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S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2013 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde & Experimental Music): Ben Goldberg, Ceramic Dog

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2013 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde & Experimental Music): Ben Goldberg, Ceramic Dog

I used to call this the “whack jazz” (or is that “wack” jazz?) list, but I found that term to be too restrictive for what’s being presented below.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Bruce Eisenbeil, “Improvisation #2” (2011)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Bruce Eisenbeil, “Improvisation #2” (2011)

So I have to tell you the story of my introduction to Bruce Eisenbeil.

Mark Saleski’s Best of 2013 (Jazz): Bill Frisell, Mary Halvorson, Mort Weiss, John Zorn, Pat Metheny

Mark Saleski’s Best of 2013 (Jazz): Bill Frisell, Mary Halvorson, Mort Weiss, John Zorn, Pat Metheny

People like to make that joke about jazz not being dead — no, it just smells funny; har, har … oh, so clever — or they cling to the belief that nothing new has happened

TOTEM> – Voices of Grain (2013)

When outer fringe guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil got together with kindred spirits Tom Blancarte (upright bass) and Andrew Drury (drums) to form TOTEM>, they injected fresh concepts in the improvised music arena.

The Best of 2009, Part 5: Whack Jazz

The Best of 2009, Part 5: Whack Jazz

by S. Victor Aaron There’s jazz and and there’s whack jazz, that label I assign to jazz that is unrestrained, unconventional and sometimes, rude. The kind of jazz that you wouldn’t play at any party, but boy, they sure are fun to listen to when you’re really engaged to the music. The practitioners of this most misunderstood of art formsRead More

Tom Hamilton/Bruce Eisenbeil – Shadow Machine (2009)

Tom Hamilton/Bruce Eisenbeil – Shadow Machine (2009)

by Pico The real revolutionaries in music never seem to run out of ideas. That can certainly be said of one of the most…if not the most singular voice in improvised music today, guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil. When we first visited his work on this site, it was about a single, long form composition that was improvised over scored music. Next,Read More

The Dave Fox Group featuring Bruce Eisenbeil – Home Again (2008)

The Dave Fox Group featuring Bruce Eisenbeil – Home Again (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron Dave Fox teaches piano courses at Greensboro College in North Carolina, but the stuff he’s puttin’ down with his combo The Dave Fox Group couldn’t be any more opposite of what you’d find in a classroom setting. It simply has too much panache for formal academic study. The DFG, consisting of Fox on various keyboards, JonRead More

The Best of 2008, Part 4: Whack Jazz

The Best of 2008, Part 4: Whack Jazz

This is Part Four overall, but the last part of the “Best of Jazz” trilogy. While the last section focused on fusion, here’s where we’re gettin’ wiggy with it because this section is devoted to whack jazz. Looking back, I’m disappointed in myself that I didn’t cover that many new releases from the whack jazz realm; I covered just asRead More

Totem> – Solar Forge (2008)

I’ve got that itch again. It’s an itch that manifests itself whenever I listen to music with form, predictability and harmony for too long. Yes, folks, it’s time to cleanse the soul with some good, gut punching whack jazz, and Solar Forge by Totem> is the elixir. Totem> (yes, the “>” is part of the name) is a trio devotedRead More

Half Notes: Bruce Eisenbeil Sextet – Inner Constellation, Volume 1 (2007)

S. Victor Aaron Evidently, the word “constellation” in your CD title means you’re gonna stretch people’s ears. But while Roseman does it with trippy reggae-jazz, Eisenbeil gets it done with good old fashioned free (read: whack) jazz. Eisenbell is clearly influenced by that godfather of free form guitar, Derek Bailey, but avoids the clone label by actually scoring his musicRead More