Join the decade of an artistic creativity of marvellous guitarist Deva Budjana by getting his FREE sampler via bandcamp, or even a whole discography for the special prices only and for the limited time. Those who are willing to see the gigs ,please scroll down to see the UK tour dates and try to find the best for yourself to attend. That must be heard to be fully understood and appreciated. This is not a usual band by any meaning. Hope to see you around there …
Today is a lucky day . One of the rarest tittles from legendary Crammed Disc label : Yasuaki Shimizu’s “Music For Commercial” , being No* 12 of their famous Made To Measure series had been reissued. M2M was exploring the contemporary and progressive music between ’86 – ’95 and series contains some of the real treasures. I own 16 titles from that series out of 36 issued and this one is one of the missing, so I am very looking forward to get it.
Our dear friends in music from MoonJune Records, Iapetus & Audio Anatomy put their act together managed to realise this wonderful Stick Men’s album :
It is difficult to not recognise Silke’s personal touch for someone like myself who is so familiar with her recordings. Accordingly the reason for that is exactly this tradition following path she continues to step on. As a die hard fan of Dolphy’s, Coleman’s or Mingus’ music I am finding the natural consequence in what she is doing. Additionally the fact that she made another recording with trio she long time co-operates with guaranties the flow that I like so much in her music. It took ten years to get back to Intakt but it was same worth awaiting for as it was a duo she debuted there with.
From an opening Ding Dong, which is a facetious act with its walk & door opening noises it takes one straight into the the serious game. You can hear that this section is a super comfort zone to her. She can fly high and she does it on the heart rate. Al that rhythmical figures that evolved from Dolphy’s tradition, she not only perfected and adopted her own style and sense of humour but also perfected conceptually. (Potsa Lotsa reviews’re here & here)
Following Willsau Suite is a longest piece on that set and it possesses this looseness in form suggesting it being vastly improvised. Silke leads here doubtlessly and the section follows with great feeling. Everyone has enough space to include the solo into the tissue. As well as contribute into fast running ideas coming to the table. Roder’s Bass sounds wonderfully natural walking with such a feeling of pace, which adds vastly into highly imaginative sax lines. The way the Drums comes together with framing space-scape embracing sax cannonades She blows out is nothing but genial.
Here is where complete Lubke’s Tour de Force takes place. And walking with Silke like that takes a lot of guts, believe me. This is also the best piece on here. Hugely imaginative and with quirky sense of humour. And some dirty jokes had being said between the lines too. Here tears and laughs merge into one. Tensions find perfect culminations and then realise back into an open space.
Additional piquancy comes from the short figurative interludes, which are acting like little brakes but also a foreplays: Schlappen, Towels, Wake Up Call and closing Last Order are all like that.
Funky named Mininatur explores the series of pictures gently sketched by Silke’s sax underlined with fat and dance bass walks. All that on the carefully brushed percussive background which is like a snowy-white page for them.
This, then 8915 and Verstecker Kitch are all reminding me the mood present in Arthur Blythe & David Eyges collaborations. Or Julius Hemphill with Abdul Wadud, but obviously spiced and energised with Eberhard’s own temper. Ogh,…Yammy !
The Kanon, beautifully looped into the rhythmic repetitions from the section is a Bass Clarinet bravado wonderfully executed, but also highly demanding on partnering musician’s empathy and musical imagination. My absolutely 2nd best here. It continues in further triumphal clarinet walk in the Schirm. A dark suspense-ish theme stepping into the fade like Davis’ tunes composed for The Lift to the Scalfold, an iconic French Noir Movie.
This is fantastic recording which I continue to return to and listen for more. You wouldn’t believe how many layers are still waiting there to be revealed. That made one great soundtrack to ongoing holiday laziness spiced with an intriguing intellectual twists.
Just the way I love it !
INTAKT CD 280 PR: here
Silke Eberhard Trio – The Being Inn: buy this music here
RCD2194 / RLP3194
Release date: August 25
Guitarist and composer Terje Rypdal (1947) is probably as close as one gets to a living legend in Norwegian music. Born in Oslo on 23rd August, Rypdal was already a star at home in his teens with pop-rock group The Vanguards. This was followed by the timely and inevitable passage through psychedelia with quartet The Dream, releasing their only album, Get Dreamy, in 1967.
Limited quantity of Dusan Jevtovic’s second studio album “On The Edge”, recorded in 2008 at Indi Studios, Barcelona, Spain, and released on Indi Records in 2009, is available now via MoonJune. Dusan Jevtovic is Serbian born guitarist, based in Barcelona since 2001.
Tim Daisy’s Relay records announces new TRIPTYCH realise on Bandcamp.
Pre-order of Triptych – Michael Thieke : Tim Daisy : Ken Vandermark (Relay 019) is available now. Check the sample track one. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released
This Trio is a cut out from the Pimpono Ensemble, just a Polish wing, so it will be interesting to see what sort of Slavic vs Scandinavian element had been kept in this music comparing to the big squad. As they got some program assumptions clearly displayed in the name of the band I am always craving for a Beauty then I was all ears. All compositions came from the band mates collectively. Four from Bass-man , five from Sax-man and two from the drummer.
From first strike, called Yakuza, it was clear that it is going to be more focused, more open dialogue. Bass is ploughing arco here making the ground for saxophone monologue densely seasoned with energetic and space full drumming. Sax sounds harshly and rough. Music sounds like it is briefly sketched then improvised, but I might be wrong here. Phrase is wild and unpredictable.
My Family Is On Fire is assigned part 3 so it might lead into something more complex later on but I already love it as it is now. Despite the title suggesting rapidity there is no rush there. Wonderful airy sax intro opens it up and keeps building nostalgic melody. Drum framework is equally spacious and sounds unexpected due to use of different preparations. Bass lines are ghostly and staying in the background. This is very Scandinavian indeed and the core of the melody deeply grasps from the folk.
Intention, like title suggests, brings immediate tension build by on repetitive drum figure married to the bass reef. Use of Korg Monotron by the drummer creates some interstellar feeling of an open space. Dark sax solo drifts on that like a lost meteor. On the similar basis comes Wakacje w Kolobrzegu, another tune with very dark feeling, but here drums and electronics are building more horizontal sonic landscapes to which sax lines fits in a natural way.
Coming after Jacob sounds almost like Art Ensemble of Chicago. It posses the same dark and murky feeling of space with lots of air and figurative rhythm section’s work. Sax lines tell the story with gentle articulation and emotional touch.
Very interesting piece is the Medieval. This is for sure the music of silence. Most Nordic and contemporary sounding one on whole recording. All sounds very reserved and intentionally damped. Again the story comes of the saxophone mouth and it is pretty lyrical. It makes no reminiscences to dark ages, but intensive exploration of the percussive disuse by both bass man and the drummer makes it highlight.
Reprise seems to be twin being, which is interesting as they both came from under the different hand. Here feeling of Tundra is even stronger. This is deeply charming theme with lots of connection to Norwegian folk.
Crickets kind of closing this triptych. Not just because it is the last tune there but by the way it communicates with the previous two. Dancing of the bass and sax is a marvellous journey to follow.
All music on this disc is wonderfully composed and arranged. It is played with the marvellous quality and understanding. It is obvious that those three musicians understand each other on the fly without saying. They communicate in milliseconds and act like the cells of the single organism. The way they seek their paths and finding beauty between the notes is adorable and fully convincing to me. I am listening to this recording continuously and still keep finding new fascinating details, which is amazing giving the simplicity of the melodies and almost tangible sense of ambience.
Three day residency of the Sun Ra Arkestra in Lewes, hosted in the Con Club, is a part of The Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival co-organised by Dictionary Pudding. Arkestra was originally created and led by Sun Ra, as he preferred to be called, in the beginning of 60-ties. As the band it was always an open platform and it had many members floating through during the long period of its existence. Keyboard wizard, Afro-futurist and philosopher Ra led it to his end in 1993, when he left the planet. Today his longest time collaborator – Marshall Allen (92), who took a lead of the band 22 years ago, continues his legacy which he fully contributed to. A lot had been said about Arkestra hence no point for repeating. Those who are interested in history will find for themselves. Let’s talk about present then.