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Haitian Rail – Solarists (2014)

Haitian Rail – Solarists (2014)

‘Solarists’ immediately establishes Haitian Rail as a fearsome battery of inscrutable, noise with terrific give-and-take. And trombonist Dan Blacksberg’s presence assures that they hold up the jazz part of the experimental metal-jazz equation, losing none of their ferocity along the way.

Albert Ayler Trio – Spiritual Unity (1964, 2014 50th Anniversary Expanded Edition)

Albert Ayler Trio – Spiritual Unity (1964, 2014 50th Anniversary Expanded Edition)

The first jazz record released by the just-beginning ESP-Disk record company, ‘Spiritual Unity’ quickly put this tiny label on the map, as well as thrust Ayler to the forefront of the free jazz movement when it was released more than a year later. Even then, this record was well ahead of the frontier of jazz and remains so today.

Kali Z. Fasteau – Piano Rapture (2014)

Kali Z. Fasteau – Piano Rapture (2014)

Kali Z. Fasteau’s spontaneous composition theory might be forty years old, but it’s quite alive and well in practice today, no matter what she choose to play in carrying it out. On piano, it’s a downright rapturous.

Street Priest – More Nasty (2014)

Street Priest – More Nasty (2014)

Here in ‘Merica, we covet our freedom and we root for the underdog. And we like brash. Therefore, the free-funk, noise band out of Oakland that call themselves Street Priest is as American is, well you know, Grandma’s apple pie.

And now, an important message from Wilco guitarist Nels Cline …

And now, an important message from Wilco guitarist Nels Cline …

Cline talks up Scott Amendola’s orchestral ‘Fade To Orange’ crowdfunding project.

Cagematch – Missing The End All (2014)

Cagematch – Missing The End All (2014)

This nifty little sax/guitar/drums combo applies a rock poise and an electrified sonic din to avant-jazz structures.

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Avant Garde & Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Jamie Saft/Joe Morris

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Avant Garde & Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Jamie Saft/Joe Morris

The appeal of this music is its unbiased diversity and lack of set rules.

Peter Van Huffel’s Gorilla Mask – Bite My Blues (2014)

Peter Van Huffel’s Gorilla Mask – Bite My Blues (2014)

From a punk attitude comes jazz aptitude; Gorilla Mask does it again.

Steve Lehman Octet – Mise En Abîme (2014)

Steve Lehman Octet – Mise En Abîme (2014)

‘Mise En Abîme’ would be a stunning achievement for just about anybody else; for Steve Lehman, it’s just his still-evolving musical personality racing out beyond jazz’s frontiers and daring anyone to try and catch up.

WTF?! Wednesdays: John Zorn, “Chronology” from Spy vs. Spy (1989)

WTF?! Wednesdays: John Zorn, “Chronology” from Spy vs. Spy (1989)

I wonder what Ornette thinks of this stuff?