Thanks to Mike Borella at Avant Music News who posted this just now. A big loss for all ECM and jazz fans…
Sad news as drummer Jon Christensen, who performed on many ECM recordings, has passed away. In the late 1960s Christensen played alongside Jan Garbarek on several recordings by the composer George Russell. He also was a central participant in the Jazz band, Masqualero, with Arild Andersen, and they reappeared in 2003 for his 60th anniversary. He appears on many recordings on […]
via RIP Jon Christensen — Avant Music News
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.
You haunt my every dream
Tell me what’s your scheme?
Can it be that you’re a part
Of a lonely broken heart?
Why must you torment me?
Pain and misery
In a heart that’s loved and lost
Take away the grief you’ve caused
Can’t sleep at night
Twist, turn in fright
With the fear that I’ll live it all again
In my dreams
You’re there to haunt me
When you say she doesn’t want me
I’ve been hurt
Do you know what that means?
Take away this dream you’ve born
Mend a heart that’s torn
That has paid the price of love
A thousand fold
Bring me a love
With a heart of gold…
During the 1970s, Japan was home to an amazing jazz and funk scene which has been poorly documented in the West. Thankfully, some amazing crate-diggers are putting a few lost gems into the forefront of the reissue market. This album is by drummer Akira Ishikawa, and the album blends funk, jazz and his love of African rhythms.
The more I hear doomjazz artists, the more enthralled I become with the genre. It sounds as though jazz-noir combines well with a nearly ambient aesthetic. Our latest case-in-point are the Australian group Vainoras and the altar of the drill. This release appeared out of nowhere last night, and it has had my ears perked up ever since.
There is a mellow, spacious, yet creepy vibe flowing throughout the album. It’s not unnecessarily noisy at all, which makes the experience much more pleasant. This is music to think and fume to.
The late Ginger Baker was one of the most powerful and innovative drummers to ever grace rock music, especially since he never truly considered himself a “rock” drummer, but rather a jazz drummer. You can hear it in this release where he collaborates with legendary bassist Bill Laswell and Gambian griot Foday Musa Suso for this 20-minute EP.
Suso and Baker play their instruments off of each other beautifully, while Laswell anchors the chaos. Recommended.
A great review of Tohru Aizawa Quartet’s classic, Tachibana, courtesy of Derek’s Music Blog:
Cult Classic: Tohru Aizawa Quartet-Tachibana. For many connoisseurs of jazz, especially seventies J-Jazz, one little known private pressing is their holy grail, and everywhere they go is the album they search for. There’s always the hope that in a backstreet record shop, antique centre or thrift store in a town or city somewhere in the […]
via CULT CLASSIC: TOHRU AIZAWA QUARTET-TACHIBANA. — dereksmusicblog
In 1995, I was approached by the owner of MA Recordings (a kind man whose name I have since forgotten) to sell some of his CDs on consignment. Among the releases was an album performed by Bulgarian pianist Milcho Leviev. He had several releases on this imprint because he was living in Los Angeles at the time, and it is one of my life’s regrets not having the chance to meet him.
Milcho passed away this week, and we bid him a fond farewell and a pleasant afterlife. Here he is collaborating with Bulgarian multi-instrumentalist and a friend of this blog, Theodosii Spassov.
Hot Rats was released 10th October in 1969! “The Hot Rats Sessions” box set celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest albums in the history of recorded music, and will be released on December 20th . The original 1969 Frank Zappa album was the first to be recorded on a prototype 16-Track Tape Machine. […]
via FRANK ZAPPA – ” Hot Rats ” 50th Anniversary — The Fat Angel Sings
A legend has departed. Ginger Baker passed away at age 80 today, October 6. He performed with some of rock’s (and fusion’s) greatest bands such as Cream, Blind Faith and even Public Image Ltd., while leading his own bands like Air Force (shown in the video) and collaborating with maestros like Nigeria’s Fela Kuti. RIP.
Santiago Fradejas’ latest release features him on electric guitar, with some effects, and he ends up making a sonic world which envelops you straightaway. For an experimental record, this one almost qualifies as pleasant listening, though there is always an element of tension and danger to each of his compositions. Seminal.