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Oscar Noriega

Multi-instrumentalist and composer, Oscar lives in Brooklyn since 1992. He has worked with Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Gerry Hemingway, Dewey Redman and Paul Motion. He is currently performing with Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Endangered Blood (Chris Speed, Jim Black, Trevor Dunn) and colead with Jacob Garchik, the Mexico-inspired Banda De Los Muertos. He plays alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and drums.


Laugh Ash

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Minimalism; Remote Convivial; Sweatered Webs (Hey Mom); Shaken, Stirred Silence; The Most Fucked; Winter Sprung; Disco Inferred; Unyielding Daydream Welding; Exit Shivers.


Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2024

Read "Big Ears Festival 2024" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 21-24, 2024 After last year's triumphant tenth anniversary, the festival returned with the slogan “The adventure continues." The iconic and influential Nonesuch Records' 60th anniversary was celebrated with performances by Brad Mehldau, Caroline Shaw, Darcy James Argue, Mary Halvorson, Davóne Tines, Sam Amidon, Hurray for the ...


Article: Album Review

Ches Smith: Laugh Ash

Read "Laugh Ash" reviewed by Vic Albani

Dopo lo straordinario lavoro dedicato al Vudù haitiano del 2021 (Path of Seven Colors) anch'esso uscito per la straordinaria Pyroclastic Records di Kris Davis, il batterista, percussionista e compositore Ches Smith, acclamato dal New York Times come “uno dei batteristi più dinamici della scena sperimentale del pianeta," colpisce ancora con un nuovo sorprendente lavoro immensamente variegato, ...



Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Secours Meurtriers; Saint-Médard; Restore All Things; 1733; The Asylum’s Guilt; Eschatology; Thaumaturge.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ghost Herd, The Lion + New Releases

Read "Ghost Herd, The Lion + New Releases" reviewed by David Brown

This week, recordings associated with bandleader Woody Herman (Ralph Bures, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, Jimmy Giuffre) but not playing any Herman (a ghost set). Then, Emmet Cohen's Uptown in Orbit and his influences—Ellington, Monk, Willy “The Lion" Smith. We've got new releases from Eri Yamamoto, Patricia Brennan & Dezron Douglas and a whole lot more! Travel ...


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Secours Meurtriers

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 7:24


Article: Album Review

Trevor Dunn: Séances

Read "Séances" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Holy bank shot Batman! Is Seances, (bassist Trevor Dunn's dissertation on the how humans tend to forget and repeat, ever a radical and electrifying take on things. Anything and everything goes the distance for Dunn and the combined mad genius of his Trio-Covulsant cronies, wickedly cool guitarist Mary Halvorson and the chaotic meter of drummer Ches ...


Article: Album Review

Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant avec Folie À Quatre: Séances

Read "Séances" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you thought the Hang Mike Pence and Three Percenters crowd are just a phenomenon of the 21st century, let me introduce you to the Convulsionnaires of Saint-Médard, an 18th century Christian sect with the hysterical practices of coprophagia (yes, eating feces), spontaneous milk-vomiting and levitation. After the established religious authorities cracked down on the Convulsionnaires, ...

Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity

Read "Entity" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Undicesimo album per l'Orchestra New York di Satoko Fujii, qui composta di tredici elementi, dei quali ben nove già presenti nel primo lavoro, South Wind, risalente al lontano 1997. Il disco è registrato nel maggio del 2019 ed è uscito già lo scorso anno, ma merita egualmente grande attenzione, in quanto si tratta di un lavoro ...


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