[Music] Web Web – Worshippers

Compost Records released an album by Web Web a few days ago which hit a sweet spot for me. The album is a magical combination of free improv (without the racket), kosmische musik, soul and fusion, laced with elements of trip-hop, hip-hop, and any other -hop which comes to mind. Joy Denalane’s voice is sumptuous. […]

[Music] Drew Schlesinger & David Torn – Summer Synthesis 1978

Considering this release, featuring guitarist David Torn and synthesizer player Drew Schlesinger, was made in 1978, I’m astounded as to how fresh it sounds.  There are a few spots where the recording might be a touch thin (I’m playing this album on the speakers of a relatively new iMac), but overall, this is very solid, […]

Bitches Brew Revisited on its 50th Anniversary — Avant Music News

Source: The Guardian. Fifty years on, it still does. Next month will mark the 50th anniversary of Bitches Brew, a pivotal album that altered the trajectory of jazz, messed with the boundaries of funk, and pushed psychedelic rock to new heights of exploration. A double set released in March 1970, Bitches greatly advanced a pattern […] […]

[Music] John Zorn’s ‘Naked City’ Reviewed for 30 Year Anniversary — Avant Music News

Source: Treblezine. Naked City is free jazz, at least some of the time. Free jazz didn’t just expand on the premise of jazz, it blew it to pieces, usually with the power of a lot of breath blown into a tiny reed. The free jazz Naked City is most indebted to is Albert Ayler, who […] […]

[Music] Elvis Costello & Bill Frisell – Weird Nightmare

I have to give a lot of credit to Elvis Costello.  His collaborations always surprise me.  And in this case, both he and guitarist Bill Frisell do wonders to an already avant-romantic work in Charles Mingus’ staple, Weird Nightmare. Lyrics Weird nightmare You haunt my every dream Weird nightmare Tell me what’s your scheme? Can […]