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Five for The Festival (May 16th, 2018, Columbia, MO)

No unifying thread–just five somewhat disparate recordings I pulled because I hadn’t heard ’em in awhile and had the luxury of cranking them up.

Four discs is more than anyone but a serious aficionado needs; on the other hand, much excellent stuff here is quite hard to find. 429 more words

Listening Diary

Radicals (May 3rd, 2018, Columbia, MO)

Scrambling today, but I found time to bend an ear to two brave music-makers.

I first saw Janelle Monae on a late-night show and was a bit gobsmacked: clearly, she was deriving her shit from obvious sources, but equally clearly she was her own thang. 359 more words

Listening Diary

Wild Men

The Wild Mans Band — Fredensborg (Ninth World, 2015)

Aquarius Records was a treasure of the Mission District, a home for the freakish, the experimental, the noisy, and the obscure, but its jazz section was rather thin. 306 more words

CD/music Reviews

A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation

John Corbett on a new pocket-sized field guide to free and spontaneous music

What led you to write A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation? 2,269 more words


4 July

Paul Flaherty — Aria Nativa (2008, Family Vineyard)



Not as thick or throaty as Peter Brötzmann and not as course or orotund as Mats Gustafsson, Paul Flaherty is just as spirited and verbose in his playing. 226 more words

Album Review

18 June

Mats Gustafsson and Craig Taborn – Ljubljana (2017, Clean Feed Records)



This live meeting between Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and American pianist Craig Taborn at the 2015 Slovenia Jazz Festival is both brooding and frantic, yet remains a transcendent affair. 317 more words

Album Review