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I feel like interest is growing, so let's have an easy-to-remember title this year.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 1 January 2018 18:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

First promo to land in my inbox this year: trombonist Michael Dease's latest, Reaching Out, coming out on Posi-Tone 1/26. A good band: Ralph Bowen on tenor sax, Walt Weiskopf on alto and tenor saxes, Behn Gillece on vibes, Luther Allison on piano, Peter Brendler on bass, Zach Adleman on drums. Includes a version of "Live and Let Die," though.

Also, there's a brand-new Henry Threadgill album, Dirt...And More Dirt, recorded with a 15-piece band; it's being made available on Pi Recordings' Bandcamp page for a day or two, then it'll disappear again until the official release in late spring (April, I think). He's actually gonna put out two albums simultaneously at that point. It's really good, so buy it while you can.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 1 January 2018 18:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

HT album is great, thanks for the tip!

budo jeru, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 01:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's really good. He was supposed to premiere that piece at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, I forget which, back in September - I was all set to go, but the show got cancelled because he was suffering from exhaustion or something. Hope they reschedule for the spring.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 01:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

nice piece on the late roswell rudd by the npr people:

budo jeru, Saturday, 6 January 2018 20:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

going to go listen to the BA interview now!

budo jeru, Saturday, 6 January 2018 20:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

jason moran is coming to the walker in april. an acquaintance of mine is one of the curators and what she's told has me real stoked.

The exhibition will highlight Moran’s mixed-media “set” installations STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1 and STAGED: Three Deuces (both 2015), sculptural vignettes based on storied music venues from past eras that were his acclaimed contributions to the 2015 Venice Biennale. The exhibition will also premiere a new sculptural commission as part of this series. The presentation also features a selection of Moran’s most recent charcoal drawings and time-based media works from his long-standing collaborations, or sets, with visual artists including Lorna Simpson, Glenn Ligon, and Theaster Gates. In-gallery performances and a new commission for the stage will be orchestrated during the run of the show to complement the gallery presentation.

and then there's this "sonic universe project" feat. wadada leo smith and roscoe mitchell

An all-star lineup of master jazz innovators spanning three cities (Minneapolis, New York, and Chicago) and two generations creates a new sextet for an exclusive Walker engagement. The ensemble includes visionary trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith, a transformative figure in jazz; powerhouse saxophonist/composer Roscoe Mitchell, a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago; Hamid Drake, one of the great drummers working in jazz and global music today; Oliver Lake, longtime member of the World Saxophone Quartet; bassist Anthony Cox, one of Minnesota’s most in-demand musicians for years; and composer/flutist/saxophonist Douglas Ewart, who helped bring these master musicians together.

90 minutes

World Premiere

budo jeru, Sunday, 7 January 2018 22:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

jazzfest marathon suggestions for tonight?

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity, Jaimie Branch's Fly Or Die (unfortunately they're playing opposite each other), Donny McCaslin's quartet.

I'm hoping to see the Harriet Tubman-plays-Free Jazz show tomorrow night.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

i had mccaslin and branch boldfaced too
other potential hits: Ches Smith, Sons of Kemet, ONYX collective, MAST, Blaque Dynamite
the only thing i'm really hyped to see is the 11pm Nicole Mitchell piece with Jason Moran, may need to get there early

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

I interviewed Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia and Yazz Ahmed yesterday for the next Burning Ambulance podcast - it'll be going live in a week, on 1/19.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

JM: Honestly, I have an extremely antagonistic relationship with hip-hop.

Think he said that just to keep his dad off his back?

Here's a link to my interview with Hutchings (who's on the cover of the new issue of The Wire, btw), Garcia and Ahmed.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 19 January 2018 15:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

Coming soon: Preemo's Club Henny at Lincoln Center

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Friday, 19 January 2018 16:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

NPR are streaming the new Sunwatchers album

Dinsdale, Thursday, 25 January 2018 22:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

(as well as Julian Lage's)

Dinsdale, Thursday, 25 January 2018 22:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

Oh, thanks. I was a little underwhelmed by the advance JL single "Roger the Dodger" but I'm definitely interested in listening to this.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 26 January 2018 04:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

This is just what I want tonight, actually.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 26 January 2018 04:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

My latest podcast is up - I interviewed Orrin Evans, who is now the pianist in The Bad Plus.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 2 February 2018 16:01 (eight months ago) Permalink


change display name (Jordan), Friday, 2 February 2018 16:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

Finally, this is legit and remastered from original: live in '65 Paris, Wes is into Trane, shadowed by Harold Mabern, and later Johnny Griffin shows up, intriguingly enough (astute excerpts and comments by Kevin Whitehead)

dow, Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's a great album.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 3 February 2018 13:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

A bit of a row in Germany over the Echo Jazz awards ceremony – best newcomer winner Anna-Lena Schnabel wasn't allowed to perform any of her own music. The producers rejected her piece "Plop" :-) and four other suggestions, and they asked her to do her version of Horace Silver's "Peace" instead. The show was televised on NDR, a non-commercial broadcaster, which denies censorship and says it wanted "the young generation" included on the show... just not playing anything written after 1959.

German public media are usually open-minded about new jazz afaik – they filmed Schnabel's full concert below, and public media told her side of the story first in a documentary where they accused themselves of censorship. It's a good system. Enjoy!

Anna-Lena Schnabel @ JazzBaltica: online til 20 Oct 2018

sbahnhof, Sunday, 4 February 2018 06:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

I had no idea that a new Bad Plus album w/Orrin Evans came out weeks ago, hadn't heard a single thing about it until listening to your podcast. The three tracks on soundcloud are cool, if maybe not quite as distinctive-sounding? Don't love how the drums were recorded/mixed on this one.

Listening to some Orrin Evans stuff on Spotify today, the trio with Christian McBride and Karriem Riggins is nice.

I heard the clips of that Wes Montgomery record on NPR and it sounds burning, never heard it before I don't think.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 16:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

Pretty sure I'd only heard OE as a sideperson before, like on Ralph Peterson records.

Also, while I'm sure it wouldn't be ideal in some ways, I'd love to hear a version of the Bad Plus with Eric Lewis on piano.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm still getting my head around the Bad Plus continuing with the same name without Iverson. I'll listen, though.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 18:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

my local public radio jazz station is usually pretty trad but has one show on a weeknight that does more "adventurous" stuff

they played a band called The Comet is Coming? British, and sort of electronic, jazz, R&B hybrid...wouldn't be out of place on an old Thirsty Ear comp

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, The Comet Is Coming is one of Shabaka Hutchings' projects.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

ah i'm really enjoying it

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

Just got the promo of the next Sons of Kemet album, their debut for Impulse!. The cover art is wild.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 18:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

Anyone have any thoughts on Badbadnotgood? I randomly watched a What's in My Bag video with them and liked their taste and what they had to say. Where is a good place to start with them?

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

their album with ghostface is great! no idea about their regular stuff

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 February 2018 03:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I haven't checked them out yet either. I may get to see them this summer, though - I'm hoping to get press access to the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, and they're playing.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 12 February 2018 13:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

they seem to skirt the line between jazz and Budos Band type stuff

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 February 2018 13:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

I was a hater when they first blew up, because they were goofy college kids who made a video doing jammy covers of Odd Future beats and sent it to Tyler, then they were playing festivals doing jammy covers of EDM tracks.

But I've got to give it up, they matured and learned some restraint, and that 'IV' album is pretty cool. Nice '70s-style production, the collabs with Colin Stetson and Samuel Herring work, lots of attention to sound and texture. Good for them!

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 12 February 2018 19:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

Gurls: Norwegian trio at the poppier end of the spectrum I guess, though pretty understated with sax + bass + vox only; opened here for a-ha (!) a few days ago; album just released. Quite enjoying this in the middle of the night.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 16 February 2018 02:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

The lineup for this year's Vision Festival is out, and it's amazing. I would go every night if I could, but it's in Brooklyn so I'm almost certainly gonna miss the whole damn thing. Get there if you can.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

Is this the first Vision fest to not feature a William Parker-led band? I see he's joining a few groups but his relative absence seems a bit conspicuous given his involvement in previous festivals

Might make the trip once day passes are announced. Ambrose Akinmusire has become one of my favorite trumpeters. He and Mehldau are both incredible here:

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

Definitely enjoyed that

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 23 February 2018 10:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

yup, that was great

niels, Friday, 23 February 2018 11:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

My latest Stereogum column is up. I talk about the Bad Plus, GoGo Penguin, and a bunch of other stuff, including a book on 1970s jazz that kinda disappointed me.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 23 February 2018 14:40 (seven months ago) Permalink

Re Parker and Vision Fest, doesn't seem so odd, especially as many of his regular bandmates are presenting their own projects. He's maybe taking a backseat from leader projects atm? Or perhaps he's cooking something big up. He has an album coming out soon with his wife Patricia Nicholson on his own Centering records.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

Electronic Press Kit for new David Murray/Saul Williams alb, out 2/16, anybody heard the whole thing?

dow, Sunday, 25 February 2018 20:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah (I was trying to get Murray on my podcast, but the publicist totally dropped the ball). It's pretty good. I wrote about it in this month's Stereogum column (linked above):

Saxophonist David Murray met poet Saul Williams at Amiri Baraka’s memorial service in 2014. The day after hearing Williams read, Murray knew he wanted to make an album with him. Four years later, here it is, billed as a tribute to Mehmet “Memo” Uluğ, a major figure on the Turkish jazz scene. The core band includes Orrin Evans on piano, Jaribu Shahid on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums, with additional contributions from Jason Moran (on Fender Rhodes), Murray’s son Mingus on guitar, Craig Harris on trombone, and Aytac Dogan on kanun, a zither-like Turkish instrument. Williams discourses on a variety of subjects, some political, others more celebratory of life. On “A Mirror Of Youth,” Williams’ impassioned delivery — and his vocal timbre — remind me of Black Thought, while the band behind him goes just as hard, without ever abandoning melody. Murray, like Archie Shepp, has always been a living bridge between avant-garde jazz and its roots in blues and swing; he can scream like Albert Ayler, or sing low like Coleman Hawkins, and here he’s in a hard bop mode, spinning out passionate lines that always keep one foot on the ground.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

"This group is smoking, but wouldn't it be even better if they had someone sorta-rapping-but-not-really-rapping on top? Like slam poetry, you know?" - no jazz fan ever

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

I interviewed Tony Allen for Down Beat.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

The new issue of The Wire is out today; I wrote the cover story on Mary Halvorson, reviewed Anthony Braxton's new 11CD box set (first line, which I can't believe they kept: "Anthony Braxton has developed gigantism") and the new Sons of Kemet album, and profiled French avant-metal band Chaos Echoes, who have an album coming out that's a collaboration with Mats Gustafsson.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 16:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

Wow, I've really liked a lot of what I know from Halvorson and am curious about the Braxton. (Marking some midterms with essays about Braxton rn, actually!)

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:31 (seven months ago) Permalink

anyone recommend a good 2018 spotify list to follow?

this one has lots of good stuff, but it's mostly Danish

niels, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 13:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

Nels Cline 4 jam concisely on song from new album, info and live-in-studio vid link here:
Mainly of interest to me for the Cline solo, also like the way its momentum lifts the full group at end (but mainly his solo).

dow, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

Wow, is that three releases Frisell is on this year now? I listen to Music IS all the time but haven't got around to the Halvorson collab yet.

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Sunday, 7 October 2018 12:35 (one week ago) Permalink

There are more Frisell releases from this year. On October 12, a new Wayne Horvitz album will come out with Frisell on it called "Those who remain". There was a vinyl-only release with Skuli Sverrisson too but that stuff is pricey.

EvR, Sunday, 7 October 2018 13:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, dude is hard to keep up with.

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Sunday, 7 October 2018 13:20 (one week ago) Permalink

I've been listening Lebroba today, and if you liked Cyrille's last one with Frisell - Declaration of Musical Independence - this will work for you. The one with Halvorson is brilliant and inspired me to check out loads of Johnny Smith as well.

calzino, Sunday, 7 October 2018 13:49 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, Lebobra is great. I'm a Frisell skeptic most of the time, but him, Cyrille, and Wadada is a fantastic combination. I also recently dug out the Ginger Baker Trio's Going Back Home (Baker, Frisell, and Charlie Haden on bass) which is from 1994 and holds up very well. The group's second album, Falling Off The Roof, is disappointing by comparison.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 7 October 2018 14:12 (one week ago) Permalink

I love Frisell's overall sound but I'm almost never on board with the actual music. I think I like him best as a sideman.

pomenitul, Sunday, 7 October 2018 14:30 (one week ago) Permalink

He does so much, and I really like some of it, but other things, mainly the Americana, suffers by comparison with the original or well-established versions: ol' rugged songs, suddenly super-tasteful, genteel, even. But some of this is pretty effective; Osby stalwart in the river o' reverie, for inst---rerun on Jazz Night In America last weekend:
September 10, 20157:32 PM ET
For the past two years, the remarkably versatile guitarist Bill Frisell has curated Jazz at Lincoln Center's Roots of Americana series. For the final performance of the series, he took a crowd back to the Mississippi River Delta, the great incubator of American music, with a performance titled "Up and Down the Mississippi: Traveling Highway 61." It's his way of exploring music from New Orleans jazz to Delta blues, Bob Dylan to Bix Beiderbecke.

Jazz Night In America takes in the show at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, featuring Greg Osby (saxophone), Craig Taborn (piano) and Rudy Royston (drums).

dow, Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:14 (one week ago) Permalink

But overall kinda prefer this:

dow, Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Posted press sheet upthread about the latest album w Lloyd & Marvels, here's two sets from Lincoln Center:

dow, Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:20 (one week ago) Permalink

When you've got Greg Osby, Craig Taborn, and Rudy Royston, you're 99 percent of the way there already.

I really don't like that Lloyd band/project, but none of his music really does it for me. The 60s albums had their moments, but never really achieved liftoff.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Apparently David Murray was at my brass band gig last night

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 7 October 2018 23:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Say what?

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 8 October 2018 00:06 (one week ago) Permalink

He was playing at the new jazz spot (!) down the block and came by afterwards, I hear he was into it

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 8 October 2018 01:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Alright! What's the name of your band?
Reminds me of this on Twitter:
October 5 at 11:14 PM ·
When told of the passing of Bluiett I was in a car crossing the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to Saint Paul. Hamiet was mightier than that river,born and died on that river,but accomplished so much in his extraordinary life.His passion for music and wit allowed him to rise up and become not only the undisputed best Baritone player in the entire history of Jazz,but one of our greatest conceptializers. Hamiet Bluiett was a Chief,my mentor,my friend and my brother.We will miss him deeply.Like the Mississippi his legacy will flow through us forever.

This is good on Bluiett and what he brought to WSQ (text here, w link to audio, which incl. quotes and music excerpts):

dow, Monday, 8 October 2018 01:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Mama Digdown's Brass Band

Don't know if this will work but here's a clip someone posted from the set:

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 8 October 2018 01:21 (one week ago) Permalink

There's a box set that gathers six of the earliest World Saxophone Quartet albums. Here's the Amazon link, but you can get it cheaper elsewhere. I bought it a month or so back and it's fucking amazing.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 8 October 2018 01:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Oho, thx
xxp That totally works!! Is there arco bass in there also, or is it all the tuba? Good shit.

dow, Monday, 8 October 2018 01:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Those prices aren't bad at all, esp. if you get it from one of the Amazon dealers, rather than Am itself.

dow, Monday, 8 October 2018 01:37 (one week ago) Permalink

All tuba (sousaphone). Thanks!

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 8 October 2018 02:07 (one week ago) Permalink

The one with Halvorson is brilliant and inspired me to check out loads of Johnny Smith as well.


j., Monday, 8 October 2018 02:34 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm going to be seeing them in Oslo at the end of November, at Rune Grammofon's 20th anniversary concert. (Also on the bill: Maja Rajtke, Motorpsycho, and the Hedvig Mollestad Trio.) Very excited.

This sounds awesome!

niels, Monday, 8 October 2018 06:16 (one week ago) Permalink

I am not normally a big fan of piano trios, but Brazilian pianist Amaro Freitas's album Rasif, which comes out 10/19, is really interesting. He almost reminds me of Matthew Shipp, but he's got a unique thing all his own going on. There are two advance tracks on YouTube:

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 8 October 2018 20:05 (one week ago) Permalink

wow yeah, that sounds v interesting

niels, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 07:17 (one week ago) Permalink

esp title track

niels, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 07:29 (one week ago) Permalink

His Sangue Negro album is good stuff as well, very much like his style.

Brian Marsella Trio - Outspoken: The Music of the Legendary Hasaan
as a massive fan of the short lived brilliance of the Legendary Hasaan - I'm interested in this one.

calzino, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 15:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Milford Graves' legendary 1976 album Bäbi, featuring Arthur Doyle and Hugh Glover on saxes, is being reissued by the Corbett vs. Dempsey label, with bonus material from 1969. It's not up on the label's website yet, but there's an ad for it in the new issue of The Wire, which came out digitally today.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 17:06 (one week ago) Permalink


weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 17:24 (one week ago) Permalink

new lionel loueke album is excellent

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 13:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Such great news about the Milford reissue. And supposedly CvD are also preparing a reissue of the 1966 Yale duos with Don Pullen.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, Babi has been top of my want-as-a-physical-object list since Ornette Coleman's Crisis finally got put out on disc.

Deffo hope the Pullen duos follow (there are two live albs by them? think I have a vinyl-rip of one of them), the Andrew Cyrille duo too, an affordable edition of the Japanese stuff.

And while we're at it, Alabama Feeling also

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Thom Jurek's review of the "new" live album by Jakob Bro otm:

There is so much here, in terms of melodic inference as well as articulation, that the music is mesmerizing. Who needs journeyman fireworks when the creation of music from these seasoned collaborators is so utterly compelling?

it's not bebop and unperson will probably find it too subtle, but for me it's as good as music gets

trio is on tour, currently in North America, highly recommend seeing them, a meditative and life-affirming experience (dates: )

niels, Thursday, 11 October 2018 06:50 (six days ago) Permalink

Are these guys good?

What sets the Karl Strømme Quintet apart from their contemporaries is the way their respect for the modern jazz tradition is mixed with references and experiences from other musical styles, giving their music a fresh and exciting edge. Inspired by the likes of Miles Davis, Kenny Wheeler and Joe Zawinul, band leader and trumpeter Karl Strømme gives the music a unique flavour with the use of an analog synthesizer which he plays in tandem with the trumpet, and in his words ’gives simpler but stronger melodic lines when improvising – like painting with a broader paintbrush’.

With a classic line-up of trumpet (flugelhorn), tenor saxophone, double bass, guitar and drums Dynalyd is an album recorded with very few overdubs, thus keeping the live sound and achieving the desired vintage feel with minimal effects. Add in the synthesizer to this natural acoustic sound, following the trumpet like a shadow, and the music is given a beautiful contrasting texture. Listening to Dynalyd there is a palpable sense of synergy within the band with Karl having worked with saxophonist Hallvard Godal for almost twenty years in a variety of bands and collaborations. Completing the quintet are guitarist Per-Arne Ferner, drummer Per Oddvar Johansen and double bassist Trygve Waldemar Fiske, all cherry picked by Karl for this project, creating an ensemble with the shared desire and willingness to push the envelope of Nordic jazz.

The title track ‘Dynalyd’ means ‘dynamic sound’ in Norwegian and represents the creative hub of Karl’s work. The song has an African type of groove with a fun and playful melody. ‘Molladalen’ is another highlight, inspired by the spectacular valley in the mountains on the west coast of Norway and consists of a sequence of different minor chords. Embellished by a constantly changing melody throughout, each soloist applies subtle changes from fragments of the original melody. With its distinct melodic change, ‘Strømme’s Mood’ is a song about different emotions, with the musicians seamlessly improvising over the two different moods which merge at the end of the piece.

All songs were composed by Karl Strømme, with the emphasis being very much on the lyrical melodies and giving each song its own unique build up and structure. The final track ‘Portør’ is a beautiful example of this approach and is built around a simple rhythmic idea with a slowly changing harmonic background. Unlike the other tracks there is no soloist which allows the whole band to wind the album down to a fitting closure as one.

Release Date: 30 November 2018
Catalogue No: TUGCD1119
Barcode: 605633011920
Label: Riverboat Records

press at

dow, Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:31 (six days ago) Permalink

no idea, but sure sounds fancy!

niels, Friday, 12 October 2018 07:09 (five days ago) Permalink

ace noise guitarist Brandon Seabrook not only shares his name with my favoured brand of crisps and is arguably the star player of the Chris Pitsiokos Unit, he also has a good trio album out called Convulsionaries. In places it reminds me of early Zorn projects like Spillane.

calzino, Monday, 15 October 2018 15:47 (two days ago) Permalink

And while we're at it, Alabama Feeling also

― Ward Fowler, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 4:25 PM (five days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink


budo jeru, Monday, 15 October 2018 18:45 (two days ago) Permalink

Deffo hope the Pullen duos follow (there are two live albs by them? think I have a vinyl-rip of one of them)

Yep, two volumes. The first was In Concert At Yale University, some copies of which had a hand-painted cover. Many years ago, I held one in my hand (a collector friend let me make DAT copies of much of his collection).

The second volume was Nommo, which Milford reissued (credited to "Milford Graves featuring Don Pullen") on his label in 1977.

The duo with Cyrille (Dialogue Of The Drums) is surprisingly/relatively easy to find, as '70s private-press records of this music go.

I was about to say, "Hey, wasn't Alabama Feeling reissued not too long ago?" only to realize the CD came out in 1998 and is now super expensive.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 15 October 2018 18:56 (two days ago) Permalink

same with the 2009 german vinyl reissue

budo jeru, Monday, 15 October 2018 19:20 (two days ago) Permalink

as a massive fan of the short lived brilliance of the Legendary Hasaan - I'm interested in this one.

― calzino, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 10:29 AM (six days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

there was some news about that this summer, not sure if anyone posted about it here. odean pope in an interview from june i think:

(Hasaan) did make a recording under his
own name in 1965 with me and (bassist) Art
Davis and (drummer) Khalil Madi but it was never
released. Now there’s some talk about releasing
it … they say that tape was lost in a fire but
recently somebody found the tape and it may
be released. I was contacted by Atlantic
Records about that since I’m the only living
artist from the recording session. That was the
only recording date that Hassan ever had …


budo jeru, Monday, 15 October 2018 19:23 (two days ago) Permalink

about him i should have said

budo jeru, Monday, 15 October 2018 19:23 (two days ago) Permalink

re: private press jazz rarities, jeanne lee's "conspiracy" was just reissued this year, and superior viaduct is doing joe mcphee's "nation time" in november

budo jeru, Monday, 15 October 2018 19:28 (two days ago) Permalink

Nation Time has been reissued a bunch. The 4CD box from Corbett vs. Dempsey (if you can find it) is the one to have.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 15 October 2018 19:32 (two days ago) Permalink

it's only been reissued in the US on cd, and the UK vinyl reissue from '04 regularly sells for $80 - $100 on the secondhand market

budo jeru, Monday, 15 October 2018 19:37 (two days ago) Permalink

thanks for the tip on the 4xCD tho, maybe someday i'll snag a copy if i can find it on the cheaper end

budo jeru, Monday, 15 October 2018 19:47 (two days ago) Permalink

Nicholas Payton's records can be a mixed bag but I'm really enjoying this one from 2015 with him on piano/organ/Rhodes and Bill Stewart on drums (one track for every letter of the alphabet):

Also went back to Milwaukee organist Mel Rhyne's records with Peter Bernstein and Kenny Washington, they're all great but this one is a classic for me:

It's partially because I've been practicing for some serious gigs this weekend, but I've just been wanting to hear really good feeling swing lately.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:56 (four hours ago) Permalink

Like this '90s Joshua Redman track with Brian Blade, even though I still never listen to the rest of the (double) record:

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:57 (four hours ago) Permalink

Kamasi Washington has released a video for his version of Freddie Hubbard's "Hub-Tones" that looks like a video installation in an art museum:

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:21 (three hours ago) Permalink

a jazz video!

niels, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:55 (one hour ago) Permalink

Tarfumes, belated thanks for yr v helpful post. Babi now available:

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:58 (one hour ago) Permalink

You're welcome, and thanks for that link! I had wondered for years why Babi never got reissued on CD, either by a label, or by Milford himself. I guess missing tapes is a pretty good reason (not that that prevented a number of BYG-Actuel records from being reissued in the '00s).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:00 (one hour ago) Permalink

I'm super duper stoked for the new Makaya McCraven

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:43 (thirty-nine minutes ago) Permalink

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