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This Chicago-based jazz label has been dropping masterpieces at an alarming clip. I went with S/D since most label threads do, but I haven't heard anything that hasn't been worth at least a listen yet. And really only the Damon Locks album hasn't wowed me--and hell, I only listened to that once I should revisit.

Makaya McCraven (all three I've heard are fantastic, but if you're not sure where to start Universal Being is amazing & beloved on ilm)
Jaimie Branch (I've only heard Fly or Die II, which is great, but I noticed Fly or Die I was one of unperson's best of the 2010s)
Resavoir, s/t (a personal fave)
Junius Paul, Ism (big double album that covers a lot of ground; reminiscent of Universal Being at times but with much more stretching out and less beat-driven)
Angel Bat Dawid

Curious about:
Jeff Parker's stuff. I used to love Parker/Tortoise/Isotope/CUD and love hearing his highly recognizable guitar on UB, but he's been off my radar for at least a decade.
Ben LaMar Gay.
Irreversible Entanglements (also on unperson's list)
basically everything else they've put out

rob, Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:28 (six months ago) link

oh yeah:

rob, Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:30 (six months ago) link

I shouldn't start threads when I'm exhausted; it's Universal Beings (plural)

rob, Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:30 (six months ago) link

great label — i loved the Damon Locks album from last year.

tylerw, Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:34 (six months ago) link

ah ok that settles it, I'm going to give that another try right now

rob, Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:37 (six months ago) link

Pretty sure everything they put out is good. Angel Bat Dawid is my hero, she is so awesome

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:49 (six months ago) link

ooh will read that later, thanks

um yeah this Damon Locks album rules, and I love Phil Cohran, which this is very much in the vein of, so I don't know what happened last time?

rob, Friday, 24 January 2020 00:02 (six months ago) link

They really do have a pretty amazing catalog. Don't overlook stuff like Hear In Now's Not Living In Fear (a violin-cello-bass trio featuring Mazz Swift, Tomeka Reid and Silvia Bolognesi) and the Nick Mazzarella Trio's Ultraviolet (NM on alto sax, Anton Hatwich on bass, Frank Rosaly on drums).

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 24 January 2020 00:12 (six months ago) link

The new Jeff Parker album is really great. More on this (maybe) when I'm not so tired

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 24 January 2020 01:23 (six months ago) link

Parker's gearing up for a hell of a year. In addition to the new solo disc (which is excellent), he's on a disc with saxophonist Chris Speed and drummer Matt Mayhall (under Mayhall's name) and there's a Chicago Underground Quartet album, their first in 19 years, coming in March.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 24 January 2020 01:37 (six months ago) link

Haven't heard the new one yet, but I love The New Breed.

jaymc, Friday, 24 January 2020 01:47 (six months ago) link

I too love The New Breed, and that CUQ album, can't wait for the new stuff.

fetter, Friday, 24 January 2020 11:20 (six months ago) link

Yes! This label is taking all of my money. All the Makaya McCraven records are fantastic. I especially like Highly Rare and Where We Come From. The Jaimie Branch record is great too.

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Friday, 24 January 2020 11:37 (six months ago) link

Haven't heard the new one yet, but I love The New Breed.

― jaymc, Thursday, January 23, 2020 8:47 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

I like almost everything he's done (solo or otherwise) and I think Max Brown is maybe his best work

His Eremite LP--while very different--was also excellent and kinda slept on imo

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 24 January 2020 13:19 (six months ago) link

speaking of which, this
is an excellent review that for me encapsulates this record's greatness (and the kind of thoughtful piece that provides a nice antidote to the stuff in the 'worst music writing' thread)

I haven't had a proper headphone listen yet, but I could swear I heard some beatboxing on one of these tracks. One other observation: "Go Away" has the dopest bassline of the year

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 24 January 2020 14:01 (six months ago) link

The New Breed is my favorite Jeff Parker work and my favorite IA record, can't wait to get into the new one.

All the Makaya records are worth a listen of course, but Universal Beings is the one I go back to.

Not so into jaime branch personally, great bands and the records are cool, but I can't get past the trumpet playing.

Loved Junius Paul when I've seen him live, but haven't been able to give his record (or the Angel Bat Dawid one) a real listen yet.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 24 January 2020 18:20 (six months ago) link

Confirmed, new Jeff Parker is where it's at.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 24 January 2020 21:36 (six months ago) link

Not so into jaime branch personally, great bands and the records are cool, but I can't get past the trumpet playing.

Is it the tone, technique, or melodic lines / choices? Or something else? Genuinely curious as I find I like a very specific trumpet sound (a more breathy, less 'sharp' sound is the best way I can describe it--Tomasz Stanko, Miles obvs) and certain players really get on my nerves in a way that reeds players rarely do

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 24 January 2020 22:08 (six months ago) link

Definitely the former, she just doesn't sound like a great trumpet player to me. I know I'm being a snob, but I'm spoiled by great technical trumpet players in the New Orleans mode (which is really a trumpet city), and for me that instrument is about having a big sound (even if you're not necessarily playing loud or high). For some instruments technique doesn't matter so much and you can express your ideas without having a lot of it, but idk, trumpet is pretty unforgiving, there's so much that goes into just having a decent sound on it before you even get to anything else.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:37 (six months ago) link

I've heard her in a variety of contexts (she recorded a bunch as a sideman before coming out as a leader) and she's an extremely skilled player who can make the horn do whatever she wants. She sounds the way she does on her own albums by choice. Just listen to the way she shifts from slurry blues to brassy mariachi horn on "Prayer for Amerikkka."

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 24 January 2020 23:38 (six months ago) link

Great track, and everything works in context, but I still find the trumpet playing in the last couple minutes a little cringe-y, sorry! She definitely has her own thing though.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 25 January 2020 22:37 (six months ago) link

Maybe slightly off topic (since the album isn't actually on IA), but what does everyone think of the Moses Boyd full length? I'm one of the only people (judging by ILX, anyway) who didn't love "Rye Lane Shuffle," but I absolutely adore "Drum Dance" and was wondering how much of the album sounds like the latter as opposed to the former.

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 27 January 2020 18:36 (six months ago) link

love the new jeff parker great stuff

Mordy, Monday, 27 January 2020 20:12 (six months ago) link

I am pretty into all the Ben LaMar Gay stuff, though admittedly it is all kind of all over the place so yr mileage may vary
Jeff Parker's stuff for the label is just fucking fantastic

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 27 January 2020 20:18 (six months ago) link

Paul, I listened to that once and don't really remember what I thought (but loved both Rye Lane and Drum Dance, so not a great sign). You might get more of a response on the general rolling jazz thread, or there could be some past discussion on the Shabaka Hutchings one as it sort of evolved into a broader London jazz thread

my to-listen pile for IA is intimidating right now

rob, Monday, 27 January 2020 20:19 (six months ago) link

bookmarked, thanks all

The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Monday, 27 January 2020 20:20 (six months ago) link

If you haven't checked out Angel Bat Dawid at all, this song is a great place to start. It's what I remember from the first time I saw her play. Her rise has truly been meteoric and she is a gracious wonderful person afaict

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 27 January 2020 20:24 (six months ago) link

thanks, will listen tonight

The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Monday, 27 January 2020 20:24 (six months ago) link

great album and that profile you posted, LL, made me <3 her

rob, Monday, 27 January 2020 20:26 (six months ago) link

does anyone know anything about angel bat dawid's black hebrew israelite background/ which community or temple she belongs to? just curious.

Mordy, Monday, 27 January 2020 20:27 (six months ago) link

i feel like i read an article/interview where they talked about it a little but i don't remember which one or where
that's not very helpful sorry

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 27 January 2020 20:32 (six months ago) link

Mordy, all the articles I have seen about Angel Bat Dawid mention her parents being Black Hebrew Israelites, but never say much about her faith . They do say she practices her music a lot and travels a lot. Plus her name is a reference to being a daughter of David ( Old Testament) but that’s about all I have noticed

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 16:05 (six months ago) link

This has become one of my favorite labels in the last few months. I just picked up the new Jeff Parker, but I'm still working my way through all of the stuff from the past few years I picked up - Angel Bat Dawid, Jaimie Branch and Damon Locks. Was already into the Makaya McCraven album from last year.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 17:22 (six months ago) link

Resavoir, s/t (a personal fave)

Damn, thanks for this recommendation. This is really great in a way I wasn't expecting (strings! Fourth World vibes!)

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 6 February 2020 14:54 (six months ago) link

Yes! I've struggled to articulate what is so good about that album, but while I'm not sure I'd argue it's the best IA release, it is my most played

rob, Thursday, 6 February 2020 17:45 (six months ago) link

It just does so many things, and in a way that seems natural and doesn't draw attention to the fact that its "eclectic" or whatever. It's just really good music!

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 6 February 2020 17:57 (six months ago) link

Yall know Moor Mother is Present on Art Ensemble of Chicago o We Are On The Edge, right? Got this press release yesterday---heavy hype, but for who better:

Irreversible Entanglements Announce New Album, Who Sent You?,
Out March 20th on International Anthem/Don Giovanni

Watch the Video for Lead Single, “No Más”

Free jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements announce their new album, Who Sent You?, out March 20th on International Anthem/Don Giovanni, and today present its lead single/video, “No Más.” The group is comprised of Camae Ayewa (aka Moor Mother), saxophonist Keir Neuringer, trumpeter Aquiles Navarro, bassist Luke Stewart, and drummer Tcheser Holmes. Who Sent You? is the punk-rocking of jazz and the mystification of the avant-garde. This record weaves kinetic soul fusion, dreamy yet harrowing poetry, and intricate rhythms into warmth-giving tapestries that comfort and conceal, confront and coerce all at once.

“No Más” was composed by the Panamanian-born Navarro in a harmonic echo of a Strata East free jazz classic over a movement-inducing Latin rhythm. Over its peak moments, poet/MC Ayewa professes: "No mas. No more... No longer will we allow them to divide and conquer, divide and oppress, define our humanity..." Its stunning accompanying video was shot in Johannesburg, South Africa by filmmaker and photographer Imani Nikyah Dennison. The video explores the concept of Africans escaping planet earth, on a path to liberation. A story of migration told through collage, stock footage, and movement, all being driven by the sounds of free jazz and poetry.
Originally performing as two different ensembles at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event in 2015 (in response to the NYPD slaying of Akai Gurley), the future members of Irreversible Entanglements recognized a shared ethos, and shortly after, assembled as a single unit for an impromptu studio date at Seizure’s Palace in Brooklyn. That session yielded their debut album, 2017’s Irreversible Entanglements. Critical and communal acclaim for the album (including “Best of 2017” nods from NPR Music, WIRE Magazine, Bandcamp, and others) fueled a high demand for the band in the live setting, and the group have since spent much of 2018 and 2019 on the road. They have collaborated in performance with many legends of creative music including Amina Claudine Myers, Pat Thomas, and Nicole Mitchell; and their highest profile shows have included Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Le Guess Who Festival In Utrecht NL, Barbican in London, and the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Where the band’s self-titled debut was all explosive noisy anthems and glorious cosmic bluster, Who Sent You? is a focused and patient ritual. Irreversible Entanglements take their time in between these grooves, stalking the war-torn streets of the Deep South and post-Columbian apocalypses—taking their time to dream up an amalgamation that sounds truly euphoric. More than the sum of its parts—war-like basslines, haunting saxophone, cyberpunk brass, the unwieldy storm of drums, and the oracular phyletic incantations of Ayewa—Who Sent You? is an entire holistic jam of “infinite possibilities coming back around,” a sprawling meditation, a reminder of the forms and traumas of the past, and the shape and vision of Afrotopian sounds to come.
Who Sent You? Tracklist:
1.The Code Noir / Amina
2. Who Sent You - Ritual
3. No Más
4. Blues Ideology
5. Bread Out Of Stone

Irreversible Entanglements Tour Dates:
Tuesday, March 31 - Chicago, IL @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
Wednesday, April 1 - Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
Saturday, May 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Jazz Festival
Praise for Recent Non-Album Track "Homeless/Global"

“Just 30 seconds into this 23-minute improv, upright bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Tcheser Holmes hit the runaway-train pocket hard and fast. Folks, the track doesn't let up from there...a dense, moving preview of the group's upcoming album.” - NPR Music

“Against a simmering backdrop, Ayewa holds forth rivetingly on border violence and
forgotten black history.” - Pitchfork

“seriously compelling” - Stereogum

“23 searing minutes that consist of breathtaking, brutal saxophone leads, mournful trumpet drones, and a nervy rhythm. Over the fray, Ayewa ruminates, states and repeats indelible phrases and images” - WXPN’s The Key

“When at full flight, the group is a volcano of emotional sound — a radical, unapologetic Blackness of so-called avant-garde emanating from its every note and syllable, chronicling the pain, rapture and circumstance of our shared moment.” - Afropunk

dow, Thursday, 6 February 2020 18:15 (six months ago) link

Dunno what's happening with that video link; it opened instantly in gmail. Another ILM thing--anyway, it's on youtube.

dow, Thursday, 6 February 2020 18:19 (six months ago) link

Here's the video:

And here's an hour-long performance from 2018:

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 6 February 2020 18:44 (six months ago) link

This new Jeff Parker record is a holy mess but I keep coming back to it.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Monday, 10 February 2020 22:13 (six months ago) link

I was going to ask what the consensus was on the new album. Just ordered the CD.
By holy mess, do you mean it's unfocused? I really hope it's as good as The New Breed.

millmeister, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 13:37 (six months ago) link

Not unfocused as such, skittish, certainly, and fragmented. I've not made sense of it a whole yet, but it is coming together.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 14:04 (six months ago) link

Could be a slow burner then. They're generally the best.

millmeister, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 15:36 (six months ago) link

So far I don't like it as much as The New Breed, but I think it will be a slow burner. "3 for L" is fantastic.

fetter, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 16:12 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Digging the Makaya McCraven / Gil Scott Heron thing at the moment.

fetter, Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:31 (five months ago) link

It's really good! I actually really like that Alabaster Deplume album too.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 12 March 2020 14:29 (five months ago) link

otm! big up calzino for mentioning the DePlume on the rolling jazz thread: it is achingly beautiful

rob, Thursday, 12 March 2020 14:39 (five months ago) link


Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 12 March 2020 14:49 (five months ago) link

i could use some achingly beautiful today; queuing up now.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 12 March 2020 16:45 (five months ago) link

Oh, the dePlume is really nice!

Sund4r, Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:59 (four months ago) link

Yes enjoyed it on a short flight yesterday

Heez, Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:14 (four months ago) link

Another vote for the deplume here finished it and immediately restarted it for a second listen thru critical and kind music at this moment

Mordy, Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:27 (four months ago) link

yeah, it's great.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 14 March 2020 23:13 (four months ago) link

Good god damn this DePlume record is absolutely beautiful.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 16 March 2020 21:57 (four months ago) link

Thanks for the reminder -- I checked out the DePlume today, and it is wonderful. It has a slight Getatchew Mekurya vibe.

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Monday, 16 March 2020 23:53 (four months ago) link

yah, that is right. really a great album, thanks for hipping me to it.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 02:05 (four months ago) link

That Alabaster DePlume record is exactly what I needed right now, thank you

city worker, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 14:31 (four months ago) link

"Not My Ask" brings me to tears

Mordy, Thursday, 19 March 2020 03:59 (four months ago) link

Praise for Recent Non-Album Track "Homeless/Global"

this is so good rn

j., Thursday, 19 March 2020 04:37 (four months ago) link

Alabaster DePlume = ILM record of the year 2020, calling it now

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 19 March 2020 14:06 (four months ago) link

icymi, rob made a thread for it:

thread of rapturous appreciation for Alabaster DePlume

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 19 March 2020 15:55 (four months ago) link

three months pass...
four weeks pass...

I am two tracks into the new Makaya McCraven (Universal Beings E&F Sides) and it is FYAH

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 31 July 2020 17:22 (one week ago) link

Loving this one

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 31 July 2020 18:49 (one week ago) link

posted unwatched but excited to see this short makaya bio doc

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 August 2020 19:01 (three days ago) link

okay, watched; really great and helpful in understanding his process.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 August 2020 23:58 (three days ago) link

Interested in seeing that. New album is decent but I don't think it's as good as Universal Beings. Some good grooves, though; I can see why it would appeal to Jordan.

magnet of the elk park (Sund4r), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 02:45 (two days ago) link

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