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Roscoe Mitchell Sextet – Sound (1966, 2018 reissue)

Roscoe Mitchell Sextet – Sound (1966, 2018 reissue)

Before any of those seminal recordings by the AACM family could happen, Roscoe Mitchell’s ‘Sound’ needed to.

Brandon Seabrook Trio – Convulsionaries (2018)

Brandon Seabrook Trio – Convulsionaries (2018)

The way a chamber string trio is being used by the Brandon Seabrook Trio for ‘Convulsionaries’ is bonafide wack. It’s akin to G.G. Allin hosting ‘Masterpiece Theater.’

Henry Kaiser/Simon Barker/Bill Laswell/Rudresh Mahanthappa – Mudang Rock (2018)

Henry Kaiser/Simon Barker/Bill Laswell/Rudresh Mahanthappa – Mudang Rock (2018)

Henry Kaiser has long found spiritual fulfillment playing music informed by the ancient songs of Korean Shamanism. This time he finds further fulfillment in the comradery of musicians who like him understand the power of the mudang.

Tom Abbs and Frequency Response – Hawthorne (2018)

Tom Abbs and Frequency Response – Hawthorne (2018)

The fourth Frequency Response release from Tom Abbs could well be his last for a long time; the man’s got things to do. If that’s the case, it’s all the more reason to savor ‘Hawthorne.’

Ivo Perelman – Kindred Spirits w/ Rudi Mahall and Spiritual Prayers w/ Jason Stein (2018)

Ivo Perelman – Kindred Spirits w/ Rudi Mahall and Spiritual Prayers w/ Jason Stein (2018)

Ivo Perelman, that endless fountain for saxophone phraseology, is finally slowing down.

Mahobin (Satoko Fujii, Lotte Anker, Tamura Natsuki, Ikue Mori) – Live at Big Apple in Kobe (2018)

Mahobin (Satoko Fujii, Lotte Anker, Tamura Natsuki, Ikue Mori) – Live at Big Apple in Kobe (2018)

The word ‘Mahobin’ means ‘thermos bottle’ but also ‘magic bottle’ in Japanese, and the magic made for ‘Live at Big Apple in Kobe’ that retained its passion throughout meant that this fledgling group had lived up to both meanings of the name.

Evil Genius – Experiments On Human Subjects (2018)

Evil Genius – Experiments On Human Subjects (2018)

‘Experiments On Human Subjects’ is artful haymaking from Evil Genius. The tuba is having more fun than is probably legally allowed and if you’re predisposed for adventurous listening, you’ll have illegal fun too.

Thollem/Clouser/Chase – Dub Narcotic Session Vol. II (2018)

Thollem/Clouser/Chase – Dub Narcotic Session Vol. II (2018)

Thollem ducks into a studio and jams with a noted, up-and-coming fusion guitarist and the drummer from an established garage-punk band.

Spencer Friedman and Paul de Jong – Functions (EP, 2018)

Spencer Friedman and Paul de Jong – Functions (EP, 2018)

It’s that opaque fickleness juiced by prowess on their instruments that makes Spencer Friedman and Paul de Jong’s ‘Functions’ both so different and yet so compelling.

Kira Kira [Satoko Fujii] – Bright Force (2018)

Kira Kira [Satoko Fujii] – Bright Force (2018)

Satoko Fujii is issuing an album in every month of 2018, and if there’s one musician with enough ensembles, projects and ideas to pull it off, it’s her.

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