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posted a comment on Brötzmann Solo* - Lost & Found. about 1 year ago
The early solo albums were built around dynamics and tone. The growth of this master has led to a lyrical approach with textures and colors that sound soulful. These songs are from the heart of a road warrior.
posted a comment on Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy. about 1 year ago
This record is just strong to my ears. Great playing, great lyrics, great songs and great singing. There are cuts that pop like "Man in the Long Black Coat" however the strength of the record is the quality from track to track.
posted a comment on Kronos Quartet - Kronos Quartet. about 1 year ago
Good music, the vinyl recording is compromised with the groove crowding. Too much music per side.
posted a comment on David Murray - 3D Family, Vol. 1. about 1 year ago
Not the biggest David Murray fan, however this is a monster recording with Dyani and Cyrille. Meaty and bold.
posted a comment on Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio - Pakistani Pomade. about 1 year ago
Reckless improv. Lovens challenges EP and AvS the more I listen to it. The contained energy in each cut seems like it is coming out of a super collider.
posted a comment on Guided By Voices - Half Smiles Of The Decomposed. about 1 year ago
Varied record from this muscular line up. It was suppose to be a swan song. I love Windows of my World and Girls of Wild Strawberries. Would have been an amazing long EP.
posted a comment on The Peter Brötzmann Trio - For Adolphe Sax. about 1 year ago
Classic chaos. Kowald adds a sledgehammer foundation. The youthful aspect of the playing is evident. Fred Van Hove is the piano player on the last cut of the CD. This is revolution music. Brotz has this attitude today, it is so immediate and... See full review
posted a comment on The Peter Brötzmann Trio - For Adolphe Sax. about 1 year ago
Classic chaos. Kowald adds a sledgehammer foundation. The youthful aspect of the playing is evident. Fred Van Hove is the piano player on the last cut of the CD. This is revolution music. Brotz has this attitude today, it is so immediate and... See full review
posted a comment on Sonore - No One Ever Works Alone. about 1 year ago
Besides the WSQ not sure if there is many all horn trio + recordings. The value of a studio album of this nature is the that each of these fellas asre virutosos on numerous types of horns and the rotation gives each cut a special texture and... See full review
posted a comment on Cecil Taylor Unit* - The Eighth. over 2 years ago
Jimmy Lyons is Cecil's partner in sonic crime. Lyons horn has a accessibility issue with its nasal tone. He rips like Charlie Parker which he is typically assigned as a disciple. The conversations and interplay between Lyons and Taylor is amazing... See full review
posted a comment on Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton - At The Vortex (1996). over 3 years ago
This sonic exploration of improv is the foundation of why these artist are so special. This disc is DENSE of improv. Despite there are only two track this is FULL meal for your ears.
posted a comment on Foxes Fox - Live At The Vortex. over 3 years ago
Strong ensemble of Mr. Parkers. Berefords, Edwards and Moholo have great interplay along with EP. Kenny Wheeler sometimes seems to be the fifth wheel of this car. Strong none the less
posted a comment on Nace*, Corsano*, Flaherty* - These. over 3 years ago
If you got this far to look up at this listing all you want to know is that the vinyl represents a small fraction of the energy and noise that these MONSTERS OF FREE JAZZ can produce. It is safe to say it does not disappoint. Sidebar, Mr. Nace's... See full review
posted a comment on Nate Wooley - Battle Pieces. over 3 years ago
Amazing tones, textures and sonic travels. A super group of avant-ists.
posted a comment on Sun Ra And His Arkestra* - Sun Ra And His Arkestra At Inter-Media Arts April 1991. over 4 years ago
Big band engagement with male and female vocals. Not the best Ra but enteraining
posted a comment on Brötzmann* - Solo At Dobialab. over 4 years ago
A strong solo release but not within Brotzmann top 5 solo releases.
posted a comment on Fujiwara* / Goldberg* / Halvorson* - The Out Louds. over 4 years ago
Wow this is a tight trio. On point improv with leaning to Derek Bailey/ Evan Parker/ SME with a tinge of King Crimson. This works on so many levels. Highly recommended.
posted a comment on Six Organs Of Admittance - The Sun Awakens. over 4 years ago
Ben Chasny is big on the journey. Listening to his record is a journey or a trip. It doesn't have to be like a physical trip as in moving a distance but a cultural change or a memory based reflection of another time. The softness and groove of this... See full review
posted a comment on King Crimson - Larks' Tongues In Aspic. over 4 years ago
February 2017, John Wetton just past and his involvement in Crimson was one of the greatest incarnation of this band. It had a heaviness that was very punk in a classical style. It seems that they wanted you to listen really really hard during the... See full review
posted a comment on Robert Pollard - Silverfish Trivia. over 4 years ago
Very short EP with moments. Strings are in play, some pretentious use and other times impactful. This has a prog air to it with the poetry in the imaginary space. Pollard voice is full and engaged just not a lot there to put it in the pantheon of... See full review
posted a comment on The Fall - The Infotainment Scan. over 4 years ago
Mark E Smith puzzles me. I can't tell if this is genius or him just fartin' out another CD. Two recent listens have me in between. This is not in the top of the Fall discography but still has my interest.
posted a comment on Gang Of Four - A Brief History Of The Twentieth Century. over 4 years ago
Socialist rock that you can get your funk on. Yup. Think and shake your thing. Good for these times.
posted a comment on Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet - At Molde 2007 (10 Years 10tet). over 4 years ago
May 15, 2005 at the Black Cat's small downstairs space, I witnessed this band. The hour plus set was a slug fest in which the energy never ceased. There was a saxophone battle that you would have sworn took a life. This disc represents that energy... See full review
posted a comment on Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey - Buoyancy. over 4 years ago
Inventive and exciting. Duo percussion and sax has a history that is tough to shed, to expand the vocabulary there is a need to think outside the box. They have achieved it. Multiple listenings will reward you. Enjoy!
posted a comment on Peter Brötzmann / Shoji Hano* - Funny Rat. over 4 years ago
Having over 100 Brotzmann discs/vinyl and seeing him over a dozen times makes you compartmentalize his works and artistic relationships. Hano and him are probably on 6-10 "official release" and have 3 discs titled Funny Rat in which this is the... See full review
posted a comment on Max Roach And Cecil Taylor - Historic Concerts. over 4 years ago
Roach's drumming sets a tribual tone thorough out the proceedings. The exchange is mind blowing, waves upon waves of dialogue always sounding fresh. Strap in.
posted a comment on Parker / Guy / Lytton*, Schlippenbach Trio* - 2X3=5. over 4 years ago
Members of this ensemble are an Avant virtuoso of their instruments. Lytton and Lovens are not really “drummers” or “percussionists”. Evan Parker has separate dialogues and leadership across the 70 plus minutes of exploration. I find Schlippenbach... See full review
posted a comment on Circus Devils - The Harold Pig Memorial. over 4 years ago
Very rock opera-ish. Has a spareness to it that is not like other Pollards outings. He is engaged as a singer but removes much of his pop element for high intellectual poetry. Not sure if I still get it, will try more listening.
posted a comment on Talking Heads - The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads. over 4 years ago
I got to see this band during the Stop Making Sense Tour (the tour they filmed the movie); at Forest Hills. Wow that band rocked. The second disc is indicative of the energy. Great memories from a great great band
posted a comment on Nick Lowe - 16 All-Time Lowes. over 4 years ago
Yes green vinyl. Not the best sounding comp but rock / pop hits that will make your hips shake.
posted a comment on Bonny Billy* & The Picket Line - Funtown Comedown. over 4 years ago
Of the multiple dozen Bonnie/Will Oldham/Palace albums this album might be the MOST straight forward bluegrass & country. It is a lot like "Sings Greatest Palace Songs" but it is live. He is re-interpering his songs through that bluegrass lens. The... See full review
posted a comment on Jessica Pavone - Silent Spills. over 4 years ago
Very strong record that touches on different aspects of improv and avant. For example the first cut has a Steve Reich / Morton Feldman vibe with a touch of avant electronic weird. This continues over the five cuts. I've listened less than a handful... See full review
posted a comment on Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake - From The River To The Ocean. over 4 years ago
Thought it is listed as a Fred Anderson / Hamid Drake CD, it is an ensemble direction with difference configurations on each of the five tracks. Harrison Bankhead is the main contributor with both cello and bass. Jeff Parker and Joshua Abrams are... See full review
posted a comment on Full Blast (2) - Risc. over 4 years ago
As an owner of over 100 Brotzmann releases, on the first listening this is kinda an odd duck. Having numerous Full Blast trio and having seen them twice this has a different vibe. First the electronics by Rische give a different approach, cerberal... See full review
posted a comment on Thurston Moore . Evan Parker . Walter Prati - The Promise. over 4 years ago
A fairly good improv album. EP gets a little lost. Thurston does a little bit of a Bailey vibe during parts. Prait is generating a background and feedback to communicate to EP and Turston with. Ok disc.
posted a comment on Cecil Taylor - Double Holy House. over 4 years ago
Cecil Taylor fan you say. Ok he has challenging music, when his poetry is a focus or a driver of the music it makes it more challenging. I was initially impartial to his poetry and not really annoyed but not engaged. I've owned this CD for a decade... See full review
posted a comment on Jemeel Moondoc & Hilliard Greene - Cosmic Nickelodeon. over 4 years ago
Beautiful record. Great communication between artists. Textures tones and colors. Amazing sound.
posted a comment on Robert Pollard - Not In My Airforce. over 4 years ago
Lo fi collection of genius. Attention to lyrics and musical shifts will be rewarded with mindful awareness of genius. The pop aspects are hidden in the lo fi psych instrumentals. The hooks are there and they happen within the first minute. 22 cuts... See full review
posted a comment on Can - Ege Bamyasi. over 4 years ago
dghkfhldfdhlfa review is very good. Listening to Can can always lead you to feeling like you are an explorer. Continued listening can continuously feed that feeling. Neil Armstrong only stepped on the Moon had ONE STEP that new and then next one was... See full review
posted a comment on John Coltrane - Sun Ship. over 4 years ago
Sometimes there is lots of space with duos and solos. At the peaks it is first rate Trane quartet but it does not traverse every track. Important but not essential. Elvin Jones and Garrison are sometime like monsters Sci-Fi film knocking the... See full review
posted a comment on Semantics - Semantics. over 4 years ago
Powerful avant trio with some swing. This bends notes and ears but not out-out kinda out-in. Worth a run.
posted a comment on Sebadoh - Rebound. over 4 years ago
Own a dozen Sebadoh albums and this EP is at the top of that list. The acoustic versions are incredible.
posted a comment on Evan Parker - House Full Of Floors. over 4 years ago
It takes getting use to. John Russell's guitar play is a ghost of a Bailey / EP time but not directly derivative thereof. Top flight recording in the Chapel. Worth your time.
posted a comment on Evan Parker, Sainkho Namtchylak* - Mars Song. over 4 years ago
If you are reading this review, experimental is probably a genre of music that your like. The vocalist Namtchylak has some chops and this is a VERY tight set. Evan and Namtchylak play off one another well and the set is tight. Worth your time to... See full review
posted a comment on Daniel Bachman - Grey-Black-Green. over 4 years ago
Noisy and lo fi. Has this Fahey ghost echo-buzz to it. If you LOVE the clean sharp of the River and Orange County Serenade you might be dissapointed. His feeling is in the playing and that is what sets him apart.
posted a comment on Jimmy Lyons (2) - Push Pull. over 4 years ago
Sound is not great but the sonic exploration is. I think the Ayler 5 CD box is the true representation of Jimmy's genius and Jump Up is AMAZING-- this is very good.
posted a comment on Trumans Water - Spasm Smash XXXOXoX Ox & Ass. over 4 years ago
Is sloppy math rock a genre? Pavement with a Jesus Lizard instrumental bent. Despite the alt rock time frame references, this is a very fresh sounding band. I've had this records since it came out but not listened too it much. That will change.
posted a comment on Chris Forsyth & Nate Wooley - Third. over 4 years ago
Two one sided noise soundscapes; engaging if you want to open your ears.
posted a comment on Jon Hassell / Brian Eno - Fourth World Vol. 1 - Possible Musics. over 4 years ago
World music term has been applied in so many contexts that it has no meaning. This record is speaks on lots of levels. It is a fabric of multiple patterns and textures. It is warm, haunting, and searching at the same time. Electronically processes... See full review
posted a comment on Paul Flaherty, Randall Colbourne* - Bridge Out!. over 4 years ago
Colbourne and Flaherty were partners through the 80-90s with various configurations chasing the free music dream. For a decade they didn't play together, this is a rejoining of these kindred spirits. This advances ANY recording they had in the past.... See full review