer seeing the same piece as on the record, performed in montreal.
― sean gramophone, Monday, 1 August 2011 05:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
it's come up a bit on the rolling jazz thread, yall.
the idiom is free jazz, more or less, with digressions into folk-song modes and pastiche of earlier jazz forms.
there are probably other more proximate free-jazz comparisons, but it also sounds very mingusy to me, just in the dramatic aspect to even some of the instrumental music, and obviously to the sing-talking.
at first listen i also thought she spent a 'lot of time' doing the sing-chanting about slavery, but now i would have to say it just overwhelms at first.
― j., Monday, 1 August 2011 06:21 (2 years ago) Permalink
this sounds like it would fulfill my Nicole Mitchell jones while being stylistically different, thanks for the heads up.
― sleeve, Monday, 1 August 2011 06:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
i've been trying to think of other comparisons which get to what i don't like about it, and i think the problem is it makes me think of henry cow, sorta
― thomp, Monday, 1 August 2011 09:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
Brilliant album this, although I'm still absorbing it. Mingus is a good reference point. Her vocals have some of the commanding presence of June Tyson on classic Sun Ra sides, with a touch of Linda Sharrock's abandon. Most recent thing it reminds me of is William Parker's incredible Double Sunrise Over Neptune, or some of his stuff with Leena Conquest on vocals.
― Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Monday, 1 August 2011 09:52 (2 years ago) Permalink
still playing 'coin coin ch1' on the regular, what an incredible work
― madame boo berry (donna rouge), Friday, 27 April 2012 17:56 (1 year ago) Permalink
me too, easily my favourite discovery of last year (thanks to this far too short thread)
― zappi, Friday, 27 April 2012 18:12 (1 year ago) Permalink
Coin Coin Chapter Two is astonishing.
― Merdeyeux, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:43 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
Yes! Good interview in the Wire the other month too.
― famous for hits! (seandalai), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 15:00 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
Definitely one of my favourites this year
― tsrobodo, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 15:08 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
― comic sbans soref (wins), Sunday, 17 November 2013 14:32 (3 weeks ago) Permalink
This is a strange and wonderful album.
― Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Friday, 29 November 2013 22:16 (1 week ago) Permalink
i haven't heard any of her recordings; sounds like i need to.saw her perform earlier this year and it was great.
― ian, Friday, 29 November 2013 23:17 (1 week ago) Permalink