Tag: Abdul Hakim Bilal

Grey Wulf – S e e i n g, Vol. 1

How best to approach a review of a new album by Abdul-Hakim Bilal? For any other reviewer facing this conundrum of how best to tackle a musician and composer with as many guises and musical shapeshifting aliases as Bilal could be intimidating. For this reviewer, someone who knows Bilal and has bled, cried, toured and…




The Best Jazz & Noise of 2019…?

As a card-carrying pedant, of course this isn’t the “best” jazz and noise of the last year. It’s just what I like the most out of what I’ve heard… These are the albums that sum up 2019 for me – dense, disorientating, immersive, cathartic… and then there’s also a strong vein of what might be…




RAIC – Häxan

The latest from the Richmond Avant Improv Collective and it’s a soundtrack… kind of. Häxan is the first in a series of improvised scores for silent and obscure movies. This first choice is a 1922 documentary-style horror from Swedish director, Benjamin Christensen, a study of superstition, witchcraft, and how ignorance and illness fuelled historical witch-hunts….




RAIC – Multiplicity

In their bio and liner notes, RAIC claim various genres – noise, post rock, classical, black metal, free jazz, avant garde, film scores, big band, 70s car chase themes, and lounge  – and in this release from January, they pretty much go all-in. Multiplicity indeed. The opening track – Balance Of The Three – is…




RAIC – Love Lingers Like Poison in the Veins

Samuel Goff – drums, percussion, bowed dulcimer, vocals, electronics Abdul Hakim Bilal – bass, percussion Erik Schroeder – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion, flute, keyboards Zoe Olivia Kinney – cello Tim Harding – alto saxophone on Track #3 Love Lingers Like Poison in the Veins Penance Love Lingers Like Poison in the Veins (LIVE) (67.48)…