Whack Jazz

Mats Gustafsson – MG 50: Peace and Fire (2016)

Mats Gustafsson – MG 50: Peace and Fire (2016)

Mats Gustafsson says it is vital to remain open, inquisitive and to explore music. With ‘MG 50: Peace and Fire,’ he does just that.

Merzbow / Haino / Pandi – An Untroublesome Defencelessness (2016)

Merzbow / Haino / Pandi – An Untroublesome Defencelessness (2016)

‘An Untroublesome Defencelessness’ features the collective wisdom of Merzbow, Keiji Haino and Balazs Pandi – three visionary musicians who have made careers out of embracing uncharted territory.

Kali Z. Fasteau, featuring Kidd Jordan – Intuit (2016)

Kali Z. Fasteau, featuring Kidd Jordan – Intuit (2016)

More haunting, impulsive and memorable music from the multi-instrumentalist Kali Z. Fasteau, who made the always surprising ‘Intuit’ with fellow improv veterans Kidd Jordan and L. Mixashawn Rozi.

In celebration of the Evan Parker’s complex, trippy The Moment’s Energy

In celebration of the Evan Parker’s complex, trippy The Moment’s Energy

Released in June 2009, the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble’s ‘The Moment’s Energy’ is made up of a continuum of evolving ideas, rather than actual songs.

Ivo Perelman – Corpo, Blue, The Hitchhiker (2016)

Ivo Perelman – Corpo, Blue, The Hitchhiker (2016)

Three duos with exponentially more ideas; Ivo Perelman makes a lot of music because he has so much to say. Even when there is only one other musician alongside him with which to express all these new inspirations.

Michael Bisio & Kirk Knuffke – Row For William O. (2016)

Michael Bisio & Kirk Knuffke – Row For William O. (2016)

‘Row For William O.’ reveals bassist Michael Bisio to be a great master because he is first and foremost such a good student.

Kikanju Baku, Michael Gregory Jackson, Joseph Daley – Endogeny & Exogamy (2016)

Kikanju Baku, Michael Gregory Jackson, Joseph Daley – Endogeny & Exogamy (2016)

Maybe it’s time for people other than Roscoe Mitchell to pay more attention to this wildly creative drummer by the name of Kikanju Baku.

Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio – Live In Seattle (2016)

Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio – Live In Seattle (2016)

‘Live In Seattle’ is something like a Matthew Shipp solo piano performance extended to lower timbres because the pianist Shipp and bassist Bisio are of such a singular mind.

Jungle: Mat Walerian, Matthew Shipp, Hamid Drake – Live at Okuden (2016)

Jungle: Mat Walerian, Matthew Shipp, Hamid Drake – Live at Okuden (2016)

Mat Walerian places much trust in his good instincts on ‘Jungle,’ even as he does show he knows much about the tenants music and even in the presence of more established masters.

Volcano Radar – Electro Parables/Electro Parábalas (2016)

Volcano Radar – Electro Parables/Electro Parábalas (2016)

Volcano Radar was formed back in 2012 when Chicago-based guitarist, composer, eductor and poet Julia Miller found musical chemistry with a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Uruguay, Elbio Barilari. Two very outward thinking musicians who came together from decidedly different backgrounds to exploit some common ground in the playground of experimental, noisy electro-jazz. Refutation of Time (2013) was the first productRead More