Sunday, May 20, 2018

BARDO

Bardo is a Belgian jazz / improvised music quintet.
They just released an album on the RatRecords label.
http://www.ratrecords.biz/

Gilles Vandecaveye-Pinoy: keyboards, vocals and spoken word
Cesar De Sutter-Pinoy: guitar, vocals
Elias Devoldere: drums
Lieven Van Pee: electric bass, double bass
Rob Banken: alto sax, bass clarinet



Bardo is the graduation project of Gilles Vandecaveye-Pinoy at School Of Arts/ Conservatory Gent, Belgium. He received the PlayRight price at the graduation ceremony. All members are currently very active in the contemporary rock and Jazz/impro scene of Belgium with bands like Nordmann, Steiger, Peenoise, De Beren Gieren, HAST and many more.


DEREK SMALLS - SMALLS CHANGE

Derek Smalls, bass player for Spinal Tap, has released a solo album that features an impressive list of guest artists.
Next to the Hungarian Studio Orchestra (an essential asset if you want the 'symphonic' aspect), there's JC Vanston, Jim Keltner, Chad Smith, Donald Fagen, Larry Carlton, David Crosby, Toss Panos, Richard Thompson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Lukather,...
And if that's not enough, 'MRI' features Dweezil Zappa, 'Gummin' The Gash' has a guitar solo by Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani plays the lead guitar on 'When Men Did Rock'.

Bombastic, pastiche,... I love it.
Available on CD and on LP !



Saturday, May 19, 2018

NEW DIALETO ALBUM

Dialeto
"Live With David Cross"



Brazilian band DIALETO is releasing its fifth CD, a live album with the guest participation of violinist David CROSS, ex-King Crimson. The album, entitled simply “Live with David Cross”, was recorded in 2017 at São Paulo, Brazil, on the second of a pair of concerts held to promote the band’s then new album, “Bartók in Rock”.

As such, the material of this album includes some live versions for the Béla Bartók pieces that were adapted by DIALETO, as well as renditions of a few Crimson classics and one track by the David Cross Band.

A DEEP JOURNEY INTO THE MUSIC AND POETRY OF GREG LAKE


from Glass Onyon PR

A Deep Journey Into the Music and Poetry of Greg Lake - Annie Barbazza & Max Repetti's MOONCHILD

Produced by Greg Lake! Limited edition 1000 papersleeve CD and 500 gatefold coloured audiophile vinyl!

Italy - Much to the excitement of Greg Lake and ELP fans worldwide, Annie Barbazza and Max Repetti are releasing MOONCHILD - A deep journey into the music and poetry of Greg Lake! To be issued as Limited edition 1000 papersleeve CD (MAN002) and 500 gatefold coloured audiophile vinyl (MANLP002) on Manticore Records on May 18, 2018, this album marks Greg Lake's final production before his passing on December 7, 2016.

“Amongst the many projects Greg Lake and I planned for Manticore was the re-arranging of his favourite songs in a black and white, contemporary way. A sort of back to the bone, vocals and guitar setting, as simple as that. I remember Greg became an advocate of the new 'less is more' concept and he often reminded us that 'simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.'

“As we went further into the project, we soon discovered that an acoustic guitar could be fine for some tunes, but not suitable for others; so Greg decided we should go for piano and vocals and asked me to look for a talented piano player. I knew Max Repetti who I considered to be the perfect pianist for Greg. Apart from the fact that he had the entire ELP songbook in his repertoire, he is a very able musician. The audition lasted just a few minutes in a countryside restaurant on an upright piano which had seen better days, slightly out of tune, where Repetti dared to propose a medley of 'The Stones Of Years,' from 'Tarkus,' and 'Take a Pebble.' Greg was so delighted that he immediately asked Max to arrange for him a list of tunes he intended to put on the album that we called 'Moonchild,' after one of our favourite early songs.

“Sadly, in early 2014 Greg called me with the very worst news. Shortly after that, he decided to ask his young friend and talented singer and musician Annie Barbazza to take his place and carry on his legacy with this album. He patiently trained Annie using all the available technology to keep him up to date with our progress, while continuing to work with Max Repetti and me on the arrangements and production. We all spoke on Skype several times a week to ensure this project matched his standard of perfectionism and musical integrity.

“When Greg was awarded with an honorary degree for lyrics and music composition by Conservatorio Nicolini in January 2016, he was already too ill to attend the ceremony in person. I decided to surprise him by having Annie and Max perform his music on his behalf in front of the dignitaries. Greg was attending via Skype and you may listen to his encouraging comments on Greg Lake's Official Channel on Youtube. He was so happy with the results that he pushed even harder for Annie to improve her skills as a singer. Annie Barbazza and Max Repetti performed Moonchild again at a sold out concert for Greg's last birthday on November 10, 2016. As Greg wanted, we will keep the flame alive by playing his music. So this is for you, Grande Gregorio wherever you are. May your music resound forever in our hearts.” - Max Marchini

“Annie and Max recorded such a wonderful and touching tribute to the music I have made during my lifetime. Max's arrangements are absolutely superb! What a magical touch he has and Annie's vocals are at the same time beautiful, brave and heartfelt. It is a very moving experience for me to hear them perform these songs so passionately.” - Greg Lake, 2016

Tracks
01. In The Court of the Crimson King - 21st Century
Schizoid Man
02. Trilogy - The Endless Enigma part II
03. Moonchild
04. The Stones Of Years - Take A Pebble
05. C’est La Vie
06. Battlefield including Epitaph
07. Karn Evil 9 1st impression, part 2
08. Memories Of An Officer And A Gentleman
09. In The Wake Of Poseidon
10. Lucky Man
11. The Sage / The Great Gates Of Kiev






Friday, May 18, 2018

JOSH HADEN'S SPAIN

Josh Haden with the Haden Triplets (his three sisters).
The Haden Triplets have an album out (country & traditional) that was produced by Ry Cooder.


Next September, Spain (Josh Haden's band) will do a concert in Belgium (De Warande, Turnhout), together with Belgian band Flying Horseman.
Should be fun.



GEORGE DUKE AT THE JAVA JAZZ FESTIVAL IN 2010


April 6, 2010



BUSSONNET, COLLIGNON, GODIN, VAILLANT - WAX'IN

Looking for the latest Mörglbl release (with guitar wizard Christophe Godin), I came across "Wax'in", a project by Magma bass player Philippe Bussonnet, world music percussionist and drummer Franck Vaillant, jazz trumpet player Médéric Collignon and the aforementioned Christophe Godin.

All four musicians regularly take the stage at Le Triton, a club in Les Lilas in Paris, performing as a leader or frontman of their trio or quartet.
September 2016 was the first time they performed in the same band, as a quartet. At Le Triton. The result got recorded and released by the Le Triton record label.

Coming from different musical corners, this band offers an amazing mix of progressive rock and jazz. "Wax'in" will make you hold your breath.


Mental note to myself: next time in Paris, visit Le Triton.


BEAT LOVE ORACLE

Beat Love Oracle is
  • Frank Nuyts : marimba
  • Frank Debruyne: sax
  • Stijn Deldaele: e-bass
  • Ronald Dhaene: drums
The ensemble will be performing at the Lakenmeterhuis during the Gentse Feesten festival, on July 14, 15, 16 and 17.


BEEFHEART JR. - TEMPORARILY IMMORTAL

Beefheart Jr. (???) is none other than Robert Arthur Williams, drummer for Captain Beefheart's Magic Band on "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)" and "Doc At The Radar Station".

After releasing a 12" in 1981 and his first solo album, "Late One Night" in 1982, Williams only released two other albums: "Date With The Devil's Daughter" in 1998, and more recently "Temporarily Immortal".
Mike Miller guests on a couple of tracks.

Read the Robert Arthur Williams interview by Ed Turner:
http://www.furious.com/perfect/robertwilliams.html

Here's 'Beautiful Sunday', as a sample :
Psychedlic Beatles with some eastern licks thrown in. Nice.



SUN RA - ASTRO BLACK

Sun Ra's "Astro Black" album arrived last week. This is one great album.
Fine melodies (June Tyson on vocals) interspersed with freaky and free improvisations. Beautiful.

Originally issued on the Impulse label in 1973, and more recently (2014) made available through iTunes, "Astro Black" finally got a proper re-release on CD on the recent Record Store Day.



Thursday, May 17, 2018

AKA MOON ON BANDCAMP


Guy Segers' Bandcamp says :
Aka Moon’s fourth album confirms the group’s progress and at the same time fully realises the "Akasha" project.
Beautifully balanced with Volume 1, this second part throws us further into the Indian mood with Indian musicians.
The band are gaining confidence - you only need to listen to the microcosms that Stéphane works into the percussion; or Michel’s bassline sliding through an avalanche of information before finaly blossoming into melodies which are each stronger and yet more subtle than the one before; and then Fabrizio, like the pilot of a spaceship, sfeering the whole trip to its finale and finishing the album on the first notes of the first volume. It’s difficult not to listen to the whole of Akasha in a loop...

released May 25, 1995

- Fabrizio CASSOL (Alto Sax)
- Michel HATZIGEORGIOU (Bass)
- Stéphane GALLAND (Drums)
- Raghunath SETH (Flute)
- Aneesh PRADHAN (Tablas)
- SHANKARANARAYANAN (Mridangam)





Monday, May 14, 2018

SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA WITH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Sun Ra & His Arkestra with Chamber Orchestra,

Ra led his Arkestra in a "Jazz Symphonique" at the Théâtre-Carré Saint-Vincent, Orléans, France, on October 27, 1990.

This rare concert was issued in the UK on a 2-CD set entitled Pleiades, on the Leo label in 1993. However, that album's audio sounds like a direct transfer from a source DAT with no attempt at sonic adjustments. Consequently, the instruments and channels are out of balance, and volume levels are erratic. The violins, drums, and tabla are well-represented, often at the expense of other instruments and soloists. In ensemble passages the horns generate enough collective power to blast through, but some soloists are exiled to the sonic shadows. The tabla (which sporadically seem to have been placed directly near a mic, or vice-versa) are often intrusively loud, and the bass drum accents explode above the limits of comfort.

Back in 1993, digital audio editing was a relatively young technology, and the more sophisticated systems were largely housed in professional studios. Software, plugins, waveform editors, and sonic juicers were primitive compared to what can be accomplished today at home on a laptop. Consequently, this 2018 digital edition offers a remarkable upgrade to that 1993 CD. Our version offers a better mix—the best that can be accomplished from a seemingly haphazard stereo capture with no isolated stems.




NEW ALBUM BY MARK WINGFIELD

New allbum by Mark Wingfield.
Out on Moonjune..



Sunday, May 13, 2018

GRUPPO DI PAWLOWSKI - IN INHUMAN HANDS

Last year's "In Inhuman Hands" album by Gruppo Di Pawlowski got re-issued. On vinyl.
With an extra lime paper cover and three bonus postcards.



ANOTHER ZAPPA RADIO SHOW RELEASE

Here we go again.
I mentioned "Go Ape!" only a couple of days ago, and there's already a new release announced.
An album with the exactly the same tracks : Stockholm 1967.


-- info: Danny Mathys


FLAT EARTH SOCIETY - BOGGAMASTA DUB REMIX


Festival DJ's take note !
Pierre Vervloesem did a Dub Version Remix of seven tracks of the Boggamasta album.
This is great. This is fun.
Familiar sounding and yet completely different.

A bit of sunshine, a beer, and a bit of dub in the background.
This needs a vinyl version !!

You can listen to a sample here :
https://soundcloud.com/igloo-records/boggamasta-dub-version

And order the complete set of seven tracks here:
http://sales.downloadbox.be/en/album/7938


THE ED PALERMO BIG BAND UPDATE


Ed Palermo Big Band with Napoleon Murphy Brock: A TALE OF TWO FRANKS show (Zappa/Sinatra)

At the Iridium (on Broadway, NYC)

May 18, 2018 - early and late show
http://theiridium.com/events/6813/ed-palermo-big-band-with-napoleon-murphy-brock-a-tale-of-two-franks-show-zappasinatra-30/

May 19, 2018 - early and late show
http://theiridium.com/events/6814/ed-palermo-big-band-with-napoleon-murphy-brock-a-tale-of-two-franks-show-zappasinatra-30/


HARDY FOX' FIRST ALBUM ON BANDCAMP

Hardy Fox' first album, originally released by Klanggalerie, is also available on Bandcamp :


HIDDEN PEOPLE


Aëla Gourvennec : Violoncelle/voix
Mélissa Acchiardi : Batterie/synthé/voix


The duo has an album out on the Dur Et Doux label :



LAZULI - NOS ÂMES SAOULES - LIVE 2016

I know, I know. I can be rather delighted or even exalted when I mention some of the albums that I'm listening to, but I can't help it. That's just me.

"Nos Âmes Saoules - Live 2016" captured Lazuli in concert at 'De Boerderij', in Zoetermeer, NL in December 2016.
The video recording of this concert got packed in a 10" picture book.
Beautiful !

A fabulous concert in a beautiful book.

Live at De Boerderij :


MARBIN - ISRAELI JAZZ


Everybody says that Marbin stands for Markovitch and Rabin. I know better. It stands for pure joy.
This is jazz rock at its best.

  • dani rabin: guitar
  • danny markovitch: saxophone
  • blake jiracek: drums
  • john nadel: bass
Essential listening.





WHAT'S NEW IN ASHEVILLE ?


SoundSpace is raising funds to create Asheville’s first full-fledged music practice space facility, to serve the needs of our vibrant music community. We are musician-run, creating state-of-the-art music spaces in a creative hub that will help to enrich and grow Asheville’s music scene. Featured in an African American cultural landmark property, we are recreating a soul-food cafe, and honoring Asheville history in murals! We thank all of the supporters for our Round 1 fundraiser!!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/soundspace-a-music-rehearsal-space-round-2#/



PYRAMID



Taken from upcoming Mental Experience release "Pyramid" (MENT022)

Available on LP+dl / CD / Digital

http://www.guerssen.com

"33 minutes of pure, unadulterated, psychedelic Krautrock courtesy of PYRAMID: an obscure studio project produced by Toby Robinson aka The Mad Twiddler. These sessions were recorded circa 1975–76 in Cologne for the underground Pyramid label, which was operated by Toby and his friend Robin Page (the Fluxus artist). During that time, Toby worked as engineer and assistan at varios studios in Cologne, including the famous Dieter Dierks studios, where most of the albums from the Ohr/Pilz/Cosmic Courier catalogue were registered. Having access to the studios during dead hours, Toby recorded lot of sessions just for fun without any commercial interest, featuring friends and musicians who frequented the studios and the underground art/music scene of Cologne. Some of these sessions were later relesed as hand–made vinyl micro pressings on his Pyramid label with help from artist Robin Page."


HELIOSONIC TONE-TETTE

Read a fine review of the Heliosonic Tone-tette's "Heliosonic Toneways, Vol.1" album,
celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sun Ra's "Heliocentric Worlds".

http://www.freejazzblog.org/2018/05/heliosonic-tone-tette-heliosonic.html

featuring Marshall Allan and Danny Ray Thompson


-- info: Danny Mathys

SPOONFISH


(Zappatika's) Zap McInnes new project is called Spoonfish.

SPOONFiSH, is a new band formed in 2017 by singer/guitarist of international Frank Zappa tribute Zappatika, , Zap Mcinnes.

SPOONFiSH dropped their debut single Psycho Bitch on April 1st 2018. The band has two other members (Hieronymus van Dam and Joep Oosterbaan) from the previous Frank Zappa project , plus new drummer Samuel T. The band plays original material written by Mcinnes, a mix of "rock, jazz and progressive themes and as funky as fuck" with a lot of Frank Zappa influence when it comes to arrangements

The band will be doing their first full concert on the 25th of May at the Muziekhuis in Leiden, NL.
In the meantime, you can listen to them on bandcamp :




Spoonfish is preparing the release of their first album, "Devil's Delight". It's being mastered at The Soundlab in New Jersey.

They will be releasing their second single, "Open Your Head", on the 25th of May as well.


R.I.P. GERARD HOURBETTE


Gérard HOURBETTE

November 23, 1953 - May 4, 2018

Composer, Writer and Director of Art Zoyd

The board of Association Art Zoyd 3 is deeply saddened to announce the death of Mr Gérard Hourbette, its director and composer, which occurred on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at the age of 64.



YUKA & CHRONOSHIP


from Glass Onyon PR :

Japanese Prog Ensemble Yuka & Chronoship Announce the Release of Their New Album SHIP

Yuka & Chronoship was formed in 2009 by Yuka Funakoshi (a rare female prog rock artist in the world) and three experienced session musicians (Shun Taguchi, Takashi Miyazawa, and Ikko Tanaka).

The band's previous album, received critical acclaim worldwide and was helped establish the band as an intriguing discovery for fans of the progressive rock genre.

The first seven songs of the band's new album SHIP are a suite based on the Greek mythology “ARGO”. The opening song “Tears of the Figurehead” is sung by special guest singer Sonja Kristina of Curved Air.

Band member Shun Taguchi said: The last song “Did You Find A Star?” was originally planned to sung by John Wetton, but he passed away from cancer and at first we planned not to include it on the album. However, although unfortunately our dream didn't come true, we decided to still record the song for the album as a tribute to him.

The album will be released on 11th May via Cherry Red Records worldwide excluding Japan where the album is available via King Records.



Saturday, May 12, 2018

STEVE VAI GUESTS ON JEFF BERLIN'S NEW EP


from Glass Onyon PR :

Bass Legend Jeff Berlin To Release 30th Anniversary Edition 12-inch Vinyl “Joe Frazier - Round 3” Feat. Steve Vai and David Sancious!


Joe Frazier - Round 3 smokes because the players are smoking. They took a wonderful piece of music and lit a fuse under it! - Jeff Berlin

Nashville – Legendary bassist Jeff Berlin will be releasing on May 11th a 30th Anniversary Edition 12-inch vinyl of his signature song “Joe Frazier.” The EP “Joe Frazier - Round 3” will include a newly remastered version of the original song from his critically acclaimed 1987 album “Pump It!” and a completely re-imagined version, composed and performed by Jeff, Steve Vai (lead guitar), David Sancious (keys), Keith Carlock (drums) and Tom Hemby (rhythm guitar). This limited-edition EP will be available as signed audiophile vinyl, signed CD, or digital release, with collector's editions including an autographed chart of the new arrangement. Digital “mix minus” tracks of the single will also be offered so you can play along with these iconic musicians.

Says Jeff, “'Joe Frazier' is a song that has remained with me throughout my career. No matter where I am in the world, people ask to hear this song. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the rendition that I recorded on my second solo record, 'Pump It!' While chatting about the tune with producer John McCracken, we thought to come up with a new version, calling it 'Joe Frazier - Round 3.' For me, this new song is almost entirely different from the previous two renditions and, quite honestly, I think that this is one of the best tunes I ever wrote.”

Musicians:
Bass and Keyboards: Jeff Berlin
Guitar Solo: Steve Vai
Additional Keyboards: David Sancious
Drums: Keith Carlock
Rhythm Guitars: Tom Hemby
Shakers: Gabriela Sinagra

Says Jeff, “Steve Vai's guitar solo was searing. He showed why he is one of the greatest of the great guitarists in the world. David Sancious' keyboards put color and style into JF. The man is a legend and helped to put the 'orchestra' into 'Joe Frazier.' Keith Carlock’s drumming is like a train clicking down the tracks. He instantly grabbed the quarter note and never let it go for over seven minutes of musical percolating. Tom Hemby is one of Nashville's top studio guitarists. But on 'Joe Frazier,' he sounded like the guitarist for James Brown and AC/DC.”


FRAQX

Fraqx = Frank Crijns (guitar and devices) and Jacq Palinckx (guitar and devices).

Fraqx will present the new CD at :

  • Pink Pank, Rotterdam, May 17; 
  • Paviljoen Ongehoorde Muziek, Eindhoven, May 31;
  • De Kennismakerij, Tilburg, June 7;



SPNIFEX PRESENTS THE NEW SOUFIFEX PROJECT




Spinifex presents the new SOUFIFEX project, with music inspired by Sufi traditions from around the world, at Moers Festival, Germany (19 + 20 May) and Houtfestival, Haarlem (17 June).

Try-outs at Space is the Place (De Ruimte, Amsterdam) on 17 May and Paviljoen Ongehoorde Muziek, Eindhoven on 18 May.
In October, Spinifex will perform SOUFIFEX at the Jazz Goes To Town Festival at Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic) and on tour in Central Europe.

In 2017, Spinifex adapted two pieces and recorded them for the CD ‘Amphibian Ardour’: a Sufi traditional of Kurdish/Iranian origin, and a Qawali traditional from Pakistan. Both the Spinifex musicians and the concert audiences (and also many music journalists) liked this music so much that it was decided to create a whole project, SOUFIFEX, dedicated to music inspired by Sufi traditions. Deeply rooted in their musical approach of combining cutting-edge composed structures with free improvisation, Spinifex dives into the magic of ritually repeated patterns and concentration on the beat.

Line-up: Tobias Klein - alto saxophone, John Dikeman - tenor saxophone, Jasper Stadhouders - guitar, Gonçalo Almeida - bass, Philipp Moser - drums, special guest in Moers and Haarlem: Bart Maris - trumpet

In October, Spinifex will record the SOUFIFEX project for a new CD to be released in December 2018.


WOODENTRUCKS - PEAS AND LAUGH

Released in 1990.
Woodentrucks was a project by Bernard Plouvier, who later was a part of Mad Dog Loose, and by (bass) guitarist and composer Pierre Vervloesem.
Among others, the band also included Anne Fontigny (A Group, Pierre Vervloesem), and three of the compositions were written by Thierry Mondelaers (X-Legged Sally, A Group).



LAZULI - NOS ÂMES SAOULES

Adding data to the Lazuli discography over at the United Mutations Archives, and enjoying the album at the same time.
That's what it's about.

Lazuli's "Nos Âmes Saoules" (Our Drunken Souls) got released in 2016. It presents ten tracks. Seven powerful and dynamic typical Lazuli compositions, plus three instrumentals.
I love the songs and the arrangements.
Another highlight in the Lazuli discography.

Intense and beautiful. I can't stop listening to this.



THE GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA


Mixing exotica with jazz, and adding some psychedelic flavour, The Golden Dawn Arkestra released their first (mini-) album four years ago.
In 2016 they (the Texas-based ensemble !!) made their first full-length album, "Stargazer".

They will have a new album out in about three weeks !
"Children Of The Sun".



-- info: Danny Mathys

Friday, May 11, 2018

THE GRANDMOTHERS OF INVENTION & SHENKAR


Tonight, May 12, in Oslo, Norway :

THE GRANDMOTHERS OF INVENTION, SHENKAR (L. SHANKAR), RONNI LE TEKRØ, and the NORWEGIAN WIND ENSEMBLE

organised by the ZappaUnion team.

Frank Zappa veterans Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Ed Mann and Christopher Garcia make up the Grandmothers of Invention. May 12 will be the last chance to see them in Norway.

The concert will be unique :
Legend Shenkar (L. Shankar, violin) flies in from India only to perform with The Grandmothers.
On request of The Grandmothers, Ronni Le Tekrø will join the ensemble on the guitar.

Plus, the band will be joined by the Norwegian Wind Ensemble (Norwegian Blåseensemble (DNBE)). The DNBE has played several concerts with Dweezil Zappa and has released albums with Frank Zappa compositions.

I'm assuming that various Zappateers will be attending the concert. Let's hope that an audio or video turns up.




HÖRRIHOOVERS - ROCK 'N BLUES TRIBUTE

On their first album, a privately released CDR, Finnish band Hörrihoovers paid tribute to their musical heroes. Next to pieces by amongst others Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Chuck Berry, Frank Zappa's 'Willie The Pimp' also gets the Hörrihoovers make-over.
Nice.



IDRIS ACKAMOOR AND THE PYRAMIDS


Check out the new Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids album.
"An Angel Fell".
Blogspot, LP and CD.

Includes a fine Sun Ra tribute: 'Land Of Ra' !



ECLECTIC MAYBE BAND - THE BLIND NIGHT WATCHERS' MYSTERIOUS LANDSCAPES

October 2016, Joe Higham (sax, doudouk), Roland Binet (flute, sax), Guy Segers (bass), Dirk Wachterlaer (drums), Catherine Smet (keyboards) and Michel Delville (electric guitar) joined forces at 'De Studio' in Asse, BE, for an improviational session.
The session got recorded, was edited and mixed by Guy Segers and was mastered by Pierre Verloesem.
The end result of these spontaneous compositions has just been released by the Discus record label. It's available from Bandcamp, but also on CD.

Improvised music.
I like it a lot.

We’re delighted to make this music available. You’ll know Guy Segers from his days as bass guitarist with the influential and brilliant RIO group Univers Zero, but you may not know that Guy has been a tireless creator and releaser of music – often via his own Bandcamp page – up to the present day. This new release by Eclectic Maybe Band has a great vibe and atmosphere to it. A group of highly skilled and compatible players came together in the studio under Guys’s direction and made some improvisations. Although improvised the outcome is stylistically varied. Some tracks make you think of electric Miles filtered via zeuhl, while others are freer and open ended. Really flexible and great sounding bass and drums provide an ever shifting backdrop. The guitar is angular, surprising, expressive, a real stand out performance. Flute is the main horn at the forefront, blown by the wind eerily back and forth over the tracks, with the saxes digging in occasionally. Very original use of keys here too, especially when a rather icy grand piano cuts in. These initial improvisations have been carefully restructured in post production by Guy to produce a result very much in keeping with the Discus Music spirit.

Here's the bandcamp link :



NEW HARDY FOX ALBUM AND RESIDENTS RE-ISSUE ANNOUNCED

The second Hardy Fox solo album (as Hardy Fox, that is) : "Nachtzug" (night train)


and a Residents re-issue : "RMX", have been announced by Klanggalerie.


Hardy Fox, for those who aren't aware, was the composer for The Residents for over four decades.
Available May 28 - 29.
http://www.klanggalerie.com


Thursday, May 10, 2018

PIERRE VERVLOESEM UPDATE

Pierre Vervloesem's "Fiasco" album, originally released in 1996, is now available on bandcamp !



GOV'T MULE UPDATE

Gov't Mule has posted a list of upcoming shows at their website.

Check it out here : http://mule.net/upcoming-shows/



FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION - GO APE!



Another 'radio show' recording.
This time it's Stockholm 1967, better known as the "T Is The Season To Be Jelly" bootleg.
Nice package but nothing that you haven't seen or heard before.


MÖRGLBL - TEA TIME FOR PUNKS

Virtuoso guitar player Christophe Godin's Mörglbl trio released "Tea Time For Punks" a little while ago. I'm a big fan of the Mörglbl trio but for some reason or another I only recently got hold of the album.
"Tea Time For Punks" is great. It's album number six in an incredible series
Essential listening for guitar freaks.

Christophe godin: guitars
Ivan Rougny: bass
Aurélien Ouzoulias: drums

Tight, technically unlikely and hilarious, mixing metal and fusion.. That's Mörglbl.

Here's a short report on the band's recent tour in China.



FLAT EARTH SOCIETY UPDATE

Flat Earth Society will be performing at Zappanale.
They'll be performing their "Boggamasta" show.

Later this year, FES will release a new 2CD album, "Untitled #0" , with compositions by Peter Vermeersch and Peter Vandenberghe.

  • May 20 - Music Meeting Nijmegen, NL (Boggamasta)
  • May 25 - N9, Eeklo, BE (Boggamasta)
  • May 26 - AB, Brussels, BE Jazz Weekend (Boggamasta)
  • July 20 - Zappanale, Bad Doberan, DE(Boggamasta)
  • October 17 - Reigen-Live, Wenen, AU (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)
  • October 25 - De Singel, Antwerp, BE (Untitled #0)



GOV'T MULE - SHOUT!

The United Mutations Archives present data on various bands and artists that have links to Captain Beefheart, Sun Ra, The Residents and/or Frank Zappa.
Sometimes, when I'm impressed by a certain band, I just have to check them out, adding the info to the Archives when I move along. The result is that the United Mutations Archives carry a lot of extra data.
Gov't Mule falls in this category. The band has performed (and recorded) Frank Zappa tunes in concert but they're too good just to mention the one or two albums that carry 'Pygmy Twylyte'.

"Shout!" got released in 2014. It's a two-CD set. The first disc presents 11 tunes that are performed by Gov't Mule. The bonus disc has the same 11 tracks but this time with a guest musician taking care of the vocals. This is amazing. It's fun and it sounds great.

Featuring Elvis Costello, Dr.John, Ben Harper, Steve Winwood (!!), Dave Matthews,...
Check it out !





LAZULI - SAISON 8

Progressive rock band Lazuli has a new album out.
"Saison 8" is disc number eight in their discography, not counting a couple of DVD's.

Lazuli has a very distinctive style: a strong rhythm, powerful yet fragile vocals, the screaming léode,... It's dynamic (prog) rock with a fine dose of eastern influences.

I love it.


At the end of their shows, everyone gathers around the marimba...


VARIOUS ARTISTS - HAM SESSIONS 2017

Last year's edition of the Ham Sessions took place on May 8, 15 and 16. I was there during one of these days and I was very happy to catch the Laughing Bastards in concert.
This compilation album presents one piece of every band that performed at the Ham Sessions. For The Laughing Bastards it's the beautiful 'Weigh' by Jan-Sebastiaan Degeyter that got included on this disc. For me, the other highlight on this impressive collection is 'Cornucopia' performed by Fabrik.

Very nice.

https://www.hamsessions.be/

Th next edition of the Ham Sessions are scheduled for next weekend.



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

NORDMANN AT BOOMTOWN

On July 17, the Boomtown Festival (in Ghent, BE) has Nordmann scheduled to perform.

Here's Nordmann - live at the AB in Brussels,




GENE PRITSKER UPDATE


Composer Gene Pritsker presents a concert of his vocal music. "I have written many chamber operas, various chamber music with voice, jazz songs, r&b songs, choral music and songs inspired by various genres and cultures. I thought it would be great to have a concert that features my eclectic vocal compositions. I assembled a group of great singers and picked repertoire that will feature each of their voices as well as combine them to perform some of my choral music." Sopranos Mary Illes and Sharon Harms, mezzo soprano Jessica Bowers, counter tenor Juecheng Chen and baritone Charles Coleman, with special guests Franz Hackl on trumpet and guitarist Sean Satin, will perform many of my compositions, including the premieres of: 'Whitman's Strangers Electronic' for mezzo soprano and Samplestra (pre recorded electronics), Nun Tuv Hey' from 'Four Choral Pieces On Hebrew Letters' for chorus and 'Turn Back?' for counter tenor and guitar, as well as older music such as the duo 'Renascence', the jazzy 'Funeral Blues' and my choral piece 'Wish + Faith = Kisses'. The concert will also include music of Mark Kostabi, Franz Hackl, Charles Coleman, and Shanan Estreicher.

Saturday, May12th at 9pm. The concert will be held at Bar Thalia - Symphony Space


Here's 'The Wall' from Gene's recent "Trump" concerto.



Thursday, May 3, 2018

SUN RA - THE CYMBALS / SYMBOLS SESSIONS



Recorded in New York City in 1973 and released as a Record Store Day album in 2018. Count the years. And it still sounds fresh and innovative.
Disc one is a reissue of the first disc of the 2000 "Cymbals & Crystal Spears" album. Disc two is said to be previously unreleased (although two or three tracks can be found on other releases...)

Nice.
Very nice.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

JEROEN VAN HERZEELE - PETER HERTMANS - STEPHANE GALLAND - AT THE CROSSROADS


Jeroen Van Herzeele: tenor sax
Peter Hertmans: guitar
Stéphane Galland: drums

"At The Crossroads", released on the Carbon 7 label in 1994 !



ZAPPACADABRA


Spanish Zappa tribute band Zappacadabra is a project by multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer Oscar Cuenca.
Oscar has worked with Caballero Reynaldo and The Grand Kazoo band.
www.facebook.com/zappacadabra

The band did a concert in Madrid on April 20, 2018.
Zappacadabra - Sala Tarambana- Madrid - 20/04/2018

Oscar Cuenca: Keyboards and voices
Oscar del Ramo: Drums
Adrian Gonzalez: Vocals
Gorka Menchaca: Bass and; voices
Davo Garcia: Guitar and voices
Marina QuileZ: Vibraphone and percussion
Jesus Tenorio: Alto sax and percussion
Jose Luis Magro: Tenor sax and flute
Angel Rodriguez: Baritone sax
Ansar Zhamlijanov: Trumpet

Intro * Easy Meat * Bamboozled By Love * Cosmik Debris * Uncle Remus * Mr. Green Genes * Fifty-Fifty * I´m The Slime * Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel * The Torture Never Stops * San Ber´dino * Dancin´Fool * Improvisation * Dirty Love * More Trouble Every Day * Tell Me You Love Me * Whippin´Post * City Of Tiny Lights



-- info: Al Fresco

PHOENICIAN DRIVE

Phoenician Drive's "Two Coins" 10" single sold out rather quickly last year.
It has been re-released (300 copies on black and white marbled vinyl).

One my favourite releases from 2017.
Check it out.



MICHEL DELVILLE UPDATE

Guy Segers recently arranged a session with :

  • Roland Binet - flute / tenor saxophone
  • Joe Higham - electronics / soprano saxophone / doudouk
  • Michel Delville – electric guitar
  • Catherine Smet - keyboards
  • Guy Segers - bass / samplers
  • Dirk Wachtelear – drums

It got recorded and released by the UK Discus label.



THE LOMBEGO SURFERS TO PERFORM AT CZAR FEST


The Lombego Surfers will celebrate their 30th anniversary at the Czar Fest in Basel, Switzerland,
May 12, 2018.



THE PINIOL UPDATE

Piniol is two trios, PoiL and Ni, performing together.
They will be performing at Zappanale !!

Below is a track from their brand-new album.



SUN RA SAMPLER


Cosmic Myth records has released another Sun Ra sampler : "Space Age Rhythm & Bop (The 1950s)".
Download-only.



The material offered here has been reissued over the years on various compilations on other labels (see below). Why recycle? Because on this digital collection, we've attempted sonic upgrades on most of these tracks. We've fixed dropouts, removed intrusive (non-musical) artifacts, reduced hiss, adjusted volume imbalances, lessened sibilance, and on one track repaired a skip that has been reproduced on every previously released version. Nothing fancy: no added reverb, no compression, no radical EQ, no ridiculous scrubbing of every sonic imperfection. We've retained the raw soul of these recordings, and flaws still abound.


BRÖTZMAN - KOWALD - NIEBERGALL - JOHANSSON - BENNINK - VAN HOVE - PARKER - BREUKER


The Cien Fuegos record label is re-releasing "Machine Gun" by the Peter Brötzman Octet, originally released 50 years ago.
At the same time, Cien Fuegos will release an album with alternate takes.
Both on vinyl.


One of the most important albums of European Free Jazz , finally in the Cien Fuegos Series! Peter Brötzmann: baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone / Peter Kowald: acoustic bass / Buschi Niebergall: acoustic bass / Sven-Ake Johansson: drums / Han Bennink: drums / Fred Van Hove: piano / Evan Parker: tenor saxophone / Willem Breuker: tenor saxophone Recorded May 1968 at 'Lila Eule', Bremen