7 Questions for… Faye MacCalman

Archipelago tunes are sharp and fresh, treading the fine tightrope line between accessible and ‘ooh-that’s-a-bit-different!’. Beyond the deceptively straightforward surface appeal lie progressive arrangements and non-traditional sounds; and behind it all, a sense of quiet, layered experimentation that in some indefinable way (by me, at least) fits right in with the current British jazz+ scene….




The Best Jazz & Noise of 2018…?

Well, once again I’ve listened to far less than I would have liked to this year (excuses range from alien invasion to the lack of 25 hours in a day to pure ninja-level laziness)… and yet, I have absolutely no complaints about the contents of my ‘top ten’ (your mileage, of course, may vary). In…




7 Questions for… J Frisco

Who or what is J Frisco? Experimental jazz trio? Genre/gender-fluid sonic revolutionaries? Purveyors of bloody interesting music? Why are they even called “J Frisco”? That last question they’ve answered, at least… “We originally used to be called John Frisco, this was a fictional character that we made up, he had an entire life story and…




7 Questions for… Jörg A. Schneider

Over the last few years, in my delvings into the nether regions of free improv, noise and vaguely jazz-related music, the name Jörg A. Schneider kept cropping up. And always in a good way (e.g. ROJI’s “The Hundred Headed Women” from aJN’s Best of 2017 list). And the more I delve, the more I see…




The End – Svårmod och vemod är värdesinnen

Sofia Jernberg – voice Mats Gustafsson – baritone & tenor saxophones, live electronics Kjetil Møster – baritone & tenor saxophones, electronics Anders Hana – baritone guitar Greg Saunier – drums and voice Svårmod Vemod Translated Slaughter Don’t Wait Rich and Poor Both Sides Out (43:43) RareNoise RNR097    The End begin with a warm bath…




Møster! – States of Minds

Kjetil Møster (saxophones, clarinet, electronics, percussion, drums) Hans Magnus Ryan (guitar, electronics) Jørgen Træen (modular synthesizer, lap steel guitar) Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen (electric bass, electronics) Kenneth Kapstad (drums) Brainwave Entrainment Unhorsed by Chivalry Plate Sized Eyes Mystère Bow Shock Life Wobble Phantom Bandotron Sounds Like a Planet Mon Plaisir What a Flop Waking Up (82:31)…




Patrick Shiroishi – Sparrow’s Tongue

Patrick Shiroishi – alto & tenor saxophones, field recordings The Footsteps of Crows Grasshopper Tactics The Crocodile’s Dilemma Be a Lion, I Will Still Be Water When the Dog Got His Cat Eyes (33:53) Fort Evil Fruit   In this solo album, Shiroishi uses few ingredients, and those sparingly. Long breathy drones evoke a wandering…




Meglamancha – Megara

Marlon Wolterink – drums Freek Philippi – guitar Poine Telchine Megara (28:42) Zona Watusa   The opening of this second album suggests a diversion from the often harsh soundscapes of last year’s Soil. Poine is more openly electronic in its sound, more thoughtful perhaps, even ambient. But then Meglamancha is all about atmosphere and if…