All About Jazz

Home » Tag Center » Tag: Edgetone Records

Content by tag "Edgetone Records"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: Rogue Star

Read "Rogue Star" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Experimental San Francisco Bay Area record label Edgetone Records states, this band “reflects the influences which make up their collective interest in storytelling, exploring expanded borders, and discovery." No doubt, this red hot ensemble doesn't stay content following a one-dimensional musical path, as they branch out on a recurring basis via these fluid and manifold works. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rent Romus: Deciduous/Midwestern Edition Vol. 1

Read "Deciduous/Midwestern Edition Vol. 1" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This West Coast USA experimental record label always spreads its wings. Part of the fun is anticipating what comes next. Here, label head and distinguished multi-reedman Rent Romus and musical associates pay homage to the avant-garde jazz spirit of the Midwest, citing the birthplace for AACM and innovators such as Albert Ayler, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Noertker's Moxie: druidh penumbrae

Read "druidh penumbrae" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With his 9th album for San Francisco Bay Area-based Edgetone Records, bassist, composer Bill Noertker's Moxie ensemble is captured live during performances between 2011-2015. As a composer, he derives influence from famous visual artists, architects, poets and sculptors. Thus, his compositional impetus contains grounded jazz elements, yet his works feature lyrical mosaics of sound amid geometrical ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Say Bok Gwai: Trio / Chinese Jesus

Read "Trio / Chinese Jesus" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

If you ever wondered what an angst-ridden, scaled back version of Sonic Youth would sound like if the musicians were overdosing on energy drinks, then the core duo of Say Bok Gwai may represent that notion rather mightily, and then some. Based in San Francisco, the unit is billed as a Chinese American hardcore rock band. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: Rising Colossus

Read "Rising Colossus" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Edgetone Records sent the LP edition of this album that is also available on CD and digital format. Yet I still maintain that most jazz albums are better served via full-bodied analogue productions often equating to a studio-in-your-room experience, coupled with a first-rate turntable and audiophile trimmings that may enhance the listening experience.

San ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nashville Electric: Orson's Folly

Read "Orson's Folly" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is not an ambient-electronic, celestial voyage or new age type gala. In fact, it's a scoring of actor, director Orson Welles' “Four Men on a Raft" sequence from his 1942 documentary It's All True. This was a film that the US Government expected to be sugarcoated as part of a cultural exchange program with Brazil. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jess Rowland: Spambots

Read "Spambots" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

San Francisco-based sound artist, synthesist and commissioned composer Jess Rowland assembles a freaky android-like aural fest via text-to-speech loops, cyclical narrations and perhaps modern era Beat poetry atop supercharged electronics and dissimilar tonalities. Running at LP length, Rowland and drummer Pete Stalsky don't overcook matters. Her overlapping narrations, sometimes built on short phrases and a mélange ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Reconnaissance Fly: Flower Futures

Read "Flower Futures" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Vocalist, flautist Polly Moller concocted the premise for this album based on collections of Internet-based spam poetry, or as the press release states, “spoetry." It's quite kooky, yet thoroughly engaging. Slight comparisons to small ensemble Frank Zappa, largely from a lyrical standpoint, come to fruition as the band performs with a theatrical flair, and an ideology ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Soar Trio: Emergency Management Heist

Read "Emergency Management Heist" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Edgetone Records prides itself on taking risks and offers extensive support for its roster of artists, who often compose and perform outside the box. Therefore, the cleverly titled Emergency Management Heist is an avant-garde trio outing that emits a sensation that the musicians could be planning some sort of raid amid pensive or gradually climactic incarnations. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rent Romus' Lords of Outland: Thee Unhip

Read "Thee Unhip" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Thee Unhip is a poem by band member, trumpeter/electronics artist C.J. Borosque. The seasoned and thoroughly hip band that was founded by woodwind ace Rent Romus in 1984 is a collaboration between West Coast experimental jazz record labels, Nine Winds and Edgetone. Exciting, raucous, slightly spaced-out and wily, the band has quite a bit of fun ...