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Rob Mazurek’s Black Cube Marriage – Astral Cube (2017)

Rob Mazurek’s Black Cube Marriage – Astral Cube (2017)

‘Astral Cube’ is the latest in a long line of Mazurek projects that demonstrates the leader’s great ability to bring divergent talent together for a chaotic yet cathartic sonic experience.

Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die (2017)

Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die (2017)

In thirty-five short minutes, Jamie Branch said a lot about what she’s offering to the realm of outward-bound jazz. If ‘Fly or Die’ is only her Chapter One, I can hardly wait to hear the rest of this book.

Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (2017)

Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (2017)

Nicole Mitchell follows in the hallowed footsteps of spiritual visionaries like Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

The Great Harry Hillman, “How To Dice An Onion” from Tilt (2017): Something Else! 360º video premiere

The Great Harry Hillman, “How To Dice An Onion” from Tilt (2017): Something Else! 360º video premiere

As the 360º video makes clear, the gumption of the Great Harry Hillman knows no bounds.

Thollem | Mazurek (Thollem McDonas and Rob Mazurek) – Blind Curves and Box Canyons (2017)

Thollem | Mazurek (Thollem McDonas and Rob Mazurek) – Blind Curves and Box Canyons (2017)

To a lot of people, the slang to describe a remote location is ‘bum frick Egypt,’ but in Texas, that place is called Marfa. Situated almost 200 miles southeast of El Paso near

Jü – Summa (2017)

Jü – Summa (2017)

Jü is a band with plenty of potency with the intelligence of knowing when and where to apply it. ‘Summa’ builds on that solid start with Kjetil Møster to take their game up even higher.

Rob Mazurek – Chants And Corners (2017)

Rob Mazurek – Chants And Corners (2017)

‘Chants And Corners’ is an offshoot of recent Rob Mazurek endeavors, tweaking prior ideas and recycling supporting musicians in different combinations.

Chicago Edge Ensemble, “Decaying Orbit,” from Decaying Orbit (2017): One Track Mind

Chicago Edge Ensemble, “Decaying Orbit,” from Decaying Orbit (2017): One Track Mind

‘Decaying Orbit’ — the song and the album — fulfills the promise of its members’ respective legacies and furthers the legacy of its worldly leader, guitarist Dan Phillips.

Matt Nelson, Tim Dahl, Nick Podgurski – GRID (2017)

Matt Nelson, Tim Dahl, Nick Podgurski – GRID (2017)

Describing ‘GRID’ as “guttural” is a modest way to put it, but scary music created on the fly has rarely sounded so sweet.

John Zorn’s Simulacrum – The Garden of Earthly Delights (2017)

John Zorn’s Simulacrum – The Garden of Earthly Delights (2017)

‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ celebrates Hieronymus Bosch, whose surreal paintings seem to give John Zorn’s Simulacrum permission to follow similar patterns.