Reviews

Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet, ‘Contra/Fact’

October 25, 2017

Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet, ‘Contra/Fact’ Astral Spirits, 9.22.2017 Veteran Chicago jazz bassist Matthew Lux has released a warped vision he’s proud to call his own. Contra/Fact, his first release, is true to its name as a bevy of contradictions. In addition to Lux, the album features drummer Mikel Patrick Avery, cornetist Ben Lamar Gay,... 

Buck Gooter, ‘100 Bells’

October 23, 2017

Buck Gooter, ‘100 Bells’ Ramp Local, 7.26.2017 “May you live in interesting times.” – Chinese curse Harrisonburg, Virginia’s William Brett and Terry Turtle, known collectively as Buck Gooter, are persons of interest. Tapping the same bizarro-aggro wellspring that spouted the Holy Modal Rounders, Suicide, Royal... 

Ka Baird, ‘Sapropelic Pycnic’

October 19, 2017

Ka Baird, ‘Sapropelic Pycnic’ Drag City Records, 9.22.2017 Last we heard from Ka Baird, the artist was going all-in for heavyweight piano compositions and a diverse tribute to John Coltrane, both under the Sapropelic Pycnic moniker. Now, Baird is back, this time on Drag City Records, collecting another set of material for release... 

BJ Nilsen, ‘Massif Trophies’

October 17, 2017

BJ Nilsen, ‘Massif Trophies’ Editions Mego, 8.25.2017 Jumping to Editions Mego after a remarkable run of releases for Touch, BJ Nilsen (the initials stand for Benny Jonas) has collaborated with some of the best in the field recording business, including Chris Watson. His focus lately has been largely urban, most strikingly demonstrated... 

Duran Duran Duran, ‘Duran’

October 13, 2017

Duran Duran Duran, ‘Duran’ Power Vacuum, 7.25.2017 Philadelphia native Ed Flis has been making severely damaged, electro-shocked music as Duran Duran Duran for nearly two decade now. When I moved to New Jersey to attend college at Rutgers University in 2002, and started going to breakcore shows at people’s houses, he was... 

Fletcher Pratt, ‘Selected Works (2015 – 2016)’

October 9, 2017

Fletcher Pratt, ‘Selected Works (2015 – 2016)’ Never Anything Records, 4.10.2017 The music and sound design found in horror movies is surely a primary contributor to the unease, tension, and dread found in such films. Horrific visuals alone, while certainly frightening, lack the same sensory impact, which can cause an audience to leap from their... 

Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh, ‘Sex Tape’

October 5, 2017

Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh, ‘Sex Tape’ Trost Records, 5.1.2017 On a rain-slicked early summer evening during Burlington’s Discover Jazz Festival, a not-quite sold-out crowd sheltered in the low-lit depths of a basement cabaret for a concert proffered as “music for turbulent times.” Free jazz pioneer Peter Brötzmann and pedal... 

El Murki, ‘Breakeadito’

October 2, 2017

El Murki, ‘Breakeadito’ Orange Milk Records, 5.5.2017 Don’t call it a footwork album. That’s what Orange Milk Records are keen to stress right from the get-go about El Murki’s Breakeadito tape, while they acknowledge a “distant footwork flavor . . . when the sub bass triplets kick in.” Those influences are...