Category: Recordings

Sirene 1009

(An edited version of this review first appeared in Jazz Journal, September 2017) Han-earl Park (electric guitar) Dominic Lash (bass) Mark Sanders (drums) Caroline Pugh (vocals, tape recorder) Psychohistory III Cliodynamics I Cliodynamics II Cliodynamics III Hopeful Monsters Psychohistory V (58.25) Café OTO, London, December 3, 2015 and Flood Studio, Birmingham, June 16, 2016 If…




Psychic Equalizer – The Lonely Traveller

(An edited version of this review first appeared in Jazz Journal, September 2017) Hugo Selles (piano, keyboards, synthesizers; vocals) Quico Duret (electric guitar, effects) Morten Skøtt (drums, percussion) and others Mezuz;An Ocean Of Changes (I-IV) The Lonely Traveller Lágrimas Adrift Peña Labra Flying Over The Caucasus Lovers Meet A Collection Of Marbles An Ocean Of…




Dead Neanderthals – The Depths

René Aquarius – drums Otto Kokke – saxophone Surface Descent Glimpse Decompression (28:10) Improvisation relies on communication. Any changes to how musicians communicate will cause changes in the resulting music – stands to reason. So what happens when you take a sax’n’drums duo and place them at either end of a 100-metre concrete tunnel? This……




Three Eyed Makara – Moonmilk Roof

Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh – Viola Djuna Keen – Saxophone Natalia Beylis – Mandobird & Electronics Willie Stewart – Snare & Floortom & Gong Moonmilk Roof Half Blind Valley Oolite & Pitch (33:30) Crow Versus Crow CVC006 In some nearby parallel universe free improvisation didn’t develop from jazz and avant garde classical music, but is an…




Dans les Arbres – Phosphorescence

Ingar Zach – percussion Xavier Charles – clarinet Ivar Grydeland – electric guitars, real time sampling Christian Wallumrød – amplified prepared piano, synthesizer Sciure Fluorescent Luminescent Phosphorescent (33:50) HUBRO CD2581   Well, it’s not your typical free improv – if there ever is such a thing as typical in this genre, but this album has…




Patrick Shiroishi’s Black Sun Sutra – Anfinsen’s Landmark

Noah Guevara – guitar Robert Magill – tenor saxophone Ken Moore – double bass Sergio Sanchez – drums Patrick Shiroishi – alto & baritone saxophones Human Suffering Don’t Truth Me And I Won’t Truth You Athialowi Stand Up And Lose Your Name And Become One Esteemer (32:03) Creative Sources Recording, 363 CD     sutra…




Martin Pyne – Behind The Mist

Martin Pyne – vibraphone (plus live electronics on #3, #6 & #9) Niamh of the golden hair Yarthkin Behind the mist Asrai Spriggans Changeling Will of the wisp Hildaland Hollow Hill Song for Grace Melbury (58:54) Tall Guy Records TGCD007, 2017   Have to confess, I didn’t used to be much of a vibraphone fan….




Sly & The Family Drone and Dead Neanderthals – Molar Wrench

Rene Aquarius Callum Buckland Matt Cargill Otto Kokke Colin Webster Ghoul Whispers Muck Man (Part 1) Muck Man (Part 2) Molar Wrench (37:04) Hominid Sounds 2017 Molar Wrench – the very title conjures up images of some kind of brutal emergency roadside dentistry carried out with the ubiquitous oily industrial pliers found in most tour…