It sure beats a postcard.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Next up in The Residents pREServed series is "Freak Show".
It will be released as a 3 CD set next February.
- rêve d'éléphant orchestra: dance dance
(2020, cd, bel, de werf / igloo records)
And they sound like you would expect from a band with that name.
This jazz septet has been making music for 20 years and celebrates this event with the release of "Dance Dance", their fifth album.
Monday, December 28, 2020
Exag Records will release an album by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
Live at the AB in Brussels in 2019.
Limited to 300 copies.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
- Toon Tellegen - narrator
- Corrie van Binsbergen - guitar
- Joost Buis - trombon / lap steel
- Albert van Veenendaal - piano
- Hein Offermans - bass
- Alan “Gunga” Purves - percussion
- baba zula: derin derin
(2019, lp, ??, glitterbeat records)
Istanbul-based BaBa Zula mixes traditional Turkish music with western elements giving it a rather psychedelic flavour.
Here's a snippet of their Dutch "Le Guess Who" 2014 concert, with a female guest vocalist.
- trigger: pull
(2019, cd, portugal, shhpuma)
Trigger featured Will Green on electric guitar, Simon Hanes (Tredici Bacci) on electric bass and Aaron Edgcomb on drums.
Initially, the three musicians were brought together by John Zorn to perform his 'Bagatelles' and 'Apparitions' score books.
Later, the trio would also record "Pull".
Released on the Portugese Shhpuma label, "Pull" presents three tracks. Three quite energetic and experimental tracks.
The album was made available on CD, but also on Bandcamp, so you can give it a listen right here:
- soft works: abracadabra in osaka
(2020, 2cd, usa, moonjune)
Recorded live at Namba Hatch in Osaka, Japan on August 11, 2003, the Soft Works band presented Elton Dean (sax), Allan Holdsworth (guitar), Hugh Hopper (bass guitar) and John Marshall (drums).
On the Bandcamp page, Moonjune label manager Leonardo Pavkovic explains in detail how this project came together. It was the re-birth of Soft Machine, as well as the start of Moonjune.
A fascinating read.
"Abracadabra In Osaka" is quite exceptional. Although all four members of Soft Works were once part of Soft Machine, they never were in the band at the same time.
Music by Anthony Braxton, Viola Falb, Dominik Fuss, Vinko Globokar, Michael Gordon, Nik Hummer, Tom Johnson, Philipp Kienberger, Raphael Meinhart, Julia Purgina, Steve Reich, Christof Ressi, Damaris Richerts, Daniel Riegler, Leo Riegler, Terry Riley, Clemens Salesny, Giacinto Scelsi, Christian F. Schiller, Karlheinz Stockhausen, James Tenney and Michael Tiefenbacher.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
- meier, hanes & amberg: staggered twisted angled
(2020, cd, switzerland, wide ear records)
David Meier (drums), Simon Hanes (electric bass) and Elio Amberg (tenor saxophone) released "Staggered Twisted Angled" on the Zürich, Switzerland-based Wide Ear Records earlier this year.
Swiss musicians Elio Amberg (EA quartet, Schööf, iety) and David Meier (Schnellertollermeier, Zimmerlin-Stoffner-Meier, LEON) formed their collective trio with California via Brooklyn electric bassist Simon Hanes (Tredici Bacci, Trigger, John Zorn’s bagatelles project) in fall 2018 while on a residency in New York.
They draw on influences as diverse as contemporary classical music, free jazz, punk and rock. The resulting music is improvised, non-idiomatic and combines wild energy with a sharp compositional awareness and subtle use of sound.
7 pieces. 7 experimental puzzles.
Album artwork by Austin Sley Julian.
Check it out on Bandcamp :
- gary wilson & tredici bacci: another lonely night in brooklyn
(2017, cd, usa, feeding tube records)
Recorded in 2016 and released on CD in 2017, "Another Lonely Night In Brooklyn", presents material that Gary Wilson originally recorded in 1977, when he also released his "You Think You Really Know Me" album.
Friday, December 25, 2020
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
- enrique rodriguez & the negra chiway band: fase liminal
(2020, lp, uk, soul jazz records)
Santiago, Chile-based percussionist, keyboard player and composer Enrique Rodriguez released "Fase Liminal" on the Soul Jazz Records label.
Spiritual jazz with repeating riffs and vocal chants.
- john zorn: les maudits
(2020, cd, usa, tzadik)
I'm not too familiar with John Zorn's discography, but this does sound pretty impressive.
The first piece, 'Ubu', sounds like a collage of experimental pieces.
The second and third piece, 'Baudelaires' and 'Oviri' are modern chamber music pieces.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Pierre Vervloesem's musical output is overwhelming.
Still, I look forward to every new release as he continues to surprise me.
'Lou Rick's Island ' is the soundtrack taken from the exotico fantastic mini series that Pierre has in his mind. From the Theme of the first track to the end titles song, those 12 tunes will make you travel in Pierre 's imaginary TV show. Better than Netflix??? You bet!!!
New Hardy Fox (Residents) album available from the Klanggalerie record label :Hardy Fox was the primary composer of The Residents. He created an incredible body of work, using all kinds of names other than The Residents, amongst them Combo De Mechanico, Sonidas De La Noche, Dead Eye Dick, Charles Bobuck or Black Tar And The Cry Babies. The Tar projects were generally created to help raise money for needy projects for poverty, mass destruction in fire, and to fight the evil of Trump uprising. Before Hardy died, he sent us several albums to be released after his passing. One of these is this collection of obscure tracks recorded between 2013 and 2015, entitled Oddities. Hardy also made the cover design for it and we are proud to give this to you as a limited edition TOOK release. This is the only time Hardy used the name Bob Uck and The Family Truck. We jokingly called Mr. Bobuck Bob or Bobby Uck, this explains the project name.
The Rêve d’Eléphant Orchestra has been around for 20 years, and that is surely something to celebrate. The seven eccentric musicians in this collective present their latest album. Their music merrily goes off in all directions, absorbing abundantly from jazz and eastern and African cultures. The horn players are casually impressive with their skilful playing, always spiced with a healthy dose of humour. But take heed: the exhilarating rhythms emanating from the rhythm section will not allow you to sit still. Before you know it you’ll be rocking approvingly in your chair.
Light up the festive period with a free live concert during the Keep Music A-live festival, every evening at 3 and/or 8 pm. From 13 until 20 December ✨
From Vinylrausch Musikmagazin
This compilation was recorded during the last 15 years during the Zappanale. It contains parts from the unpublished documentary LIKE A SICKNESS / KOSMISCHE BROCKEN, which tells the story of a journey into the heart of passion. Recommended for educational purpose only.
Monday, December 21, 2020
Episode 70 – Frank Zappa – At 80 – 23.12.2020, 20h00
This edition of “Music Across” is dedicated to Frank Zappa, who would have celebrated his 80th birthday on December 21, 2020. However, the program is not a comprehensive biography of Frank Zappa, nor is it a systematic overview of the entire oeuvre of this fascinating musician; it uses a few selected examples to illuminate the musical influences on Frank Zappa's development, as well as the reception of his person and his work in the music world. Zappa called himself a rock n ‘roll musician, but he was much more than that. He used all the musical and linguistic ingredients to realize his ideas without taking any trends into account.
Gestaltung, Am Mikrofon, Tontechnik & Produktion: Gernot Friedbacher
Prostate Cancer UK donation link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraisin...
Music Venue Trust link - https://www.gofundme.com/f/2pt5g8k
On the 21st December 2020, Frank Zappa would have turned 80 years old. To mark the occasion, Treacherous Cretins and a cast of very special guests have come together to celebrate by bringing you a remotely-recorded online show.
Treacherous Cretins will be joined by...
CRAIG "TWISTER" STEWARD
Our special guests have all generously and freely given their time and effort to support this event.
The great Frank Zappa passed away from prostate cancer in 1993, aged just 52. Our aim is to bring people together to celebrate Frank's life and music, and raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and the Music Venue Trust. Donations are greatly appreciated.
All music written by Frank Zappa
Music is the best
- daniel neto: olho de peixe
(2018, cd, portugal, private release)
Guitar player and composer Daniel Neto's quintet released their "Olho De Peixe" album in 2018.
It included a beautiful version of FZ's 'Little Umbrellas'.
Check the album out on Bandcamp:
Zappatika, featuring Ike Willis, released "Before The Shit Hit The Fan", with highlights of their U.K. tour.
- starzy singers: rock-à-bubu
(2009, 2cd, poland, lado) - incl. 'king kong' (frank zappa)
Polish band Starzy Singers released "Rock-à-Bobu" in 1999.
The 2009 re-release of the album presented a bonus disc. One of the tracks on this bonus disc was Starzy Singers' version of FZ's 'King Kong'.
Right after The Stooges' 'I Wanna Be Your Dog'.
An excellent version of 'King Kong'.
- aldo romano: reborn
(2020, cd, france, le triton)
The French LeTriton label recently released Italian jazz drummer Aldo Romano's "Reborn" album.
Track 4 is the ensemble's performance of Frank Zappa's 'Twenty Small Cigars'.
With Glenn Ferris on the trombone.
Fine version. Fine album.
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Friday, December 18, 2020
- ghost funk orchestra: an ode to escapism
(2020, lp, usa, karma chief records)
Mysterious, psychedelic afro-jazz.
I love it.
This kind of music puts me in a good mood.
I was happy to learn that the band has lots of stuff available through Bandcamp.
Need to check that out.
"An Ode To Escapism"
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Meet Elvin Galland (keyboard)
Saturday, January 16, 2021, Elvin and his dad (Stéphane Galland) will do an on-line concert as part of the Brussels Jazz Festival, billed as The Gallands.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Moon Unit Zappa, writer and daughter of Frank Zappa, is publishing a memoir.
Two years ago, Live Music News & Review did an interview with Napoleon Murphy Brock.
About his time in Frank Zappa's band, and playing FZ's music with Project/Object.
Mind you, it's from 2018, so the announced tour dates are for 2018 as well.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
from GlassOnyon PR:
Guitar Virtuoso Marcelo Paganini to Release Album “Identity Crisis” Featuring Billy Sherwood, Rachel Flowers, Lenny White, Chad Wackerman and Others!
Featuring special guests Billy Sherwood (YES/ASIA), Adam Holzman (Steve Wilson Band), Rachel Flowers, Lenny White (Return to Forever), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa Band), Jan Dumée (Focus), Marc Madoré, Karla Downey, Jamison Smeltz, Damilton Viana, Esdras Ferreira and Adriano Campagnani (Beto Guedes Band)
“Identity Crisis” is the new guitar virtuoso Marcelo Paganini prog rock jazz fusion album to be released on his birthday December 11, 2020. The album features special guests Billy Sherwood, Adam Holzman, Rachel Flowers, Lenny White, Chad Wackerman, Jan Dumée, Marc Madoré, Karla Downey, Jamison Smeltz, Damilton Viana, Esdras Ferreira and Adriano Campagnani. 5 out of 6 songs of the album were mixed and mastered by Gudjon Sveinsson in Iceland. The single “Circus is empty” was mixed by Daniel Boivin in France and mastered by Maor Appelbaum in LA, California, USA.
“When Allan Holdsworth passed away all of a sudden it was up to me and the others to keep guitar composition and playing moving forward. ‘Do your own thing’ he said every time we met. Now Eddie Van Halen passed away as well and we realize how hard it will be,” remembers Marcelo Paganini about his intentions when he started this project. “I changed the tuning of the guitar so I could not repeat anything I knew before. I decided to only use in the whole album, except for acoustic 12 string intros, the black guitar X-Ing Ibanez, no vibrato bar, bare bones. And to record just one guitar per track, to be able to play it live and sound like the album, or better. When live concerts will come back.”
The music on “Identity Crisis” mixes up the best influences from classic prog rock, with unexpected contemporary harmonic solutions and melodic turns. The songs can break loose by surprise in furious jazz fusion improvisations. As impressive as the casting in the album can be, and it is, the incredible alchemy that happened between Marcelo Paganini and Rachel Flowers in 4 out of 6 songs, at the 11th hour, was a game changer in the intensity of that musical language. Mr Bowler Music Agency in the Netherlands is booking Marcelo Paganini Band featuring Rachel Flowers.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Peter adds : Been doing it since 2013 - kind of uses FZ as a starting point for anything Zappa (eg the ZFT releases) but also delving into any music I like that’s creative and interesting. Some weeks it’ll be mostly frank, other weeks it will just be top and tailed with FZ.
Friday, December 11, 2020
- BEAM: flight dream
(2018, cd, belgium, private release)
You might know Mayaan Smith from his performances with Sinister Sister, Captain Cheese-Beard or The Wrong Object.
This time, however, he's not playing any Zappa. This is standard jazz. Very nice standard jazz.
I like it.
"Flight Dream" was BEAM's first album, released in 2018. It features 8 compositions, contributed by the various band members.
Here's the YouTube introduction:
The Sun Ra Arkestra's "Swirling" album is mentioned on Bandcamp's "Best Jazz Albums of 2020":
As is The Jerry Granelli Trio Plays Vince Guaraldi And Mose Allison.
Milk Tv is a punk / pop / no wave trio started in Brussels late 2017 by Frenchman Matthieu Peyraud already involved as a bass player in the local oriental kraut sextet Phoenician Drive. It is the continuation of a previous trio based in Montréal that Peyraud had to abort to migrate back to Europe. Now in full speed as lead singer and bassist he's supported by Martin Rault (Phoenician Drive) on the drums and the record was made with Gaëtan Gauthier on guitar, he has recently been replaced by Casper de Geus (O'Grady, Moar, Brorlab).
Monday, December 7, 2020
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Tonight, FREE video webcast:
Soft Machine live from Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, in front of real audience (limited seatings, socially distanced), 8.30 pm UK time, check Your time zone.
John Etheridge (guitar), Theo Travis (tenor & soprano sax, flute, Rhodes), Roy Babbington (bass) and on Nic France (drums) subbing for the legendary John Marshall, who is at home with some lower back issues.
We are working on another streaming as soon as John Marshall is ready to rejoin soft geezers, and with Gary Husband on keyboards, and there will be also a new studio album to be recorded in Spring, as soon as I can travel to London, hopefully soon!
You can access free video stream through Ronnie Scott's website:
- anti-panopticon: channeling the flood
(2020, cd, bel, soulfactory records)
Sunday morning modern jazz.
Although it would be a pity only to play this only on Sunday mornings.
Soul Factory records has just released two album by Belgian saxophonist and composer Lennert Baerts.
The first one is a project with the Muze Jazz Orchestra.
The second one is by Lennert Baert's Anti-Panopticon ensemble. Next to Lennert on sax, the quartet features Floris Kappeyne on piano, Tijs Klaassen on bass and Jesse Dockx on drums.
As the Soul Factory website states:
Beautiful writing with great variety in moods, colours and textures, and great interplay between four very talented young musicians.
Here's Lennert Baerts in a different setting:
Saturday, December 5, 2020
- stick men with gary husband: owari
(2020, cd, usa, moonjune)
Due to immediate Covid restrictions, the Asian tour of the Stick Men got cancelled after their first gig.
Luckily, the show got recorded and has now been made available by Moonjune Records.
STICK MEN with GARY HUSBAND
- Tony Levin - stick
- Markus Reuter - touch guitar
- Pat Mastelotto - drums, electronics
- special guest Gary Husband - keyboards
The 2 LP version is 180 g red vinyl.
Check out the Bandcamp page for all the options:
A message from Rachel Flowers :
The first single from my upcoming album "Bigger on the Inside."
In 2019 while I was a performer on Cruise to the Edge, I got to hear a set by one of my rock idols, Adrian Belew. I was immediately inspired, and rushed back to my cabin right away and sang this musical idea into my recording device. After I got home I was able to complete that idea, and this is what I came up with.
I had a lot of fun recording all the instruments myself.
Special thanks go out to my good friend Robert Minsk for creating this video for my song.
I hope you will enjoy "A B" - my tribute to Adrian Belew!
Apple Music: https://apple.co/36rT2gM
- muze jazz orchestra feat. lennert baerts: times change and so must we
(2020, cd, bel, soul factory)
Saxophone player Lennert Baerts recently released two albums.
"Times Change And So Must We" is a collaboration with the Muze Jazz Orchestra.
(You might know the Muze Jazz Orchestra from their Zappa tribute concerts a couple of years ago.)
With the addition of a vibraphone, a piano and vocals, the Muze Jazz Orchestra produces some beautiful soundscapes and melodies.
Friday, December 4, 2020
Let me return to Jazz Is Dead, the jazz tribute to the music of The Grateful Dead.
I mentioned "Great Sky River" yesterday, which actually was the band's third album, released in 2001.
The two previous albums, "Blue Light Rain" and "Laughing Water" were released in 1998 and 1999.
CLEARLY HUMAN TOUR CONSISTS OF 25 GEO-TARGETED ONLINE SHOWS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 14
Legendary recording artist, producer, songwriter and tech pioneer Todd Rundgren has announced his 2021 Clearly Human virtual tour, featuring 25 performances, each geo-fenced and tailored to a different US city. With each performance emanating from a Chicago venue (the most convenient time zone to allow for 8pm showtimes in every market), the shows will be “localized” to give both the band and the fans a sense of place (e.g. local landmarks will appear on the video wall, catering for the band and crew will feature dishes associated with each city, etc). Single-ticket purchases within the US will be limited to fans with zip codes corresponding to that show’s greater metropolitan area. US-based fans not living in a designated tour market can also “attend" any or all dates via multi-show ticket bundles, which, like internationally-based fans purchasing single-show tickets, will exempt them from geofencing restrictions. In Chicago, there will be a licensed COVID compliance officer on staff at all times, with both the band and crew testing regularly throughout the duration of the virtual tour.
I've seen saxophone player Maayan Smith performing the music of Frank Zappa with The Wrong Object, with Capt.Cheesebeard, and with Sinister Sister.
Yesterday, I learned that Maayan is also part of BEAM and that BEAM released an album entitled "Flight Dream".
- Maayan Smith - Sax
- Eran Har Even - Guitar
- Boris Schmidt - Bass
- Niels Engel - Drums
-- info: Danny Mathys
Phi Yaan-Zek has just released a new album: "Restful Spaces - Volume One".
In his latest message, he adds:
I have just released a new album! It’s a deep and spacious ambient guitar affair that’s perfect for this time of year as things wind down. It is called ‘Restful Spaces - Volume One’ and is a set of recently rediscovered live solo guitar with loop pedal recordings I made in 2011 for the 5 Rhythms Sunday Sweat Dance in London. It’s certainly a change of pace from the intense twist and turns of last month’s release of ‘Holotropic Guitar - 20th Anniversary Edition’ (do check that out if you haven’t already done so), and showcases the atmospheric, introspective and thematic side to my music.
- shuggie otis: inter-fusion
(2018, lp, usa, cleopatra)
Is there a more perfect way to start the Zappadan (celebrating the life and music of Frank Zappa from December 4 to December 21)?
At the age of 16 (!!), Shuggie Otis took part in FZ's recording sessions for "Hot Rats"...
"Inter-Fusion" got released in 2018. His previous release as a solo artist dates from 1974: his famous "Inspiration Information" album.
Mostly instrumental, "Inter-Fusion" has this happy vibe. It's soulful and groovy.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Soft Works = Elton Dean, Allan Holdsworth, Hugh Hopper and John Marshall
"Abracadabra In Osaka" got recorded on August 11, 2003
- inspected by 13: cowboy
(2020, usa, cd, private release)
Philo Munny and Brett Spivey are Inspected By 13.
They have just released "Cowboy", their brand-new album that also features Claude Coleman Jr. (Ween!!) on drums on several tracks.
"Cowboy" presents 13 tracks and the album cover already gives it away: this is not for the faint hearted.
Powerful, energetic and sharp.
Dark, avant-garde rock, if someone would need to label it.
A fascinating album. Fierce drumming, but also field recordings, and this strange narrator voice.
I definitely need to listen to this again. A couple of times.
The album will be available in a limited edition of 113 copies, so don't wait too long if you want to have this as a Xmas present.
Below track might give you an idea. Or not.
But do check them out on Bandcamp : https://inspectedby13.bandcamp.com/
where you will also find the "Cowboy" album soon.
- jazz is dead: great sky river
(2001, cd, usa, zebra records)
The quartet recorded fusion versions of Grateful Dead tunes featuring Alphonso Johnson on bass, Rod Morgenstein on drums, Jimmy Herring on guitar and T.Lavitz on keyboards. On this recording anyway.
The 17-minute version of 'Terrapin Station' might just be the highlight of this album. Or is that because the original album was my first encounter with the Grateful Dead ?
Check it out.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
- dwiki dharmawan: hari ketiga
(2020, 2cd, usa, moonjune)
Finally, Dwiki Dharmawan added some field recordings for yet another layer of sound.
Amazingly, the final recording does not show how this album was put together. It all fits perfectly.
The result is an engaging story, both in music and in words.
Out on Moonjune records.
You can check the album out on Bandcamp :
From GlassOnyon PR
Producer Michael Franklin Shares New Tribute To John Lennon
A Few Words About “John Lennon: A Day In His Life” by Gregory Paul Martin - Son of The Beatles Producer Sir George Martin
People from all walks of life have been affected by the music of The Beatles. They gave the world inspiration and happiness in almost everything they did. On October 9, the 80th anniversary of his birth, a new music video will be released honoring John Lennon – “John Lennon: A Day In His Life”, Grammy- nominated American producer, Michael Franklin, and Beatles animator, Alvaro Ortega teaming up to create it.
The spark of Lennon’s tribute began when Franklin awoke from a dream in which he dreamt of the Lennon song, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” while hearing John’s voice singing “A Day In The Life”. Amazed by the similarity between the two songs’ chord sequences and lyrics, Franklin hurriedly put this combination to the piano, the next night, another similar dream awakening him again – this time the baroque piano solo bridge sped up to sound like a harpsichord dashed off by my father, Sir George Martin, for John’s song, “In My Life” from Rubber Soul while The Beatles were on a lunch break.
“John Lennon: A Day In His Life” is Franklin’s montage of some of the most memorable moments we love from The Beatles songs, John’s vocals superimposed over a cleverly stitched together visual collage, the tribute based on an original score from the “Sergeant Pepper” album.
Franklin said, “I realized the same chord progressions are in ‘Eleanor Rigby’, as well as other Beatles songs. It was quite a surprise, and I couldn’t stop thinking about what The Beatles did. I dove right in, exploring other Beatles song bites. The music production took about three weeks to research, edit, and arrange.”
After completion of the tribute track, it was time to synchronize the video. Franklin had been aware of Ortega’s unique animations of The Beatles for several years, skillfully editing on his laptop previous bit and pieces of Ortega’s work, demonstrating to him what could be done, reaching out to Ortega in Spain, Ortega happily agreeing, the rest now history.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
- pierre vervloesem: saint-guy
(2020, download, --, bandcamp)
"Saint-Guy" combines crazy melodies and sounds with unusual rhythms.
Maybe the name comes from La Danse de Saint-Guy (also known as the St.Vitus dance) :
a disorder characterized by rapid, uncoordinated jerking movements primarily affecting the face, hands and feet.
Check it out on Bandcamp, and dance to it !