Category: Recordings

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’…




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…