7 Questions for… Dave Jackson

At the risk of hyperbole, Dave Jackson blows his soul through his alto – certainly, he’s channelling something and to judge from the 7 answers below, it’s coming from an instinctive, non-logical, ‘true self’ kind of place. In fact, there’s a distinct and strong spiritual element to Dave’s playing that may have a connection to…




Turing Tarpit – The International Obfuscated Music Contest

Ramon Casamajó (trumpet, effects, synthesizers, rhythym box) Ferran Gavín (electric guitar, effects) with Frank Rudow (drums) Lay lay delay Ook! Lonely oscilator Dig-li com vulguis Do while You’ll be the first to go unless you think Vint Cerf Okonomiyaki (49:44) Call It Anything Records CIA-01 According to the Fountain of Wisdom (Wikipedia), a ‘Turing tarpit’…




7 Questions for… Keith Jafrate

My introduction to Keith Jafrate’s music came through Shaun Blezard. First via the Orfeo 5 disc, “a year on the ice”, a hauntingly lovely sax’n’electronics duo disc; then, through the second Some Some Unicorn album, “Unicornucopia”. In the answers below (the lengthiest response to 7 Questions by far) you’ll find a deep thoughtfulness and consideration…




Meglamancha – Soil

Marlon Wolterink – drums Freek Philippi – guitar Horizon O Horizon A Horizon B Horizon C (36:48) Norwegianism Records NORCD02/2017 The first impression as Horizon O begins is of a wheezing, groaning, pounding machine. And much of that nature is channelled direct from the relentless drums and guitar of Messrs Wolterink and Philippi. However, studding…




Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte & Iggy Pop – Loneliness Road

Jamie Saft – piano Steve Swallow – bass Bobby Previte – drums Iggy Pop –vocals Ten Nights Little Harbor Bookmaking Don’t Lose Yourself Henbane Pinkus The Barrier Nainsook Loneliness Road Unclouded Moon Gates Everyday (61:34) RareNoise RNR077 Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte first joined together in 2012, producing “The New Standard” (also on…




7 Questions for… The Rite of Trio

“Once upon a time, there was a jazz jambacore trio that got together to change the spherical configuration of Planet Earth. The Rite of Trio is the metaphor of life.” That quotation comes from the liner notes to Rite of Trio’s debut album, the oddly-named “Getting All The Evil Of The Piston Collar“. It’s a…




Håkon Thelin – Light

(This short review was originally published in Jazz Journal in 2013.) Håkon Thelin (bass) Marco Rogliano (violin) Frank Havrøy (voice) Amarcord oibbinadocS Light Shared moments Glasperlenspiel (51:04) Atterklang AKLANG 303 2008-2011 Is this jazz? Probably not, in the opinion of most. This fascinating album is a modern classical/”new music”/avant garde experimental exploration of the bass…




Deep Schrott – The Dark Side of Deep Schrott, Vol.2

Wollie Kaiser – bass saxophone Andreas Kaling – bass saxophone Jan Klare – bass saxophone Dirk Raulf – bass saxophone Our Prayer Buried Alive Beefy Heart Seven Songs by Hanns Eisler Lake of Fire Lost Keys (Blame Hoffmann) Rosetta Stoned Careful With The Spirits Three Songs by Franz Schubert Dark Side Suite Eisler’s Beauty Thunderstruck…