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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.

Ivo Perelman and Whit Dickey – Tenorhood (2015)

Ivo Perelman and Whit Dickey – Tenorhood (2015)

Ivo Perelman ha s meeting of the minds with drummer Whit Dickey in exploring what is possible on a tenor saxophone thanks to the innovations of his forebears.

Henry Threadgill Zooid – In For a Penny, In For a Pound (2015)

Henry Threadgill Zooid – In For a Penny, In For a Pound (2015)

Working in mysterious ways with his Zooid quintet, Henry Threadgill offers another installment of ingenuity on ‘In For a Penny, In For a Pound.’

Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra, “The Arc of Slavery #72″ (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra, “The Arc of Slavery #72″ (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Here is an advance stream from Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra’s upcoming ‘Galactic Parables: Volume 1,’ an early ’70s-styled rock/jazz orgy.

Many Arms + Toshimaru Nakamura – Many Arms and Toshimaru Nakamura (2015)

Many Arms + Toshimaru Nakamura – Many Arms and Toshimaru Nakamura (2015)

Inserting Toshimaru Nakamura into the mix doesn’t transform Many Arms, it amplifies their punk ethos/free jazz spirit instead.