Rolling Jazz Thread 2021

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New year, new decade, new sounds!

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 15:46 (six months ago) link

The latest volume in the Spiritual Jazz series is split across two volumes and is devoted to new(ish) releases.

Part 1:
1. Benjamin Herman - Lizard Waltz
2. Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - An Angel Fell
3. Nat Birchall - The Black Ark
4. Chip Wickham - Shamal Wind
5. Jimi Tenor And Kabukabu - Suite Meets
6. Black Flower - Winter
7. Darryl Yokley - Echoes of Ancient Sahara
8. Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble - Sounds Like Now
9. Oiro Pena - Nimeton
10. Cat Toren - Soul
11. Shabaka & the Ancestors - Nguni
12. Makaya McCraven - Gnawa

Part 2:
1. The Cosmic Range - Palms to Heaven
2. Vibration Black Finger - Empty Streets
3. Abeeku - Slow Sweet Burn
4. Wildflower - Flute Song
5. The Pyramids - Memory Ritual
6. Steve Reid - For Coltrane
7. Carla Marciano - Trane's Groove
8. Angel Bat Dawid - What do I tell my children who are black (Dr. Margaret Burroughs)
9. Menagerie - Nova
10. Teemu Akerblom - Avo's Tune
11. The Jamie Saft Quartet - Vessels
12. Jonas Kullhammar - Paris

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 15:52 (six months ago) link

This could be cross-posted to an electronic music thread, but it's fantastic:

Duets with Tim Daisy on marimba and drums x Ikue Morie on electronics.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 16:20 (six months ago) link

That Parker box is quite a thing. I'm going to be reviewing it in depth on Burning Ambulance at the end of the month (two discs per day for five days).

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 16:29 (six months ago) link

The subscription to 2021 releases for Astral Spirits is $15/month, so I just said fuck it and went in, mostly because I listened to this:

Pere Legume (the table is the table), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 17:57 (six months ago) link

You also get a majority of the back catalogue as part of that deal, too.

Pere Legume (the table is the table), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 17:58 (six months ago) link

wow this is fucking good

budo jeru, Thursday, 7 January 2021 07:07 (six months ago) link

haha i just said fuck it on the astral spirits bandcamp too, let the amirtha kidambi/lea bertucci manipulated vocal sound record rearrange some brain cells last night

the big astral spirits hit for me last year was the luke stewart quintet album, some seriously heavy sounds there.

adam, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 14:39 (six months ago) link

Just got a promo of a piano trio album led by a dude named LUIGI SALAMI. (Okay, Pier Luigi Salami - the group is called the PLS Trio - but still.)

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:47 (six months ago) link

seeing as calendar years are a made-up social construct I thought I'd mention this blistering album from 2020 that features the only good Kier, that is Irreversible Entanglements' Keir Neuringer.

calzino, Thursday, 14 January 2021 10:40 (six months ago) link

new Alexander Hawkins album is out today.

calzino, Friday, 15 January 2021 11:40 (six months ago) link

free on-demand livestream show with Brandee Younger and Dezron Douglas

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 16 January 2021 02:07 (six months ago) link

RIP Gino Moratti of Kitano Jazz.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 02:34 (six months ago) link

Aka another NYC jazz institution seems to fall by the wayside.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 02:51 (six months ago) link

Iris Ornig wrote a nice thing about Gino M on FB which is publicly visible.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 16:48 (six months ago) link

My latest Stereogum column is up. Here's the first paragraph:

William Parker deserves a Pulitzer Prize, or at least a MacArthur Fellowship. His body of work is nearly 50 years deep at this point, and encompasses vocal and instrumental music (his own original compositions, and brilliant reinterpretations of others’ work), poetry, criticism, and journalism. His long-running bands the William Parker Quartet and its expanded incarnation Raining On The Moon; In Order To Survive; and the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra are balanced by short-lived or one-off ensembles that may only appear for a single album or concert. In addition to work under his own name, he’s been a key member of groups led by Cecil Taylor, Peter Brötzmann, Bill Dixon, David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, and others. Although his work hinges on a deeply individual voice, he is a community builder at heart. He and his wife, Patricia Nicholson, have run the annual Vision Festival in New York for over 20 years, and that single annual event has grown to encompass multiple performance series running all year long, many of them outdoors and free, an invitation to the public to experience high-level out jazz as just one more form of art, as physically as it is aesthetically accessible.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:04 (six months ago) link

Cool, will check it out.

I started reading that Monk biography by Robin Kelly (found a cheap ebook version), it's good so far.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:26 (six months ago) link

(after someone mentioned it on a thread, probably the cymbal-tapping one)

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:26 (six months ago) link

I had to read that Monk book twice; the first time, when it was new, it didn't click with me, but when I went back to it years later I loved it.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:29 (six months ago) link

Thanks for that, unperson. Aside from the Parker, I'm most intrigued by the Formanek and Perelman.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:10 (six months ago) link

I've had a few opportunities to listen to the latest Alexander Hawkins project now and it is really really good. Just had a brief run through and I think that rushed out Jason Moran album had me intrigued the most, it makes a nice change to read about a pianist who acknowledges DJ Screw as an influence and I liked the sound of that sample.

calzino, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 23:40 (six months ago) link

New World Records is putting out an incredible looking 7CD box of previously unreleased material by Julius Hemphill next Friday. Most of it is from the '70s and '80s, but there's some later stuff as well. Info here. Includes several CDs' worth of small group performances with trios and quartets, plus a whole disc of duos with cellist Abdul me, this is a treasure trove the equivalent of the Albert Ayler Holy Ghost box. I've requested a review copy, but if they don't send me a download I'm just gonna have to buy it.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 22 January 2021 00:51 (six months ago) link

kwhitehead covers Some Kind of Tomorrow, new Jane Ira Bloom x Mark Helias duo alb, recorded via Zoom, so had to find, set up camp in the right tempo zone to avoid lag, but they did---excerpts sounding goooood:

dow, Friday, 22 January 2021 02:02 (six months ago) link

xp hemphill box looks wonderful, thanks for the tip

budo jeru, Friday, 22 January 2021 02:47 (six months ago) link

Listening to replay of Fresh Air interview w Howard Johnson, recently RIP. Like it says in the transcript:
In the 1960s and '70s, he played on jazz recordings by Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, Carla Bley and Charlie Haden. He was, for the most part, self-taught. And though tuba was his main instrument, Johnson also learned to play bass, clarinet, baritone sax, flugelhorn and electric bass. He led his own ensembles, most notably the band Gravity, which consisted of six tubas and a rhythm section and released several albums.


BIANCULLI: Johnson wrote arrangements for and was featured on rock albums by The Band, John Lennon, Taj Mahal and Maria Muldaur. And he helped form and then played in the original "Saturday Night Live" house band and even appeared in some of the show's musical sketches.

dow, Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:48 (six months ago) link

...So when they ask me things like that, they really - what they really want is for me to take them and show them how, you know. And I really think - I mean, see there wasn't any jazz education when I came up, you know. If you lived in Ohio, you know, and were 14 or something like that, you weren't going to any Berklee. And I wasn't going to just do nothing until such time as I could get some instruction.

Well, what did the people before any of that was happening do? They listened to the music. They learned it. They found a way to learn it. I mean, you know, who gave Sonny Stitt lessons? When I was trying to understand intervals in music well enough to learn to improvise by ear, I mean, everything was an interval to me. You know, I'd hear the - a car horn or a doorbell. You know, I'd say bing-bong - ope (ph) - minor third. There we go.

dow, Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:53 (six months ago) link

Sorry, can't resist continuing that a little further (this is all right at the end, after adventures with Mingus etc. etc.)
There was nothing on the radio, maybe two hours a week of jazz on the radio. I didn't have a record collection or a record player. I just kind of had to slide around to wherever the records were and listen to little stuff that I could take off the radio and try to learn. So I had to really absorb myself into it in a way that people don't tend to do if they have - you know, if they can just go to Berklee.

dow, Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:55 (six months ago) link

(Although of course you'd have to know some stuff, some way, to get into Berklee.)

dow, Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:57 (six months ago) link

I pretty much hang on that guy’s every word, so no problem.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 January 2021 02:17 (six months ago) link

damn i know howard johnson really well from the taj mahal stuff

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Saturday, 23 January 2021 04:43 (six months ago) link

Howard Johnson plays on Gato Barbieri's Alive in New York, but it's got to be one of the worst-sounding records I've ever heard. Somehow every instrument except the sax is buried, the electric guitar is almost inaudible (except when he takes a barely-detectable solo), and there's some sort of phasing going on that makes it sound like they're playing on the beach.

I knew Johnson mostly for his contributions to some early Carla Bley records, where he even gets to sing a little.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 23 January 2021 04:59 (six months ago) link

Ok jazz sleuths, please help me with a quest -- I'm looking for a version of 'Epistrophy' that I downloaded off Audiogalaxy in the early '00s. It has a backbeat, and it's a banger. Very sparsely arranged groove, with the piano doubling the bass on very low notes, a bassline using mostly the root & minor 2nd while someone else (probably a sax) plays the melody.

It really seems like it would be a Leon Parker version, but his version of that is different (but awesome as, and I remember it well upon hearing it again). Or Matthew Shipp in the Thirsty Ear era, but I'm not seeing that he recorded it.

I used to listen to this mp3 all the time and it's driving me a little crazy.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 23 January 2021 21:04 (six months ago) link

How great is this (mostly) cymbal solo though:

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 23 January 2021 21:10 (six months ago) link

Nate Chinen on Twitter:
A few weeks ago I bought Mose Allison’s ‘Wild Man on the Loose’ on LP. An album I’ve loved for ages — but when I put it on the turntable, I felt like I was hearing Motian more clearly in the mix than ever. Puzzle piece!

Then he quoted Evan Iverson:

Nobody in this Jarrett trio is
condescending to Dylan or the Byrds.
Charlie Haden began as hillbilly
countrY musician, he always liked
simple songs. Paul Motian had already
recorded in this kind of genre with
Mose Allison,and a year after this date
he joined Arlo Guthrie at Woodstock.

Jarrett talks about hearing Motian with
both Lowell Davidson and Mose
Allison. Of course, Motian played with
Bill Evans and Paul BleY as well. This
bears restating: Jarrett heard Motian
with four pianists, Bill Evans, Paul Bley,
Mose Allison and Lowell Davidson.
That's a pretty big puzzle piece,for one
can hear all four of those pianists in
Jarrett's final conception.


dow, Sunday, 24 January 2021 21:54 (six months ago) link

Thanks for that. I've got a couple Jarrett records and like him pretty well, but never listened to these specifically and I am loving Birth by that quartet from 1971.

Smokahontas and John Spliff (PBKR), Monday, 25 January 2021 23:34 (six months ago) link

I've only heard the Impulse! albums (and wrote about them myself a while ago); now I want to check them out. There's a trio disc on ECM, recorded live in 1972, that Iverson doesn't cover because it wasn't released until a couple of years ago. I've heard that; it's good.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 25 January 2021 23:45 (six months ago) link

One approach was taken by Keith Jarrett in consort with Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, and Dewey Redman.

i don't mean to be a pedant, but doesn't iverson mean "concert" here? or have i been getting that wrong all this time

budo jeru, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:01 (six months ago) link


Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:02 (six months ago) link

That paste had some garble ("for a better transcription click here"--wish I had): I corrected most of it, but missed one capital Y ending, and may have missed "consort" when the original was "concert" dunno tweets can be hard to look up, but see the whole essay in the link sorry. Speaking of Twitter:

Franklin Bruno
Schoenberg's harmony textbook isn't quite what I was expecting: "Let the pupil know that every living thing has within it that which changes, develops, and destroys it. Life and death are both equally present in the embryo. In between is time."

dow, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 03:37 (six months ago) link

"Consort" is in the original, okay by me. (The Paul Winter Consort etc.)

dow, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 03:39 (six months ago) link

Duly noting Junior Mance's passing here, as well as that of two jazz vocalists, Janet Lawson and Carol Fredette, both of whom had been living at The Actor's Home in New Jersey.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 13:45 (six months ago) link

New Joshua Abrams album on Rogue Art, Cloud Script, sounding excellent this morning - and what a band! Gerald Cleaver, Ari Brown, and Jeff Parker. Decidedly more traditional approach than the recent Natural Information Society material (ie there are heads and solos, including a drum solo) but just as captivating as those great records. Parker in particular sounds fantastic - check out his gnarly solo on "Collapsing Novelty." Pity the LP appears to be sold out everywhere already.

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 14:07 (six months ago) link

^ I wish Rogue Art had a digital download presence on Bandcamp and weren't CD only (as far as I recall).

This is my kind of actual modern fusion, in terms of where soul/funk and jazz and open-minded pop/rock meets--lots of great players on this in add'n to the co-billed, incl. Sam Gendel and Rob Moose; very excited to hear the whole thing in mid-March, and this lead single sounds awesome, with nice touches incl. electric sitar as featured on D'Angelo's Black Messiah:

Co-pay Segundo (Craig D.), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 20:34 (six months ago) link

Haven't even listened to this yet and I'm very excited based on the lineup, dang.

I've been having a good time today listening to Junior Mance records, and related ones from that Mickey Roker interview that James linked in the other thread (Shirley Scott, Walt Dickerson).

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 20:44 (six months ago) link

Ok that's a little more, idk, tasteful and ECM-ish than I was expecting? It's nice though, still curious to hear the album. But there's only about 10 secs of Chris Dave sounding like Chris Dave. Although I guess that's why he's Chris Dave, because he's a tasteful musician and doesn't always have to sound like Chris Dave.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 20:54 (six months ago) link

Charles Lloyd, who mostly leaves me cold, has a new album coming out March 12. The first single is a version of Ornette Coleman's "Ramblin'," one of my favorite OC tunes because Change of the Century was the first album of his I heard and it cracked my head wide open. And this version, with Bill Frisell on guitar, is surprisingly hot. So now I think I might have to hear the whole record.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 29 January 2021 19:05 (six months ago) link

Cool, I'll check out in due course. Last year's 8: Kindred Spirits was solid, albeit overlong.

pomenitul, Friday, 29 January 2021 19:15 (six months ago) link

As I say, I'm not a big fan, but his Blue Note albums have generally been better than his ECM albums were.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 29 January 2021 19:19 (six months ago) link

I really did want to like it more than I did, maybe it was a little *too* cozy for me? anyway, I'm excited to hear what she does with a full palette

rob, Monday, 28 June 2021 19:54 (one month ago) link

Her 2019 album (recorded in 2013 and shelved) is really good, too.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 28 June 2021 20:00 (one month ago) link

I had no idea that existed, thanks!

rob, Monday, 28 June 2021 20:04 (one month ago) link

Tarriona "Tank" Ball from Tank and the Bangas (a UK group I've never listened to)

They're a New Orleans band

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 28 June 2021 20:04 (one month ago) link

new live jazz thing from a younger LA crew

Bongo Jongus, Monday, 28 June 2021 20:07 (one month ago) link

I liked his quarantine solo Rhodes album, will check that out, thanks

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 28 June 2021 20:15 (one month ago) link

Still need to check those Brandee albs on bandcamp, thanx for reminders.
Following up on their well-received 2017 ESP-Disk’ album backing poet Amina Baraka, The Red Microphone added guitarist Dave Ross to its roster and went into the studio with Ivan Julian (guitarist of punk icons Richard Hell & the Voidoids). A few other veterans of the downtown NYC jazz scene joined in to help accompany the provocative, political poetry of John Pietaro, who doubles on voice and drums.
released April 23, 2021

And I Became Of The Dark is so much thee 2020a incarnation of a certain kind of 1960s ESP-DISK, a funky, stimulating harvest of beatnik wordage, hipster humor and jazz resources, maybe with some busking experience to keep it engaging and freewheeling. The combo, incl. several multi-instrumentalists and a couple of guests, who don't overstay their welcome, on viola and bari, is always tight and exuberant; don't know how much of the de facto arrangements come from good drummer Pietaro, who is also listed as musical director, but they are usually worth listening around his voice when need be. He's better the closer he gets to actual singing and emphatic chanting, but even when he's just intoning, he never gets in the way that much. "Revenge of the Atom Spies" is perfect opener, should be the single. Gotta check their album with Baraka, which I think is on the ESP-DISK bandcamp. Nu Cantu En Esperanto!

dow, Monday, 28 June 2021 22:26 (one month ago) link

My wife designed the CD for the Baraka album. It's a good one.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 28 June 2021 22:29 (one month ago) link

omg edicated to Saint Escrava Anastacia.
released June 19, 2021

All instruments, vocalz, and synths performed, produced, recorded, arranged & mixed By Angel Bat Dawid.
First encounter w this, and don't know of course if it will seem as amazing now that I know what to expect (nothing like what I did expect from several titles, which is prob the point), but so far it's immediately compelling, often beguiling, with an eerie, tranquil intensity, and some shifting surfaces and perimeters (for inst, what's happening to the vocals going around the room---"I know I should be grateful"---in " 'Goree,' or Slave - Stick"---we also get the improbably redemption of overt Auto Tune sometimes, or maybe keys, emphasizing the inflection (of male group vocals? Or herself treated?) that suggests a African-Hebraic-Isalmic chain, rattling a little (the clarinet encourages this). One of the most affecting tracks is her untreated, a capella , "Bet"--followed, in a plausible way, by a calmly killer finale trilogy. None of this is an onslaught of sounds though; each room is only as full as need be. Seems like a rec to fans of adventurously historical clarinetists John Carter and Matana Roberts (her Coin Coin series, and maybe all of his Roots and Folklore: Episodes in the Development of American Folk Music, although the album from that I'm thinking of, and most familiar with, is Fields).

dow, Tuesday, 29 June 2021 22:53 (one month ago) link

I haven't pulled the trigger on that one yet. I am slowly coming around to the idea that I like the idea of Dawid a lot more than I like listening to her actual records.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 29 June 2021 23:00 (one month ago) link

I feel that way about the International Anthem roster (except Irreversible Entanglements).

Van Halen dot Senate dot flashlight (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 01:25 (one month ago) link

The Heat Warps, the site that's posting every available bootleg of electric Miles, has a great interview with Lonnie Liston Smith.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 20:26 (one month ago) link

Yeah, that 2019 Brandee Younger album on bandcamp is really satisfying; thanks for the link. Looking fwd to the August release. Speaking of jazz harp, several of Dorothy Ashby's albums have been reissued fairly recently, and here's a good 58 minute survey of her career, ranging from late 1950s bop/modal contexts to late 1960s outings influenced by mysticism and soul. Stream, also download, with Chrome's Sound Pirate, for inst:

dow, Thursday, 1 July 2021 00:35 (one month ago) link

So, over on A catch-all thread for the current jazz scene in London, including Shabaka Hutchings, Yazz Ahmed, Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Camilla George, Theon Cross, Zara McFarlane, Daniel Casimir, SEED Ensemble, , I was carrying about Nérija trombonist(-composer-arranger) Rosie Turton's own recent refreshingly airy, fluid, robust, succinct (even w remixes) EP, Expansions and Transformations, Part I & II: led me to Jennifer Wharton's Bonegasm, which is four trombomnes, piano/Fender Rhodes, bass, and drums: promising, but so far seeming overloaded sometimes, on {defensively titled?) Not A Novelty, their second album, so they've had a while to get it together, although maybe it's Second Album Slump; I haven't tried the debut yet. Or maybe it's just me, esp. re the leader's bass trombone, which is very much with us--I had a similar problem with the tuba on some of Your Queen Is A Reptile, but loved Black To The Future right off.
Still, I'm already struck by this Bonegasm ballad all the way through:
And the finale, with Kurt Elling! They should do much more with him, whom I've never heard like this: Especially like it when he "blah-blah-blaah" 's the trombones dogging his depressed heels.

dow, Friday, 2 July 2021 19:47 (four weeks ago) link

That's fun I guess, but don't come at me with four trombones unless you're a trombone shout choir (also ugh, that name):

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 2 July 2021 20:08 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah, that's better!

dow, Friday, 2 July 2021 20:19 (four weeks ago) link

My favorite jazz releases of the first half of 2021:

Jaimie Branch, Fly or Die Live
Anthony Braxton, Quartet (Standards) 2020
Broken Shadows, s/t (reissue)
Fire!, Defeat
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra, Promises
Amaro Freitas, Sankofa
Cameron Graves, Seven
Hearth, Melt
Julius Hemphill, The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony
Vijay Iyer/Linda May Han Oh/Tyshawn Sorey, Uneasy
James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quintet, Jesup Wagon
Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, Now
Charles Mingus, Mingus at Carnegie Hall (reissue)
Hafez Modirzadeh, Facets
Hedvig Mollestad Trio, Ding Dong. You’re Dead.
Monder/Malaby/Rainey, Live at the 55 Bar
Jason Moran/Milford Graves, Moran/Graves Live
Bheki Mseleku, Beyond the Stars
Ivo Perelman Trio, Garden of Jewels
Wadada Leo Smith/Douglas R. Ewart/Mike Reed, Sun Beans of Shimmering Light
Sons of Kemet, Black to the Future
Cecil Taylor Ensemble, Göttingen
Various Artists, Indaba Is
Various Artists, J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz from Japan Volume 3
Various Artists, Spiritual Jazz 13: Now

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 3 July 2021 17:24 (four weeks ago) link

Liking the Julian Lage album

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 4 July 2021 03:12 (four weeks ago) link

Oh he’s got a new one? Hadn’t noticed. He is great. Like that he made good on his prodigy origins.

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 July 2021 12:18 (four weeks ago) link

Big ears and not just fast fingers.

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 July 2021 12:22 (four weeks ago) link

Wonder who else is playing in it, maybe usual suspects

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 July 2021 14:08 (four weeks ago) link

yeah Lage album is more than decent decent, can hear echoes of Johnny Smith in his playing style.

Hafez Modirzadeh, Facets


this is the one is my personal fave of the year.

MoMsnet (calzino), Sunday, 4 July 2021 16:49 (four weeks ago) link

only meant one decent!

MoMsnet (calzino), Sunday, 4 July 2021 16:50 (four weeks ago) link

Another call for Facets - absolutely stunning album, formally innovative but beautiful with it.

The Ahmed album needs more love. Pat Thomas can do no wrong.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Tuesday, 6 July 2021 14:11 (three weeks ago) link

And while we're talking Ahmed, that group's saxophonist, Seymour Wright, has just dropped a wild new footwork-inspired album with Paul Abbot. A glorious antidote to polite and tasteful jazz/improv approaches to electronic music.

Composition 40b (Stew), Wednesday, 7 July 2021 10:17 (three weeks ago) link

So as seen in this video, Justin Brown, best known to me as a member of Ambrose Akinmusire's long-running quartet, is now a member of ex-Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris's throwback hardcore band OFF!

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 7 July 2021 14:37 (three weeks ago) link

Haha that rules, love an overqualified punk drummer.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 7 July 2021 15:08 (three weeks ago) link


Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 7 July 2021 20:25 (three weeks ago) link

Is that Angelo Moore as their manager, too?

burnt hombre (stevie), Thursday, 8 July 2021 12:22 (three weeks ago) link

And David Yow of Jesus Lizard as the priest.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 8 July 2021 12:29 (three weeks ago) link

Fantastic. Great cover of a pretty ropey Metallica song, imo. I love Off!

burnt hombre (stevie), Thursday, 8 July 2021 12:47 (three weeks ago) link

was lucky enough to see a free outdoor concert by Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at the Walker Art Center this last Friday

what a band! the drummer Chad Taylor is a monster. She has such a great/weirdo stage presence

highly recommended if you get the chance

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 8 July 2021 15:02 (three weeks ago) link

On July 9, 1971 at 7:30 p.m., CBS aired a one-hour special, "Louis Armstrong 1900-1971," hosted by Walter Cronkite. It only aired once and has never appeared online--until now! Here is Lucille Armstrong’s copy, digitized for all to enjoy 50 years later.

— Louis Armstrong (@ArmstrongHouse) July 9, 2021

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 10 July 2021 00:09 (three weeks ago) link


Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 July 2021 00:38 (three weeks ago) link

that is amazing

Brad C., Saturday, 10 July 2021 01:17 (three weeks ago) link

Okay, Dezron Douglas joining Trey Anastasio's solo, non-Phish band is not something I would have predicted.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 18:32 (two weeks ago) link

Get that money!

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 19:45 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, good for him!

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 20:01 (two weeks ago) link

New podcast coming on Friday — I talked to clarinetist Don Byron, who had a whole lot of shit to say about what is and is not "real" jazz, why his instrument is not seen as an "authentically" black instrument, etc., etc. It's a really interesting conversation I think people are gonna like, but I had to throw a content warning into my introduction because about halfway through it Byron drops an N-bomb with a hard R, and I wanted to make sure people were ready for that shit.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 23:00 (two weeks ago) link

Speaking of clarinet, seems like there are still seats for Ken Peplowski at Birdland tonight so I may head over in a bit.

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 July 2021 20:01 (two weeks ago) link

This is great!

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 July 2021 23:10 (two weeks ago) link

Also somebody prove to me that the cover of Don Friedman’s Circle Waltz is not a Picasso-esque centerfold.

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 July 2021 23:21 (two weeks ago) link

This guy has great comedy chops too!

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 July 2021 23:29 (two weeks ago) link

William Parker: bass, compositions
Ava Mendoza: electric guitar
Gerald Cleaver: drums

very cool band is this and on first listen I'm very much enjoying it.

MoMsnet (calzino), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 15:23 (one week ago) link

The sample track is very cool, like Parker doing noisy psych-rock.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 16:04 (one week ago) link

Digging that, thanks for the tip.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 16:08 (one week ago) link

Yeah, it's a good one. Mendoza's great; she did an album with Damon Smith on bass and William Hooker on drums in 2018 that I liked a lot.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 16:58 (one week ago) link

Lol nice to see that Gerald Cleaver bought that album on Bandcamp.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 17:11 (one week ago) link

yeah Mendoza is a great guitarist and there are a couple of her more noise type albums I liked in recent years as well.

MoMsnet (calzino), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 18:04 (one week ago) link

My latest Stereogum column is up. Here's what I ultimately had to say about that new/old Alice Coltrane album:

In the late ’80s, the LA-based publisher Amok Books put out the Amok Assault Video, a compilation of racist old cartoons, news stories about cattle mutilations, footage of an animal control officer being attacked by a dog, R. Budd Dwyer’s suicide on live TV, a guy talking about the occult messaging behind She-Ra, and a lot more. It began with a segment from Eternity’s Pillar, Alice Coltrane’s public access cable TV show which she filmed at her California ashram. She wasn’t doing anything particularly bizarre; she was just discussing her beliefs and offering a metaphysical lecture to the viewer. But that was how Coltrane’s mystical/spiritual side was seen for years, by those who were aware of it at all: as a kind of weird joke for hip underground types to smirk at. These days, of course, her reputation has been thoroughly rehabilitated. Almost her entire catalog is back in print in one form or another, including the devotional music she recorded in the ’80s and ’90s and sold at the ashram and through a few New Age bookstores. Tracks from three of those releases (1987’s Divine Songs, 1990’s Infinite Chants, and 1995’s Glorious Chants) were reissued on a Luaka Bop compilation in 2017. But her first devotional release, 1982’s Turiya Sings, has always been the hardest to find. It was only ever available on cassette, except for a bootleg German CD. Which is too bad, because it’s a great record. Her synth and Wurlitzer organ are combined with harp and strings, and she sings in Sanskrit, but with a gospel-ish flavor. Now, Turiya Sings has been reissued… sort of. Coltrane’s son Ravi has found tapes of the basic tracks, before the strings and synthesizers were added, and released it. It’s nice; it has an intimate feel, like you’re in her house and she’s playing these songs just for you. Her voice is soft and maternal, and the organ swells all around. But this isn’t the finished product. After John Coltrane died, Alice released Infinity, an album on which she took recordings by his quartet and filled out the arrangements with strings, new keyboard solos, and in some cases overdubbed bass, replacing Jimmy Garrison with Charlie Haden. A lot of people bitched about the strings, but Coltrane herself responded, “‘Were you there? Did you hear [John’s] commentary and what he had to say?’ … We had a conversation about every detail; [John] was showing me how the piece could include other sounds, blends, tonalities and resonances such as strings.” Similarly, the strings and synths were key to Turiya Sings’ power, sending the music into wild otherworldly realms, and bringing it back down to earth this way feels a little like an attempt to sand down Alice Coltrane’s edges, so she can be “appreciated” instead of respected for what she was: a sonic visionary who made music in service of the divine.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 19:23 (one week ago) link

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