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Brandon Lopez


New York-based composer and bassist working at the fringes of jazz, free improvisation, noise and new music. His music has been praised as “brutal” (Chicago Reader) and “relentless” (The New York Times). From the New York Philharmonic's David Geffen Hall to the DIY basements of Brooklyn, Lopez has worked beside many luminaries of jazz, classical, poetry, and experimental music, including Fred Moten, John Zorn, Okkyung Lee, Ingrid Laubrock, Tony Malaby, Tyshawn Sorey, Bill Nace, Chris Potter, Edwin Torres, Tom Rainey, Cecilia Lopez, Sun Ra Arkestra, Susan Alcorn, Mette Rasmussen, and many others. As a 2019–2020 Artist in Residence at Roulette, Lopez will play with his trio consisting of Gerald Cleaver, & Steve Baczkowski, a 4tet adding Cecilia Lopez, as well as a solo performance and duet with Greg Kelley


No Es La Playa

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: No es la Playa; When the Island Is a Shipwreck; Saturnian Staring; Camposanto Chachacha; Little Distance Before; The Black Bag of Want.


Astral Long Form: Staircase In Space

Label: Tao Forms
Released: 2022
Track listing: Blue Circuit; Space Quadrant; The Pendulum Turns; Staircase in Space; Signify.


Root Perspectives

Label: Tao Forms
Released: 2022
Track listing: Supernova; Doomsday Equation; Swamp Petals; Starship Lotus.



Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Abolition Of Art, The Abolition Of Freedom, The Abolition Of You And Me; B Jenkins; B Jenkins 2; The Faerie Ornithologie; A Poem For Black Art; James Baldwin; Laura Harris; JohnThompson; Surfacing.


Hyaku: One Hundred Dreams

Label: Libra Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: One Hundred Dreams: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5.


Article: Album Review

Fred Moten, Brandon López, Gerald Cleaver: Moten/López/Cleaver

Read "Moten/López/Cleaver" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Chuck D of Public Enemy fame once said, “rap music is the CNN of the ghetto." His words, coupled with samples and the scratching of turntables, were revelatory in their day, very much like a five-minute news update. Poet and cultural critic Fred Moten's words are more like a deep dive graduate colloquy. He presents his ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Steve Tintweiss, Chad Taylor Trio & Dan Rosenboom

Read "Steve Tintweiss, Chad Taylor Trio & Dan Rosenboom" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode touches on current releases from artists like Chad Taylor, Dan Rosenboom, English drummer Tom Skinner, French free jazz saxophonist Roland Devocelle, Swiss saxophonist Christoph Irniger with the Swiss Jazz Orchestra and Germany's AAAPUZ, but it also takes a look back to the earlier free jazz scene of the 70s in New York with music ...


Article: Album Review

Whit Dickey Quartet: Root Perspectives

Read "Root Perspectives" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If it were possible to inhale an entire recording, Root Perspectives by drummer Whit Dickey's quartet might be the perfect delivery system. The music Dickey has put together comes as currents of wind, both a breeze and a gale. It is a drummer-led recording, but with any session this drummer leads (or plays in as sideman) ...


Article: Album Review

Colin Fisher / Mike Gennaro: Tactile Stories

Read "Tactile Stories" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Does the world need another free jazz duo recording? Absolutely not, unless (dammit) it is as intoxicating as Tactile Stories by the Canadian duo of Colin Fisher and Mike Gennaro. Fisher's talents are spread across both the saxophone, which he hoists for three tracks, and electric guitar heard on the final “Epinoia." Elsewhere, he can be ...


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