Rolling Jazz Thread 2019

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I hear it's gonna expand beyond London this year.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 4 January 2019 17:55 (ten months ago) link

Tuba player Theon Cross (of Sons of Kemet) has a solo album, Fyah, coming out February 15. On 6 of 8 tracks it's just him, Nubya Garcia on sax, and Moses Boyd on drums; on the other two they add another saxophonist, electric guitar, trombone, and percussion. Really good stuff.

https://theoncross.bandcamp.com/album/fyah

Great album cover, too:

https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0979737946_10.jpg

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 4 January 2019 18:02 (ten months ago) link

The NPR Jazz Critics' Poll results are out: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/05/682193795/the-2018-npr-music-jazz-critics-poll

My ballot:

NEW RELEASES
Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
Sons of Kemet, Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!)
Kamasi Washington, Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
We Out Here (Brownswood)
Camilla George, The People Could Fly (Ubuntu)
Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)
Ingrid Laubrock, Contemporary Chaos Practices (Intakt)
Nicole Mitchell, Maroon Cloud (FPE)
Maisha, There Is a Place (Brownswood)
Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL
J-Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan, 1969-1984 (BBE)
Wes Montgomery, In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording (Resonance)
Milford Graves, Bäbi (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

VOCAL
No choice.

DEBUT
Maisha, There Is a Place (Brownswood)

LATIN
No choice.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 5 January 2019 15:16 (ten months ago) link

good vocal one is D Virelles Singer's Grove album that he recorded with a load of Cuban talent.

calzino, Saturday, 5 January 2019 15:28 (ten months ago) link

So anyone read that Dexter Gordon book yet?

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 5 January 2019 15:30 (ten months ago) link

Thought Phil did

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:19 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, it's good - lots of inside-the-industry stuff and discussion of aspects of Gordon's life not made known to jazz journalists at the time ('cause Gordon didn't want to talk about them). One omission I found interesting - she talks about his post-prison comeback album Daddy Plays the Horn, but entirely omits Dexter Blows Hot and Cool, which came out the same year (1955) and is one of my favorite of his records. Oh, well.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:26 (ten months ago) link

Is there much about their time in Cuernavaca?

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:31 (ten months ago) link

Some, yeah. A lot about his time in Scandinavia, too. One thing I thought was really interesting was how they created the whole "Dexter Returns to America!" myth in the mid '70s - in fact, he'd been coming back for gigs about once a year the whole time he was living in Europe, but she somehow sold it as his "return from exile" or whatever. It's a really great look at how legends are created.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:36 (ten months ago) link

lucas gillan's re-imagining of the third herbie nichols record was a nice recent find for me

https://lucasgillan.bandcamp.com/album/chit-chatting-with-herbie

errang (rushomancy), Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:41 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, I'm gonna be talking about that one on Stereogum later this month.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:51 (ten months ago) link

Copying and pasting this here from my Facebook page:

Wayne Shorter topping the NPR jazz critics' poll (I didn't vote for it) is one of the starkest "what critics like vs. what the public likes" splits in a while, I think, because the music was totally inaccessible unless you were willing to drop at least $55 (Amazon's price for the 3CD version). Which is fine, whatever. Critics gonna critic. (I don't know if they mailed physical copies to bigger-name writers, but *I* only got MP3s and a PDF.)

It's more interesting to me that Blue Note, a label that's really good about getting most of its catalog out there digitally - they regularly tweet that some obscure catalog title or another has been added to Spotify and iTunes - decided Wayne Shorter was strictly for the luxury market. I mean, it's not like you NEED the comic. It's not connected to the music in any way.

Would the album have done as well with reviewers if it hadn't been packaged as this grand objay dart? Was this the jazz equivalent of Kanye West flying pop journalists to Wyoming to hear 20 minutes of music in the company of celebrities?

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 5 January 2019 20:35 (ten months ago) link

Cool, thanks unperson. Might read that one on vacation.

I probably said this on last year's thread but I talked to that tuba player at his gig a few months ago. Super nice dude, and as I was watching him I was like "I bet this dude loves Nat (my friend from Youngblood Brass Band)", and he was like yup, he's the whole reason I started playing.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 5 January 2019 23:30 (ten months ago) link

Wayne Shorter topping the NPR jazz critics' poll (I didn't vote for it) is one of the starkest "what critics like vs. what the public likes" splits in a while, I think, because the music was totally inaccessible unless you were willing to drop at least $55 (Amazon's price for the 3CD version). Which is fine, whatever. Critics gonna critic. (I don't know if they mailed physical copies to bigger-name writers, but *I* only got MP3s and a PDF.)

― grawlix (unperson)

i mean that really seems like an npr thing. i remember a couple years ago when they went all-in talking about how great the savory collection was. it's streaming - if you have apple music. otherwise, forget it - i don't think anybody's even bothered to pirate that shit, which makes it serious long-tail stuff.

rym has the shorter at 26 ratings and one review, which starts off by calling it "generally disappointing". (for comparison, "kids see ghosts" has 12,522 ratings, and "your queen is a reptile" has 2,552.) on the other hand, it at least appears to have been pirated.

errang (rushomancy), Sunday, 6 January 2019 03:23 (ten months ago) link

this also, by the way, makes the wayne shorter album both less heard on rym and lower rated than the new squirrel nut zippers album. did you know the squirrel nut zippers had a new album? 44 people on rym did!

errang (rushomancy), Sunday, 6 January 2019 03:30 (ten months ago) link

been listening to the trygve seim album from last year, helsinki songs, lately. i know he's well established but i hadn't known him, it's nice to hear a solid ECMy album every now and again.

dude's got hella beard and flowing tresses

j., Sunday, 6 January 2019 04:27 (ten months ago) link

Listening to the new Resonance Records Eric Dolphy set, Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions. It's the albums Conversations and Iron Man, plus an additional 85 minutes of previously unreleased alternate takes. One of the best things about it, to my ear, is that the old albums have been remastered in mono, and sound incredibly vivid.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 6 January 2019 14:54 (ten months ago) link

Phil, you need to bring up this question of critics with Harold Mabern when you interview him, I’m sure he will have a lot to say. Ask him about Calvin Newborn as well.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 15:18 (ten months ago) link

Rest in peace, Alvin Fielder.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 6 January 2019 15:29 (ten months ago) link

RIP.

Speaking of Dexter, this morning Michael Bourne is playing some stuff he recorded with Eddie Jefferson that I hadn't known about before.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 15:34 (ten months ago) link

Such as "Lester's Trip to the Moon."

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 15:35 (ten months ago) link

First night of the winter jazzfest marathon last night mostly spent at Subculture, where I caught Ghost Train Orchestra playing Moondog (remarkably good; can't wait for the album!), Joel Ross (noteworthy vibraphone player; technically strong band that didn't click for me), Theo Bleckmann and The Westerlies (doing a social justice project, utterly beautiful)

Will likely go to the Medeski Martin and Wood/Alarm Will Sound show at Brooklyn Steel later this week; album didn't leave much of a mark but figure it's worth the trip

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 6 January 2019 17:36 (ten months ago) link

Love Ghost Train Orchestra; don't care much for Bleckmann but it's part of my larger antipathy to jazz vocals.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 6 January 2019 17:38 (ten months ago) link

oh i've been a bleckmann fan for almost twenty years now; that guy can do no wrong by me.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 6 January 2019 18:15 (ten months ago) link

i can co-sign Camila, both Sashas, Jaimie Branch and Chris Beck.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:20 (ten months ago) link

I like this video I just found on Veronica Swift
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l69lHOONHCM

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:31 (ten months ago) link

Have been aware of Camila for the better part of a decade so don't really think of her as a New Artist.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:33 (ten months ago) link

Branch is great, Connie Han is OK, and I like Barber and Beck. I don't care about any of the singers, obviously.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:38 (ten months ago) link

Then perhaps you will ignore me saying I just enjoyed seeing Gabrielle Stravelli perform her new Willie Nelson tribute album at Birdland, where I sat next to fellow Bob Dorough enthusiast Daryl Sherman. Wish I could have stayed for the second set and then gone upstairs to see Kurt Elling, although I did peek through the window of that show for a bit on my way in and out.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:45 (ten months ago) link

Oh yeah, Will Friedwald was apparently there too.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:45 (ten months ago) link

Maybe I should post about on semi-dormant Jazz Vocalist thread or even Rolling Country, but I can't run fast enough to jump on that boxcar.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 23:05 (ten months ago) link

Thanks for the jazz vocalists posts. I am fine with them whichever thread you use.

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 January 2019 02:41 (ten months ago) link

Thanks. I did a double take for a second, because even though I am completely clear on who you two posters are, your screennames are sufficiently similar that I have to read carefully otherwise I might misattribute.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 January 2019 03:03 (ten months ago) link

Anyway, even though I didn’t have to time to go see Kurt Elling other than lingering in the lobby for a second, I will say that I am finally warming up to him after keeping him at a distance for quite a while because his voice sounded too good, too rich. I like the Mark Murphy element of his singing, for one thing.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 January 2019 03:36 (ten months ago) link

albatre - the fall of the damned

^^^
been enjoying this one today. Late '18 release on Clean Feed and it is an earbleeding noise metal trio that you might like if Ground Zero was a thing to you.

calzino, Monday, 7 January 2019 16:04 (ten months ago) link

when I say noise metal I meant an Ornette influenced jazz metal thing!

calzino, Monday, 7 January 2019 16:05 (ten months ago) link

Thanx unperson for citing We Out Here on Pazz & Jop thread: bandcamp page proved quite refreshing in itself and as gateway. Speaking of Nubya Garcia, "Source" ended up making my own P&J Singles:
https://nubyagarcia.bandcamp.com/track/source And your Sons of Kemet album pick provided another Single, "My Queen is Anna Julia Cooper":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HapYxFBF_Lk

dow, Monday, 7 January 2019 17:04 (ten months ago) link

Got around to watching/listening to the LP/DVD combo for this https://hypnoticbrassfilm.com/ - film is a good overview of their background and approach, album is about what you would expect based on the film. It does differ from other releases I've heard of theirs in that there's a fair amount of rapping on it, and it's clear these guys are hip hop generation through and through, in the rhythms and riffs they tend to lean on. Oddly, it seems like there's very little improvisation in their output, no one ever really takes solos nor do they go in for any collective free-blowing, so not sure how jazzy I would say this is really. Maybe that's just a function of being a brass band idk.

Οὖτις, Monday, 7 January 2019 18:18 (ten months ago) link

I think it's just a function of Hypnotic. I like them alright if I remember to not think of it in relation to New Orleans brass bands in any way. They're just very specific (highly arranged, not very loud or high energy, etc).

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 7 January 2019 18:39 (ten months ago) link

def very highly arranged

Οὖτις, Monday, 7 January 2019 18:41 (ten months ago) link

Are Bill Charlap and Danny Huston the same person?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwVh0HUUwAAGVfE.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwVh0HXUwAAT399.jpg

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 7 January 2019 20:51 (ten months ago) link

That sounds really interesting, calzino. Ground Zero was a thing for me. I'll look for it.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 15:20 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, thanks for the tip. James B, please feel free to post about the Willie Nelson (or whatever) on RC 2019 (or wherever). Nelson's recent Sinatra trib has jazz-related appeal. Bluesy version of "What Is This Thing Called Love" keeps prowling my head, with Norah Jones slipping along there too. She's proved an effective duet partner-around-the-edges over the years, in the Willie Zone, where she's not Snorah, just cool.

dow, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 20:19 (ten months ago) link

I wanna give some love to the excellent new release by Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas album. Been a regular feature on my commutes this past month - love the textural feel of it, the precise layered groove construction on the tracks around the Jarrett-esque noodles and vamps on the keys. Very fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJvNrjN2d90

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 09:06 (ten months ago) link

^^^this was very nice to listen to driving through the desert at night

gbx, Thursday, 10 January 2019 02:15 (ten months ago) link

i am digging this guy Kassa Overall's new album, Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz; decent hip hop/jazz fusion, fun and easy to enjoy
https://www.kassaoverall.com
https://open.spotify.com/album/6tSHSLgLy19DgFpzKHrrJv?si=lIUlmcSXQKCdlGBAl4XJXQ

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 13 January 2019 21:53 (ten months ago) link

He's doing a show with Jason Moran at the Jazz Gallery next week; I'm planning to go.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 13 January 2019 22:23 (ten months ago) link

So what about this young French lady who sings “Giant Steps” and “Frevo” who was at Winter Jazzfest, Camille Bertault?

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 13 January 2019 23:03 (ten months ago) link

Recently discovered this:
https://img.discogs.com/fTncE1EcrY_WFJxu39TnvPboVY4=/fit-in/600x596/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-9094566-1486511406-4176.jpeg.jpg

Great relatively unknown singer--sort of a female chet baker with a few Ella-like touches. I skip Body and Soul and Stormy Weather--never want to hear those songs again--but otherwise really nice stuff. Great, great guitar work by Barney Kessel dominating the accompaniment.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 14 January 2019 16:54 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, unperson turned me onto that upthread, when I was omg at Moor Mother on Art Ensemble of Chicago's We Are On The Edge---her Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes is out Nov.8

dow, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 16:37 (one month ago) link

I interviewed Peter Brötzmann today - he's got a new solo album coming out in November that's almost all standards(!) - he does "I Surrender, Dear" and "Lover Come Back To Me" and "Con Alma" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It," among others. It's pretty awesome. At the end of our conversation I asked him if he'd consider making an album like this with a rhythm section; I suggested William Parker and Hamid Drake, and he countered saying either them or Eric Revis and Nasheet Waits, with whom he's also worked. We also talked about the time he played with Ginger Baker. He said they didn't get along too well until they finished the second bottle of whiskey.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 16:48 (one month ago) link

saw Makaya McCraven on Friday, what a wonderful show, great ensemble, Jeff Parker on guitar, harpist who really added a lot, McCraven is a monster drummer and also had a a laptop that he played quotes about music, revolution, etc from historical figures, jazz ppl

so glad I went

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 21 October 2019 16:57 (four weeks ago) link

I've never seen McCraven as a leader, but I'd love to. I saw him play with trumpeter Marquis Hill at Winter Jazzfest 2018 and he really is just astonishing behind the kit. He drove that band hard.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 21 October 2019 17:29 (four weeks ago) link

His show in Montreal this summer was one of the best I’ve seen in years. Jealous of Parker & harp though

rob, Monday, 21 October 2019 17:36 (four weeks ago) link

I'm assuming it was Brandee Younger on harp; they've been working together for a while now. I saw her open for Tony Allen, in a duet with bassist Dezron Douglas.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 21 October 2019 18:06 (four weeks ago) link

looks like you are right! here's some more info, was a commission piece

Makaya McCraven: In These Times, with opener Astralblak


World Premiere/Walker Commission

“McCraven, a Chicago-based drummer, producer and beat maker, has quietly become one of the best arguments for jazz’s vitality.” —New York Times

Bridging generations of adventurous music with his improvisational genius and ecstatic beatwork, drummer and bandleader Makaya McCraven performs a timely Walker co-commissioned musical suite—his most ambitious work to date. A “beat scientist” who has galvanized audiences and garnered critical acclaim across the globe while helping to introduce jazz and improvisation to the next generation, McCraven is joined by trumpeter Marquis Hill, guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise), bassist Jeremiah Hunt, saxophonist Greg Ward, pianist Greg Spero, violinist Macie Stewart, cellist Lia Kohl,harpist Brandee Younger (Moses Sumney), and improvisational video artist Kim Alpert. Music is community in this multimedia performance that includes strings and a video collage made from archival footage of black activists and influential music innovators.

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 21 October 2019 18:36 (four weeks ago) link

That's a hell of a band. I just wrote about Marquis Hill's new record for Bandcamp, and Greg Ward's latest is great too.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 21 October 2019 18:44 (four weeks ago) link

what's the greg ward one called?

calzino, Monday, 21 October 2019 18:48 (four weeks ago) link

Hill and Ward's solo turns were fantastic

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 21 October 2019 18:55 (four weeks ago) link

The Ward album is called Stomping Off From Greenwood; it came out way back in January.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 21 October 2019 19:34 (four weeks ago) link

oh I know that one, thought he'd released another!

calzino, Monday, 21 October 2019 19:47 (four weeks ago) link

Late to the party but Anna Webber's Clockwise is indeed superb.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:15 (three weeks ago) link

yep!

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:18 (three weeks ago) link

aoty!

Frederik B, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:26 (three weeks ago) link

I should probably go see the Tomeka Reid Quartet w/Mary Halvorson, huh

(I mean I probably won't because I'm busy and bad at going to things, but I should)

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 28 October 2019 18:16 (three weeks ago) link

Listening to the album now and it's sick
(https://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/old-new)

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 28 October 2019 18:17 (three weeks ago) link

Damn I might have to actually go

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 28 October 2019 18:36 (three weeks ago) link

going to this tonight if anyone wants to say hi
https://roulette.org/event/mary-halvorson-john-dieterich-a-tangle-of-stars/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 28 October 2019 18:39 (three weeks ago) link

yeah that new Tomeka Reid/Mary Halv album is ace

calzino, Monday, 28 October 2019 18:54 (three weeks ago) link

Oh hey, new Bad Plus album! Sounds very Bad Plus-y so far, which is cool. More Bad Plus-y than the last one.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 17:34 (two weeks ago) link

that about covers it, yes! and in a good way.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:50 (two weeks ago) link

I love the matana roberts album

Musaique, Thursday, 31 October 2019 12:24 (two weeks ago) link

The live in the studio band version of this new Bria Skonberg album coming out tomorrow sounds great. Featuring the “protean” Doug Wamble on guitar, whose playing I have enjoyed but who seems to have never been mentioned here.

Ferlinghetti Hvorostovsky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 31 October 2019 19:48 (two weeks ago) link

I tried that Skonberg album but couldn't get past the vocals. You've got a trumpet right there - shut up and blow.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 31 October 2019 19:54 (two weeks ago) link

Went to the ECM 50th anniversary concert tonight. Got to see Wadada Leo Smith in duo with Vijay Iyer, then in trio with Bill Frisell and Andrew Cyrille. It ruled.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 2 November 2019 02:53 (two weeks ago) link

whaddaya know, bria skonberg looks EXACTLY like you'd think a bria skonberg looks

j., Saturday, 2 November 2019 03:05 (two weeks ago) link

Bria is one of the nicest and hard working people I know. what she looks like is not what "a" bria skonberg looks like, but what bria skonberg looks like.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 3 November 2019 20:39 (two weeks ago) link

really digging this album by Steph Richards, NYC avant-garde/experimental trumpet player.

https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1716966144_16.jpg

https://stephrichards.bandcamp.com/album/take-the-neon-lights

omar little, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:14 (one week ago) link

https://sunnysidezone.com/album/utica-box

cool dan weiss album here, not the brilliant quintet featured on Starebaby but still excellent. I think there is another with mitchell/taborn coming early next year.

calzino, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 13:02 (one week ago) link

bremer/mccoy is a Danish duo (keys/tape loops and bass) apparently distributed on Luaka Bop in the states - all their stuff is good, new album is great, here's a single:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJxZ8fefX5k

corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 14:16 (one week ago) link

Listening to the record now and I don't know that it has much to do with jazz beyond instrumentation, but it's quite lovely (especially the Rhodes). It's just this side of the piano music that you would hear someone playing in a hospital or the better airports, but that's somehow not a bad thing.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 7 November 2019 18:46 (one week ago) link

Just got to a bass solo though, jazz/10

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 7 November 2019 19:35 (one week ago) link

"jazz på svenka" vibes

budo jeru, Thursday, 7 November 2019 22:27 (one week ago) link

definitely

corrs unplugged, Friday, 8 November 2019 08:01 (one week ago) link

freaking out all alone in my bedroom

https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2307103682_16.jpg

https://familyvineyard.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-willimantic-records

it's pretty good !

budo jeru, Saturday, 9 November 2019 05:02 (one week ago) link

recorded in 2018. i hadn't heard of lao dan:

This is the American debut release from Lao Dan, China’s emerging free player on bamboo flute, suona and alto saxophone. Dan’s voice is starkly unique, even among the blurred lines of international Improv/Jazz. He’s steeped in native traditions yet eagerly obliterates those boundaries with ecstatic intensity and haunting melodies. His dense reedy, drones and jagged melodic shrieks are described as a “Whitmanian yawp,” by Marc Medwin in the liner notes.

budo jeru, Saturday, 9 November 2019 05:03 (one week ago) link

having a nice late morning sunday session with this groovy dark stretched-out drone stuff, RIYL "he loved him madly"

loren connors & daniel carter "the departing of a dream, vol. vii"

https://familyvineyard.bandcamp.com/album/the-departing-of-a-dream-vol-vii

budo jeru, Sunday, 10 November 2019 18:09 (one week ago) link

Yeah, that's a good one.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Sunday, 10 November 2019 18:33 (one week ago) link

giving lao dan a listen now; like him so far!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 11 November 2019 16:52 (one week ago) link

So the local station carries the public radio-distributed Jazz For The New Millenium, run by the author of the same-title book. All time fave ep likely to remain the first heard, feat. Stevie Wonder's frequently headspinning guest shots on jazz albums: no idea he did so many, or any.
This may be a unique tack, because all the others I've heard are adventures of a sideman-and-occasional leader (well, except Dave Holland, but even that incl. a lot of side gigs).
Recent faves incl. Cecil McBee: earliest sides played, from the early 60s, I think (the host tends to murmur), present him as arriving fully formed, though the most exciting cuts were with the Leaders, one from his most (not very) album as a leader, and omg w the Cookers, from their 2012 release, covering Jazz Messengers-era Shorter. Nothing retro about that track.
Speaking of which, last night Wycliffe Gordon demonstrated diff ways to adjust and reinforce vintage and vintage-y frameworks via application of heat, at various degrees and angles. I usually don't care about trombones, but damn (ace choice of and by clarinet players too).

dow, Monday, 11 November 2019 20:30 (one week ago) link

most (not very) *recent* album as a leader, I meant to say.

dow, Monday, 11 November 2019 20:32 (one week ago) link

I interviewed McBee a few years ago for The Wire. He's amazing, and the Cookers are as anti-nostalgic as you can get. I got to see them live once; they were killer.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 11 November 2019 20:59 (one week ago) link

Miles Okazaki's new album after doing entire Monk songbook sounds brilliant after 1st listen

calzino, Friday, 15 November 2019 13:40 (three days ago) link

I had a McBee album from the 70s (can't remember the name) where on one track he was upposedly playing two basses at once. Never could work it out...

fetter, Friday, 15 November 2019 21:11 (three days ago) link

highly recommend the LP "euganea" by upperground orchestra, released earlier this month. opening track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Pko-IfO6MQ

budo jeru, Saturday, 16 November 2019 17:59 (two days ago) link

for lovers of the electro-free, definitely hyper-frenetic at times, but enough focus and precision and (above all) ecstatic epiphanies so as to keep me zoned in

take the journey

budo jeru, Saturday, 16 November 2019 18:07 (two days ago) link

an hour of cecil mcbee? sounds cool, just got into him fairly recently (more recently than the japanese clothing label named after him, put it that way) - actually looking at my timestamps just about a year ago? i have been listening to a _lot_ of jazz in the past year - latest listens are max andrzejewski (thanks bandcamp) playing the music of robert wyatt and "sahib's jazz party" by sahib shihab.

tantric societal collapse (rushomancy), Saturday, 16 November 2019 19:06 (two days ago) link

https://milesokazaki.bandcamp.com/album/the-sky-below

this new Miles Okazaki lp is my absolute fave at the moment, feel like i need to listen to all his previous lps although I'm familiar with The Trickster and the huuuge Monk one.

calzino, Sunday, 17 November 2019 15:00 (yesterday) link


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