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Heroes Are Gang Leaders: Flukum

Read "Flukum" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Continua l'attività del collettivo artistico afro-americano Heroes Are Gang Leaders, fondato dal poeta Thomas Sayers Ellis e dal sassofonista James Brandon Lewis. Il clima espressivo ricorda simili esperienze degli anni sessanta e settanta senza essere strettamente legato all'estetica del free jazz; ricalca i precedente The Avant-Age Garde I AMs of the Gal Luxury e Highest Engines ...


James Blood Ulmer: Baby Talk

Read "Baby Talk" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It was a predestined meeting. This collaboration between the legendary guitarist James Blood Ulmer and the band The Thing. Ulmer, who cut his teeth with the soul jazz organists Hank Marr, Larry Young and Big John Patton before collaborating with Ornette Coleman's electric free jazz/funk harmolodic music, expanded upon Coleman's ideas, incorporating rock music with players ...


Konstrukt: Molto Bene

Read "Molto Bene" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Many listeners still cannot fathom the concept of Turkish free jazz. Consider though, the origins of free jazz both in North American. The United States claims John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and Cecil Taylor. But let us recognize that Europe produced Evan Parker (England), Bengt Nordström (Sweden), John Tchicai (Denmark), Peter Brötzmann (Germany), ...


Peter Brötzmann / Heather Leigh: Ears Are Filled With Wonder

Read "Ears Are Filled With Wonder" reviewed by John Sharpe

Iconoclastic German reedman Peter Brötzmann has appeared in almost every conceivable combination and circumstance over the years, from the maelstrom of Last Exit to the austere horn choir of Sonore, via hook ups with almost everyone in between, counting such free jazz luminaries as Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton and Evan Parker. However on Ears Are Filled ...

Merzbow/Keiji Haino/Balazs Pandi: An Untroublesome Defencelessness

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The often repeated refrain to a complaint about music is, “If it's too loud, then you're too old," doesn't apply to An Untroublesome Defencelessness by Merzbow, Keiji Haino, and Balázs Pándi. You probably should just agree, it is too loud. With any Merzbow record, it just seems to never gets old.

Of late, Merzbow's, ...


Keiji Haino in London with Charles Hayward and John Butcher

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Keiji Haino
Copeland Gallery with Charles Hayward
July 8, 2016
Cafe Oto with John Butcher
July 9, 2016
London, England

Keiji Haino, guitarist and founder of Japanese experimental-psychedelic rock band Fushitsusha and reputed experimental musician who has recorded with the likes of Peter Brötzmann, Sabu Toyozumi, and Thurston ...

Mats Gustafsson: MG50 Peace & Fire

Read "MG50 Peace & Fire" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Mats Gustafsson at fifty. Name another artist who has had this significant and widespread effect on jazz, noise, free improvisation, alternative rock, electronica, and free jazz. Besides John Zorn, that pool is quite shallow. Gustafsson's music seems to attract innovative players into imaginative situations. If you are a fan, this 50th birthday celebration recorded in October, ...

Poetry & Jazz: Heroes Are Gangleaders / Clark Coolidge-Thurston Moore-Anne Waldman

Read "Poetry & Jazz: Heroes Are Gangleaders / Clark Coolidge-Thurston Moore-Anne Waldman" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La relazione tra jazz e poesia ha avuto il suo apice negli anni cinquanta, quando gli scrittori beat legarono i loro testi all'estetica be-bop, s'è rinnovata nel decennio successivo e da allora non ha smesso di manifestarsi, anche se in forme sotterranee.
Questi due album sono l'ultimo esempio di ciò che accade negli Sati ...


Bay Area Meets Chicago For A New Quartet CD Release With Aaron Bennett, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa And Frank Rosaly - "Shipwreck 4"

Bay Area Meets Chicago For A New Quartet CD Release With Aaron Bennett, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa And Frank Rosaly - "Shipwreck 4"

Shipwreck 4 celebrates the first quartet meeting of jny: San Francisco Bay Area improvisers Darren Johnston, Aaron Bennett and Lisa Mezzacappa with jny: Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly. Johnston, a major figure in the Bay Area music scene, has nonetheless retained close ties to Chicago’s jazz community, and made the introductions here—the group assembled to play a ...


Slobber Pup: Pole Axe

Read "Pole Axe" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Imagine the avant improv metal trio Slobber Pup, which is made up of keyboardist Jamie Saft, guitarist Joe Morris, and drummer Balazs Pandi, crafting a homemade greeting card that says, “you complete us" to give to Mats Gustafsson. As heartwarming and moving as that gesture is, the inclusion of the Swedish saxophonist on the trio's sophomore ...