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Review: Can Can Heads – Butter Life

Finnish art rock ensemble Can Can Heads have been catching wreck since the early 90s, taking up the noisy, oddly-timed gauntlet thrown down by art-minded Punks like The Ex, Minutemen and Avant-Rock pioneer Captain Beefheart. The reissue of their 2014 album Butter Life finds the veteran band continuing to delve deeply into this aesthetic, each

Review: Nate Wooley-Dave Rempis Quartet – From Wolves to Whales

From Wolves to Whales (Aerophonic, 2015) Personnel Nate Wooley (trumpet) Dave Rempis (alto saxophone) Pascal Niggenkemper (bass) Chris Corsano (drums) From Wolves to Whales is the result of a collective desire of Nate Wooley and Dave Rempis to form a band which resulted in this grouping with Pascal Niggenkemper and Chris Corsano, all of whom

Playlist for the Week of March 27, 2017

Chris Corsano, Sylvie Courvoisier, Nate Wooley – Salt Task (Relative Pitch, 2016) Mike McGinnis – Recurring Dream (Sunnyside, 2017) Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson – Crop Circles (Relative Pitch, 2017) Tashi Dorji – VDSQ Solo Acoustic, vol. 13 (VDSQ, 2016) [vinyl] Merzbow/Keiji Haino/Balazs Pandi – An Untroublesome Defencelessness (Rare Noise, 2016) Natura Morta – Environ

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Respect for your recent open invitation to address the socio-politics of the scene(s) at Jazz Right Now. In that invitation, you mention the recent “Robert Glasper controversy.” To (briefly) review: the pianist Glasper is a black man who said something misogynist and sexist in a recent interview. The interview was with the

Review: Mattias Nilsson – Dreams of Belonging

Dreams of Belonging Mattias Nilsson / solo piano Dreams of Belonging is a solo piano performance by Mattias Nilsson. The album consists of nine heartfelt offerings. Mattias has a strong melodic and harmonic sense and a talent for laying into the melody of each of these short compositional pieces, exploring them at his leisure. This

Quadruple Review of Tim Daisy Records

Being forty years old is a curious point in an artist’s — or nearly anyone’s — life. Given the advances in modern medicine, it’s just about halfway (on average) to departure and feels like one should have passed through at least one needle’s eye, though it is far from laurel-resting territory. One is neither a

Review: Leap of Faith Orchestra – Supernovae

Leap of Faith Orchestra – Supernovae  (Evil Clown, 2016) “The full orchestra (with all 5 sub-units) had its first performance on June 4, where we played my composition, The Expanding Universe. The composition does not specify notated melodic or rhythmic information, just durations (by time indices) and English language descriptions of the overall sonority desired.

Playlist for the Week of March 13, 2017

Anthony Braxton – Quintet (London) 2004: Live at the Royal Festival Hall (Leo, 2005) Whit Dickey, Mat Maneri, Matthew Shipp – Vessel in Orbit (AUM Fidelity, 2017) Cecil Taylor Workshop Ensemble – Legba Crossing (FMP, 1989) Cecil Taylor & Gunter Sommer – Riobec (FMP, 1989) Cecil Taylor & Paul Lovens – Regalia (FMP, 1989) Cecil

Jazz Woman, Me

Jazz Woman, Me by Fay Victor To be a woman in jazz when you want to be more or other than a standards singer or a pianist To be a woman in jazz and not constantly define yourself as such To be a woman in jazz with creative concepts that are accepted To be

Playlist for the Week of March 6, 2017

Anthony Burr & Skuli Sverrison – A Thousand Incidents Arise (Workers Institute, 2005) Karin Hellqvist/Keir Neuringer – Warsaw Autumn 2013 (Fortune, 2013) Daniel Sarid Trio – Loventuruos (Out Now, 2016) Rema Hasumi – Billows of Blue (Ruweh, 2017) Ballister (Rempis/Lonberg-Holm/Nilssen-Love) – Slag (Aerophonic, 2016) Triptych Myth (Cooper-Moore, Tom Abbs, Chad Taylor) – The Beautiful (AUM