Post Tagged with: "Whack Jazz"

Digital Primitives – Lipsomuch/Soul Searching (2014)

Digital Primitives – Lipsomuch/Soul Searching (2014)

It’s easy to think of a “groove” as having certain kind of chord changes, played by certain kind of instruments and even having certain kind of beats.

Something Else! sneak peek: Mike Dillon, “Hero The Burro” from Band of Outsiders (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Mike Dillon, “Hero The Burro” from Band of Outsiders (2014)

The irrepressible vibraphone-playing jazz guerrilla Mike Dillon is prepping his latest album Band of Outsiders for an April 1, 2014 release (Royal Potato Family Records),

WTF?! Wednesday: Colin Stetson, “Judges” (2011)

WTF?! Wednesday: Colin Stetson, “Judges” (2011)

When people hear that a horn player employs “extended techniques” on their instrument, what often comes to mind are things like valve clatter, ostinato, vocalizations, and circular breathing. With Colin Stetson, we get all of that, very often at the same time.

Something Else! sneak peek: Nels Cline Singers, “Companion Piece” from Macroscope (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Nels Cline Singers, “Companion Piece” from Macroscope (2014)

Wilco lead axe man and everyone’s favorite experimental rock-jazz guitarist Nels Cline is poised to unleash his fifth album leading his Nels Cline Singers on April 29.

Sweet Banditry – Farvefisen blomstrer [dedicated to Jens Jørgen Thorsen] (2014)

Sweet Banditry – Farvefisen blomstrer [dedicated to Jens Jørgen Thorsen] (2014)

There are probably scores of thrash jazz combos out there and when I’m of the right mind and the wife is not around, I can enjoy listening to every single one of them. Sweet Banditry is one of the latest such units to come around

Aram Bajakian – there were flowers also in hell (2014)

Aram Bajakian – there were flowers also in hell (2014)

Aram Bajakian had spent the last couple of years touring with the late, great Lou Reed, but this guitarist’s own music had been taking a walk on the wild side well before that.

Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord – Liverevil (2014)

Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord – Liverevil (2014)

Jon Lundbom’s Big Five Chord shares a lot of members with Bryan & the Haggards and Mostly Other People Do the Killing, and thus, that wild and wooly DNA is built into the band.

photo credit: Peter Gannushkin

One Track Mind: Thumbscrew [Mary Halvorson / Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara], “Cheap Knock Off” (2014)

Made up of three highly distinctive voices in the world of jazz and avant-garde music, Thumbscrew should probably collapse under the weight of its star power

photo credit: Stefan Bremer

Raoul Björkenheim / eCsTaSy – eCsTaSy (2014)

My first encounter with the dazzling whack jazz guitar wizardry of Raoul Björkenheim came via one of his many projects, the Norwegian-Finnish alliance power combo Scorch Trio (Luggumt, 2004).

The Rempis/Daisy Duo – Second Spring (2014)

The Rempis/Daisy Duo – Second Spring (2014)

Whenever I hear a sax/drums duet record, I can’t help but compare it to John Coltrane’s late career tour-de-force with Rashied Ali, Interstellar Space.