Review: 3 Sets at El Quinto Piso (Mexico City), Dec 30, 2017

I hadn’t planned to go to Mexico City. After my flight to Rome was delayed 30 hours, I abandoned my original plans and spontaneously bought same-day tickets to Mexico City on December 29. I had heard rumors about the vibrant improvised music scene there, but had never experienced it first hand, so I asked for

Playlist for the Week of January 1, 2018

Ton-Klami (Midori Takada, Kang Tae Hwan, Masahiko Satoh) – Prophecy of Nue (No Business, 2017) Bobby Bradford & Hafez Modirzadeh with Ken Filiano & Royal Hartigan – Live at the Magic Triangle (No Business, 2017) Andrew Lamb, Warren Smith, Arkadijus Gotesmanas – The Sea of Modicum (No Business, 2017) Adam Rudolph – Morphic Resonances (Meta Records, 2017) Mike Reed

Review: Leap of Faith Orchestra – Possible Universes

A beautiful gong begins the proceedings of Possible Universes creating the right mood for the improvisations. A solo violinist is playing away like mad, while rumbles from small percussion instruments: bells, wood blocks, and more, pepper the floor, making it difficult to get through this impassable field. This recording uses the full Leap of Faith

Playlist for the Week of December 18, 2017

Thief – Graft (Drops Music, 2017) Tatsuya Nakatani – Confirmation (Taiga, 2015) [vinyl] Kris Davis & Craig Taborn – Octopus (Pyroclastic Records, 2017) Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE Records, 2017) Happening: A Movement in 12 Acts (ESP, 2012)

Review: Universal Melody Brass Band Live at the Stone, Oct 26, 2017

New Perspectives on Improvised Music Guest Writer: Sammi Qu-Kwok I thought the time would never come, but lo and behold, on the last Thursday night of October, I finally found time to attend a live concert. The band in question was “The Universal Melody Brass Band”. So dressed in many layers, I made the trek out to

Playlist for the Week of December 11, 2017

Tomas Fujiwara – Triple Double (Firehouse 12, 2017) Cowboys and Frenchmen – Bluer than You Think (Outside in Music, 2017) Dave Rempis – Lattice (Aerophonic, 2017) Eric Dolphy – Music Matador (Vee Jay) [vinyl] Irreversible Entanglements – self-titled (International Anthem, 2017) [vinyl] Rempis Percussion Quartet – Cochonnerie (Aerophonic, 2017) Tatsuya Nakatani – Gong (Kobo, 2016) Michael Cosmic & Phill Musra Group

Most Popular Posts of 2017

As selected by our readers, our most popular posts of 2017 were: Op-Ed: Saxophonist Sarah Manning on #metoo and Sexism in Jazz Artist Feature: Michael Foster Artist Feature: Weasel Walter Artist Feature: Daniel Levin Review: Moor Mother – Fetish Bones Artist Feature: Richard Kamerman Discusses Upcoming 17-hour Performance, June 17 Artist Feature: Luke Stewart New

Best Records of 2017

Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE Records) Irreversible Entanglements – self-titled (International Anthem/Don Giovanni) Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio – Triple Double (Firehouse 12) James Brandon Lewis Trio – No Filter (BNS Sessions) Rempis Percussion Quartet – Cochonnerie (Aerophonic) Brandon Lopez’s The Mess – Holy, Holy (Tombed Visions) Han-earl Park – Sirene 1009

Op-Ed: Saxophonist Sarah Manning on #metoo and Sexism in Jazz

Written by Sarah Manning Thank you, Tarana Burke, for starting the Me Too movement. Yes, #MeToo. And the parallels between Hollywood and the music industry are clear. There was the bizarre guy who reached out and ran his thumb down the center of my face and over the bridge of my nose when I talked

Review: Sloth Clause – Make the Ghosts Turn Blue

When I toured with Cellular Chaos, I met a number of musicians, artists, along with other interesting individuals during those road trips. One such young man is, Brian David Downs. He came to our show when the band played at the Hexagon Bar, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was one of our most enthusiastic fans. During