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Holger Czukay: Cinema

Read "Cinema" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Cinema is an irresistible five cd/dvd box set of music that enables the discovery of the creative mind of Holger Czukay (1938-2017). It may afford a re-discovery for a select few. Probably best known as a member of the famous Krautrock band CAN, which he co-founded in 1968, this collection surveys his post-CAN creations which were ...


Nona Hendryx and Gary Lucas: The World Of Captain Beefheart

Read "The World Of Captain Beefheart" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Gary Lucas has been a long time fan of the one-of-a-kind mutant rock-jazz-blues of Captain Beefheart. This led to his being part of Beefheart's Magic Band in the '80s and to his revisiting the music after Beefheart's 1985 retirement in various formats including a raucous jazz tribute band, Fast 'n' Bulbous. This time he goes back ...


NYC Winter Jazzfest 2018 - The Friday Marathon

Read "NYC Winter Jazzfest 2018 - The Friday Marathon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

NYC Winter Jazzfest
The Friday Marathon
New York, NY
January 12, 2018

As the setting sun ushered in the first of two NYC Winter Jazzfest marathon nights on Friday, January 12, the only thing that seemed to be missing was winter itself. After coping with a deep freeze for weeks, ...


Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest

Read "Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Ornette Coleman once said that sound has no parents. But that doesn't mean we can't be its children. On that point, jazz has always been something of a parental force, connecting progenies of representation across geographic and cultural borders. Its relationship to struggle has, however, at times been overshadowed by debate. On the one hand, jazz ...


Bill Laswell/Milford Graves/John Zorn at The Stone

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Bill Laswell/Milford Graves/John Zorn
The Stone
New York, NY
December 19, 2017

How do you fit a camel through the eye of a needle? On December 19, the music summoned by Bill Laswell, Milford Graves, and John Zorn answered that very question: By starting with a larger needle, ...


Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk & Najwa

Read "Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk & Najwa" reviewed by Doug Collette

Wadada Leo Smith's most recently recorded albums reaffirm this trumpeter/composer/bandleader's deep, abiding loyalty to his muse. Equally so on stage or in the studio, Smith's devotion to the creative impulse is absolutely unwavering, and, as a result, his works are pure, direct expressions of his concepts, undiluted by compromise. Such is the uniformity of his execution ...


Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by John Sharpe

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is no stranger to plugged-in performance. Like Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis, his musical systems prove just as applicable to electronic as to all-acoustic environments. Indeed one of Smith's earliest such immersions was Yo Miles! inspired by Miles' 1970s guitar shredding bands. Multiple electric strings have also formed an integral part of ...


Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Wadada Leo Smith has been on an amazingly productive streak the last few years, creating ambitious work for all kinds of configurations, large orchestras, string ensembles, quartets, duos and solo. About the only format he hadn't explored lately was the dense electronic jazz-rock he's played in the past with his groups Organic and Yo! Miles. With ...


Gaudi: Magnetic

Read "Magnetic" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Per the press release, London-based composer, keyboardist and electronics ace, Gaudi's “initial idea for this the project was to compose an album of entirely new music using sound from the RareNoise catalog as his orchestra of musicians." Another point of interest noted in the press sheet is that the album does not contain any remixes. Gaudi ...


Jamie Saft: Jazz in the Key of Iggy

Read "Jamie Saft: Jazz in the Key of Iggy" reviewed by Luca Canini

In 1988 Bill Laswell produced Iggy Pop's album Instinct. Back then, little he could have known that, almost thirty years later, he would have been instrumental in facilitating the iconic singer's first foray in the Jazz world. Loneliness Road (RareNoiseRecords) documents the latest incarnation of James Newell Osterberg Junior, the front man of proto-punk band The ...