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Brandon Seabrook Trio – Convulsionaries (2018)

Brandon Seabrook Trio – Convulsionaries (2018)

The way a chamber string trio is being used by the Brandon Seabrook Trio for ‘Convulsionaries’ is bonafide wack. It’s akin to G.G. Allin hosting ‘Masterpiece Theater.’

Kind Folk – Why Not (2018)

Kind Folk – Why Not (2018)

Kind Folk is a new jazz supergroup that lives up to the promise its first time out, with ‘Why Not.’

Medeski Martin & Wood with Alarm Will Sound – Omnisphere (2018)

Medeski Martin & Wood with Alarm Will Sound – Omnisphere (2018)

‘Omnisphere’ combines the nimble gumption of Medeski, Martin & Wood with theconvention-busting modern creative twenty-person band Alarm Will Sound in a gutsy collaboration.

Henry Kaiser/Simon Barker/Bill Laswell/Rudresh Mahanthappa – Mudang Rock (2018)

Henry Kaiser/Simon Barker/Bill Laswell/Rudresh Mahanthappa – Mudang Rock (2018)

Henry Kaiser has long found spiritual fulfillment playing music informed by the ancient songs of Korean Shamanism. This time he finds further fulfillment in the comradery of musicians who like him understand the power of the mudang.

Pagliuca-Mena Sextet – El Templo de Las Ideas (2018)

Pagliuca-Mena Sextet – El Templo de Las Ideas (2018)

The Pagliuca-Mena Sextet’s debut album ‘El Templo de Las Ideas’ is incredible – and that is not a word I often use.

Tom Abbs and Frequency Response – Hawthorne (2018)

Tom Abbs and Frequency Response – Hawthorne (2018)

The fourth Frequency Response release from Tom Abbs could well be his last for a long time; the man’s got things to do. If that’s the case, it’s all the more reason to savor ‘Hawthorne.’

Something Else! Columnist Kit O’Toole to Co-Host First-Ever Solo Beatles Videocast

Something Else! Columnist Kit O’Toole to Co-Host First-Ever Solo Beatles Videocast

Renowned Beatles authors Kit O’Toole and Kenneth Womack will be joined by veteran radio personalities Ken Michaels and Tom Hunyady on “Talk More Talk.”

Conversation with Billy Cobham, Part 2: Brian Gruber and Ronnie Scott’s

Conversation with Billy Cobham, Part 2: Brian Gruber and Ronnie Scott’s

Billy Cobham is joined by Brian Gruber in a talk with Mike Tiano that delves into the output and impact of many of the drummer’s contemporaries.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO, August 15, 2018: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Jeff Lynne’s ELO, August 15, 2018: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Jeff Lynne once again demonstrated what makes Electric Light Orchestra special, namely combining various genres to render the music timeless.

Daniel Bennett Group – We Are the Orchestra (2018)

Daniel Bennett Group – We Are the Orchestra (2018)

The album’s PR material describes ‘We Are the Orchestra’ as a “bold departure” for Daniel Bennett, but what strikes me actually is that it’s not.

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