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One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Macaroni Dip” (2014)

One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Macaroni Dip” (2014)

Earlier this year, outlier saxophonist Johnny Butler made an EP titled Raise It Up, pulling most everything from the pantry and throwing it into a logic board-laden blender.

Farmers By Nature – Love And Ghosts (2014)

Farmers By Nature – Love And Ghosts (2014)

This improvised music supergroup is truly a democratic musical commune.

Darius Jones + Matthew Shipp – The Darkseid Recital (2014)

Darius Jones + Matthew Shipp – The Darkseid Recital (2014)

Unpredictability and real passion characterizes ‘The Darkseid Recital’ as a whole, just as it did for Jones’ and Shipp’s amazing ‘Cosmic Lieder’, but those things are magnified from doing it from the stage. That’s the perfect way to follow up on that earlier, acclaimed duet.

Ricardo Tejero/Marco Serrato/Borja Díaz – Sputnik Trio (2014)

Ricardo Tejero/Marco Serrato/Borja Díaz – Sputnik Trio (2014)

ree-form jazz doesn’t need to go on for mind-numbingly lengths if the musicians know what they’re doing. The Sputnik Trio have this all figured out.

Indigo Mist [Cuong Vu + Richard Karpen] – That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (2014)

Indigo Mist [Cuong Vu + Richard Karpen] – That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (2014)

Provocative and fanciful, they bring Ellington and Strayhorn closer to us.

Henry Kaiser (Yo Miles!) and Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers) plan a live-in-the-studio improv record together

Henry Kaiser (Yo Miles!) and Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers) plan a live-in-the-studio improv record together

Two Bay Area pacesetters of improvised and avant-garde music will soon join forces.

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)

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.