Here's one that takes us back to our comic book summers back in the 70s! Vibist Gregg Bendian composed a suite of tracks dedicated to the late, great Jack Kirby – passed since 1994, and a landmark comic artist for 40 years, with a slew of work at Marvel and DC, plus many smaller companies, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Exactly the kind of a record to show that Peter Brotzmann's lost none of his fire and creativity – a set of duets with Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, who also plays a bit of electronics on the set! The sound is quite fierce at the start – with the bracing quality that first brought ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peter Brotzmann/Han Bennink/Fred Van Hove —
FMP 0130 ... CD Atavistic/Unheard Music Series, 1973. Used ...
Another amazing set of way out jazz, and atonal sound bursts from Brotzmann – and another long lost recording once again available thanks to the Unheard Music Series. This set has the legendary scorcher working in a trio on sax and clarinet, Han Bennick on drums and all sorts of odd ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mats Gustafsson & David Stackenas —
Blues ... CD Atavistic, 2005. Used ...
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Mats Gustafsson – a series of duets with guitarist David Stackenas, all done as tributes to blues greats of years past! As with other "tribute" projects by artists like Gustafsson or Ken Vandermark, the core ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Not an all together inappropriate title on this CD! Monsoon is basically a single, nearly 50 minute live untitled session slowly propelled by William Hooker's pounding drum work, Lee Renaldo's trademark hissy electric guitar effects washing over, and Roger Miller's electric bass and looping ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Wild early work from avant jazz genius Joe McPhee – and a set that's actually pretty darn funky too! This rare indie release features 3 long tracks – two of which were recorded live, with a tight combo that includes a very funky drummer! The album kicks off with the hard wailing " ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very unusual little album – even for a musician as experimental as Joe McPhee! This rare 1974 session has McPhee in a series of acoustic/electric duets with John Snyder – improvised numbers that feature Joe on trumpet, saxes, and a range of percussion instruments – plus Synder ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brilliant new work by the Vandermark 5 – Chicago's groundbreaking avant jazz ensemble headed by Ken Vandermark, and featuring Jeb Bishop on trombone, Kent Kessler on bass, Tim Mulvenna on drums, and Dave Rempis on alto and tenor. The group's got a poise and a brilliance that recalls the best ... (Jazz) read moreCD
More greatness from the Vandermark 5 – and proof that the genius of Ken Vandermark is burning brighter than ever! The set features 8 razor sharp tracks – including "The Trouble Is", "Ground", "In Focus", "The Cooler", and "Roulette". (Jazz) CD
Ken Vandermark's a hell of a genius on his own – but he's also pretty darn generous as well! Vandermark is easily one of the greatest living saxophonists working today, yet he's never one to toot his own horn (no pun intended) – and instead goes out of his way to credit the artists who' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The intensity of this group keeps on growing with each release – and this one is a blinding array of influences, tributes, and incredibly tight musicianship. The recording differs from earlier ones in that it's got a strongly pronounced guitar, played by Jeb Bishop, who also doubles on ... (Jazz) read moreCD