New album announced :
Jean-Luc Ponty & Wofgang Dauner: Live at the Bern Jazz Festival 2011
NICOLA ANDRIOLI TRIO feat. KURT ROSENWINKEL
at L'An Vert, Liège, BE
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Presenting their new release, «Skylight»
The new Jethro Tull album, "The Zealot Gene", will be out tomorrow.
Jethro Tull returns with its first album of all-new music for 22 years. Evoking Biblical writings in a wholly different way from the now 51 year old Aqualung, The Zealot Gene - in the making since 2017 - is a darker album for darker times.
On his Bandcamp page, J.M.Smig added the following info to his "Crank Calls From Heaven" album :
"Computer jazz for murderous nerds."
I can't say that I fully understand the murderous nerds pun, but Computer Jazz might indeed be an adequate description for "Crank Calls From Heaven".
I like this.
15 Questions - - - Pierre Vervloesem
As you may know, Greg Russo updated his essential "Cosmik Debris" book again.
It was made available as pdf but also as a print-on-demand book last November.
I have several of copies of this book as I usually buy it when an update is made.
Love browsing through these. Always new info to be found and things to discover.
This latest edition counts 480 pages...
ZAPPA - THE WIND BAND YOU NEVER HEARD IN YOUR LIFE
Square du Théâtre
La Parade de l'Homme-Wazoo mentions the following program :
It has been a while since I've mentioned Buckethead on these pages.
As it happened, based on the music that I had already purchased on Bandcamp, the very same Bandcamp informed me that Buckethead had a new album out.
It does prove that whatever software they are running to get to know my taste in music is rather impressive.
And it looks like Buckethead has been rather busy the last years, releasing an enormous amount of material.
His latest release is called "Rainbow Theatre".
Chapter two in the "Underground" comic book that I recently mentioned is all about David Johnston.
Manuel Hermia's latest album, "Freetet", is out on Igloo Records.
Featuring Manuel Hermia on saxes, Joao Lobo on drums, Manolo Cabras on double bass, Jean-Paul Estiévenart on trumpet and Samuel Blaser on trombone.
"Underground", a comic book by Arnaud Le Gouêfflec & Nicolas Moog
Looks pretty interesting to me !
-- info: Philippe Lamoot
From the Coming Soon news section on the Klanggalerie website:
Ibbur is soundtrack music connected with Hardy's serialized novella The Stone, published by himself on his website and through a newsletter. The Stone was a semi-autobiographical project that took a turn into the fantastical. An amazing read, it is still available through hardy fox.com.
Pierre Vervloesem brings out the best of the "Belgian compromise": the experimental aspect of jazz themes, the crazy and energetic rhythm of the best of rock, the driving and limitless side of the electronic universe. He is a great guitarist, atypical, in the tradition of Frank Zappa. This time, for the first time in his career, Pierre Verloesem will play his own compositions live. He surrounds himself with the best to offer a quality work sprinkled with a touch of madness that is his trademark.
Unday Records says:
We’re happy to announce Bert Dockx has been working on a follow up to ‘Transit’, his successful solo debut. ‘Safe’ will be the second album Bert Dockx (Dans Dans, Flying Horseman, Ottla, Strand) releases under his own name. ‘Safe’ is scheduled for release on LP/CD/DSP in March, but this double A side single will ease the wait.
From the RAT Records website:
In 2018 Bruno Vansina went on a musical adventure. Every month, his band visited a quirky place: an ice rink, motorway, velodrome or fair. The challenge: to incorporate the location into their music making. Now this concept is transposed into a studio recording.
The actual album got released early 2020.
The CD was housed in a cardboard cover that, in turn, was housed in a second cardboard cover.
This second cover, the larger one, the actual album cover, existed in 12 variations, representing each of the tracks.
The below album cover (taken from the RAT Records website) is variation number 12: 'L'Orgue'.
Walter Robotka's Austrian Klanggalerie record label recently released the second set of "The Wonder Of Weird" demos.
= 2 digipack albums, 4 CD's, 43 tracks.
I listened to the second volume today and it only confirms that I have to listen to the original WOW album again one of the next days.
There are some great tunes to be found here.
Still need to check which pieces made the final album and which ones didn't.
The Wonder of Weird tour was the second part of The Residents' Randy, Chuck and Bob Trilogy of live tours (following 2010's Talking Light tour), The Wonder of Weird focuses on the theme of sex, with its lead character Randy further detailing the story of his life, now ruined by a sex addiction. Like Talking Light before it, The Wonder of Weird featured a stripped down trio line-up of Randy Rose (vocals), Charles Bobuck (keyboards/electronics), and Lionel Bob (guitar). The group wear variations of the same masks previously featured in Talking Light, with the addition of Santa outfits and classic Residents t-shirts. Despite the Christmas theme in the costumes and set designs, the show began at the end of January (and ended in May). A running gag in the show is that despite being subtitled "The 40th Anniversary Tour", it actually ended up taking place on the group's 41st anniversary. Before the band took to the road, demo versions of the songs were recorded - first in stripped down version, later with added vocals and guitar. Many of the songs made into the final show, some didn't.
I recently came across a copy of Vitalski's "Razzia" album and I couldn't resist to buy it.
Vitalski (real name Vital Baeken) is a Belgian writer and performer.
I never had the pleasure to see him in concert, but I have heard some impressive stories...
With his band, De Living Tornado's, Vitalski delivered raw and unbridled punk rock. In Flemish.
Does humor belong in music?
Started the day by giving the latest Gov't Mule album, "Heavy Load Blues", another spin.
The album got released last November.
Next to the regular single CD edition, a 'deluxe' 2 CD set got released. The latter presented 8 bonus tracks. Not just demo or live versions, but 8 new tracks.
After the 2019 "Truce" album, the trio is back with the sequel.
Out on the Mahakala record label:
Tyler Mitchell feat. Marshall Allen: "Dancing Shadows".
Digital download and CD.
-- info: Danny Mathys
February 2019, Br1tag put an almost 3-hour video up on YouTube.
It was a collection of audio and video fragments, all taken from the famous 1969 Amougies festival.
Br1tag added:ACTUEL FESTIVAL was to take place in France in October 1969, but the French authorities canceled the authorizations at the last minute. It was moved hastily in Amougies (Belgium). It was a rock-pop-jazz festival. FZ was invited to play, but The Mothers was dissolved, so he participated as a Master of Ceremonies and played in many jam sessions with various groups.
Cuneiform Records is pulling the Bandcamp card.
The label will be releasing a series of download-only albums through Bandcamp.
Not on CD or LP. Just download.
Anyway, the new TST (Le Tout Sur Le Tout) album, "All About All", is an impressive release.
Not really new material as it got recorded over 20 years ago, but it only got released last month.
The Bandcamp page adds:
"...combining the power of rock and the energy of improvised music, experimentation and song, strict writing and free improvisation, electric and acoustic sound."
Experiment jazz saxophone player Ellery Eskelin has been releasing a number of live concerts on Bandcamp.
One of the recent ones, was a concert he did with David Liebman (tenor sax), Tony Marino (bass) and Jim Black (drums) in Switzerland in 2005.
And while listening, I read David Liebman's piece about Miles Davis:
Reminder to myself: Have to dig out Machine Mass's "Inti" album...
From the Archives: Different But the Same - Live in Switzerland, 2005
Ouzo Bazooka was formed in Tel Aviv by Uri Brauner Kinrot, who grew up on the sunny shores of the mediterranean sea and has been active in the music scene for over a decade, shaping the sound of influential local groups as well as the critically acclaimed mediterranean surf band Boom Pam (who collaborated with Turkish psychedelic-folk legend Selda Bağcan).
Tel Aviv’s cultural diversity served as the perfect backdrop for Ouzo Bazooka’s formation and the maturing of their style; an exotic blend of middle eastern sounds and scales, moulded together with fuzzed psychedelic surf rock and garage.
Ouzo Bazooka's latest album, "Dalya", got released last August.
I got introduced to "Dalya" (and to Ouzo Bazooka) yesterday, and I have to admit that it was the last thing that I listened to yesterday evening, as well as the first thing I listened to this morning.
Middle Eastern Psych Rock.
The band's material is available from Stolen Body, with on-line shops both in the UK and on mainland Yurip.
A wise decision with Brexit and recent new custom regulations.
But most probably also from any decent record shop.
Copies of the new book about The Residents, "A Sigh For Sore Eyes", are being made available in Yurip and in the UK.
Both Psychofon (DE) and Cherry Red (UK) are offering copies.
FYI, there's also a deluxe version that comes with some extras.
Here's the info for both (US):
A couple of months ago, Antoine Pierre's URBEX Electric band recorded concert at Studio 104 for French Radio.
Thanks to Cosmikd, a recording of this concert is available on DimeADozen.
Antoine Pierre URBEX Electric
Studio 104, la Maison de la Radio et de la Musique, Paris, France
September 25, 2021
Antoine Pierre (drums), Jean-Paul Estiévenart (trumpet), Bram de Looze (piano), Renier Baas (guitar), Félix Zurstrassen (electric bass), Frédéric Malempré (percussion)
Abstract : Peace * Steam * Intro * Sketches of Nowhere * Aux Contemplatifs * intro * Obsession
I don't really use Spotify, but Cherry Red Records shared this link entitled "The Residents - The Studio Albums", which opens Spotify with a gigantic playlist.
Shouldn't really call this an introduction...
After rescheduling the tour two times, here's another attempt.
Let's hope this one can happen :
See FiDO Live on their upcoming "20 Jahre und noch immer schlechte Laune"-Tour 2022
29.01.2022 CH-Liestal - Hear And Now
18.02.2022 DE-Bordesholm - Savoy
19.02.2022 DE-Minden - Jazzclub
20.02.2022 DE-Bremen - Meisenfrei
21.02.2022 DE-Köln - Yard Club
22.02.2022 DE-Leipzig - Horns Erben
23.02.2022 DE-Berlin - Frannz-Club
24.02.2022 DE-Rüsselsheim/Main - Das Rind
25.02.2022 DE-Jena - Kulturbahnhof
26.02.2022 DE-Hildburghausen – Route 66
27.02.2022 DE-Dortmund - Piano
07.05.2022 CH-Basel - Atlantis
The latest Gong album will take you to 1974.
To a concert from the early years when the band featured Daevid Allen (guitar, vocals), Miquette Giraudy (vocals), Didier Malherbe (sax, flute), Steve Hillage (guitar, vocals), Tim Blake (synthesizer), Mike Howlett (bass), and Laurie Allan (drums).
I'm glad that I got the opportunity to listen to this album.
Gong is a required taste and I'm not always convinced. I have heard and seen them when their improvisations were just too messy and the vocals a bit too monotonous and nasal (probably because I couldn't understand them). Sacrilege?
But, "Live À Longlaville" has the band in great shape. I love the tunes, soundscapes and improvisations. And the vocals are varied and clear.
A fine archival release. Out on 2 CD and on 2 LP.
Here's a recording from another 1974 concert, to give you an idea of what to expect :
Facebook said: "Jazz nonet founded and led by Belgian trombonist Dree Peremans, performing mainly his own compositions and arrangements."
Which was reason enough for me to investigate and I'm glad that I did.
Mini big band, the Rebirth::Collective brings both jazz standards and original material in a rather traditional way.
And there's nothing wrong with that. It sounds great.
In contrast with their first three (instrumental) albums, their latest release, "It Might As Well Be Swing" from 2021, has Tutu Puoane on vocals.
Dree Peremans (trombone), Jo Hermans (trumpet, flugelhorn), Bruno Vansina (alto sax), Wietse Meys (tenor sax), Joppe Bestevaar (baritone sax), Ewout Pierreux (piano), Jos Machtel (bass), Matthias De Waele (drums), Tutu Puoane (voice).
More news from the Jazzlab organisation :
Yannick Peeters' recent project is called GingerBlackGinger
Excellent news from Jazzlab:
Bruno Vansina Quintet tour is back on track :
Jan 12 - kunstencentrum nona, Mechelen, BE
Jan 13 - CC De Werf, Aalst, BE
Jan 20 - CC De Meent, Alsemberg, BE
Jan 21 - C-Mine, Genk, BE
Feb 03 - CC Casino, Koksijde, BE
Feb 04 - Handelsbeurs, Gent, BE
Here's the intro clip from almost two years ago :
April 17, 1994, X-Legged Sally did a concert in Cologne.
A little while ago, an audio recording was put on YouTube :
It sure proves that X-Legged Sally was one of the best bands ever to emerge from Belgium.
Marbin is touring again !
The band added:
We are selling only 100 Dirty Horse VIP Packages which you can get here for $100: https://marbinmusic.bandcamp.com/merch/dirty-horse-vip-package-limited-edition
Released on the 31st of December 2021, and keeping his promise to release one album per month in 2021, Pierre Vervloesem visits Brazil with "Minimal Tropical".
Expect soundtrack and animated movie material.
If that's enough to convince you:
'Uma Canção Irritante' is a deconstruction of Jobim's 'Corcovado',
And the superb 'Canção Do Tom' is a Frank Zappa inspired piece that features Morgan Ågren on the drums!!
What a great set of tunes to start the New Year !!
Happy 2022 everybody !
Composer, improviser, jazz saxophonist Bruno Vansina did a major catch-up move, the last couple of weeks.
Not only did he release several albums (old and new recordings) through his Bandcamp page, but he also made them available on CD.
Let's kick off with "St. Cecilia Recordings", a re-issue of the 2017 Vansina / Verbruggen / Gudmundsson album.
Recorded in 2008;
Mixed and mastered by Pierre Vervloesem in 2015;
Released on the Off Record label in 2017;
Re-released by Bruno Vansina in 2021.
Experimental / improvised music.
El Sobrino Del Diablo has just released a new album.
El Sobrino del Diablo, aka Juan Gómez González.
He contributed his version of FZ's 'The Illinois Enema Bandit' to the “Unmatched Vol.7” Frank Zappa tribute album in 2004.
On his “Music Is The Best” album, he released a Spanish version of FZ’s ‘Joe’s Garage’.
Both tracks can also be found on recent compilations.
Dweezil Zappa said :
It's Here!!! The Long-Awaited Joe Satriani Episode of RWTD.
My conversation with Joe about Van Halen's "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" was in-depth and it is spread into 2 episodes, each over an hour long!
The first episode is here for Christmas and the second episode will ring in the new year!