Category: Recordings

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…




EEL SLAP! – Vol. 1

Pedro Branco – guitar, effects João Lencastre – drums, electronics Improvisation I Improvisation II Improvisation III Improvisation IV Improvisation V (18:23) Fleaboy Records FB004 2017 Improvised music is called many things but it’s rare to hear it described – either by its adherents or detractors – as fun. Be assured, this short album of five…




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’…




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…




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…