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Bernardino Femminielli - Plaisirs Americains (2016)

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Not sure how I slept on this for so long.  Well, I have an idea.  Anyway, this is probably the best thing that came out last year:

"PLAISIRS AMÉRICAINS is not so much an album as it is an Expanded Field; a PILGRIM JOYRIDE of PAN-MEDIA MUTATION, and PSYCHOSEXUAL POSSIBILITY..
Refusal. Realization. Rapture.
AMBITION as PROCESS.
Zealotry. Voyeurism. Vandalism.
CAMCORDER PRURIENCE as PERFORMANCE,
Auto-Nostalgia… ACID TELEVANGELISM.
a BLUR of METAMODERNIST DEBRIS —
the GRAND ENTERPRISE of SERIAL APPETITES,
in its MARATHON WAKE.

Available via MIND Records and Bethlehem XXX credits released April 15, 2016"
OR

"Serge Gainsbourg, instead of focusing his attentions on under-aged girls, takes a trip down to the local discotheque, sniffs a near-lethal amount of coke and has a lot of sex with a lot of men."

Listen/Buy

https://femminielli.bandcamp.com/album/plaisirs-ame-ricains

Anza de L'Ader - Zabaya

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Tradition - Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwto7yfVlvs&list=PLuGaJJwiz-F49Zl6Gr5zbt_accniSGOPP&spfreload=1

Virginia Genta - Rough Enough

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By JA Besche

If various internet sources are accurate, Virginia Genta has been playing music since she was a young child, always self-taught and in the vein of free improvisation. I heard her play not long after her most consistent group, Jooklo Duo, started releasing music in 2007 (to the best of my knowledge, it’s a little murky). Her playing, predominantly on tenor saxophone (though she plays almost all variations of the instrument and is as likely to sound like Peter Brotzmann as she is Yusef Lateef), has always bent towards free improv, cosmic exploration, and passion. Over these ten years or so, she has also picked up a lot of technique, lyricism, and overall virtuosity. 

So then, it comes at a perfect time for Holidays to release her first (not including a self-released lathe 7”) release of solo sax recordings. It’s brief, only a two sided single, but fits nicely into the great tradition of the solo jazz/improv record. In my estimation, the solo recording has always been about ma…

Synthesis - Sentiments

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https://youtu.be/eGNFIgeSjSI

Joe McPhee Survival Unit III - Barrow Street Blues

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By JA Besche

Joe McPhee is easily one of the most interesting stories in all of free jazz, not because he has some wild backstory or clichéd tortured artist modus operandi, but because of his incredible longevity, consistently interesting/progressive/talented playing, and willingness to constantly push his own boundaries.  He has proved a wonderful player in all types of ensembles and genres for decades, and belies some of the free jazz stereotypes we too often fetishize, such as struggles with mental illness, drug abuse, or dying young.  Simply put, he has proved that there is a career in playing jazz on your own terms, even when those terms challenge the status quo.  Perhaps this is because he didn’t even pick up the saxophone until he was 32, already aware of himself as a person, yet still carrying an immense fire in his belly that persists even into his 70’s.

…Which perhaps makes this live recording of his Survival Unit trio in memoriam of the recently departed Ornette Coleman so ap…

Konstrukt & Alexander Hawkins - 10.08.15

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By JA Besche

Konstrukt and Café Oto are back with another release, this one being a live recording from 2015 featuring pianist Alexander Hawkins.  Readers of this blog will likely be familiar with Konstrukt already, as the Turkish jammers have been consistently releasing several albums a year (mostly live) over the recent past, straddling lines of fusion, free jazz/improv, rock, and ethnic music.  They are often in collaboration with another artist or two, and this time it’s Alexander Hawkins, a relatively young jazz pianist who has been cutting his teeth in the UK improv scene with the likes of Evan Parker and Louis Moholo, while also leading his own trio.

Konstrukt typically operate as a quartet with some of them taking on multiple instruments, but the typical set up is drums, electric bass, reeds, and electric guitar.  Having a pianist like Hawkins adds a lot, then, and this recording offers a different type of sound than I am used to with Konstrukt releases.
As a group that is often …