Post Tagged with: "Whack Jazz"

WTF?! Wednesdays: Fred Frith, “No Birds” (1974)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Fred Frith, “No Birds” (1974)

Many years ago, I made a mix tape specifically for use on long drives in my pickup truck. No, it was not filled with country music.

Rich Rosenthal – Falling Up (2013)

Rich Rosenthal – Falling Up (2013)

Rich Rosenthal developed a love for not just jazz but for the most adventurous kinds of jazz when he was barely a teenager, and the budding guitarist aspired early on to be among the ranks of Sun Ra, Sam Rivers,

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2013 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde & Experimental Music): Ben Goldberg, Ceramic Dog

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2013 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde & Experimental Music): Ben Goldberg, Ceramic Dog

I used to call this the “whack jazz” (or is that “wack” jazz?) list, but I found that term to be too restrictive for what’s being presented below.

David Dominique – Ritual (2013)

David Dominique – Ritual (2013)

As an avant-jazz musical scholar, a composer, educator and flugabone (that’s a marching trombone to you marching band types) player, David Dominique is a guy full of ideas…the offbeat ones.

Xiu Xiu – NINA (2013)

Xiu Xiu – NINA (2013)

Xiu Xiu vocalist Jamie Stewart enlists Ches Smith and These Arches to record a Nina Simone tribute record. The resulting NINA is one of the weirdest records of 2013.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Sun Ra and his Astro-Infinity Arkestra, “Strings Strange” (1966)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Sun Ra and his Astro-Infinity Arkestra, “Strings Strange” (1966)

The music Sun Ra never disappoints. His “Arkestra” had the ability to swing like crazy in conventional contexts as well as more “out” presentations.

Something Else! Interview: Davey Payne of the People Band and the Blockheads

“I believe there is a divine music; it goes on, it’s automatic, without anger, greed, lust, attachment and egoism.”

WTF?! Wednesdays: Derek Bailey and Evan Parker, “Improvisation #2″ (1985)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Derek Bailey and Evan Parker, “Improvisation #2″ (1985)

To the statement that “Nobody sounds like Derek Bailey” comes the snarky reply, “Just who the hell would want to sound like Derek Bailey?!”

Edward Ricart Quartet + Paul Dunmall – Chamaeleon (2013)

Whenever I encounter a band with nonconformist guitarist Edward Ricart in it — whether it’s Matta Gawa, Hyrrokkin or the Edward Ricart-Nick Millevoi Quartet — something exciting is going on.

TOTEM> – Voices of Grain (2013)

When outer fringe guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil got together with kindred spirits Tom Blancarte (upright bass) and Andrew Drury (drums) to form TOTEM>, they injected fresh concepts in the improvised music arena.