Playlist: June 19, 2009

Playlist for Friday, June 19, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

….. Whoa, that new Steve Lehman Octet album is a kick. More about that later.

….. Played about 20 minutes of Tina Marsh‘s music, as promised. Didn’t have time for the full 20-minute “Milky Way Dreaming,” unfortunately.

source:….. Bloom Project is, in this case, the duo of Rent Romus (sax) and Thollem McDonas (piano). They explore some nice spaces well beyond jazz, but in a style that sticks to traditional playing as opposed to the heavy electronics Romus has been using lately. The contrast is interesting (and probably worth a writeup sometime).

source:….. Pink Saliva is a trio of Montreal-area improvisers, documented on one of a few 3-inch CDs we’ve gotten from Majuma. It’s mostly lo-fi cacophany — I mean that in a good way — but the third track, played here, gets a little closer to jazz.

source:….. Andy Haas (sax) and Don Fiorino (guitar) are improvisers who craft a unique sound, one with heavy doses of world music and a subtext that I’m guessing comes from a lot of classic-rock listening during formative years. They’ve got two very different CDs in rotation with us right now. Hanuman Sextet can be traced back to psychedelia experiments with Indian music, but it’s also got healthy doses of jazz horns, lots of steel guitar (not your usual improv instrument), and some more down-to-earth grooving than you normally get from the psych crowd.

source: myspace/radioichingnewyork….. Radio I-Ching, also featuring Haas and Fiorino, goes in a tougher direction: Heavy drums powering fleet sax lines and often crunching guitar, a heavy dose of rock sound applied to a jazz-jam concept. The lighter tracks add swirls of world-music exotica, a tough-to-place mix of African, Cuban, and Asian styles. “Judgement Day” is like a late-night party in a Cuban jazz club, and “Topsy” is a bebop gyroscope out of control. But I’m particularly taken with their version of “Misterioso,” which is a raging blur of guitar and drums, dark and flitting, with the soprano sax suddenly piping in with the melody line.

….. Pop alert: The new St. Vincent is really good, richly produced, and packed with nooks and crannies of sound (strings! extra guitar!) that make for a great pop-record experience. As good as Annie Clarke’s first album was, this is miles ahead. Flotilla is an indie-pop quartet with a harp player (and yes, she gets a solo, on at least one track!) They’ve got a deliciously icy sound that reminds me of Call and Response’s Winds Take No Shape album.

Album titles link into KZSU’s Zookeeper database; the Album Review icon means there’s a review or description there as well. Little links that say things like “more here” go to previous entries in this blog.

Artist Track Album/Label
Lehman, Steve Octet Dub Album Review Travail, Transformation, And Flow
Pi Recordings

Lehman, Steve Octet Echoes Album Review Travail, Transformation, And Flow
Pi Recordings
Black, Jim/Alas No Axis

(more here)

Inkionos Houseplant
Winter & Winter
St. Vincent Save Me From What I Want Album Review Actor
Bad Plus, The Fém (Etude No. 8) Album Review For All I Care
Heads Up International

Bloom Project Shines Album Review Sudden Aurora
Edgetone Records
Iyer, Vijay Age Of Everything Album Review Tragicomic
Sunnyside Communications
Flotilla Three Mile Jog Disaster Poetry
Melford, Myra / Trio M For Bradford Album Review Big Picture

Galper, Hal

(noted here)

Constellation Album Review Art-Work
Origin Records

Shipp, Matthew Quivering With Speed Album Review Piano Vortex
Thirsty Ear Communication
— (4:00 p.m.) —
Dorf, The Track 7 Album Review Dorf, The
Leo Records

Marsh, Tina and CO2 Dervish Worldwide
Creop Muse
Marsh, Tina/Bob Rodriguez Trio

(see here)

Riddles Album Review Out of Time
Creop Muse

Fully Celebrated, The Conotocarius Album Review Drunk On The Blood Of The Holy Ones
Aum Fidelity
Pink Saliva 9:04 Album Review Danse Avec Robert Duncan
Majmua Music
Sete, Bola Nao E Bem Assim Album Review Windspell
Samba Moon Records
— (5:00 p.m.) —
Hanuman Sextet On A Slippery Slope Album Review 9 Meals From Anarchy


(see here)

Lucy Ferment? Album Review A Modest Proposal
Cuneiform Records
Hexlove Charachtar Frisebee Album Review Muisic From The Film Es Noonar Covencha
Majmua Music
Radio I-Ching Misterioso Album Review No Wave Au Go Go
Carrier, Francois & Michel Lambert Clouds Album Review Nada
Creative Sources Recordings

Bloom, Jane Ira Cagney Modern Drama
Cbs Records
Leimgruber, Urs and Fritz Haus Point-Vigule [Part 4] Album Review Duho
Unit Records

Caine, Uri Mr. B.C. Sphere Music
Redman, Joshua Insomnomaniac Album Review Compass
Nonesuch Records

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