A wake-up call to anyone who thought free jazz was a dying art.
A prog-leaning album that is noisy, experimental and brave.
Wadada Leo Smith and his band of free jazz icons show the young guys how it’s done.
Reconciling the icy precision of electronic music with the immediacy of fusion.
Embracing technology in the making of music doesn’t guarantee good results, of course, but it always helps when time-honored principles and philosophies are also applied. And, of course, an open, creative mind. Johnny DeBlase held true to all of these things when crafting the darkly ambient ‘Guided Motion.’
Every song finds a different way to soothe, groove and satisfy the soul. Blades and his badassed organ trio never seem to run out of ideas.
This is what free playing is all about.
Earlier this year, outlier saxophonist Johnny Butler made an EP titled Raise It Up, pulling most everything from the pantry and throwing it into a logic board-laden blender.
“Got 2 Be Groovin'” is another calling card tune from smooth jazz sax master Euge Groove, destined to delight his fans.
Unpredictability and real passion characterizes ‘The Darkseid Recital’ as a whole, just as it did for Jones’ and Shipp’s amazing ‘Cosmic Lieder’, but those things are magnified from doing it from the stage. That’s the perfect way to follow up on that earlier, acclaimed duet.