Whack Jazz

Merzbow/Pandi/Gustafsson with Thurston Moore – Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (2015)

Merzbow/Pandi/Gustafsson with Thurston Moore – Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (2015)

This ain’t pop music, ladies and gentleman. It’s a party of noise.

Peter Van Huffel, Andreas Willers + Oliver Steidle – The Scrambling Ex (2015)

Peter Van Huffel, Andreas Willers + Oliver Steidle – The Scrambling Ex (2015)

Saxophonist Peter Van Huffel again ventures into the wilder side of jazz, taking guitarist Andreas Willers and drummer Oliver Steidle along for the ride.

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin – Ichigo Ichie (2015)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin – Ichigo Ichie (2015)

There isn’t anyone who is exploiting the possibilities presented by big band jazz more aggressively these days than Satoko Fujii. Another chapter in her orchestra book is opened with the Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin debut ‘Ichigo Ichie.’

Satoko Fujii Tobira – Yamiyo Ni Karasu (2015)

Satoko Fujii Tobira – Yamiyo Ni Karasu (2015)

With ‘Yamiyo Ni Karasu’, the transition from ma-do to Satoko Fujii’s exciting new quartet Tobira becomes complete.

The Spanish Donkey [Joe Morris, Jamie Saft, Mike Pride] – Raoul (2015)

The Spanish Donkey [Joe Morris, Jamie Saft, Mike Pride] – Raoul (2015)

Here is a review of the freaky fun psychedelic improv free jazz/rock jam ‘Raoul’ by the Spanish Donkey, featuring Joe Morris, Jamie Saft and Mike Pride.

Rich Halley 4 – Creating Structure (2015)

Rich Halley 4 – Creating Structure (2015)

Here is a review of ‘Creating Structure’ by the Rich Halley 4, a satisfying album where the wall between composing and performance is removed completely.

Stephen Haynes – Pomegranate (2015)

Stephen Haynes – Pomegranate (2015)

In the proud tradition of Bill Dixon, here’s a review of Stephen Haynes’ ‘Pomegranate’ with Joe Morris, Warren Smith, William Parker and Ben Stapp.

Ornette Coleman and Pat Metheny – Song X (1986): On Second Thought

Ornette Coleman and Pat Metheny – Song X (1986): On Second Thought

Here is a reflection on free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman and his wonderful 1985 encounter with Pat Metheny, ‘Song X.”

Ornette Coleman, an inscrutable genius, gave jazz its freedom

Ornette Coleman, an inscrutable genius, gave jazz its freedom

There were technical things that made Ornette Coleman’s work great. But stressing that gives away the one thing that really mattered: Its freedom.

Beauty School – Residual Ugly (2015)

Beauty School – Residual Ugly (2015)

Here is a review of ‘Residual Ugly’, a beautifully nasty mess of noise music from the Oakland-based trio Beauty School.