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Alexander Schlippenbach Von Trio: Pakistani Pomade [VINYL] (Cien Fuegos)

One of saxophonists Evan Parker's favorite recordings from the long-running trio led by pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach with drummer Paul Lytton, the powerhouse free improvised "Pakistani Pomade" alubm is reissued on 180 gram vinyl with its original cover. ... Click to View


John Butcher / Andy Moor: Experiments With A Leaf (Unsounds)

Since working together in Thermal, saxophonist John Butcher and The Ex guitarist Andy Moor have collaborated in live performance, here recording in a cathedral in Berne, Switzerland in 2013, using its natural reverb to augment their impeccably paced and inspired dialog. ... Click to View


L' Ensemble Volta: Les Nuages de Magellan (Recommended Records)

ReR's 3rd collection featuring the ondes Martenot, an early electronic musical instrument invented in 1928 by cellist Maurice Martenot; this volume, performed by the 4 piece L''Ensemble Volta + Antoine Alerinie is dedicated to Spectralist composer Tristan Murail. ... Click to View


John Greaves / Peter Blegvad / Lisa Herman : Kew Rhone (Recommended Records)

Taking Rock In Opposition into difficult territory, Peter Blegvad and John Greave's song cycle is a perplexing and rewarding album blending literature with rock and jazz forms, performed in an ensemble including Carla Bley and Michael Mantler; an intricate masterwork. ... Click to View


Stepmother (Simonis / Visser / Gilonis / Kerman): Calvary Greetings (Megaphone / Knock 'Em Dead)

Bringing together members from RIO-oriented bands like Vril, AA Kismet, The Work, Hat Shoes, Hail, 5uus, Present, & Thinking Plague, Stepmother presents a strange conglomerate of styles in short songs with twisted elements, strange intent, and superb playing. ... Click to View


Motorpsycho: Demon Box [VINYL 2 LPs] (Rune Grammofon)

Still the favorite of many Motorpsycho fans, the iconic "Demon Box" was also this Norwegian rock band's breakthrough album from the early 90s, hard-edged prog oriented rock (think Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), presented in its original 2 LP format on 180 gm vinyl. ... Click to View


Beatriz Ferreyra : GRM Works [VINYL] (Recollection GRM)

Electronic composer Beatriz Ferreyra was a pioneer alongside Pierre Schaeffer, developing the famous Music Theory of the Sounding Object in the 50s, and continued to compose with Bernard Baschet and his Structures Sonores, holding residencies at Dartmouth College. ... Click to View


Michel Redolfi: Pacific Tubular Waves/Immersion [VINYL] (Recollection GRM)

Electroacoustic landscape composer Michel Redolfi in a work for Synclavier digital synthesizer recorded between 1979 & 1980, attempting to musically translate his research on underwater sound in the Pacific, from the movement of rolling waves to its depths. ... Click to View


The Necks: The Necks Box [8 CD BOX SET] (Recommended Records)

Formed in Australia the late 1980s by Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck and Lloyd Swanton, the Necks play post-jazz, post-rock, post-everything, slowly morphing improvised music, here in a limited numbered box set presenting 8 of their CDs from the UK Recommended Records label. ... Click to View


Reinhold Friedl: Golden Quinces, Earthed For Spatialised Neo-Bechstein (Bocian)

Reinhold Friedl performs on one of the last remaining of 150 Neo-Bechstein amplified Grand Pianos, using unusual recording techniques to find unexpected sonic aspects to the instrument, producing a dark ambient and industrial work of great intensity. ... Click to View


Alva Noto: Xerrox Vol. 3 (Raster-Noton)

Alva Noto continues his Xerrox series with the 3rd volume,"Towards Space", using the process of copying and manipulation of data as a basis for sound compositions, here showing a warmer in music inspired by film memories, creating an imaginary soundtrack. ... Click to View


Eric La Casa: W2 (1998-2008) [2 CDs] (Herbal International)

A journey in sound from composer Eric La Casa, who organized these recordings of water and wind captured over 12 years as a sonic journal of the various geographic locations he visited, transforming them into an absorbing story about the living world. ... Click to View


John Zorn: The Song Project Live At LPR (Tzadik)

In celebration of his 60th birthday Zorn asked his most acclaimed vocal collaborators to write lyrics to select compositions from his vast musical catalog, first released as a 7" box set, and now here in red velvet covered CD package from a live performance in NYC, 2015. ... Click to View


Steve Coleman & the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints (Pi Recordings)

Composer and alto saxophonist Steve Coleman in a superb modern jazz album, written by applying characteristics of human synovial joints to compositional process, and using "camouflage orchestration" to orchestrate players into the fore-, middle- and background. ... Click to View


Graham Lambkin / Michael Pisaro: Schwarze Riesenfalter (erstwhile)

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Jeph Jerman / Tim Barnes: Matterings (erstwhile)

The pairing of eccentric sound artist Jeph Jerman with Quakebasket label leader/percussionist Tim Barnes, using unidentifiable sound sources, field recordings, and the occasional acoustic instrument to create unique, curious and absorbing environments. ... Click to View


Eric La Casa / Taku Unami: Parazoan Mapping (erstwhile)

Using "recordings" and "devices", this is the first release from the long-standing collaboration of Eric La Casa and Taku Umani, 15 untitled tracks of curious and subtly discursive sound work recorded in a diverse set of locations. ... Click to View


Ingar Zach / Miguel Angel Tolosa: Loner (Sofa)

Using electronics, field recordings, and acoustic percussion, the duo of Ingar Zach and Miguel Angel Tolosa (Ubeboet) create murky soundscapes punctuated and driven by percussion and ringing tones, rich ea-improv using tone and drones to envelope the listener. ... Click to View


Mirt: Khmer & Siam Recordings (SAAMLENG)

Blending field recordings of temples, rain, bells, cicadas, radios, and other regional sounds from Khmer & Siam with native music to create a rich audioscape of those exotic lands, both mysterious and liltingly melodic on a beautiful journey in sound. ... Click to View


David Rosenboom : Naked Curvature (Tzadik)

CalArts Chamber Ensemble performs this large work from composer David Ronsemboom, a whispered chamber opera/concerto grosso for six instrumentalists, whispering voices, electronics and interactive computer software. ... Click to View


Shane Perlowin / Jacob Wick : Objet A [CASSETTE] (Prom Night Records)

A freely improvised collaboration between Ahleuchatistas guitarist Shane Perlowin and trumpeter Jacob Wick, both using a contemplative approach of unusual and extended techniques while allowing space and tension to develop their deceptively rich dialog. ... Click to View


TOTEM> (Eisenbeil / Blancarte / Drury): Voices of Grain (New Atlantis)

Interactive, muscular NY improvisation from guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil, electric bassist Tom Blancarte, and drummer Andrew Drury, extending Totem>'s intensity & group empathy while expanding their range of expression in compositions balancing free playing and mysterious soundwork. ... Click to View


Colin Webster + Mark Holub: Viscera (New Atlantis)

A biting and propulsive recording of free noise improv and rock from rising stars of the UK/European avant scene--Colin Webster on alto, tenor and baritone sax, and Mark Holub on drums--in their 4th album as a power duo playing ecstatic, guttural free jazz. ... Click to View


Charles Evans / Liebman / Marino / Stabinsky: On Beauty (More Is More)

NY baritone saxophonist Charles Evans wrote this through-composed 9 part work for soprano saxophone great David Liebman, who joins Evans in a quartet with pianist Ron Stabinsky and bassist Tony Marino, performing a chamber jazz work of strong melody and subtle allure. ... Click to View


Matthew Shipp / Mat Walerian Duo: The Uppercut: Live At Okuden (ESP)

New York pianist Matthew Shipp in a live concert at Okunden Music Concert Series in 2015 with Polish woodwind player Mat Walerian, performing on alto saxophone, bass clarinet, soprano clarinet, flute; 10 lyrical and beautifully paced original jazz compositions. ... Click to View


Nisse Sandstrom Quintet: Live at Crescendo (Moserobie Music)

A live recording of lyrical post-bop jazz from Swedish legend, tenor saxophnoist Nisse Standstrom, in a live recording from 2014 fronting a quintet of creative players Jonas Kullhammar on tenor sax, Leio Lindberg on piano, Kenji Rabson on bass, and Moussa Fadera on drums. ... Click to View


Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola: Bota Fogo [VINYL] (Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL)

A live recording of two extended improvisations at Audio Rebel's Quintavant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the quartet of Arthur Lacerda on guitar and electronics, electric bassist Felipe Zenicola, guitarist Eduardo Manso, and drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love. ... Click to View


Adriana Sa / To Trips / John Klima: Timespine (Shhpuma)

Rich string work from Adriana Sa on zither & electronics, To Trips on resonator guitar, and John Klima on electric bass, following graphical scores and using electronics sparingly, in an album that is extremely focused while seeming to ramble in gorgeous ways. ... Click to View


Eduardo Raon: On the Drive For Impulsive Actions (Shhpuma)

Portugese harpist Eduardo Raon uses harp, daxophone, electronics, voice & percussion to create dramatic music that applies his classical training to improvisational methods, using real-time electronic processing to create an encompassing yet intricate and unusual sonic environments. ... Click to View


Michel Banabila : Float (Tapu Record)

A compilation of tracks from the melodic side of string and electronic artist Michel Banabila, with two exclusive tracks, and collecting previous work with artists like Anton Goudsmit, Eric Vloeimans, Michel van Schie, Salar Asid, Anne Bakker, Mete Erker, Mehmet Polat, Yasar Saka, &c. ... Click to View


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  Avi Belleli 
  Strawberry Cream and Gunpowder  
  (Ad Hoc) 

   review by Phil Zampino
  2006-12-20
Avi Belleli: Strawberry Cream and Gunpowder (Ad Hoc)

Little known outside of Israel, Avi Belleli is the lead writer, vocalist and bass player of the band Tractor's Revenge, a gold-record rock band. Belleli has strong compositional skills, and "Strawberry Cream and Gunpowder" was written for a dance work by Yasmeen Goder, which has been performed in Israel, Japan, Europe and New York. The piece works equally well on it's own, as it supports the opressive wartime environments both in the Middle East and in the global war on terror. The piece owes much to the early industrial music scene, in ominous environments sometimes provoked by nothing more than Belleli's solo playing, processed and disrupted by statics, confrontational electronics and terrified vocalizations. If this sounds chaotic it's not - the pace is mysterious and slowly unfolding, while the punctuations are jarring and effective. Bleak but beautiful, as disruptive as real life - an excellent example of art reflecting the world that surrounds it.



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