As far as I know, Rufus Harley is the ONLY jazz bagpiper, but I’d love to be proven wrong, as I have a fondness for both bagpipes and America’s finest genre of music. Ashwanta Jackson of Atlas Obscura gives a nice portrait of Rufus Harley and his rather unique influence on jazz.
Our friends at New York’s Forward Festival are near 50 hours away from closing their Kickstarter Page. Please donate now in order to support one of the best improv and experimental festivals in the United States!
Oriol Roca is a percussionist based out of Barcelona, Spain who has collaborated with improvisers like Jan Bang and Paolo Angeli. It seems the local Barcelona jazz and improv scene is becoming one of the best in the world.
Companyia Elèctrica Dharma are a band out of Barcelona, Spain. They manage to mix jazz (ethnic and free), fusion, progressive rock, and even touches of folk into their compositions.
I owe Leo Feigin of the stellar imprint Leo Records perhaps the greatest debt of my musical life. It was he who introduced me, via releases and correspondence, to the works of Sergey Kuryokhin and The Ganelin Trio somewhere near 30 years ago (how time flies…). This is the trio at their peak. Personnel: Vyacheslav …
The world of jazz mourned the loss of American pianist Geri Allen, who died on June 12th at the age of 60. Our good friends at La Montaña Rusa, one of Spain’s best jazz podcasts, offers a program in tribute to Geri here:
The Post-Decadent Singers are a group led by Mexican guitarist Hector Javier (H.J.) Ayala. Mellow, shimmering, improvisational music. H.J. is a cut above so many other experimental musicians out there. For more on Hector’s music, consider visiting his Bandcamp site.
Guy Segers was a member of the Belgian Rock-In-Opposition outfit Univers Zero, as well as their predecessor, Necronomicon. If you check out his CV, you’ll see he’s worked with some of the greatest musicians in all of progressive rock and its offshoots. Check out his Bandcamp site. He still releases music frequently, and offers title …
Cezary Lerski lived in Los Angeles last I remember, and his label should be sainted for providing so many re-releases of classic Polish Jazz. This new series is being handled by Languidity Records, and they also do amazing work. Liza Premiyak of The Calvert Journal has more here.
If this is all Noël Akchoté has to say, I’d say it’s quite a lot. Not since Derek Bailey has anyone, at least to my ears, make skeletal sketches sound to full. This is a solo album of standards sparsely arranged and performed on electric guitar. The most touching piece, Are You Lonesome Tonight, shows …