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Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

We review ‘Blues and Daily News’ by Ross Hammond and Grant Calvin Weston, a creative guitar/drums improv record.

John Butcher, saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

John Butcher, saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

John Butcher in remarkable in that he plays differently in different places, constantly trying different sounds and new ideas.

Peter Brotzmann: We Thought We Could Change The World, with Gerard Rouy (2014): Books

Peter Brotzmann: We Thought We Could Change The World, with Gerard Rouy (2014): Books

As Peter Brotzmann speaks through ‘We Thought We Could Change The World,’ this becomes the rare book that reveals the essence of a man.

Daniel Blacksberg Trio – Perilous Architecture (2014)

Daniel Blacksberg Trio – Perilous Architecture (2014)

The Daniel Blacksberg Trio takes a conventional format and creates something refreshingly unconventional from it.

Form and Mess – Form and Mess (2014)

Form and Mess – Form and Mess (2014)

Form And Mess thrives on the extreme limits of rock and jazz.

Ivo Perelman + Karl Berger – Reverie (2014)

Ivo Perelman + Karl Berger – Reverie (2014)

25 years in, Perelman shows no sign of slowing down or running out of ideas.

John Dieterich, Ben Goldberg, Scott Amendola – Short-Sighted Dream Colossus (2014)

John Dieterich, Ben Goldberg, Scott Amendola – Short-Sighted Dream Colossus (2014)

They find plenty of common ground in this improvisational, experimental space.

Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suite (2014)

Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suite (2014)

A summit meeting of progressive jazz titans, themed around the Great Lakes.

Dead Neanderthals – Prime (2014)

Dead Neanderthals – Prime (2014)

A wake-up call to anyone who thought free jazz was a dying art.

Something Else! sneak peek: Wadada Leo Smith, “Lake Superior” from The Great Lakes Suites (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Wadada Leo Smith, “Lake Superior” from The Great Lakes Suites (2014)

Wadada Leo Smith and his band of free jazz icons show the young guys how it’s done.