Imagine a Japanese Tina Turner clone singing on top of a muffled, claustrophobia-inducing drum & bass track upholding a 60s soul groove. This is the glorious mess Thomas Gerendás and his collaborators have made.
I don’t know what is going on in France that is drawing in such amazing talent from outside her borders (it’s probably the incredibly good quality of local performers who are developing massive catalogs and worldwide respect for their bodies of work), but the country is seeing a small explosion of creativity. One case-in-point is the Mexican guitarist Hector Javier Ayala. He has begun releasing some incredible CDs recently (his newest will be reviewed here soon, but this particular album was done in collaboration with drummer Cedric Lemaire. The recordings are sparse, but gel together quite nicely. A lot of the material reminded be of Derek Bailey and is free improvisations with percussionists around the world.
Elias Rahbani was the youngest of the legendary Rahbani Brothers, but was equally as talented as Assi and Mansour were.
Cuneiform Records can do no wrong to these ears. Sonar are a band out of Switzerland who produced a tight, punchy post-rock that made for enjoyable evening listening.
My Bay Area-based jazz heads will be in for a treat in early October. Gary Monheit and Dan Krimm, who exceptionally talented performers and improvisers, have been playing together off and on for 35 years, and they flow together beautifully. They have a new CD to promote, and Yoshi’s will host their performance on October 3.
We highlight some of the most notable jazz releases of the last three months.
via The Summer in Jazz Releases — Bandcamp Daily
via OORSPRONG curators series/OCS edition September 19 2016 — OORSPRONG curators series
Hoy se celebra en México el día de la Independencia. En lugar de evocar a los héroes de la Independencia, lo haré a mí manera, evocando a uno de los héroes literarios que ha dado este país, y lo celebro compartiendo este enorme clásico no solo de México, sino universal, el maravilloso Pedro Páramo (1955). Si […]
via Pedro Páramo, de Juan Rulfo (Pdf) — Poecraft Hyde
via Oedipus Rex — Max Ernst — Biblioklept
The rising star stays grounded with her strong working relationships and control over her own image, never sacrificing warmth or artistry.
via Angel Olsen, Down to Earth — Bandcamp Daily
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