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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 (three 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 (three months ago) Permalink

HT album is great, thanks for the tip!

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

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

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

going to go listen to the BA interview now!

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

Coming soon: Preemo's Club Henny at Lincoln Center

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

NPR are streaming the new Sunwatchers album

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

(as well as Julian Lage's)

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

This is just what I want tonight, actually.

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


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

Yeah, that's a great album.

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

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

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

Definitely enjoyed that

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

yup, that was great

niels, Friday, 23 February 2018 11:10 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

I interviewed Tony Allen for Down Beat.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:49 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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

― grawlix (unperson)

Enjoyed the Braxton piece. Good choice of word given the size of this release (and his back catalogue!). I'm tempted but it's $150 on his Bandcamp.

millmeister, Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Listening to lots of Henri Texier. He's got a swarmingly intimidating catalogue but current favourites are Varech (obvs) and his Suite Africaine, with Aldo Roman and Louis Sclavis.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Listening to the Julian Lage record and enjoying it, I like the folky/pop feel. S/o to Kenny Wollesen, the only drummer in jazz who tunes his snare way down.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 8 March 2018 16:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Kind reminds me of some Scofield and Ribot records, which is a good thing.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 8 March 2018 16:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Milford Graves followed by Mary Halvorson on the front cover of the Wire, it's almost like it's a jazz magazine.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 8 March 2018 16:49 (one month ago) Permalink

I thought Mary's recent Tzadik album is really brilliant, one of her best yet.

calzino, Thursday, 8 March 2018 16:58 (one month ago) Permalink

This one?

Also - wow, I didn't know Zorn was working toward an endpoint:
After 13 years and 32 CDs Zorn’s expansive “Book of Angels” project is now complete! This final installment presents the last 10 unrecorded compositions from “Masada Book Two” and the variety, drama and lyricism is just as strong as the very first volume. Mary Halvorson, a longtime Masada fan and one of the most acclaimed guitarists of her generation, leads a dynamic quartet featuring Miles Okazaki, Drew Gress and Tomas Fujiwara. The music is intense, wild and incredibly varied—a beautiful and fitting conclusion to this historic Masada series—hailed as one of Zorn’s best!

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 8 March 2018 17:03 (one month ago) Permalink

yep, and even in such a giganto series it's quite right to say this is one of the best!

calzino, Thursday, 8 March 2018 17:06 (one month ago) Permalink

The folk/pop feel of the Lage also reminds me of some mid-period Frisell stuff.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 8 March 2018 17:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Joe Lovano is playing Wednesday to Friday at my local jazz club, I feel like going

niels, Thursday, 15 March 2018 07:56 (one month ago) Permalink

Whaaaat, there is a new Brian Blade Fellowship album from Nov 2017, and it didn't make last year's thread (or this one)? I'm very disappointed in all of you (and Blue Note).

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Yep; I wrote about it for Stereogum back in September:

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Body And Shadow (Blue Note)
Drummer Brian Blade’s latest release might be the shortest jazz album of 2017: nine tracks in under 32 minutes. The group — Myron Walden on alto sax and bass clarinet, Melvin Butler on tenor sax, guitarist Dave Devine, pianist Jon Cowherd, and bassist Chris Thomas — has been together for 20 years. This is their fifth release. They’ve never been a traditional jazz group; their debut was produced by Daniel Lanois, and their music has always had a wafting, atmospheric feel. They incorporate elements of country, blues and gospel into their slow-walking compositions, and solos are subued, though still vibrantly alive. There are some interesting structural experiments here; the title piece is played three times (“Morning,” “Night” and “Noon”), and there are two back-to-back versions of the spiritual “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” — a solo take that sounds like it’s played on a harmonium or accordion, and a full-band version. “Broken Leg Days” has one of those meandering, slowly building seesaw melodies that seem to dominate 21st century jazz, but when Blade brings the drums crashing in, he ups the energy level about five notches in an instant. This is a very enjoyable way to spend a half hour.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Listening now and it's pretty and Fellowship-y, it does sound like their most minimal and restrained one yet though. Also found this review which is pretty brutal, ha:

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:21 (one month ago) Permalink

NPR covered it! At least I think that’s where I heard about it

Heez, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 22:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Tbh, that album was one of my biggest disappointments of 2017, but only because I loved Landmarks so much.

jaymc, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 05:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Nate Chinen has a book coming out in August. It looks interesting.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 22 March 2018 14:13 (one month ago) Permalink

That does look promising.

Hi jaymc! I get that, it is pretty slight. It's funny, the last couple (totally essential) BBF albums each had one or more tracks that were super restrained, no solos, and those were my favorites (like 'Stoner Hill' on Season of Changes, or 'Embers' on Landmarks). But on this one, every track except one is like that, except maybe not as a strong, and I wish they would play a little more.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 22 March 2018 14:51 (one month ago) Permalink

I will buy that Nate Chinen book, looks good

Now I wanna hear the new BBF, sounds up my alley. I love when I read a "negative" review and think "that sounds great"

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 22 March 2018 20:38 (one month ago) Permalink

On a Bill Stewart listening kick today. Solo album from 2015 called Space Squid (great), most recent Larry Goldings Trio (kinda boring), that John Scofield one from a couple years ago with Joe Lovano and Larry Grenadier (pretty great).

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 23 March 2018 18:14 (four weeks ago) Permalink

My latest Stereogum column is up. Watch out - I think one of the streaming tracks is set to autoplay.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 23 March 2018 18:23 (four weeks ago) Permalink

That Jeremy Pelt track is burning. Even the cajon solo works.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 23 March 2018 18:41 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Really really like this Patrick Zimmerli thing too.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 23 March 2018 18:54 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Today I'm enjoying Bill Stewart's Incandescence (from a decade ago), cool double-keyboard trio. Drums, organ, and either Rhodes or piano (or sometimes piano + accordion).

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 26 March 2018 14:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I've been jamming the new Frisell today, good stuff

I guess I have uncool taste in jazz in that I often prefer the kinda... subtle stuff

niels, Monday, 26 March 2018 18:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Re: the comments below Phil's column, Kurt Rosenwinkel's tone has never bothered me, and I actually recall liking him on the few tracks he played on on Chris Potter's Vertigo album

David Ake is a new name to me but I'm liking this track a lot. Monder's guitar at about 4 minutes in is certainly...unexpected

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 26 March 2018 19:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I don't keep up with new jazz releases as much as I would like but I'm still very much attached to ECM. Jakob Bro's first two (trio) albums for the label immediately won me over and I was worried that the addition of a trumpeter on his latest, Returnings, would undermine the music's oneiric dolefulness. Except said trumpeter is Palle Mikkelborg, whose downcast playing fits Bro's compositions like a glove, and the couple of pieces that he penned for the album do not draw our attention away from its overall flow, which is exactly as should be. The less overtly tonal, processional title track (co-written by Bro and Mikkelborg) is the only one that stands out, bringing to mind Edward Vesala, but its intimations of a far-off catastrophe are needed in this potentially too genteel context. Good stuff, overall – I should probably explore Bro's pre-ECM output as well.

pomenitul, Monday, 26 March 2018 20:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I didn't know about the Frisell. A solo electric guitar album from is pretty much exactly what I want; sounding good so far. Also, Roscoe Mitchell's album with the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra Ride the Wind just arrived. Looking forward to it.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Monday, 26 March 2018 22:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Mitchell/MTAO is really good!

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 01:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xp I've seen Bro live with Mikkelborg a twice, both great so I am looking forward to listening!

you might want to check out Balladeering which is one of my favorite albums

niels, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 08:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The only Mikkelborg I have is Miles Davis's Aura, which PM composed, arranged and produced, with a big band incl. NHØP and John Mclaughlin: it's like "What if Miles and Gil plugged in and kept it tasteful." Good of its kind for sure.

dow, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 14:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Just did an hour+ interview with Billy Cobham for the Burning Ambulance podcast - it'll be live on 4/13. Awesome guy - had stories about Miles, McLaughlin/Mahavishnu (McLaughlin can apparently be kinda shady at times), the Fania All-Stars, and much, much more.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 16:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Cool! Really enjoyed his Trap Set interview.

Today I'm listening to all the versions of 'So What' from that new Miles Quintet bootleg series thing. Spoiler alert - they keep getting better.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Soul Jazz Records EVENTS Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot Documentary TOMORROW Wed 28 March 2pm Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image
Exclusive screening + After-film discussion panel including Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records)

This event is FREE - info here

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dow, Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Going back to Jeff Parker's 'The New Breed' and this is so my shit. Maybe one of the best blends of jazz + electronic music, and many have tried and failed.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 30 March 2018 20:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(also holy shit, that record has sold a ton on Bandcamp alone, good for him for tapping into the 'chill beats' economy perhaps)

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 30 March 2018 20:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xp thanks for heads up on the Parker, totally missed that when it came out

Brakhage, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 20:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Billy Cobham podcast is going up on Friday, and I just taped the next one this morning. It's with Dave Burrell, who played at Cecil Taylor's funeral yesterday. We talked about that, and about a bunch of his projects, including the whole free jazz migration to Paris in 1969/70 and what he'll be doing at the Vision Festival this year. It's a really interesting interview, and it'll be up on 4/27.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 20:58 (one week ago) Permalink

I finally listened to all of Code Girl and I am really liking this, wow. "The Unexpected Natural Phenomenon" is probably the biggest standout rn.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Monday, 16 April 2018 02:56 (six days ago) Permalink

Nels Cline 4 live stream rn:

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:56 (five days ago) Permalink

Cline album sounds good, and it looks like a proper Blue Note record to boot

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 04:31 (four days ago) Permalink

I posted about it on the 'third stream' thread but I really like that Patrick Zimmerli record, now that it's out. Seems mostly through-composed, and I'm sure that there's a lot of harmonic and conceptual stuff that I'm not getting, but the good thing is that it's a very pleasant listen without worrying about any of that. Also it's one of the best sounding jazz recordings I've heard in a minute.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:17 (three days ago) Permalink

This makes some good points and clarifies some turns in the discography I got discouraged from taking---also, re the mention of Cosey etc. at the end, what he'd like to hear in the Bootleg Series, reminds me of a rare PC interview, in which he casually mentioned his own onstage tape recorder tour mascot, sometimes pulled those cassettes out from a shoebox under the bed, listened to them 'til he fell asleep---wonder who has the rights to those, if they still exist (think I may still have a few x-generation dubs via Goldmine Magazinec ca. late 80s-early 90s). Um, anyway:

dow, Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:19 (three days ago) Permalink

Yeah, the last 3 paragraphs of that piece are the only parts I care about. Here's what I'd like to see show up in the Bootleg Series:

• a multi-disc set from the 1971 European tour featuring the Gary Bartz/Keith Jarrett/Michael Henderson/Mtume/Leon "Ndugu" Chancler version of the band (a few tracks are on Vol. 4)
• a multi-disc set of the non-Agharta/Pangaea dates from the 1975 Japanese tour
• a multi-disc set of We Want Miles-era shows

I don't think any of those are likely to happen, though, because Sony seems to prefer focusing on acoustic Miles. I mean, that Freedom Jazz Dance set was basically a "super deluxe edition" of Miles Smiles. I've played it exactly once.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:25 (three days ago) Permalink

Were the shows from the We Want Miles era what resulted in Star People? If so I wouldn’t mind hearing that. I’m fairly fond of that record.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 20 April 2018 01:30 (two days ago) Permalink

Agreed about Jeff Parker's "The New Breed", it's wonderful. It has a kind of "Mark's Keyboard Repair" quality that I love; the last track, with his daughter - I think - singing, is a treat. International Anthem (the label) really delivering lately*: "In the Moment" by Makaya McCraven (also feat. Parker) is great, and the Irreversible Entanglements album is fantastic.

*"lately" to me, these days, can mean any time in last five years.

mahb, Friday, 20 April 2018 09:11 (two days ago) Permalink

My latest Stereogum column is up. I talk about Cecil Taylor, Billy Cobham, those two new Kamasi Washington songs, Sons of Kemet, and a bunch of other stuff.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 20 April 2018 16:05 (two days ago) Permalink

Oh wow, cool that you reviewed Paw@n's record. He used to come sit in with a group I played with when he was, idk, 10? 13? Had a really nice sound even then, glad he's doing the thing.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 20 April 2018 18:39 (two days ago) Permalink

I don't even know if he has a publicist - I bought it on Bandcamp.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 20 April 2018 18:48 (two days ago) Permalink

I'm sure he doesn't, that's a beautiful story. I'll make sure he sees it.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 20 April 2018 19:20 (two days ago) Permalink

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