Muteant Sounds is a net label out of Florida who have reissued a minor treasure. This album pairs saxophonist Kenny Millions (born as Keshavan Maslak) and pianist Sergey Kuryokhin in what is a minor minimal masterpiece.
This is a two-track album, with the first track going into an eerie minor-key romp for twenty-five minutes, giving one the chills. The second track gets a touch more noisy, but maintains the aura of a film noir soundtrack.
Though Kuryokhin has been reposed for around 25 years now, his influence in the Russian improvisational scene still looms large, as does Millons‘.
Surely we could use a few prayers these days, considering the damage being wrought by the Corona Virus (and by idiotic local bureaucrats hell-bent on caging populations like monkeys in a zoo).
The Rahsaan Roland Kirk Quintet included Ron Burton on piano, Henry Pearson on bass, Richie Goldberg on drums and Joe Texidor on percussion in this video.
Avant-garde bebop seems to be the most fitting way to describe this release featuring saxophonist Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi (drummer Chris Corsano and bassist Darrin Grey) along with pianist Masahiko Satoh. No less than Jim O’Rourke gushes over the the musicianship of this improvisers, but this isn’t a racket-filled noise blast. The musicianship is astounding, free, and engaging, something a lot of improvisers can’t seem to make happen unless they’re truly something special. It seems that Sakata has been making music since the 1960s, so I have a bit of exploring to do on his previous work.
Norwegian saxophonist and composer Jan Garbarek never disappoints, but adding Mumbai-born master percussionist Trilok Gurtu makes his sound that much richer.
Did you expect that I’d pass up an opportunity to mix my two favorite things? Thanks to the Super Groovers for this relaxed cut. A Merry Christmas and much noise to all!
A wonderful fusion of world music and jazz from a young Turkish-Swedish composer, İlhan Erşahin.
Perhaps the greatest drummer jazz ever produced, Max Roach is heard here collaborating with the equally innovative Archie Shepp. The less I say about the politics of this otherwise awesome album, the better, however.