Whack Jazz

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

Peter Brotzmann + Heather Leigh – Ears Are Filled With Wonder (2016)

Peter Brotzmann + Heather Leigh – Ears Are Filled With Wonder (2016)

Although very different, Peter Brotzmann and Heather Leigh blend together on ‘Ears Are Filled With Wonder’ in a wondrous and surprising manner.

Tomas Fujiwara, Ben Goldberg + Mary Halvorson – The Out Louds (2016)

Tomas Fujiwara, Ben Goldberg + Mary Halvorson – The Out Louds (2016)

Featuring Tomas Fujiwara, Ben Goldberg and Mary Halvorson, the Out Louds aren’t always necessarily loud – but they are sure enough ‘out.’

The People Band – Live at Cafe Oto (2016)

The People Band – Live at Cafe Oto (2016)

Audiences have finally caught up with the People Band, and ‘Live at Cafe Oto’ is the perfect road map to guide them forward.

Roswell Rudd, Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn, Balazs Pandi – Strength and Power (2016)

Roswell Rudd, Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn, Balazs Pandi – Strength and Power (2016)

The years between Rudd and his new bandmates melt away in that wonderful, cross-generational thing called telepathy when the four convened to spontaneously and collectively make some jazz noises.

People Band, January 14, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

People Band, January 14, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

If this gig at London’s Cafe Oto is anything to go by, we should be hearing the People Band for a long time to come.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2015 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental): Sonny Sharrock, Thurston Moore, Scott Amendola

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2015 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental): Sonny Sharrock, Thurston Moore, Scott Amendola

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2015’s avant-garde and experimental music, including Sonny Sharrock, Thurston Moore, Scott Amendola and others.