2017-09-12 Lark Uprising

Lark Uprising by the Mikolaj Trzaska Ircha Clarinet Quintet featuring Joe McPhee.

I found this album on Joe McPhee’s Bandcamp site and bought it because, well, Clarinets and Joe McPhee.

I was familiar with one of the members, Waclaw Zimpel, from his work with Ken Vandermark, but really didn’t know what to expect.

What a surprise, and what a reminder of how amazing clarinets can be in creative and talented hands. Definitely one of the most outstanding modern clarinet records I’ve run across.

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2017-06-29 I Forgot to Breathe

I Forgot to Breathe by Lean Left.

Aka, The Ex Guitars Meet Vandermark/Nilssen-Love.

Another perspective from EXEYE on the intersection between rock-ish concepts/players and improvisation. With the influence of Vandermark and Nilssen-Love, this skews more towards Free/Energy playing than EXEYE’s dark metal infused scree. Lean Left is definitely skronkier, but the woodwind players in both ensembles face similar problems of being heard over loud guitars and drums. Though, on this release, the guitars manage to restrain themselves and play quietly on a couple tunes. Invigorating way to start the morning.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #LeanLeft #PaalNilssenLove #KenVandermark #TerrieEx #AndyMoor #CatalyticSound #TrostRecords

2017-06-28 13 Friendly Numbers

13 Friendly Numbers by John Butcher.

Solo (-ish, some overdubbing,) pieces for Soprano and Tenor Sax. Not a lot of conventional Sax playing here. In fact, on some of the “Numbers”, Butcher seems to avoid producing “normal” sounds from his Sax entirely. What I like, though, is that there is a light heartedness and humor about it, you often don’t get in improvised music . If anything, it reminds me of the surreal music from the British tv show “Clangers”. 

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #JohnButcher #13FriendlyNumbers #CatalyticSound