Free jazz is challenging, violent, political, spiritual, joyous, peaceful, and a million other things. It's about shattering forms in order to find a new world of sound somewhere further outside. And once this new world is found, it's time to go looking for a newer one.
When, as a college student, ... More >>
The Crystal Ark w/Avan Lava
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wednesday, May 30
Better than: The record, in one case.
Last summer, Jonathan Galkin described his work as DFA Records' head of A&R for me in an interview. "I literally have a stack at home of 40 CDs I picked out that's, like, '88 to '92," he ... More >>
Secret Society Big Band
Galapagos Art Space
Friday, March 9
Better than: A certain big band that snoozed its way through the blues uptown a couple of nights earlier.
Darcy James Argue's Secret Societyan impeccably appointed 18-wheeler of a jazz group in top shapemade only its second ... More >>
Springy electric-socket hair, dark droopy eyesKieran Hebden looks like a man who has spent untold time tinkering in front of a glowing computer screen late into the night. The depth of his production work as Four Tet, however, belies the physical man-hours necessary for such precision. ... More >>
Guitarist Vernon Reid is best known as the leader of the hard rock/metal band Living Colour. Before that, though, he was a fixture on the New York avant-garde scene, blending rock, jazz and noise as a member of drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society, duetting with Bill Frisell on the albu ... More >>
via StevenBernstein.netA fixture on Manhattan bandstands since 1979, Steven Bernstein is attached to very old crafts: trumpet, arranging, and jazz that sounds like jazz. His newest album, MTO Plays Sly (Royal Potato Family), opts for the all-star route with vocals, and features Antony Hegerty ... More >>
With anguished "scream sing," lyrical sax pyrotechnics, and a 16-piece ensemble engaged in a blustery dissonance, composer Matana Roberts has made one of the most arresting LPs of the yearlocal or otherwise. Her Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres (out now via Constellation) ... More >>
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Gomez-Delgado, lower middle. Zemog El Gallo Bueno is an audacious, spiked-wristband to the jaw of contemporary world music--hard-rocking, hard-arting, undeniably New York. Making what Peruvian-born, ... More >>