avant-garde jazz Archive
Sean Noonan Pavees Dance – Tan Man’s Hat – RareNoise
Neo jazz-rock with harmolodic inclinations.
Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake – CHI – RareNoise
Sax and percussion trio music with unanticipated depth.
Gordon Grdina’s The Marrow – Ejdeha – Songlines
Middle Eastern-influenced jazz with a melodic center.
Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators – The Adventures of Prince Achmed and Diggin’ Bones – Asynchronous
Organ jazz and a jazz soundtrack with a difference.
Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp – Oneness– Leo
Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp – Oneness– Leo Musical collaboration and communication of the highest order. Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp – Oneness – Leo CD LR 823/825 (3-CDs), 49:24, 49:06, 43:52 [3/2/18] *****: (Ivo Perelman – tenor saxophone; Matthew Shipp – piano) How does one select the best of the best? As tenor saxophonist […]
Bang on a Can All-Stars – More Field Recordings – Cantaloupe
From footsteps to snoring, space exploration to quilting: here’s another unique chapter in the Bang on a Can All-Stars oeuvre. Bang on a Can All-Stars – More Field Recordings [TrackList follows] – Cantaloupe CA21136 (2-CDs), 38:55, 37:43 [10/27/17] ****: (Ashley Bathgate – cello; Robert Black – bass; Vicky Chow – piano, keyboards; David Cossin – […]
Gordon Grdina, François Houle, Benoît Delbecq and Kenton Loewen – Ghost Lights – Songlines
Gordon Grdina, François Houle, Benoît Delbecq and Kenton Loewen – Ghost Lights [TrackList follows] – Songlines, SGL 1621-2 70:45 [6/9/17] ****: Avant jazz with a subtle and nuanced quality. (Benoît Delbecq – piano, bass station; François Houle – clarinet, electronics, loops; Gordon Grdina – guitar, electronics; Kenton Loewen – drums, percussion) When the term ‘avant […]
Mumpbeak – Tooth – RareNoise
Mumpbeak – Tooth [TrackList follows] – RareNoise RNR078, 41:43 [5/26/17] ****: Is it jazz? Is it progressive rock? It’s definitely Mumpbeak. (Roy Powell – Hohner clavinet, Moog Little Phatty, Hammond organ, tubular bells; Lorenzo Feliciati – bass; Torstein Lofthus – drums) What’s a Mumpbeak? Despite the title, it’s not some fantastical bird. Mumpbeak is the […]
JD Allen – Radio Flyer – Savant
JD Allen – Radio Flyer [TrackList follows] – Savant SCD 2162, 53:23 [6/2/17] ****: Saxophonist JD Allen ups the ante on exploratory jazz. (JD Allen – tenor saxophone; Liberty Ellman – guitar; Gregg August – bass; Rudy Royston – drums) Its significant tenor saxophonist JD Allen’s latest album, the 53-minute Radio Flyer, was recorded in […]
Satoko Fujii, Wadada Leo Smith, Natsuki Tamura and Ikue Mori – Aspiration – Libra
Satoko Fujii, Wadada Leo Smith, Natsuki Tamura and Ikue Mori – Aspiration [TrackList follows] – Libra 204 043, 62:40 [9/8/17] ****: Four brilliant and independently-minded improvisers together at last. (Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet; Natsuki Tamura – trumpet; Satoko Fujii – piano; Ikue Mori – electronics) For listeners who prefer jazz outside of traditional or […]
GEORGE RUSSELL Box Set – Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note – CAM (9 CDs)
One of the wildest avant-garde jazz artists (and pianists) of the last 50 years.