Every year I promise myself I’ll be better at keeping track of my listening habits. Why should 2012 be any different? Well here we go…
I’ve been a fan of Uri’s work since his mid 90s JMT days. He’s equally at home playing avant-garde Jazz, Classical or straight ahead Jazz as is the case with his latest trio recording with John Hebert on bass and Ben Perowsky on drums.
I first became aware of violinist/tuba player/composer Kang’s playing when he was on John Zorn’s Avant label. I think Zorn called him a sick puppy, which coming from Zorn is really saying something. He also plays on one of my favorite recordings of all time, Bill Frisell’s Quartet on Nonesuch. The Narrow Garden on Mike Patton’s Ipecac label is a very Middle Eastern cinematic sounding record.
King’s X – 4/9/2011 Manchester UK
If you’ve never seen King’s X live you should do yourself a favor and go see them on tour in the US this Spring/Summer. One of the best live rock bands on the planet, period. This is from their short UK headline tour last year and is almost as good as being there…almost.
Phish – 2/22/1990 Mabel Brown Room, Keene State College
I only saw Phish twice and both times were at KSC while I was going to school. This was my second show and was cut short when someone pulled the fire alarm during intermission. I still have the homemade ticket stub.
Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
Seattle’s Earth have been around since the late 80s and are sort of the Godfathers of the modern doom drone scene. This release sees them delve into some improvisation with excellent results.
VIOL8 – VIOL8
These are demo recordings made by my friend Adrian Amposta. He wrote and recorded everything himself with some help on bass by his friend Hector Gonzalez. I’m always impressed with what he’s able to accomplish in his tiny home studio. He’s looking for a singer, so if you’re in the Portland area feel free to get in touch with him. VIOL8Band@gmail.com
Frank Zappa – 5/1/1988 Stockholm
I just finished reading Andrew Greenaway’s book about the ill-fated 1988 tour and was inspired to listen to as many of the ’88 shows as I could. This one from Stockholm is the infamous ‘Dragonmaster’ show.
Frank Zappa and the Mothers – 10/2/1967 Lund
1988 was Zappa’s last tour and this show is from his first trip to Europe. Amazing sound quality for a 1967 live recording.
Ilhan Ersahin‘s Istanbul Sessions – Nightrider (Nublu Records, 2011)
I stumbled across this record online and love the mix of old Middle Eastern sounds with new Jazz. Ilhan has his own club in NYC, Nublu…I need to go check him out.
I’m a big Jazz fan, but I find it hard to keep track of what’s being released so I tend to wait until the end of the year and look at what the Jazz guys at AllAboutJazz have in their top ten lists. This was on a bunch of them and I’ve been listening to it a lot. Very modern sounding trumpet recording with some cool effects thrown in.