Post Tagged with: "Whack Jazz"

Half Notes: Stephen Haynes – Parrhesia (2010)

Half Notes: Stephen Haynes – Parrhesia (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron After all the whack jazz winners I’ve heard from Engine Studios, I’ve come to expect nothing but excellence whenever I pop in a CD from that label for the first time, and I’ve yet to be disappointed. Label head and producer Steven Walcott signs up creative, free thinking musicians new or old, overlooked or established, putsRead More

Half Notes: Ken Thomson And Slow/Fast – It Would Be Easier If (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Like Jason Stein, Gutbucket co-founder Ken Thomson is a bass clarinetist — he’s an alto saxophonist, too — and both like to play along the margins of jazz, but Thomson’s conception of music freely spills over into other styles as well. His latest project, Ken Thomson And the Slow/Fast, is a quintet with him and RussRead More

The Friday Morning Listen: Mary Halvorson Quintet – Saturn Sings (2010)

The Friday Morning Listen: Mary Halvorson Quintet – Saturn Sings (2010)

by Mark Saleski Time to return to one of my favorite topics: Why do I like that? Have you ever engaged in this kind of self-debate? There are all sorts of ways to play. There’s the Top-40 angle: “Come On Eileen…Bawitdaba!? Hmmm…I better not tell anybody,” the Angle of Pure Nostalgia: “People might look down on Boston’s so-called corporate rock,Read More

Rich Halley Quartet – Live At The Penofin Jazz Festival (2010)

Rich Halley Quartet – Live At The Penofin Jazz Festival (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Since at least the fifties, many a jazz musician have made records of their live gigs at festivals. Some of the largest and most enduring ones have been a favorite location for cutting a record: Newport, Montreaux, Monterrey, North Sea and so on. And then there’s the Penofin Jazz Festival in Potter Valley, California. Nestled inRead More

One Track Mind: Mary Halvorson "Sea Seizure (No. 19)" (2010)

One Track Mind: Mary Halvorson "Sea Seizure (No. 19)" (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron I don’t pay a great deal of attention to what other jazz critics say about records as I probably should; chalk it up to laziness, I suppose. But even my lazy ass couldn’t help but notice all the interest in media circles buzzing around guitarist Mary Halvorson’s record released earlier this month, Saturn Sings. The jazzRead More

Henry Threadgill – This Brings Us To, Volume II (2010)

Henry Threadgill – This Brings Us To, Volume II (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron About this time last year Henry Threadgill ended a eight year hiatus from the recording studio and released This Brings Us To, Vol. 1. It was very well received, and made almost everyone’s year-end “best of” jazz albums for 2009, including ours. On one day short of a year since that release, Threadgill and his ZooidRead More

Matta Gawa – bA (2010)

Matta Gawa – bA (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Washington, D.C.’s Matta Gawa’s self-described “cinematic chunks of post-hardcore improvised sound” is, however else you might describe it, standing apart from the main body of whack jazz. Sounds created from more than forty guitar pedals generating loops, sample, octave altering, various synthesized noise effects created and layered all at once and rounded out by some madRead More

Scott Amendola Trio – Lift (2010)

Scott Amendola Trio – Lift (2010)

by Pico That drummer Scott Amendola must like a lot of the same kind of music that I do, because his name comes up in the credits list of plenty of records that I enjoy. A lot of that has to do with his close association with Nels Cline and being the drummer for the Nels Cline Singers, but heRead More

Richard Pinhas featuring Merbow and Wolf Eyes – Metal/Crystal (2010)

Richard Pinhas featuring Merbow and Wolf Eyes – Metal/Crystal (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Even if you’re into experimental music you might not have heard of Richard Pinhas, but he’s kind of a big deal in his native France. This guitarist led the art-rock band Hedron in the mid 70s, during which time they made seven albums. Pinhas went on to record under his own name, at first sporadically, butRead More

Nels Cline – Dirty Baby (2010)

Nels Cline – Dirty Baby (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Recently, Wilco lead guitarist Nels Cline reconvened his scary good Nels Cline Singers and last spring the group released Initiate, an ambitious, 2-CD affair. So what does Cline do next? Why, he follows up today with another 2 CD release that’s pushing the boundaries even further than Initiate. Say hello to Dirty Baby. Dirty Baby isRead More