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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Damage is Done by McPhee/Brötzmann/Kessler/Zerang.
An early tendency towards noir jazz, encouraged by Mr Kessler’s bass lines, leads towards some pleasantly lyrical passages from Brötzmann. However, when McPhee switches to Tenor, about 20 minutes in, the take-no-prisoners, two Tenor skronk-fest you were hoping for materializes. Invigorating.
#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #JoeMcPhee #PeterBrötzmann #KentKessler #MichaelZerang
What If/They Both/Could Fly by Evan Parker and Joe McPhee.
Evan Parker on Tenor Sax in duet with Joe McPhee on Pocket Trumpet and Soprano Sax. A diverse and enjoyable set of free improvisation duos from two masters of the form.
#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #EvanParker #JoeMcPhee #RuneGrammofon
A Scarcity of Miracles, a Krimson Projekt.
Since I’m going to see King Crimson in a couple weeks, I thought I should check in on what they are up to. Predictable key changes, inane lyrics delivered in an an overly sincere manner, sub-Kenny G lite-jazz Soprano Sax, and a modicum of Frippertronics. Thinking I should have listened to their recent output BEFORE buying a ticket. The price of nostalgia.
#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #KrimsonProjekt #AScarcityOfMiracles #KingCrimson-ish #RobertFripp