2017-06-23 ExEyE

Ex Eye by Ex Eye.

A Colin Stetson solo concert a couple years ago was one of the loudest concerts I’ve ever seen, and he was wearing a Liturgy t-shirt at the time, so Ex Eye’s direction isn’t exactly a surprise.

However, the challenge of fitting Stetson’s sax concept of extended arpeggiation into more traditional heavy metal frameworks is apparent on some of the tracks. That is, no matter how loud he plays, harmonically, he fades into the background under the weight of guitar, keyboard, bass, and drums.

Less traditional tracks, like “Anaitis Hymnal; The Arkose Disc” are where Ex Eye, and Stetson, shine.

In any case, an excellent album, and I’m looking forward to seeing Ex Eye next week at The Chapel here in SF.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #GregFox #ShahzadIsmaily #ColinStetson #TobySummerfield #EXEYE

2017-06-22 Chicago Tenor Duets

Chicago Tenor Duets by Evan Parker / Joe McPhee.

The stars in my saxophone constellation from my teens into my twenties were: Johnny Hodges/LesterYoung -> John Coltrane/Eric Dolphy -> Evan Parker.

I’d always see Joe Mcphee’s albums on HatArt at the record store, but for some reason he didn’t really enter my area of interest. I guess he didn’t get as much press in the magazines I was reading at the time.

I was missing out, and am trying to make up for my oversight by listening to more of his recorded output these days.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #EvanParker #JoeMcPhee

2017-06-21 Tie the Stone to the Wheel

Tie the Stone to the Wheel by Evan Parker / Seymour Wright.

Saxophone duos between UK free improv titan Evan Parker and his disciple Seymour Wright. So I basically spent the drive mentally cataloguing which sounds I knew how to make on the saxophone and which sounds I did not. One of them is really good at extended flutter tonguing, which I can’t do very well.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #EvanParker #SeymourWright

2017-06-20 Asian Fields Variations

Asian Fields Variations by Louis Sclavis, Dominique Pifarély, and Vincent Courtois.

Theme and variation in folk and classical-ish modes by a clarinet, cello, and violin trio. Louis Sclavis is one of my favorite living jazz and improv woodwind players. His tone and thought process on clarinet and bass clarinet are impeccable. And bass clarinet & cello are the peanut butter and chocolate of instrumental combinations. Wonderful.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #LouisSclavis #DominiquePifarély #VincentCourtois

2017-06-19 Daylight Ghosts

Daylight Ghosts by Craig Taborn.

I feel like the ghosts of Bill Evans and Vince Guaraldi, (and maybe even a little Dave Brubeck,) are hovering over this release from Mr Taborn. Everything seems so pleasant and relaxed, as if a benign, warm, Southern California sun is beaming down kindly.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #DaveKing #ChrisLightcap #ChrisSpeed #CraigTaborn

2017-06-17 Collider

Collider by The DKV Thing (double) Trio.

The DKV trio, (Hamid Drake, Kent Kessler, Ken Vandermark) vs. The Thing, (Ingebrig Håker Flaten, Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love). It’s hard to pick what part of this album I like the best. The intricate, and often funky, polyrhythms generated between Drake and Nilssen-Love? The awesome low end and Arco work of Håker Flaten and Kessler? The virile, competitive, skronk-fest between Vandermark and Gustafsson? I hate to use a hackneyed phrase like, “It’s All Good,” but, it is ALL great. If this album doesn’t wake you up, you’re probably dead. (Also, it’s awesome that the Google dictionary has added “skronk-fest” to its auto-complete.)

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #HamidDrake #IngebrigHåkerFlaten #MatsGustafsson #KentKessler #PaalNilssenLove #KenVandermark #TheThing #DKVTrio

2017-06-15 The Nearer The Bone, The Sweeter The Meat

The Nearer The Bone, The Sweeter The Meat by Brötzmann/Miller/Moholo.

There is no shortage of great album titles among the Brötzmann records for FMP. Brain of a Dog in Section, Nipples, Machine Gun, Half a Dog Can’t Piss, etc. The Nearer The Bone, The Sweeter The Meat is particularly great, and a particularly great album. Recorded in 1979, a meeting between Brötzmann and two expat South African players, Louis Moholo and Harry Miller, proved especially fruitful. The sensitivity of Moholo and Miller allows Brötzmann to occasionally take his foot off the gas and play melodically, building drama and tension.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #freimusicproduktion #FMP #DestinationOUT #PeterBrötzmann#LouisMoholo #HarryMiller

2017-06-14 Lá Vem a Morte

Lá Vem a Morte by Boogarins.

Brazilian samba run through a psychedelic dub blender. Very cool. Ends up reminding me a bit of My Bloody Valentine. Sad I missed their show at The Chapel last week. Another release courtesy of the exotic music explorations of the wonderful Michele K-Tel.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #Boogarins #LáVemAMorte

2017-06-13 Another Helpful Medicine

Another Helpful Medicine by Aurochs.

Toronto based Aurochs are a keyboard, bass, drums, and “electronics” quartet. The songs on this album are arranged as a continuous track. Minimal, atmospheric Jazz which occasionally breaks into a groove. I like how they take the time to develop moods and themes.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #Aurochs #AurochsMusic #AliBerkok #PeteJohnson #JakeOelrichs #MikeSmith

2017-06-12 Adelante

Adelante by Han Bennink Trio.

A mix of original tunes, a standard, a handful of Mengelberg pieces, and some improvisations, Adelante has a familiar feel, even on it’s most “out” sections. Toldham and Badenhorst are both very tuneful players. Overall, a pleasing album, if occasionally a bit bland.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #HanBennink #JoachimBadenhorst #SimonToldham