Monthly archives: October, 2016

Blood Quartet – Deep Red

Mark Cunningham (trumpet, guitar) Lluis Rueda (guitar, Korg MS-10) Kike Bela (bass, Korg MS-10, guitar) Candid Coll (drums, voice) Bloodlines String Theory Only Lovers Dark Energy 74 Dragon Tree Blood House Soma Fly Your Eyes Rare Doom 11 Gravity Pull (41:29) Hang the DJ Records HTDJ-027 (on CD) Feeding Tube Records FTR283 (on vinyl) Barcelona…




7 Questions for… Colin Webster

I first found Colin Webster’s music when trawling Bandcamp for fresh sources of improvised music. With Raw Tonk I hit the proverbial motherlode – I’ve never met a Raw Tonk release I didn’t like. As the man behind the label, it’s no surprise that Colin features heavily; especially enjoyable (for me, anyway) are Kodian Trio…




Memoria Uno – curiouser and curiouser…

Memoria Uno at Robadors 23, 25th October 2016. Ilona Schneider (voice) Tom Chant (tenor saxophone) Joan Mas (alto saxophone) Marcel·lí Bayer (bass clarinet) Pablo Selnik (flute) Marcel Bagés (electric guitar) Marc Cuevas (electric bass) Oriol Roca (drums) Iván González (conduction) Any improvisation is, by definition, an experiment. But not all improvised input overtly experimental. Mundanity…




William S. Burroughs – Let Me Hang You

(This short review was first published in Jazz Journal in October 2016) William S. Burroughs (voice) Bill Frisell (guitar) King Khan (guitar, bass, violin, synthesiser, piano, organ, drums) Wayne Horvitz (keyboards) Eyvind Kang (violin, erhu, shani) El Congo Allen (trumpet) Tony Sherr (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Jenny Scheinman (violin) Hank Roberts (cello) M Lamar (voice)…




7 Preguntas para… Pablo Selnik (versión castellana)

Me gusta el sonido del flauta. Probablemente porque escuchaba demasiado a Ian Anderson o Roland Kirk cuando era joven. Pero hoy, en Barcelona, hay dos flautistas improvisando que me encantan y uno de los dos es Pablo Selnik (la otra, Almudena González, contestará 7 Preguntas el mes que viene). Se puede escuchar la obra de…




MUT Trio at the LEM Festival – dancing on the edge

Miguel Fernández (tenor saxophone) Albert Juan (electric guitar) Oriol Roca (drums) MUT Trio were appearing at Soda as part of the programme for the LEM experimental music festival, a yearly event that always brings together a wide variety of non-mainstream soundmakers. I was unable to get out to see much of the 2016 programme but…




7 Questions for… Dirk Serries

Lucky me. I stumbled across Dirk Serries’ solo “Etched Above the Bow Grip” (Raw Tonk, 2016). It’s an absolute masterclass in deconstructed guitar, in memory of Derek Bailey, which tells you where it’s coming from but not necessarily where it’s going. Then there’s his work with Kodian Trio (with Colin Webster on alto, and Andrew…




Naked Truth – Avian Thug

(This review was originally published in Jazz Journal in April 2016) Graham Haynes (trumpet, electronics) Lorenzo Feliciati (bass, guitar, keyboards) Roy Powell (keyboards, synthesizers, organ, prepared piano) Pat Mastelotto (drums, percussion) Rapid Fire Lazy Elephant Trap Door Tense Shaman Avian Thug Day Two at Bedlam Moon at Noon (48.05) England, 16-17th February 2013 RareNoise Records…