The Best Jazz & Noise of 2017…?

The year in music? Hardly. My year in music? Closer (esp. if you ignore all that Bon Scott-era AC/DC I listen to). The 20 new recordings that have had most impact on me in 2017? That’ll do. Wait, 20?! Yes. I could’ve whittled it down to the usual 10 and placed the remainder in a…




ELG LER – S/T

Dario Trapani – electric guitar Giuseppe Romagnoli – double bass Stefano Costanzo – drums, bells and objects Take Your Lover And Dance Dream Cars Viva La Quica Elg Ler Al Citofono Siamo Tutti Io Gioggio Gabber A Bird Told Me Esperanto (30.54) Honolulu Records HR-10, 2017 If you like your guitar tone twangy, your bass…




ROJI – The Hundred Headed Women

Gonçalo Almeida – bass and loops Jörg A. Schneider – drums Guests: Susana Santos Silva – trumpet Colin Webster – baritone sax Inner Roji 2 Sisters Sounding Restraint 1+1=3 Pacific Prelude to a Broken Sax The Hundred Headed Women (38.37) Shhpuma SHH 023 CD Roji is apparently Japanese for “dewy ground”. If I could make…




Tele.s.therion -Luzifers Abschied

Akousmatikoi – scores, enharmonic electric bass In large ensemble with… Lunurumh – voices Michel Doneda – soprano saxophone Le Quan Ninh –percussion Jason Van Gulick – drum Kasper T. Toeplitz – bass Antoine Chessex – tenor saxophone Paolo Sanna – watherphone Eingang | Periode I-IV Periode V-VI Periode VII-IX Periode X-XII Periode XIII | Ausgang…




Fred Lonberg-Holm & Adam Gołębiewski ‎– Relephant

Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello, electronics Adam Gołębiewski – drums Obviously in the Room Disguised Being Run Around Inside Meeting Three Blind People (34.54) Bocian Records, 2016 It’s difficult to quantify what makes a good improvisation good – even the greatest improvisers can make recordings that don’t really get into the zone. Luckily, these two guys…




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…




7 Questions for… Dead Neanderthals

Dead Neanderthals are the self-described “New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz” and offer a particular free, drone-filled, restless take on jazz (and noise) in the 21st century. Releases this year include the unsettling “Craters”, the unrelentingly brutal collaboration with Sly & the Family Drone, “Molar Wrench“, and the experiment-in-environment, “The Depths”. Core duo René Aquarius…