A thunderous fusion of jazz and industrial rock, way out of print but absolutely worth seeking out.
Somewhere between Herbie Hancock's electronic pop-jazz of the 1980s and the more omnivorous, open-ended experimentalism of artists like David Byrne or Brian Eno.
When John Zorn and Bill Laswell joined forces, the results were nothing short of seismic.
A fistful of "lost grooves from the land of the Rising Sun."
One of free music's cornerstones, an album of heedless challenges and curious pleasures.
The full version of Keith Jarrett's highly experimental organ album, finally restored to life on CD.
This one-of-a-kind jazz composition, originally in incredibly limited release, is now back on CD.
A "lost" Sun Ra session from the early '80s may be one of the best places to start with him and the Arkestra.
Afrobeat made accessible without becoming anodyne.
One kind of perfect.
A second take on George Russell’s masterwork, recorded eleven years later with a different lineup (Victor Comer, Keith Copeland, Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark, Robert Moore, Lew Soloff) and a markedly dissimilar orchestration. This version switches the piano for organ, slows down the...
It was only through George Russell’s obituary that I ever learned about him in the first place. He was not as household a name as Duke or Miles or ‘Trane, but he mattered in a way that is only now...
The difference between an “eccentric” and a poseur is, I think, a matter of empathy. An eccentric inspires fondness and even a little reverence, in part because the true eccentric isn’t putting on airs. He really is what he is....
This was the first record by Kaoru Abe I ever heard, and from what I can tell it was among the very last recordings he ever made. Barely ten days after this concert, Abe was dead at the age of...
A quick closet-cleaning of interesting stuff garnered over the past month. New York City apartment buildings freecycle, and create new community spaces in the process. A new book coming out called The Jazz Loft Project, documenting Weegee's time at 821...
Spheres is somewhere between mesmerizing and frustrating, not least of all because it’s not the record that was originally made. This is a severely edited-down version of a much larger work, Hymns/Spheres, an album which spanned two LPs when originally...
I once got into an argument with someone about a certain record—I think it was possibly one of the early Merzbow discs, believe it or not—because he didn’t believe that I would really want to listen to such rubbish, let...
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