Finally a blues record that Philip K. Dick would love!
The science fiction writer would surely have dug The Thirteen Bar Blues, subtitled New Developments In Electronic Jazz by saxophonist, software engineer, and electronics tinkerer Luc Houtkamp. Known for his recorded duets between real time saxophone and computer generated improvising software, Houtkamp has moved the worlds of human and artificial intelligence just a little bit closer.
His band pow3 takes on the future of roots music, possibly recording the music Hal, from Space Odyssey 2001, would have made. Mr. Houtkamp knows computers (robots anybody?) have ...read more
The mostly self-taught saxophonist of The Netherlands Luc Houtkamp reveals a style spawned in the freedom of the 1960s but beholden to no one period. Houtkamp, born 1953, has collaborated with Han Bennink, Ernst Reisjeger, Jon Rose, and Eugene Chadbourne. Last year he was featured on the American release Luc Houtkamp In Chicago (Entropy Stereo) along with bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Michael Zerang. The Chicago disc revealed a thoroughly modern ensemble sound, whereas his self-produced series, entitled The Field Recordings for his X-OR label, tend toward experimental, improvisational music. The Field Recordings are produced in a limited edition of ...read more
It’s interesting how one’s path of jazz listening arrives at a particular artist. My personal discovery of Netherlands-born saxophonist Luc Houtkamp came via Chicago. Well, actually Germany and Peter Brötzmann. The 1960s free-jazz flame-thrower was travelling to the windy city to play a series of concerts and mentioned the thriving scene that grew up around Ken Vandermark. My discovery of Vandermark’s music led me to his influences in Europe and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. You see the Chicago scene draws heavily from Dutch jazz (thanks to among others, John Corbett) and the likes of Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, and Willem ...read more
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