[Music] Ambient Fields – Ólafsfjörður

A hearty thanks to Geoff Gersh (Ambient Fields) for sending me an album of such spacious, head-filling music that I managed to unwind for the first time in a week.  All the effects created in this work are done with a guitar, some effects and a pump organ.  Taking inspiration from being in Ólafsfjörður, a small town in the north of Iceland, his location seeped deeply into these compositions.  This was a treat to listen to.

[Music] Silent Island – Stormvalley


I want to thank István Csarnogurszky, guitarist of Silent Island and musician in several amazing post-rock bands, for this new little gem of an album. His guitar playing is as fluid as ever, and as much as I like instrumental guitar albums, Csarnogurszky is ably supplemented by Gábor Károlyi on bass guitar and Mike Vecchione, who provides drum loops.

Dense, but not overwhelming. A very pleasant album to think to, but it can take you places if you want to concentrate solely on the music.

[Music] Yo Miles!: Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith – Upriver


To get an idea of just how stellar this collaboration is, simply take a look at who signed on to collaborate with American avant-jazz legends Wadada Leo Smith and Henry Kaiser:

Michael Manring – bass
Steve Smith – drums
Chris Muir – electric guitar
Tom Coster – keyboards
Karl Perazzo – percussion
Greg Osby – alto saxophone
John Tchicai – tenor and alto saxophones
Mike Keneally – electric guitar
with special guests:
Zakir Hussain – tabla & percussion (“On The Corner Jam“)
ROVA Sax Quartet [Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin) (“Black Satin“)
Dave Creamer – electric guitar (“Black Satin“)

This album a free-jazz masterpiece from 2005, is now available courtesy of Cuneiform Records, and is discounted this weekend to $7. Jump on it!

[Music] George Christian – Aos Pássaros Outonais


This release has to be one of the most pleasant surprises of the year. I knew that my Facebook contact George Christian, was a talented musician, but his latest release flows between Noël Akchoté-style improvisation to something as mellow as early Popol Vuh.  I look forward to hearing how his sound develops!