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Martin Archer + Engine Room Favourites: Safety Signal From A Target Town

Read "Safety Signal From A Target Town" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Once again, British multi-reedman Martin Archer leads his large ensemble, Engine Room Favourites, through a myriad of persuasive developments. The band's assertive modus operandi is occasionally sectionalized during various motifs, where minimalist structures, free-form outbursts, structured horns charts and many other factors come into play. Indeed, they pack a mighty wallop coming from all angles on ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Orfeo 5: In The Green Castle

Read "In The Green Castle" reviewed by Glenn Astarita



You never know what to expect from this UK-based record label, which is often a good thing. Otherwise, its website accurately delineates that Orfeo 5, “play what might best be described as improvised narrative landscape music, their pieces evolving over time to create a sense of place and journey."

It's an acoustic-electric ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Martin Archer: Story Tellers

Read "Story Tellers" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We used to call records like this 'concept albums.' The whole idea soon became a term of derision thanks to Rick Wakeman and others. Nevertheless, let's stick with it for a moment. Martin Archer's Story Tellers is constructed as a series of interlocking vignettes, linked both by certain recurring themes, narrative threads and the attribution of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Keith Tippett Octet: Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogon

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The Nine Dances of Patrick O'Gonogon is a solid gold delight. I have no idea, who Paddy O'Gonogon is or even if he exists outside the minds of Keith Tippett and Julie Tippett but I'd love to have a drink or eight with him. Seems like he knows how to have a good time.

Martin Archer's Engine Room Favourites: Bad Tidings From Slackwater Drag

Read "Bad Tidings From Slackwater Drag" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

British multi-reedman Martin Archer is a cunning maverick who exploits the seemingly limitless expanse of progressive jazz, electronica and improvisation, evidenced by his hearty discography, performing as a solo artist or when collaborating with many of his peers. Moreover, this large ensemble's second album is influenced by the Chicago, IL based, Association for the Advancement of ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Martin Archer: Making A Difference, Doing Things Differently

Read "Martin Archer: Making A Difference, Doing Things Differently" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Martin Archer is a one-man music industry. Saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, band-leader and label owner--Archer has made a virtue of doing things differently. From early beginnings in music forty years ago, he has built his label Discus into a catalog that is as fine in quality as it is eclectic in taste and content. Based in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Army of Briars: Army of Briars

Read "Army of Briars" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Over the years, I've become weaned on expecting the unexpected from this avant-garde U.K.-based record label. The Army of Briars is an utterly delightful and modernized spin on British folk music. Furthering time-honored concepts set forth by Pentangle and other eminent British folk entities, this outing presents Keith Jafrates' dream-swept lyrics, with vocals by Julie and ...

Shkrang: Some Thoughts About Shkrang!

Read "Some Thoughts About Shkrang!" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Surprises abound with each new release from this experimental British record label. Here, ace tenor saxophonist Mick Beck incorporates an amplified bassoon into an outing that defies even the most oddball stereotypes. I'd call it something like psycho free-jazz aligned with microtonal minimalism and garrulous space-rock. Guitarist Dave Tucker adds grunge-rock noise and eerie sounds from ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Combat Astronomy: The Dematerialised Passenger

Read "The Dematerialised Passenger" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This quartet features notables of the British jazz-improvisation scene, such as multitasking reed and electronics man Martin Archer, who also serves as the proprietor of this adventurous record label. Prepare your mind's eye for a venture into a steely-edged and somewhat phantasmagorical joyride.

The artists' bag of tricks is rooted within an otherworldly mergence ...