John Tejada is, by far, one of the most creative techno composers operating today. Certainly among the best in the United States.
The kings of Japanese Noise, Hijokaidan, have finally entered the digital music market.
Destruktionsanstalt is one of several monikers used by Danish composer Per Najbjerg Odderskov. Per is no stranger to this blog, as we had the pleasure of reviewing his previous release, Swedenborg, a master work of bleak ambient music. His latest release, Ex Bello Volaptus, builds on that foundation, at once creating something akin to SPK …
“Batsumi” Is A South African Gem Made In The Face of Oppression A classic jazz album from South Africa is highlighted. Ken Vandermark’s Indefatigable Drive and Avant-Garde Vision The leading light of American free jazz speaks. The New Wave of East African Sound A good primer on what new music is popping up in the …
The Amadinda Percussion Group does honor to this Lukas Ligeti composition. For more on Lukas, read this New York Times writeup here.
The Medeo Ensemble were a jazz-fusion band out of Almaty, Kazakhstan (then a part of the USSR). As far as I can tell, this is the only album they ever released, but it holds up nicely.
Garth Knox’s name is very familiar to me, as he was a member of the Arditti Quartet, whose interpretations of contemporary classical composers are flawless. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is a new name, as is the instrument he’s performing on, the hardanger d’amore.
I don’t think it’s possible to surpass the talent in this supergroup quartet, featuring drummer and bandleader Jack DeJohnette, double-bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski and his sometimes-collaborator, guitarist John Scofield.
The Durutti Column provide a shimmering instrumental from 1980 as Father’s Day nears.
Gang Of Four never got enough credit as one of England’s finest post-punk bands. Even when they went through a pop phase, they pulled it off with panache. Thankfully, this is prime era GoF.