Music to Your Ears
My Name Is Albert Ayler
Listening to free jazz is like gazing into a world beyond reason, lacking discernible form--it's what emerges from the human brain before being rendered by any structural or harmonizing filters, a musical stream of consciousness. This cacophony can also be downright stressful. While challenging, such chaos has the potential to reward its listener with momentary glimpses into unseen transfigurations of existence.
The Action Design
Old parts, new momentum
Rising from the ashes of punkers Tsunami Bomb is Petaluma, Calif.'s The Action Design. It's the pet project of ex-Tsunami Bomb members Emily Whitehurst (aka Agent M) and Matt McKenzie, who have emerged from their last experience older and wiser.
Johnette Napolitano on turning 50, music industry excess and the demise of her famous band
Raw-voiced Johnette Napolitano, best-known for her work with Concrete Blonde, knows how to do a lot.
Flyer on the Wall
Queen of Hearts
This live, two-CD release chronicles the energetic, contemporary sound of the dodecatet 10 years into its existence. Pianist/composer/arranger Lindner, who contributes six of the nine original compositions, has created a big band for the modern age. He pulls from Afro-Cuban, bebop, free jazz and Middle Eastern traditions, among others, to tailor tunes to his personnel. Though it has the punch and power, the textures and polyphony of a big band, this aggregation also has the nimbleness and elasticity of a small combo, with lively ensemble playing and adventurous soloing. Here’s hoping Lindner can keep it together for another 10 years. (MM)