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Mary Halvorson Octet – Away With You (2016)

Mary Halvorson Octet – Away With You (2016)

Inspired by Susan Alcorn’s pedal steel guitar, ‘Away With You’ keeps Mary Halvorson’s idiosyncratic ideas fresh and pushes forward her boundless conception of jazz on the frontier.

Nick Millevoi – Desertion (2016)

Nick Millevoi – Desertion (2016)

It’s by far the most listenable effort led by Nick Millevoi, but lack of harshness, density and dissonance doesn’t mean the lack of art in ‘Desertion.’

Bizingas – Eggs Up High (2015)

Bizingas – Eggs Up High (2015)

Never out of ideas or ways for his band of super avanteers to exploit them, Brian Drye does it again. ‘Eggs Up High’ keeps the Bizingas’ creative zeal going strong.

Ben Goldberg – Orphic Machine (2015)

Ben Goldberg – Orphic Machine (2015)

Here is a review of Ben Goldberg’s ‘Orphic Machine’, his salute to the influence of his old college professor, the late poet Allen Grossman. Goldberg, once again sublimely assimilates so many disparate influences, and is able to distill them into a product he projects through his own, kaleidoscopic lens.

Anthony Pirog Trio – Palo Colorado Dream (2014)

A record that’s equally capable of enchanting you and pummeling you with many shades of aura in between, ‘Palo Colorado Dream’ catapults Anthony Pirog into the corps of elite experimental guitarists.

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.

Xiu Xiu – NINA (2013)

Xiu Xiu vocalist Jamie Stewart enlists Ches Smith and These Arches to record a Nina Simone tribute record. The resulting NINA is one of the weirdest records of 2013.

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – Shadow Man (2013)

The best jazz musicians have always struck the right balance between composition and improvisation, and Tim Berne is one of the very best of the best at that. On Shadow Man, he’s still refining that skill, getting so close to perfection.

Edward Ricart-Nick Millevoi Quartet – Haitian Rail (2013)

Edward Ricart and Nick Millevoi are guitarists who have staked their musical careers on the experimental fringes of metal and jazz

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2013 (Avant Garde and Experimental Jazz): Ben Goldberg, Ceramic Dog

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2013 (Avant Garde and Experimental Jazz): Ben Goldberg, Ceramic Dog

In years past, I’ve called this the “whack jazz” list and this time we’re going to call it “avant garde and experimental jazz,” but any music that goes too far outside the bounds of convention gets lumped into its own category.