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Jon Hassell: Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume one)

Read "Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume one)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

At age 81 legendary American trumpeter/composer/conceptualist Jon Hassell could reasonably be kicking back in retirement, relaxing and resting on his considerable laurels. His Fourth World concept, combining world ethnic music with modern electronics, has been hugely influential; it is hard to imagine the sound of Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen without it, not to mention a lot ...

Goran Kajfes Tropiques: Enso

Read "Enso" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the 1970s, along with the rise in FM radio and stereo sound, a phenomena called “headphones-only album rock" was devised. A DJ might play all 26 minutes of Pink Floyd's “Shine on You Crazy Diamond" or John Coltrane's version of “My Favorite Things," at 42 minutes. In the same spirit we find Swedish trumpeter Goran ...

Live From New York: Alvin Curran, Ben Perowsky, David Tronzo, John Medeski, Tim Berne, David Torn & Hank Roberts

Read "Live From New York: Alvin Curran, Ben Perowsky, David Tronzo, John Medeski, Tim Berne, David Torn & Hank Roberts" reviewed by Martin Longley

Alvin Curran
The Park Avenue Armory
March 14, 2018

The composer and keyboardist Alvin Curran was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and is now a sprightly 79 years old. His work with Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome, from 1966 onwards, is of most interest to followers of improvised music. Curran ...

Sonar with David Torn: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by John Kelman

It might be all too simple to explain away Sonar, the Swiss twin-guitar/bass/drums quartet now in its eighth year together, through a series of touchstones. King Crimson, by way of that band's co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft? Check. The influence of Nik Bartsch and Don Li's innovative meshing of Steve Reich-ian minimalism with deceptively complicated polyrhythmic ...

Billy Parker's Fourth World: Freedom Of Speech

Read "Freedom Of Speech" reviewed by Chris May

Drummer Billy Parker's 1975 album only tangentially connects to Fourth World music, the pancultural style which was given its name five years later by Jon Hassell on Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics (Editions EG, 1980), the trumpeter's first collaboration with Brian Eno. Parker's Fourth World is the name of the band heard on Freedom Of ...

Jon Hassell: Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume one)

Read "Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume one)" reviewed by Chris May

By the time even the most revolutionary musicians reach their ninth decade, few are any longer making profoundly adventurous work. Typically, conservatism has kicked in or, if not that, a younger generation has come along and moved the goal posts. But on Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One), Jon Hassell, the creator of fourth-world music in ...

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Jon Hassell: Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two

Read "Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two" reviewed by Chris May

Three decades and more after the last vinyl reissue of trumpeter Jon Hassell's landmark album, back in 1987, Britain's Glitterbeat label has released a remastered edition of the LP, which is also available on CD. The new edition includes a previously unreleased three-minute bonus track from the recording sessions.

Dream Theory In Malaya, first ...

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Yazz Ahmed: La Saboteuse

Read "La Saboteuse" reviewed by Chris May

If Miles Davis was alive today and in the studio recording Bitches Brew, the results might, just might, resemble parts of London-based Yazz Ahmed's La Saboteuse. Other approximate reference points are, during the more reflective moments, Jon Hassell and Brian Eno's Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume 2 and Davis's In A Silent Way. But ...

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Noirish

Read "Noirish" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

More music that could work very well as soundtrack for an imaginary film noir... with some spaghetti-western variations.

Happy Listening! And if you like what you hear, listen to the first part of this noir investigation.

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Guano Padano, “A Country Concept" from Guano Padano (Important) 0:00 Guano ...

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Martin Loyato: Involution

Read "Involution" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Have you ever wondered what directions Miles Davis might have taken if he hadn't retired from his electric fusion period in mid-1975? Perhaps he could have shifted his influences even farther east, traded the odd cocaine binge for an opium habit, and gradually replaced all the heavily layered African rhythms with some more minimalist drones out ...