Post Tagged with: "Whack Jazz"

Johnny DeBlase Quartet – Composites (2012)

Johnny DeBlase plays bass for a couple of thrash-jazz bands, including one of my personal favorites, Many Arms.

Henry Threadgill – Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (2012)

Henry Threadgill is an improviser of the highest order, not because he can improvise on his saxophone or flute, but because he also impovises well with the structure of the song. That creates a unique kind disruption in his music

Giacomo Merega, Noah Kaplan, Marco Cappelli – Watch the Walls Instead (2012)

Italian electric bassist Giacomo Merega once again gets together with saxophonist Noah Kaplan and guitarist Marco Cappelli for a set of rhythm-less free form improvisations Watch the Walls Instead.

Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers (2012)

We tend to think of musicians who have been able to keep coming forth with creative, fresh ideas with nearly every attempt in the past tense. Mozart, Ellington, Miles, The Beatles are a few who can fit into that category but they are of long past eras.

Unboxing Music: Black Music Disaster – S/T (2012)

The Internet is chock full of “Unboxing” videos, the so-called “new geek porn.” I don’t find them particularly interesting but that’s because I’m fairly certain I’m not part of their target audience.

David Fiuczynski – Planet Microjam (2012)

One surefire way to know if your ears are trained to listen to European-derived music forms is to listen to microtonal music for even just a few seconds. If it strikes you as exotic and weird, then you are most attuned to Western style music

Mary Halvorson Quintet – Bending Bridges (2012)

“Bending Bridges,” reveals Mary Halvorson, “is a title I came up with in a semi-conscious state”, the same as how most of the titles in her songs come about.

One Track Mind: The Thirteenth Assembly, "Nosedive" (2011)

Anyone who has heard Mary Halvorson perform even just once has likely caught her trademark move: the sudden burst of notes quavering, akin to hitting the whammy bar but with a little more nuance.

One Track Mind: Ergo with Mary Halvorson, "The Widening Gyre" (2012)

For their third album, the offbeat experimental jazz-rock trio Ergo brought in a few guest performers to shake things up a bit.

Half Notes: Aaron Novik – Secrets Of Secrets (2012)

Clarinetists don’t typically have a reputation of being adventurous (our own Mort Weiss notwithstanding), but it isn’t for the lack of such practitioners as Ben Goldberg and Chris Speed working hard to punch holes into those perceptions. Add Aaron Novik to that list of clarinet insurgents. Novik, who once studied under Greenberg, has likewise reached back to ancient Hebrew musicRead More