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Jan
26
2019

Barker/Kaiser/Laswell/Mahanthappa

MUDANG ROCK (Fractal/Birdland) 9/10 Let no early notes foster expectations, because they’re sure to be dashed by music that keeps shifting shape and slithering out of reach. Initiated by guitarist Henry Kaiser, the project uses traditional Korean music to underpin seven improvisations. Kaiser assembled Sydney’s Simon Barker (the ultimate western improviser incorporating Korean drumming language), […]

Jan
13
2019

Year in Review – recorded music: Dangerous times breed protest and revolution

If Donald Trump has been good for anything, it has been prodding the art of protest songs with the sharpest stick since the Vietnam War. Simultaneously, after cracking for half a century, the foundations underpinning musical genres collapsed almost entirely in 2018. Occasionally the genre-disintegration and protesting collided, as on Marc Ribot’s brilliant Songs of […]

Jan
12
2019

Tim Stevens Double Trio

WITH WHOM YOU CAN BE WHO YOU ARE (Rufus) 8/10 Ultimately the secret lies in the integration. It is one thing to put improvising and non-improvising musicians in the same room; another to avoid one group sounding like a river, while the other sounds merely like the banks. In his first attempt at writing for […]

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