Monday, October 17, 2016

Playlist, Week of 2016-10-16

Playlist 2016-10-17:

*Muhal Richard Abrams: One Line, Two Views
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: Reese and the Smooth Ones
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: Kabalaba (side 1)
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: 1991-10-31 Berlin Jazzfest (youtube)
*Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me
*Rodger Coleman: Real Gone
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 10 (disc 2)
*Joseph Jarman: Song For
*Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House: Roulette of the Cradle
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2016-09-19 "Uncle Arthur's Flour Apprehension" (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2016-09-28 "Ankle, Rain, Pack" Strange Matter, RVA (wav)
*Chris Pitsiokos Quartet: One Eye with a Microscope Attached
*Spanish Donkey: Raoul
*Sun Ra Arkestra: ca. 1969-1970 Slug's Saloon, NYC (CDR) (selections)
*Sun Ra: Cosmos
*Sun Ra: Untitled Recordings
*Sun Ra: Disco 3000
*Sun Ra: Disco 3000: The Complete Milan Concert 1978 (Art Yard)
*Sun Ra: Media Dreams (Art Yard)
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound (disc 1)
*David S. Ware/Apogee: Birth of a Being (disc 1)
*John Zorn: Cobra: John Zorn's Game Pieces, Vol. 2
*George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars: T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.
*George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars: Dope Dogs
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2016-10-14 (wav)
*Guided By Voices: Please Be Honest
*Jefferson Pilot: 2016 Demos/Rough Mixes (CDR)
*King Crimson: Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (disc 2)
*Opeth: Sorceress
*Richard Pinhas: 2014-05-16 Victoriaville (CDR)
*UYA: 1989-12-18/28: Everything Breaks
*UYA: 1990-01-11 Greedy Venus Power (wav)
*UYA: 1990-01-14 Coin Breath (wav)
*UYA: 1990-01-14/15 Under Your Anarchy (wav)
*Various artists: Nigeria Soul Fever: : Afro Funk, Disco and Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem! (disc 1)
*Yes: Relayer

Reading List, Week of 2016-10-16

Reading List 2016-10-17:

*Christgau, Robert. Grown Up All Wrong (started)
*Díaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (started)
*Klosterman, Chuck.  But What If We're Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past (finished)
*Mizumura, Minae. A True Novel (transl. Juliet Winters Carpenter) (finished)
*Crumb, Aline and R. Drawn Together (in progress)
*Hernandez, Gilbert. Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories (reread/in progress)
*Hernandez, Jaime. Locas (reread/in progress)
*Martin, Judith. Miss Manners' Guide to Domestic Tranquility (in progress)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Improviser and the Improvised

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Daniel Barbiero and Al Margolis
Corbett describes this existential dimension of free improvisation when he suggests that the best improvisers develop an intensely personal vocabulary--the “lexicon” alluded to earlier--of the sounds and gestures they find most meaningful. More than technique is involved, although that certainly is part of it; sensibility, and, as he terms it, “an amplification or intensification of personal identity” are also involved. In other words, something beyond music narrowly construed comes into play--something indicative of a more fundamental aspect of the improviser's comportment in the world. When most effectively played, free improvisation tells us something about the improviser that goes beyond the strictly musical. (Daniel Barbiero, "Free Improvisation, Beyond Mystery and Mystique: John Corbett's A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation," Perfect Sound Forever Oct./Nov. 2016)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Playlist, Week of 2016-10-09

Wasn't there something announced from Irwin Chusid about this being remastered soon without the horrible pressing defect present in all circulating vinyl rips? I hope so, because there's some primo Gilmore on this, especially "What's New?"

Playlist 2016-10-10:

*Muhal Richard Abrams: One Line, Two Views
*Daniel Barbiero/Sam Byrd/Jimmy Ghaphery: 2016-08-27 Rhizome, Washington DC (wav)
*Anthony Braxton Sextet: 2005-11-05 Boston (CDR) (disc 1)
*Dutch Jazz Orchestra: Portrait of a Silk Thread: Newly Discovered Works of Billy Strayhorn
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 10 (disc 1)
*Ellery Eskelin: The Secret Museum
*Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House: 2014-09-16 Koln, Germany (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba
*Paradoxical Frog: 2012-09-21 Firehouse 12, New Haven CT (CDR) (disc 1)
*Sonny Rollins: East Broadway Run Down
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: 1976-08-24 Châteauvallon, France (CDR)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: 1976-08-25 Châteauvallon, France (CDR)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: 1977-04-17 Smuckers, NYC (CDR) (selections)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Some Blues But Not the Kind That’s Blue
*Sun Ra Arkestra: Unity
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Taking a Chance on Chances
*Sun Ra Quartet: New Steps
*Sun Ra Quartet: Other Voices, Other Blues
*Beach Boys: Alternates (disc 2) (CDR compilation)
*Opeth: Watershed

Reading List, Week of 2016-10-09

Reading List 2016-10-10:

*Klosterman, Chuck.  But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past (started)
*Crumb, Aline and R. Drawn Together (in progress)
*Hernandez, Gilbert. Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories (reread/in progress)
*Hernandez, Jaime. Locas (reread/in progress)
*Martin, Judith. Miss Manners' Guide to Domestic Tranquility (in progress)
*Mizumura, Minae. A True Novel (transl. Juliet Winters Carpenter) (in progress)

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Mary Halvorson on the influence of Braxton

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TC: What is the most important thing you feel you learned from Braxton?
MH: It’s really hard to narrow it down to just one thing! So I might cheat and mention a few things. When I first met Anthony and started taking his classes at age 17, his music inspired me deeply (and it still does today). During those early years as a student he constantly encouraged me to explore, and to get out of my comfort zone. He encouraged mistakes, and encouraged taking risks even if it meant failing. His musical universe is and was so expansive and diverse, and seeing the scope of what he’s done and how he continues to change and evolve is inspiring in itself. He is fearless, and makes no compromises. In my mind, all kinds of boundaries started dissolving. Anthony also taught me to value musical tradition of all kinds, to be open-minded, and to check out absolutely everything. He never qualified one kind of music as “better” than another kind. And maybe most importantly, he gave me the courage to pursue music as a career. When I was 19 and trying to decide if I should become a musician, I really wanted to but just didn’t think I could pull it off. Fortunately, I had Anthony, and my guitar teacher Joe Morris (Joe was the other really important figure during my college years) pushing me to go for it. I needed that. (Troy Collins, Mary Halvorson: Variety and Contrast, Point of Departure, issue 52, 2015)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Photos from Strange Matter Gig

Here are some photos (taken by Jimmy Ghaphery) from New Ting Ting Loft's gig last week at Strange Matter.

Getting ready to play....

Fred in his element:

A closeup of some of Fred's equipment: