Whack Jazz

Dialectical Imagination – The Angle and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture (2017)

Dialectical Imagination – The Angle and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture (2017)

Dialectical Imagination’s ‘The Angle and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture’ is a presentation of music that’s informed by deft musicianship but rides on waves of passion.

Ballister – Slag (2017)

Ballister – Slag (2017)

Ballister’s ‘Slag’ is free-form music – played that way and at its best.

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Toyko – Peace (2017)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Toyko – Peace (2017)

As a celebration of the Satoko Fujii Orchestra Toyko’s fallen guitarist Kelly Churko, ‘Peace’ couldn’t be any more true to his memory and the fearlessness he brought to this band.

Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo and Frank Rosaly – Hearts and Minds (2016)

Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo and Frank Rosaly – Hearts and Minds (2016)

Not always tuneful but unfailingly engaging and playful, ‘Hearts and Minds’ exemplifies the best qualities of adventurous Chicago jazz.

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

‘Sound Etiquette’ revisits an old, forgotten virtue from the earliest days of electric 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.