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Wednesday, April 22 2015

Merzbow, Gustafsson, Pándi, Moore: Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper

A stunningly ferocious noise album from four masters of their craft.


Friday, February 27 2015

Steve Gunn and Black Twig Pickers: Seasonal Hire

The rough carpentry of these songs lets the dust fly, lets the grain show, but the songs are all the purer, all the sweeter, for their scuffs.


Wednesday, February 25 2015

The Balkan Clarinet Summit: Many Languages, One Soul

The Balkan Clarinet Summit has produced one of the most soulful, enjoyable, and diverse collaborative albums in some time.


Tuesday, February 17 2015

Double Naught Spy Car + Stew - “Sweet Jackie’s Revenge” (audio) (Premiere)

"Sweet Jackie's Revenge" is a fun cut of "free jazz pop" by this daring Los Angeles collective.


Monday, October 7 2013

John Zorn + Ryuichi Sakamoto: Zorn@60, 4 October 2013 - Japan Society, New York

An entirely improvised performance by two of the scene's avant-garde composers


Wednesday, July 10 2013

Ideas on the Ephemeral in Live Electronic Music

We take a look at how improvisatory genres such as jazz have embraced the one-off performance and how live electronic musicians can incorporate more ephemeral elements.


Wednesday, April 10 2013

Keith Jarrett: Hymns/Spheres

A double-disc set that finds the jazz pianist jamming on a baroque organ in the 1970s (when else?).


Tuesday, August 7 2012

Thoughts on the Olympics, Improvisation and Jay Adams

In Olympic action we hope to see perfection. With jazz improvisation we want something beyond even that.


Wednesday, October 12 2011

Roedelius: Plays Piano (Live in London 1985)

Given Roedelius' skill on the ivories and the beautiful sound of the Steinway Grand which he plays, Plays Piano is a pretty listen, even if structurally it is confusing.


Sunday, June 19 2011

Billy Bang & Bill Cole: Billy Bang Bill Cole

Billy Bang and Bill Cole have a few things in common other than a similar first name and untempered instruments.


Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven: Fleeting Music (Capsule Reviews) [2.Feb.11]
Supersilent: 10 (Capsule Reviews) [18.Jan.11]
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