Post Tagged with: "Whack Jazz"

Will Mason Ensemble – Beams of the Huge Night (2015)

Will Mason Ensemble – Beams of the Huge Night (2015)

The Will Mason’s Ensemble’s ‘Beams of the Huge Night’ is what the Sun Ra Arkestra might have sounded like had they gone in a rock direction.

White Out with Nels Cline – Accidental Sky (2015)

White Out with Nels Cline – Accidental Sky (2015)

A masterful meeting of free, kindred souls, White Out + Nels Cline’s ‘Accidental Sky’ was created spontaneously to capture moments impossible to contemplate.

Sopko Laswell Pridgen – Sopko Laswell Pridgen (2015)

Sopko Laswell Pridgen – Sopko Laswell Pridgen (2015)

Pridgen plays tricky odd-metered rhythms, Laswell’s formidable bass sets the parameters for the melody and Sopko goes balls-out free to push over the ledge a performance already on the edge.

Jon Irabagon – Inaction Is An Action (2015)

Jon Irabagon – Inaction Is An Action (2015)

There’s more than a little satisfaction in hearing the champion of perhaps the most prestigious individual award from the straight jazz world stray way, way off the reservation.

Mary Halvorson – Meltframe (2015)

Mary Halvorson – Meltframe (2015)

Trying to make sense of the surprises that lurk around every corner on Halvorson’s solo guitar outing ‘Meltframe’ is much of the fun in listening to this.

Mike Pride – Listening Party (2015)

Mike Pride – Listening Party (2015)

Mike Pride states, “making this solo record has been a total mind-bender.” Listening to ‘Listening Party’ is a mind-bender as well.

Craig Scott’s Lobotomy – War Is A Racket (2015)

Craig Scott’s Lobotomy – War Is A Racket (2015)

What do you get when you cross Captain Beefheart with Sun Ra, Negativland and the Residents? Hang on to your hats, the Craig Scott Lobotomy has arrived.

Merzbow/Pandi/Gustafsson with Thurston Moore – Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (2015)

Merzbow/Pandi/Gustafsson with Thurston Moore – Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (2015)

This ain’t pop music, ladies and gentleman. It’s a party of noise.

Peter Van Huffel, Andreas Willers + Oliver Steidle – The Scrambling Ex (2015)

Peter Van Huffel, Andreas Willers + Oliver Steidle – The Scrambling Ex (2015)

Saxophonist Peter Van Huffel again ventures into the wilder side of jazz, taking guitarist Andreas Willers and drummer Oliver Steidle along for the ride.

Steve Holtje, “Hunger Artist” from A Man Full of Days (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Steve Holtje, “Hunger Artist” from A Man Full of Days (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Steve Holtje’s dark, ambient “Hunger Artist” is from a soundtrack that actually sounds like backing music for a motion picture, and helps to tell a story.