вторник, 23 ноября 2010 г.

Emergency! - Live In Copenhagen (2010)

Emergency! - Live In Copenhagen (2010)

Personnel:
Otomo Yoshihide: Guitar
Ryoichi Saito: Guitar
Hiroaki Mizutani: Bass
Yasuhiro Yoshigaki: Drums

Tracklisting:
1. Re-Baptizum (Yasuhiro Yoshigaki) [14:11]
2. Sing Sing Sing (Louis Prima) [13:39]
3. Fables of Faubus (Charles Mingus) [14:02]
4. The Inflated Tear (Rahsaan Roland Kirk) [15:03]

Documenting Emergency!’s first ever concert outside of Japan, this album presents a dynamic performance in the band’s original style of psychedelic swing, featuring a rocking rhythm section and roaring guitars working through three famous jazz tunes as well as one explosive original.

Recorded 12 July 2006 at Stubnitz, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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вторник, 2 ноября 2010 г.

Yuganaut - Sharks (2010)

Yuganaut - Sharks (2010)

Personnel:
Stephen Rush - Fender Rhodes, Micromoog, euphonium, etc
Tom Abbs - bass, violon, tuba, didjeridoo
Geoff Mann - drums, cornet, madoline, vibraphone

Tracklisting:

01 - Breakthrough
02 - Zhu
03 - Fade to Frenzy
04 - Landfill/Sharks
05 - Lost in the Field
06 - See Saw
07 - Local Motive
08 - Vger
09 - Wrenchwork
10 - Again, and Sweetly

It is somewhat easy to be fooled, by the playfulness of Yuganaut's musicians, into thinking that Sharks is a flippant album. So, as rapidly as the thought occurs let it perish. The music on this album is deep as the ocean of sound from where it comes, and the musicians do a fine job of exploring the tones and textures that abound, as the music deliberately tumbles from their various instruments, to make a confluence of dramatic sound which, in turn, tells a sonic story all its own. When bassist Tom Abbs chugs with pedal point behind the chopped colorings of percussionist Geoff Mann—both joining Stephan Rush as he howls through the bent pipe of his trombone—the shuffle of "Breakthrough/Zhu" unfurls from its Zen-like mode into a bloom of naked color.

Similarly, on "Fade to Frenzy," a kind of ironically backsliding visual feast which sounds like the expressionistic world of Dr Cagliari—whose footage was being played backwards—still sounds as thogh the track is moving ever onward. Abbs is a virtuosic musician, extending from the entire family of stringed instruments to some brass and woodwinds. Here he is heard kicking up a storm on tuba and that haunting instrument of the Australian outback, the didgeridoo. Also on bass and on cello ("Lost in the Field" and other tracks) Abbs holds notes long and hard, plying them with overtones that intensify their color and make for a wonderfully vivid palette of sound.

Rush is more of an experimentalist. As a musician, he does not seem rooted in any instrument, although he seems drawn to all things keyboard—a fact borne out by his penchant for bringing toys to the set—but all is soon forgotten when Rush picks up his trombone and bleats plaintively behind Mann's brassy interlude on "Lost in the Field," Abbs' mournful cello notwithstanding.

Mann is the most colorful musician of the trio, his percussion work the glue that binds much of the Sharks' music.. His ability to awaken vast palettes of color—rolling easily on snare drum or dropping dramatically placed bombs on his bass drum while sniping away at the bevy of cymbals—is a thing of rare beauty. "See Saw," "Local Motion" and "Vger" are outstanding examples of his fine sense of rhythm and melody, enrobed in a rhythm all its own.

Although the album rocks excitingly from track to track, the crowning moments come on the ultimate track, "Again and Sweetly," a sonic gem of sweeping expanse. While sounding utterly new, the musicians manage to improvise around myriad familiar songs that appear and disappear throughout; an agglomeration of sound that makes Sharks memorable long after the music dies. [allaboutjazz]

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Yuganaut - This Musicship (2008)

Personnel:
Stephen Rush - Fender Rhodes, Micromoog, euphonium, etc
Tom Abbs - bass, violon, tuba, didjeridoo
Geoff Mann - drums, cornet, madoline, vibraphone

Tracklisting:
01 - Running
02 - Stumblechuck
03 - Channeling
04 - Whacked In The Head
05 - Time Cycle
06 - Internal/External
07 - Missing Limbs
08 - Stimulus
09 - Gobble Gobble
10 - Statement
11 - Perspective
12 - Hymn For Roscoe

Music involves action and interaction. It has the ability to communicate, hint, allude, connote and refer not only beyond itself but also to itself. Whether or not the communication process is completely understood by all those involved, music allows for the messages to be particularized in the experience of the listener.

Yuganaut’s debut release, This Musicship, is a fascinating sonic exploration into the realms of free and ambient jazz. Inspired by one of the most important and still controversial figures of free jazz – Ornette Coleman – the freedom from the constraints of usual patterns is what allows Yuganaut to successfully communicate in a language all its own.

It’s formless, but not without an inner logic that ties it all together. The percussion and bass are in constant communication, continuously reacting to one another. Squeaks and squawks of elk calls and slide whistles are fully interwoven in tracks like Stimulus. With almost no ‘traditional’ jazz skills demonstrated, the absolutely engaging Time Cycle (drenched in turkey and duck calls) presents a fresh perspective in the world of sounds. The unique appeal of Yuganaut is this – because the band’s structure does not depend on traditional jazz skills and techniques, its sound requires the listener to judge unjudgementally.

Its free group improvising, quirky themes and solos are unpredictable, even on repeated listens. But tracks like Missing Limbs and Perspective manage somehow to be stunning each time. The spectacular depth to these compositions, such as mad scribbling sounds layered in space-like synth textures, allows listeners to take as much or as little away from it as they like. It incites a hunger to come back and explore for more.

As you approach the final tracks, the stimulating space-like sounds conjure up memories of Sun Ra’s cosmic sound explorations. Statement and Hymn for Roscoe are perhaps two of the best examples of this approach, because with a good pair of headphones on in a dark room, the temporary travel from all things earthly is spectacular. After spinning your imagination around for several minutes, Hymn for Roscoe returns to familiar musical grounds (with a lovely organ passage), that dissolves and reforms itself several times before leaving you all alone and silent.

This Musicship is an expression of three men – driven by an inspired and fearless abandon – who have come together to weave a sonic statement of utter brilliance. That being said, this is required listening for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of The Shape of Jazz to Come – literally.[Musesmuse]

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воскресенье, 10 октября 2010 г.

Angel - Angel (2010)

Angel - Angel (2010)

Personnel:
Stephan Sieben - guitar
Adam Pultz Melbye - double bass
Håkon Berre - drums

Tracklisting:

01 - John
02 - Sue
03 - Me
04 - Or
05 - Strive
06 - Chiks
07 - Heaven
08 - Ate

Angel unites three strong voices on the danish improv scene. The trio plays no-nonsense fire music that transcends the traditional role of each instrument as well as conventional conceptions of style, drawing from the influences of european and american free jazz as well as metal and punk. Angel's debut album was released on ILK 5th of February 2010.

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Lovedale - Coziness Kills (2010)

Lovedale - Coziness Kills (2010)

Personnel:
Jesper Løvdal - saxophone
Jacob Anderskov - piano
Jonas Westergaard - double bass
Cuong Vu - trumpet
Anders Mogensen - drums
Chris Speed - tenor saxophone, clarinet

Tracklisting:

1. Abdullah I 8:27
2. Cheers In Heaven 7:34
3. M/S Invention 9:02
4. Pudsig Pigtråd 11:13
5. Fra Flintholm Til Femøren 6:15
6. Coziness Kills 6:29
7. The Missing Manual 5:40
8. Sucre Trouvé 5:23


Coziness Kills is the third album with Lovedale following the Danish Music Award-winning album, Grill Music (Jazz album of the year 2007). The music is moving toward less form and more melody. Less conventions and more subtlety. Less genre and more universal music. Less Coziness. The CD proves a long musical cooperation Lovedale has had with Cuong Vu, since their first meeting on Grill Music. Chris Speed is probably the most personal clarinet and saxophone player in jazz today, giving the instruments a new lyrical sound.

Communicative and freely approached soul music is what this quartet is about. The sound is Nordic and Scandinavian though swingin' and the repertoire is mostly tunes by bandleader and saxophone player Jesper Løvdal.

Jakob Anderskov plays piano and is the hottest new name in Danish modern jazz right now. His piano playing is very personal which can be heard on the 2 albums he recorded with his trio including American bassist Michael Formanek.

Jonas Westergaard is playing upright bass in the band when he is not touring and playing with Oliver Lake, John Tchicai, Tim Berne, Michael Blake and Jimmy Cobb to mention some of the many musicians who use his energetic and melodic playing.

Anders Mogensen has been one of the leading modern jazz drummers in Denmark for the last 10 years. He has recorded with Gary Thomas, Niels Lan Doky, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Ray Anderson among many others. His playing is complex but swinging and his personal sound on the drums is an important part of the music played in the band.

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Lovedale - Grill Music (2006)

Lovedale - Grill Music (2006)

Personnel:

Jesper Løvdal - saxophone
Jacob Anderskov - piano
Jonas Westergaard - double bass
Cuong Vu - trumpet
Anders Mogensen - drums

Tracklisting:

1. Grill Music
2. Good Music
3. Into Orbit
4. Honestly
5. Ups and Downs
6. This One Goes to Thirteen
7. Better Music
8. The Sleeping Monster
9. Even Better Music

Jesper Løvdal is known for a warm sound on the tenorsaxophone, vitality and presence in his expression and a strong will to become one with the music. He is one of his generation's most diverse and remarkable talents with all of the jazz-history incorporated in his playing. The new CD from Lovedale, ”Grill Music”, (ILKCD122) is the group’s latest statement since the debutCD ”Lovedale” from 2004. In spite of having played together in this format for 6 years, the musicians still constantly challenge each other and with spontanity and a great appetite on music from all over the world, they have again recorded a very Lovedale-sounding CD. Free-spirit Lovemusic is a good name for the music, which also features US- trumpetplayer Cuong Vu. Being one oof the leading trumpetplayers of his generation with an unique sound and amazing energy, Cuong Vu has performed with Pat Metheny, David Bowie, Chris Speed and Dave Douglas. Bandleader Jesper Løvdal recieved the danish Bent Jædig-prize in 2005 for his convincing playing in all the expressions of jazz. The four members of Lovedale are personal composers, dedicated to play their own music, and they are all cornerstones in Lovedale’s warm sound and musical approach.

Grill Music recieved a Danish Music Award for ”Album of the Year” in 2007.

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пятница, 27 августа 2010 г.

Kiruna - Irun (2003)

Kiruna - Irun (2003)

Personnel:

Kåre Chr. Vestrheim - Rhodes, organ
Thomas Tofte - bass
Erland Dahlen - drums, percussion

Tracklisting:
1 - Chasing Tumbalo Ghori (6:08)
2 - Waters In The Dark (8:10)
3 - Siebab Retaw (4:14)
4 - A Brief Return Of Starlyn F. (4:30)
5 - Shepherd To The Forbidden Forest (5:39)
6 - The Irun Birds (8:47)
7 - Temple Of Tarasarus (5:11)

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воскресенье, 22 августа 2010 г.

Cult Junk Cafe - Cult Junk Cafe (1996)

Cult Junk Cafe - Cult Junk Cafe (1996)



  1. Morning Train Ritual (Ode to the Japanese Salary Man and Student) (6:31)
  2. Eigo ga jozu desu ne Part 1 (1:11)
  3. Nyarome from Earth (0:48)
  4. 114 (3:12)
  5. Upper Middle Hometown (2:28)
  6. Eigo ga jozu desu ne Part 2 (0:49)
  7. Can Jimmy Come Out and Play? (5:36)
  8. Genki Drink (1:08)
  9. Renalism (6:02)
  10. If You Drop Something... (3:44)
  11. Return of Nyarome (0:47)
  12. Re-entry Permit (2:06)
  13. A Man from North (5:25)

Cult Junk Cafe:
Kyota Yoshigami: guitar, buzz box
Yasuhiro Ohtani: guitar, sgx 2000
Kazutaka Sakamoto: piano, dx-7
Tsuguto Tsunoda: turntables, samples
Michael Hartman: drums

Guest:
Yoshihide Otomo (1, 3, 5, 8. 9, 11, 12): hand-made guitar, 6-string bass

Additional sounds by Todd Carter, Brent Gutzeit, and Michael Hartman (4)
Extra junk by Tsuguto Tsunoda, Yasuhiro Ohtani, Michael Hartman, Jin Sato, Miyuki Kodama, and Junco Okada (7)
Sampled voices by Tomomi Adachi (3, 11), Ami Yoshida (3, 9, 11), and Rena Kobayashi (9)

Recorded at Earth Studio by Naoaki Kose on February 25, 1996
Mixed at Western Sound Stuidos by Todd Carter and Michael Hartman on March 21-23, 1996
Design: Thomas Deater and Michael Hartman

Released 1996

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Francesco Diodati Neko - Purple Bra (2009)

Francesco Diodati Neko - Purple Bra (2009)

Personnel:

Francesco Bigoni - tenor sax
Francesco Diodati - guitar
Francesco Ponticelli - double bass
Ermanno Baron - drums

Tracklisting:

01. Kort (Diodati) 6:13
02. Neko (Diodati) 4:08
03. Purple Bra (Diodati) 6:38
04. Suvi (Diodati) 6:28
05. Finale Aspettato (Diodati) 4:21
06. Doctor BC (Diodati) 9:10
07. Krashing minds (Diodati) 2:33
08. Joy Plant (Diodati) 4:04
09. Hit (Diodati) 2:01
10. So Real (J. Buckley, M. Tighe) 5:59

The history of jazz has always favored the partnership of strong personalities, especially those of guitar and tenor saxophone collaborations. Memorable pairings have included: Jim Hall and Sonny Rollins, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, and Kurt Rosenwinkel and Mark Turner. Add to that list two Italian artists, guitarist Francesco Diodati and saxophonist Francesco Bigoni.

They make up half of Diodati's band NEKO, along with bassist Francesco Ponticelli and drummer Ermanno Baron. The quartet's debut, Purple Bra, highlights the saxophonist and guitarist's resonant playing, plus Diodati's writing, the leader having penned all but one of its nine tracks.

While steeped in jazz, NEKO doesn't shy away from the pervasive vernacular of rock, a global language understood beyond jazz. The title track exemplifies this direction, with Bigoni carrying the melody as Diodati drops thunderous guitar licks over aggressive beats. That is, until the persistence of the melody quiets the band, directing the players into a restrained and oh so hip swing. Diodati swaps thunder for tweaking guitar effects.

The band certainly can get loud, but noise is used sparingly. Mostly NEKO mines the interplay between groove and tension. The group can play lightning fast bebop ("Krashing Minds") or resigned ballads ("Joy Plant"), all the while with Diodati accenting the affair with interesting guitar effects that never distract from the music. Bigoni is best compared to Joe Lovano or Mark Turner, in that he seems never to play something that is ugly or vexed. On the beautiful and lightly melancholic "Neko" he soars, and on the duet "Hit," with acoustic guitar, his splintery solo is nearly heart-breaking.

The disc ends with a meditation on Jeff Buckley's pop song "So Real," starting off as loose threads of effects and tones and then coalescing into a beautifully stark folk song. The musicians successfully tip-toe the line between genres, making Purple Bra a most personal statement. [all about jazz]

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Kiruna - Tarasarus (2007)

Kiruna - Tarasarus (2007)

Personnel:

Kåre Chr. Vestrheim - Rhodes, organ
Thomas Tofte - bass, micromoog (track 3)
Erland Dahlen - drums, percussion

Special guests:
Rolf Yngve Uggen - lead guitar
Hallvard Wennersberg Hagen - electronics (right speaker)
Jens Petter Nilsen - electronics (left speaker)

Tracklisting:

01 - Preglow
02 - April 19
03 - Black Widow
04 - Winterkinder
05 - Raldo`s Autostrada
06 - Sirens Of A Lost City, Part I
07 - Sirens Of A Lost City, Part II
08 - San Francisco Car Chase
09 - Underworld
10 - Afterglow

Irritating and fascinating! This is the second album of this Norwegian band - really hard to catch ... It is said Thomas Tofte, Erland Dahlen and Kåre Vestrheim went into the studio without any set plan and developed the musical ideas through free improvisation. With the help of some guests 'Tarasarus' holds instrumental jamming sounds like coming from another planet. The studio line-up is presenting a gloomy avantgarde styled bouquet with spacey, industrial krautrock, fusion and heavy crushing elements. Lush and playful electronics are substituting electric guitars. The sound mix has turned out in a luxuriant manner.

The opener Preglow appears like a warmup - a mixture of electronic sounds with a spacey background. KIRUNA is gliding into April 19 then - a song which reminds me of Terje Rypdal first, escalating more and more with drums, organ and bass inspiring each other. Belonging to my favourites Black Widow follows with a fusion inspired groove and wonderful Rhodes add-ons. On Raldo's Autostrada the band is supported by guest guitarist Rolf Yngve Uggen (ex Gluecifer). Dynamic pure and my highlight. This song has reached for a comfortable place in my best of song collection in the meanwhile - what a powerful heavy psychedelic presence! The 'Bitches Brew' and Soft Machine inspired The Underworld shows the three basic instruments soloing and swirling around each other lead by a special dramaturgy - wow! The vinyl only bonus track San Francisco Car Chase finally attracts my attention because made up like a Weather Report inspired fusion piece.

KIRUNA defines an unique environment with the songs. As for a conclusion my feelings are so so - I like those already mentioned tracks very much - they are more catchy I would say. But with the others I'm not able to make friends (at least yet) because they are crossing an imaginary line - too weird and free-formed noisy. Anyhow - 'Tarasarus' will appeal to fans of an avantgarde experimental approach for sure. [Prog Archives]


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пятница, 23 июля 2010 г.

"Tapes" podcast

Hello, listeners!
Thank your for musical taste! Thank you for listening to me!
Today I proudly present my weekly podcast show called "Tapes". Me and my friend mix jazz, dub, lo-fi, psychedelic, hip-hop and other exotic music. Sometimes you can here rare russian exotic tunes!
It will be nice if you like it!

Here you are an 11th podcast. Lisn ta it, matafakaz!

Tracklist:

1. BGM — Recovery Room (Vanity Records, 1980)
2. Rammellzee — New Meaning (Tri-Eight Recordings, 2003)
3. Octavius — Monochrome (Mush, 2003)
4. Green Zone — Zulal (Disc Callithump, 2008)
5. DJ Eye — Live at The Metro, Kyoto, Japan 3/25/01 (Not On Label, 2001)
6. Internet2 — Loca academia de policía francesa (Cartilage recs, 2009)
7. Hanadensha — Seasky Rainbow (Circle Sunshine Records, 1997)
8. LSD March — Love (Beta-lactam Ring Records, 2007)
9. Christine 23 Onna — Mondo Nude Mode (Alchemy Records, 2009)
10. High Tone — Dirty Urban Beat (Jarring Effects, 2010)
11. The Naturists — Shaving Cream (Interactive Records, 1993)
12. Tapes — Helix Dub (Jahtari, 2009)

Gnu - Midnight Breakfast (2001)

Gnu - Midnight Breakfast (2001)

  1. Oriel (1:16)
  2. Sandcrawler (5:15)
  3. Straw People (4:07)
  4. Poster (2:21)
  5. Them (2:29)
  6. Slap Yuppie (2:01)
  7. Rubberband Soup (2:46)
  8. Round-1 (6:31)

All music by Masahiko Okura, except track 6, by Taiji Takahashi

Gnu
Masahiko Okura: alto sax, bass clarinet, keyboards, electronics
Shinichi Tsukamoto: keyboards
Taiji Takahashi: bass
Itoken: drums

Recorded by A/SK and Itoken at Laser Boy in March 2000, except track 1, by Masahiko Okura at Pink Sky in August 2001
Mixed by Masahiko Okura at Pink Sky
Mastered by Itoken at Mechanics Studio
Design by cubic music
Photographs and drawings by Masahiko Okura
Produced by Gnu

Released in October 2001

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четверг, 22 июля 2010 г.

Piero Bittolo Bon Jump The Shark - Sugoi Sentai! Gattai!! (2009)

Piero Bittolo Bon Jump The Shark - Sugoi Sentai! Gattai!! (2009)

Personnel:

Piero Bittolo Bon: alto sax, alto clarinet (5,6,9), flute (7), melodica (5,10)
Domenico Caliri: electric guitar, acoustic 12 string guitar (8,9,11)
Pasquale Mirra: vibes, glockenspiel (1,6)
Danielo Gallo: double bass, vox bass (4,8,10), prepared piano (5), national bike pump (10)
Federico Scettri: drums

nice guests:

Alfonso Santimone: hammond organ (11)
Gillian Quinlan: voice (8)

Tracklisting:

01 - Interstellar Turkish Kung Fu
02 - Cargo Cult
03 - La Loggia Dello Storione Greco
04 - Never Let Your Hats Alone
05 - Furgonauti
06 - Requiem for Four Triassic Triops
07 - Caporetto In My Mouth
08 - Heavy Metal Miss Jones
09 - Steve Sheldon's Nightmare
10 - 20 Goto 10
11 - Mambo Ricci

If jazz is dead, if the great masters aren't as great as they used to be, if Charlie Parker and Miles Davis' music is a relic of the past, how can you explain this record? Jump the Shark!'s Sugoi Sentai! Gattai!! is the debut album of one of the scene's best talents, the venetian altoist and clarinetist Piero Bittolo Bon.

Joined by four of the most brilliant musicians from the Italian new wave of improvisers, he carries out a refreshing, thirst-quenching and vivacious work, talking about the here and now, about this strange music we still insist to call jazz. Ornette and Dolphy being his inspirations (because jazz is history, after all), Henry Threadgill his putative father, Tim Berne the inescapable touchstone. New York lays at the horizon, Chicago behind the shoulders and Venice all around.

The breaking news is that Italian jazz is alive. Jump the shark and enjoy the trip![El Galo Rojo]

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воскресенье, 6 июня 2010 г.

Mickey Finn + Cuong Vu - Gagarin! (2009)

Mickey Finn + Cuong Vu - Gagarin! (2009)

Personnel:
Coung Vu: trumpet, fx
Enrico Terragnoli: guitars, podophono
Giorhio Pacorig: rhodes, piano
Danilo Gallo: acoustic bass guitar, 12strings bass, doublebass
Zeno De Rossi: drums, percussion

featuring Carla Bozulich vocals on #7

Tracklisting:
01. The Lady Is a Trans (Danilo Gallo)
02. Again, Again (Cuong Vu)
03. Serpente (Enrico Terragnoli)
04. I Met Einstein In A Dream (Zeno De Rossi)
05. Land Mine (Giorgio Pacorig)
06. Gian Maria Volonte' (Zeno De Rossi)
07. I Can't Feel It Anymore (De Rossi / Bozulich)
08. Jean Gabin (Zeno De Rossi)
09. ... And Again (Cuong Vu)
10. Amy (Danilo Gallo)

A truly remarkable quintet, Mickey Finn, embellished by Cuong Vu's trumpet: electric sounds - echoes of Miles Davis in the Seventies and English rock, posterities from Chicago and some funk - spreading in dreamlike and restless landscapes, haunted by low-fi ghosts.
Excellent performance by Giorgio Pacorig on keyboards and Enrico Terragnoli on guitar, backed by a sulphurous Danilo Gallo on bass and by Zeno De Rossi on drums, while Cuong Vu, as usual, paints his poignant and lysergic lines.
One of the songs also features of Carla Bozulich's intense voice. The album pays tribute to Soviet aviator and cosmonaut Jurij Alekseevič Gagarin, the first man in space.
[el gallo rojo]

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среда, 2 июня 2010 г.

Katayama Hiroaki Quartet - Quatre (2002)

Katayama Hiroaki Quartet - Quatre (2002)

(Studio Wee, SW207) (Japan) (CD)


  1. For You (9:48)
  2. Sous le Ciel de Paris (7:22)
  3. March (9:02)
  4. Quatre (5:30)
  5. Hallelujah (9:55)
  6. Por una Cabeza (5:45)
  7. Improvisation (3:17)
  8. Nairobi Star (Dedicated to Akira Ishikawa) (7:33)

Music by Fumio Itabashi (1, 8), Hubert Giraud (2), Hiroaki Katayama (3, 4), Ieonard Cohen (5), and Carlos Gardel (6)

Hiroaki Katayama Quartet
Hiroaki Katayama: tenor sax
Fumio Itabashi: piano
Nobuyoshi Ino: bass
Yasuhiro Yoshigaki: drums, percussion

Produced by Hiroaki Katayama and Hiroaki Wakiya
Recorded at Ongaku no Mori Hall in Kobuchisawa on February 26 and 27, 2002
Mixed at Gumbo Studio in Yokohama on March 4 and 5, 2002
Engineered by Shinji Kawase
Mastered by Hiroshi Shiota
Design and photography by Tomoo Maruono

Released April 2002

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Sim & Moe Kamura - Common Difference (2006)


Sim & Moe Kamura - Common Difference (2006)

(MIDI Creative, CXCA-1199) (Japan) (CD)


  1. 6:4:6 (5:56)
  2. Along the River (7:18)
  3. Sis (8:30)
  4. Sea Song (9:31)
  5. Roota (8:23)
  6. Arm Connect (6:59)
  7. Keep the Altitude (6:52)

All music by Teruyuki Oshima except on track 4, by Robert Wyatt, and vocals on track 7, by Moe Kamura
All words by Moe Kamura and Teruyuki Oshima except on track 4, by Robert Wyatt

sim
Teruyuki Oshima: guitar, computer
Yoshio Otani: computer, electronics
Masahiro Uemura: drums

Moe Kamura: vocals

Produced by Teruyuki Oshima
Recorded by Teruyuki Oshima at Studio Seisho and others
Mixed by Teruyuki Oshima at Studio 201
Mastered by Shoji Hiromits at Sara Disc
Artwork by Teruyuki Oshima
Design by Ai Komoto
Includes liner notes in Japanese by Atsushi Sasaki and Moe Kamura

Released in October 2006

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воскресенье, 23 мая 2010 г.

Sim & Otomo Yoshihide - Monte Alto Estate (2009)


Sim & Otomo Yoshihide - Monte Alto Estate (2009)

(Doubtmusic, dmf-127) (Japan) (CD)


  1. 5.5mm (6:51)
  2. Freska (5:08)
  3. Oom (8:10)
  4. Am (6:01)
  5. Boot (6:46)
  6. Disk 1 (9:59)
  7. Supremo (5:51)
  8. Exit (6:12)
  9. Dig (6:19)

All compositions by Teruyuki Oshima

Sim
Teruyuki Oshima: guitar
Yoshio Otani: electronics, computer, etc.
Masahiro Uemura: drums

Otomo Yoshihide: turntables, self-made synthesizer

Recorded by Ichiro Ishida at GOK Sound, Tokyo, January 8, 2009
Mixed by Teruyuki Oshima
Mastered by Hiromits Shoji
Cover design by Yuichi Ide
Produced by Teruyuki Oshima and Jun Numata

Released in April 2009

Highly highly recomended!

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вторник, 27 апреля 2010 г.

Ted Reichman - My Ears Are Bent (2006)

Ted Reichman - My Ears Are Bent (2006)

Personnel:
Ted Reichman: piano, electronics, guitar, bass, percussion, pump organ;
Mary Halvorson: electric guitar;
John Hollenbeck: drums.

Tracklisting:
01 - Every Man To His Taste
02 - Peace Father
03 - I Know Nothing About It
04 - Nun
05 - It Is Almost Sacred
06 - Come to Jesus
07 - My Ears Are Bent

Composer/accordionist Ted Reichman is an integral part of the New York musical community, whether he's leading the Ted Reichman Emigré Band or playing as sideman in John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet. For My Ears Are Bent, Reichman takes the accordion right out of the picture. Instead, he employs pump organ, percussion, bass, guitar and piano (plenty of piano) to create a set of austere, anxious pieces that are more instrumental mood-rock than outright improv.

Reichman is accompanied by electric guitarist Mary Halvorson (on some of the tracks) and drummer John Hollenbeck (whose playing is more prominent and whose contributions to the recording are substantial). The opener, "Every Man to His Taste, feels like a sweetly prayerful invocation as Reichman's piano repeats a mantra-like melodic phrase, his pipe organ humming alongside as Hollenbeck's unerring snare gently drives the band forward. This is rock music, pure and simple. Its layering of a repeated musical phrase and Halverson's gloriously untechnical guitar lines very much bring to mind the intelligent pop optimism of the long-disbanded Feelies or the still-vital Yo La Tengo—although Hollenbeck's crisp, perfect time will never be mistaken for that of Yo La Tengo drummer Georgia Hubley.

"Every Man to His Own Taste, however, is something of a red herring, because in its wake, the album gets very dark. What follows are essentially piano/percussion duets whose anxious, minor-key piano melodies, layered, clanking percussion and close, wet ambience make for some unsettling listening. An examination of the song titles ("Nun, "It Is Almost Sacred, "Come to Jesus, "Peace Father ) and an even-casual hearing of their creepy, spookhouse piano ostinati make it difficult to avoid the conclusion that Reichman is taking a decidedly stark and ungauzy look back at an unpleasantly old-school Catholic upbringing.

"Come to Jesus shares the same descending melody as "Peace Father, and to some extent, they're different sides of the same haunted-attic environment. "I Know Nothing About It follows dissonant, panic-attack pianos with a tempo-less middle section of chiming percussion, subdued electric guitar skronk (brittle and grinding, but quiet) and droning organ, before a final in-tempo section where Hollenbeck's explosive kick and snare become downright dub-inflected. It's very good, and more cohesive than the above description would suggest.

The title track that ends the disc breaks the tension, at least partially—like "Every Man to His Own Taste, it's a slow-layered alt-rock tune that repeats and builds a simple melodic phrase over Hollenbeck's flawless kit work. It's just a shade short of anthemic, yet even the sighing vocal "ooooohs that join in during the last two minutes can't quite dispel the thorniness of the preceding pieces. You won't hear another recording like My Ears Are Bent. It's not quite the Brooklyn improv scene's version of The Wall, but in its unflinchingly anti-nostalgic and claustrophobic mood, it's close.

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Twin Tail - Everything Is Permitted (2008)

Twin Tail - Everything Is Permitted (2008)

Personnel:
Katsui Yuji (from Rovo, etc.) - Violin
Nakamura Tatsuya - Drums
Terui Toshiyuki - Bass
with
Takara Kumiko - Vibraphone (2, 3)

Tracklisting:
01 - Born To Fight (07:17)
02 - Is The Winner Always Right? (11:29)
03 - The Rain Stab God's Palm (07:11)
04 - Wander Alone Like A Rhinoceros (08:14)
05 - Blood Wash Waterfall (11:05)
06 - Let's Get Lost (12:57)
07 - Everything Is Permitted (Live) (07:04)

Highly recomended!

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The Dead Kenny G's - Live 2005-04-15

The Dead Kenny G's - Live 2005-04-15

The Dead Kenny G's
April 15th, 2005
The Winchester
Lakewood, OH

Personnel:
Mike Dillon - drums & percussion
Skerik - saxaphonics
Brian Haas - keys

Source: Neumann AK40(DIN, 15'back) > LC3 > KM100 > Sonosax > Apogee AD-500e > JB3
Transfer: JB3 > Firewire > Sound Forge 7.0(fades, 48>44.1) > CDWave > Flac Frontend>mp3 converted
Taped & transferred by K. C. Cadwallader

== SET I ==

disc 1:
01. Improv
02. Improv
03. Improv
04. Improv
05. Improv
06. Improv

== SET ==

disc 2:
01. As It Will Be
02. Improv
03. Improv
04. Drum solo
05. Improv
06. Improv
07. Improv
08. Improv
09. Improv

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среда, 21 апреля 2010 г.

The Dead Kenny G's - Live 2005-01-13

The Dead Kenny G's - Live 2005-01-13

Personnel:
Skerik: tenor saxophone, boxxx, rhodes electric piano, micromoog synthesizer, efx.
Mike Dillon: drums, vibraphone, percussion, tabla
Brad Houser: bass, baritone saxophone

Set contains 9 songs and runs for 77 minutes. Great gig.

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Piston Ltd. - Domestic Engine (2007)

Piston Ltd. - Domestic Engine (2007)

Tracklisting:

1 - Strainer
2 - Resilent Washer
3 - Hollow Bolt
4 - Gudgeon Pin
5 - Exhaust Pipe Flange
6 - Crankshaft
7 - Elbow Nipple
8 - Lift Eye

Piston Ltd. is a Xploding Plastix's side project.

The band is presented like this:
Jens Petter Nilsen - jump starts, cabling, grease and maintenance.
Hallvard W. Hagen - mechanics and hydropneumatic tank systems.
Erland Dahlen - pumps, power sprayers and centrifugal pump units.
Bjørn Charles Dreyer - plunger, power hosts and drainage point systems.

Piston Ltd. press release:

Steady and reliable – that's the Marna-motor, which has put-putted its way into the soul of seafaring Norwegian folk since 1918 and is now Norway's last gas-powered boat motor still in production.

This workhorse of Norway's coast has been the inspiration for one of the year's riskiest and most exciting musical experiments, sometimes in its original gas-reeking and hypnotic form, but most often in a substantially enhanced version, adding spice to compositions that are playful and uncompromising.

With the publication of "Domestic Engine," Piston Ltd. has shown that the history of coastal industries belongs not only in dusty museums and old books, but can be successfully fused together with music and improvisation in the 21st century.

"Domestic Engine" takes you along on a fascinating, variety-filled journey into musical harbors where few if any have gone before, sometimes on an open sea with nature's powers in full force, other times on a sea of glass where the powers of deep undercurrents can still be felt.

Getting human and machine to function together in a smooth symbiosis is definitely not a task for unseasoned wayfarers, so the crew was carefully handpicked to meet this musical challenge.

Piston Ltd. is the only band in the world for which 5 liters of gas and SAE 10s-30 41 Texaco Multigrade HD Motor Oil is as natural a lubricant as dry white wine and a good Bordeaux.

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суббота, 20 февраля 2010 г.

Anima Mundi (Vazquez-Yoshigaki Project) - Primer Encuentro (2007)

Anima Mundi (Vazquez-Yoshigaki Project) - Primer Encuentro (2007)

(Glamorous Records, EWGL-0010) (Japan) (CD)


  1. Tal Vez Llueva (9:42)
  2. Reconstrucción (5:12)
  3. El Trance del Almuerzo (6:03)
  4. En Foco (11:01)
  5. En Juliana (7:11)
  6. Salida de Camiones (7:56)
  7. Baile en el Playón (6:31)
  8. Siete Hojas Flotando (13:47)
  9. En una Gota que Gira (4:00)

Santiago Vazquez: cajon, tabla, bombo, tambourine, kalimba, berimbau, gongs, thinking bowls, slit drum, caxixi, toys, horn, plant, voice, etc.
Yasuhiro Yoshigaki: drums, surdo, tambourine, talking drum, cymbals, bells, thinking bowl, berimbau, kalimba, caxixi, shaker, toys, voice, etc.
Kumiko Takara: vibraphone, antique cymbals, bass marimba, slit drum, engelhart, shaker, kalimba, tube horn, etc.
Yoichi Okabe (1-8): conga, bougarbou, tinbau, cajon, shaker, triangle, caxixi, cymbals, talking drum, beans, etc.
Alejandro Franov (1-8): piano, keyboards, sitar, wood flute, voice, dance
Uchihashi Kazuhisa (1, 2, 4, 8): guitar, daxophone, effects
GOMA (3, 7, 9): didjeridu

Produced by Yasuhiro Yoshigaki
Recorded by Tatsuki Masuko at IRC2 Studio, July 9 and 10, 2006
Mixed by Tatsuki Masuko at Float, October 30 and 31, November 1, and December 12, 2006
Mastered by Shuji Kitamura at Audio City, December 21, 2006
Photos and art direction by Hideaki Sasaki
Artwork by workshy-Oishi
Includes Japanese liner notes by Yasuhiro Yoshigaki

Released in March 2007

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вторник, 16 февраля 2010 г.

ABCs - ABCs (2001)

ABCs - ABCs (2001)

Personnel:
Gabriel Andruzzi - saxophone, guitar
Pete Cafarella - accordion, synthesize
Josh Blair - drums

Tracklisting:
01 - Luni 3
02 - 'Lil Lucky 7's
03 - Luni 2
04 - (Uh) Duh
05 - Newts
06 - Tiny Surgeons

This dynamic trio consists of Gabriel Andruzzi ( The Rapture) on sax, Pete Cafarella (Shy Child) on accordion, and Josh Blair of Orthrelm on drums -- a hardcore trio with free jazz intentions. Formed in 2000, the band wins crowds with their hypnotic, Steve Reich-like compositions. Their 2001 album ABCs on Troubleman Records follows this pattern with high-energy instrumental compositions focusing more on layer than melody.

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вторник, 26 января 2010 г.

Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid/Mats Gustafsson - Live @ Meltdown Festival, London (20.06.2009)

Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid/Mats Gustafsson - Live @ Meltdown Festival, London (20.06.2009)

Personnel:
Kieran Hebdan - electronics, sampler, laptop
Steve Reid - drums
Mats Gustafsson - sax

Following the release of their fourth collaborative record, NYC, at the end of 2008, Kieran Hebden AKA Four Tet and jazz drummer Steve Reid, perform a special gig with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.

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четверг, 14 января 2010 г.

Ben Perowsky Quartet - Esopus Opus (2009)

Ben Perowsky Quartet - Esopus Opus (2009)

Personnel:
Ben Perowsky: drums,
Chris Speed: clarinet, tenor saxophone;
Ted Reichman: accordion;
Drew Gress: bass.

Tracklisting:
01 - Key Lime
02 - Manic Depression
03 - Within You Without You
04 - Esopus Opus
05 - Perolas
06 - New Um Talvez
07 - Flying
08 - Murnau On The Bayou
09 - Present Distance
10 - Red Hook.

A ubiquitous presence in the Downtown New York scene, drummer Ben Perowsky founded and co-led the proto-fusion band Lost Tribe, served in Elysian Fields, Joan as Policewoman, and the Lounge Lizards, while continuing to perform sideman duties for Steven Bernstein, Uri Caine, Dave Douglas, and John Zorn, among others.

An artist with eclectic interests, the debut of Perowsky's new quartet, Esopus Opus, features myriad genres—from classic rock covers and Brazilian favorites to his own mercurial originals. Interestingly, Perowsky's group inadvertently mirrors fellow percussionist John Hollenbeck's flagship ensemble, the Claudia Quintet. Both line-ups feature Chris Speed (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Ted Reichman (accordion), and Drew Gress (bass), with Hollenbeck's Quintet adding vibraphonist Matt Moran to the mix.

Despite similarities in personnel, Perowsky approaches writing for the same basic instrumentation from a different angle, drawing deeper from folk forms and popular music than Hollenbeck, whose more formal approach embraces aspects of neo-classicism and minimalism. Like two sides of the same coin, Perowsky uses a similar palette to obtain different results; his appealingly ragged tunes are more akin to punk rock than classical music.

A latecomer to jazz, Perowsky spent his formative years playing in rock bands. His choice of cover tunes reveals a fondness for the genre, with a knack for creatively reinterpreting straightforward pop melodies without abstracting them beyond recognition. Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression" is given a spirited collective treatment, while George Harrison's epic "Within You Without You" slowly builds in poignancy. Bolstered by Reichman's soaring accordion, Hermeto Pascoal's lush "Nem Um Talvez" enjoys a colorful reading, while The Beatles' tender "Flying" exemplifies unadorned splendor.

Eclectic to a fault, the album's original tunes veer from funky blues ("Key Lime") and cartoonish ebullience ("Esopus Opus") to testimonial Gospel ("Murnau on the Bayou") and a modal waltz ("Present Distance"). Perowsky even internalizes the classic rock of his youth, liberally quoting Argent's 1972 hit "Hold Your Head Up" on the moody closer, "Red Hook."

Beyond the catchy tunes, the record's lasting appeal rests in the stellar capabilities of Perowsky's veteran sidemen. Gress' subterranean bottom end complements the leader's percussive thrashings with machine-like precision while Reichman's rich chordal voicings lend an exotic air; his sonorous pedal tones provide the group with a vast, expansive sound. Playing clarinet for the majority of the session, Speed delivers a number of breathtaking statements, most notably on the Coltrane-esque "Present Distance," which features a lengthy, unfettered tenor solo—something one rarely hears on his own records.

A compelling statement from an up and coming new voice, Esopus Opus is a raw, enthusiastic exploration of the endless possibilities of contemporary music. [allaboutjazz]

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воскресенье, 10 января 2010 г.

Black Frames - Solarallergy (2002)

Black Frames - Solarallergy (2002)


"Solarallergy" is a jazz and groove studio album by Black Frames. Black Frames is a collaborative project by Mike Dillon, Earl Harvin, Skerik and Brad Houser from 2002. The album was accompanied by a national tour. Between the musicians are long-time associations: Dillon and Harvin from Ten Hands and Billy Goat; Skerik, Houser and Dillon from Critters Buggin. Though Dillon and Harvin are primarily percussionists, for "Solarallergy" all members are credited for percussion. Each musician is also credited for composition. [wiki]

Personnel:

Skerik - tenor saxophone, marimba, fancy sax
Mike Dillon - vibes, marimba, tabla, percussion
Earl Harvin - drums, vibes, marimba, guitar
Brad Houser - bass, sentir, timpani

Tracklisting:

01 - 25 Billion Stars Per Human (Dillon, Harvin)
02 - French Farse (Harvin)
03 - Hafta (Dillon)
04 - Sonic Vapor (Skerik, Houser)
05 - Mallet Cut (Dillon)
06 - Turbulance (Dillon)
07 - White Envelopes (Harvin)
08 - Gophers (Dillon, Harvin)
09 - Lucky Dog (Houser)

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