Recent Articles

LIVE REVIEWS

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver

Read "Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver"

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Fillmore Auditorium Denver October 4, 2014 Robert Plant's new album, Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch, 2014), is an atmospheric affair; music suitable for horseback riding at twilight in misty woods while on the lookout for the Headless Horseman. Perhaps the Led Zeppelin tune most closely matching the feel for many of the songs on the new album is “No Quarter." So it was entirely appropriate that Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters began their concert Saturday night with... “No Quarter." Plant and his band went on to ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

sPacemoNkey: The Karman Line

Read "The Karman Line" reviewed by

According to Wikipedia, the Kármán Line ..."lies at an altitude of 100 kilometres (62 mi) above the Earth's sea level, and commonly represents the boundary between the Earth's atmosphere and outer space." It's as good a name as any for the debut album from sPacemoNkey, a collaboration by two of Norway's most impressive and increasingly influential musicians, despite still being in their early-to-mid thirties: keyboardist Morten Qvenild and drummer Gard Nilssen. Largely the result of spontaneous composition, with just three of its nine tracks being preconceived by Qvenild, sPacemoNkey's music is both as grounded as the world and as ethereal as ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Space F!ght: Sci-Fi

Read "Sci-Fi" reviewed by

Question: what inspires a band called Space F!ght to create a recording called Sci-Fi? Answer: the works of classic science fiction writers such as Isaac Asimov. Question: will such inspirations result in music that's worth listening to, music that excites, that bears repeated listening, that's enjoyable? Answer: yes. Radek Rudnicki, Space F!ght's leader, composer and driving force, holds a PhD in digital composition from York University and has collaborated musically with NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Stockholm Environment Institute. This might suggest a rather worthy and academic approach to music-making, but Rudnicki has soul and ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

sPacemoNkey: The Karman Line

Read "The Karman Line" reviewed by

sPacemoNkey is the duo project of Norwegian keyboards player Morten Qvenild, known from other innovative Norwegian bands as In The Country, Susanna and the Magical Orchestra and by his continuous work with vocalist Solveig Slettahjell, and drummer Gard Nilssen, one of the busiest musicians in the vibrant Norwegian scene, who plays in such outfits as Bushman's Revenge, AstroSonic, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and in the band of vocalist Susanne Sundfør. The two met in the recording of trumpeter Mathias Eick's Skala, ECM, 2011), and enjoyed playing together so much they quickly decided to try playing together as a duo. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Land Space: Suenos

Read "Suenos" reviewed by

The members of Land Space know how to create memorable riffs and compelling solo statements, as demonstrated throughout this all-original program, but that isn't what makes this Barceona-based foursome's music unique. Land Space's ability to create dynamic arcs, with varying degrees of intensity within its well-paced pieces, is what makes this band stand out from the rest. Suenos is a Spanish word for “dreams" and, while this music never gets sleepy, overly ethereal or completely surreal, it does possesses certain dream-like qualities. Nico Sanchez's warm guitar sound and a judicious use of space prove to be the ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Free Space / Otherways: Life Amid The Artefacts

Read "Free Space / Otherways: Life Amid The Artefacts" reviewed by

Free Space / OtherwaysLife Amid The ArtefactsEmanem2011 (1973, 1984) 2010-11 has been a fruitful period for releases highlighting London improvisation in the mid-1970s, with Teatime, previously only issued on vinyl on Incus, getting its first CD issue, as well as More 74 (Incus, 2010) featuring recently discovered recordings by guitarist Derek Bailey. The Emanem label is also sitting on a previously unissued concert recording from 1972 by Iskra 1903, but its release has been delayed for technical reasons. Now comes Life Amid The Artefacts, containing previously unissued recordings from 1973 and ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Otherways and Free Space: Life Amid the Artefacts

Read "Life Amid the Artefacts" reviewed by

The music of Otherways and Free Space unfurls throughout Life Among the Artefacts at a consistently high crest of improvisation during unselfconscious, unguarded moments when the musicians were, quite simply, being extensions of their instruments. They were forces of nature and allowed the music to tumble freely, incorporating songs which had internal combustion mechanisms that were all their own. As a result, the library of music was enriched when the literature of music and the linguistics of humanity collided. If this seems like a tall order, then the energy that is expelled by brass and winds, the moan and twang ...



Sponsor: Summit Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

or search site with Google