City: Works Of Fiction (Jon Hassell) (2016/04/01 10:00)
Somewhere between Herbie Hancock's electronic pop-jazz of the 1980s and the more omnivorous, open-ended experimentalism of artists like David Byrne or Brian Eno.
Execution Ground (Painkiller) (2014/05/26 10:00)
When John Zorn and Bill Laswell joined forces, the results were nothing short of seismic.
Samuraiera (Various Artists / Kaoru Inoue) (2013/10/04 10:00)
A fistful of "lost grooves from the land of the Rising Sun."
Improvisation (Derek Bailey) (2013/06/09 10:00)
One of free music's cornerstones, an album of heedless challenges and curious pleasures.
Keith Jarrett: Hymns / Spheres (2013/03/09 10:00)
The full version of Keith Jarrett's highly experimental organ album, finally restored to life on CD.
Intents And Purposes (The Bill Dixon Orchestra) (2013/01/03 10:00)
This one-of-a-kind jazz composition, originally in incredibly limited release, is now back on CD.
Nuclear War (Sun Ra) (2012/08/25 10:55)
A "lost" Sun Ra session from the early '80s may be one of the best places to start with him and the Arkestra.
Inspiration Information 3 (Mulatu Astatke / The Heliocentrics) (2012/08/21 10:00)
Afrobeat made accessible without becoming anodyne.
Kind of Blue (Miles Davis / John Coltrane) (2012/02/01 08:46)
One kind of perfect.
Electronic Sonata For Souls Loved By Nature (1980) (George Russell) (2011/03/11 11:32)
A second take on George Russell’s masterwork, recorded eleven years later with a different lineup (Victor Comer, Keith Copeland, Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark, Robert Moore, Lew Soloff) and a markedly dissimilar orchestration. This version switches the piano for organ, slows down the...
Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature (George Russell) (2010/12/26 09:48)
It was only through George Russell’s obituary that I ever learned about him in the first place. He was not as household a name as Duke or Miles or ‘Trane, but he mattered in a way that is only now...
Space Is The Place (2010/08/28 12:25)
The difference between an “eccentric” and a poseur is, I think, a matter of empathy. An eccentric inspires fondness and even a little reverence, in part because the true eccentric isn’t putting on airs. He really is what he is....
Last Date 8.28.1978 (Kaoru Abe) (2010/03/22 01:02)
This was the first record by Kaoru Abe I ever heard, and from what I can tell it was among the very last recordings he ever made. Barely ten days after this concert, Abe was dead at the age of...
Et Al Dept. (2009/12/02 01:15)
A quick closet-cleaning of interesting stuff garnered over the past month. New York City apartment buildings freecycle, and create new community spaces in the process. A new book coming out called The Jazz Loft Project, documenting Weegee's time at 821...
Spheres (Keith Jarrett) (2006/09/09 08:23)
Spheres is somewhere between mesmerizing and frustrating, not least of all because it’s not the record that was originally made. This is a severely edited-down version of a much larger work, Hymns/Spheres, an album which spanned two LPs when originally...
The Köln Concert (Keith Jarrett) (2006/06/06 03:09)
I once got into an argument with someone about a certain record—I think it was possibly one of the early Merzbow discs, believe it or not—because he didn’t believe that I would really want to listen to such rubbish, let...
Science fiction, rebooted.
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