Category: Recordings

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…




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’…