Monday, September 3, 2018


Music Week

Music: current count 30261 [30216] rated (+45), 278 [275] unrated (+3).

Posted Streamnotes on Thursday, figuring it was foolish to think I could find any more A-list records on the last day of August. But part of that problem was that I was looking for August-released pop, and none of the obvious picks -- Ariana Grande, Mitski, Nicki Minaj, Blood Orange, even that Methodist Hospital album Christgau recommended -- did the trick. After posting, I switched to new jazz, and came up with three A- avant-jazz albums in short order (Schnell, Rempis-Piet-Daisy, Hegge).

Actually, what steered me toward the Clean Feeds was Chris Monsen's 2018 favorites, which lists Mia Dyberg at 18 and Chris Pitsiokis at 29 (also Hegge at 34), but not Schnell (or Carlos Bica). Monsen also lists two more Clean Feeds: The Heat Death's The Glenn Miller Sessions and Jon Rune Strm Quintet's Fragments, which I had previously reviewed at B+(**). I have one other A- Clean Feed this year: Angles 3's Parede, and six more at B+(***):

  • Jonas Cambien Trio: We Must Mustn't We (Clean Feed)
  • Sean Conly: Hard Knocks (Clean Feed)
  • Marty Ehrlich: Trio Exaltation (Clean Feed)
  • Igor Lumpert & Innertextures: Eleven (Clean Feed)
  • Matt Piet & His Disorganization: Rummage Out (Clean Feed)
  • Samo Salamon/Tony Malaby/Roberto Dani: Traveling Moving Breathing (Clean Feed)

I haven't done the research, but there's a good chance that my Clean Feed grades have slipped a bit (and are otherwise more slapdash) since they stopped sending me physical CDs. (Certainly I'm slower in getting to them.) The Rempis album turned up in my effort to flesh out the jazz listings in my Music Tracking file. Strikes me as the best thing he's done all year (I have four more albums of his in my Year 2018 file.) I spent a fair amount of work last week trying to identify more 2018 jazz releases, adding 363 new entries to the file (was 1498 albums, now 1885, 806 of them jazz). The original purpose of this list is to build a list of things that might be interesting to hear, but it also provides a framework for aggregating EOY lists, including the Jazz Critics Poll.

I got most of them by looking at the 2018 jazz album list under Discogs: 5,727 records (vs. 12,849 for 2017, 13,394 for 2018). Obviously, I didn't add everything. I just picked out artists that I more/less recognized, things on well-regarded labels, and a few others that looked interesting. For instance, of the 50 albums on the first page, I list 11 (*5 added this week): Chris Burn*, Verneri Pohjola*, Globe Unity, Henri Texier*, Skadedyr, YoshimiO, Kamaal Williams, Sylvie Courvoisier, Jerry Granelli*, Dinosaur*, Terence Blanchard. Many records appeared multiple times (e.g., separate listings for CD, LP, and Downloads), so we're looking at more like 1,500 distinct titles. picked up some reissues, but skipped even well known ones where they didn't seem to offer anything new. After that, I took a look at Free Jazz Collective's reviews, and also All About Jazz's reviews, although I didn't get very far back there before I started running into uncertain dates. (Maybe this link will work better.)

Under "old music," I noticed a new vinyl reissue of Roland Kirk's Domino, and felt like streaming it, then one thing led to another. Still a few later albums I haven't heard, but I don't have a lot of hope for them. Then I noticed a Zoot Sims record in a search (I was actually looking for Tom Abbs' new Hawthorne), and felt like hearing him. Finally, Randy Weston died (92, elected to Downbeat's Hall of Fame just last year). Here's an obituary by Giovanni Russonello; another by Harrison Smith. My grade list is here, with Carnival (1974) and Khepara (1998) my personal picks (plus three more A- records).


Noteworthy links I missed in yesterday's Weekend Roundup:


Recommended music links:

Also, I'll be posting another batch of Robert Christgau's Xgau Sez Q&A sometime Tuesday. You can always get the latest first at that link.


New records rated this week:

  • Carlos Bica & Azul: Azul in Ljubljana (2015 [2018], Clean Feed): [r]: B+(*)
  • Blood Orange: Negro Swan (2018, Domino): [r]: B+(**)
  • Rodney Crowell: Acoustic Classics (2018, RC1): [r]: B+(*)
  • Mia Dyberg Trio: Ticket! (2017 [2018], Clean Feed): [r]: B+(***)
  • Jason Eady: I Travel On (2018, Old Guitar): [r]: B+(***)
  • Robbie Fulks/Linda Gail Lewis: Wild! Wild! Wild! (2018, Bloodshot): [r]: A-
  • Ariana Grande: Sweetener (2018, Republic): [r]: B
  • Shay Hazan: Good Morning Universe (2017 [2018], NoBusiness, EP): [cdr]: B+(*)
  • Hegge: Vi r Ledsna Men Du Fr Inte Lngre Vara Barn (2017, Particular): [sp]: B+(***)
  • Bjrn Marius Hegge Trio: Assosiasjoner (2018, Particular): [sc]: A-
  • William Hooker Trio: Remembering (2017 [2018], Astral Spirits): [bc]: B+(***)
  • Pablo Ledesma/Pepa Angelillo/Mono Hurtado/Carlo Brandan: Gato Barbieri Revisitado (2017 [2018], Discos ICM): [bc]: B+(**)
  • The Mekons 77: It Is Twice Blessed (2018, Slow Things): [r]: A-
  • Methodist Hospital: Giants (2017, self-released): [bc]: B+(***)
  • Parker Millsap: Other Arrangements (2018, Okrahoma): [r]: B+(*)
  • Nicki Minaj: Queen (2018, Young Money/Cash Money): [r]: B+(***)
  • Mitski: Be the Cowboy (2018, Dead Oceans): [r]: B
  • The Necks: Body (2018, Northern Spy): [r]: B+(**)
  • Tami Neilson: Sassafrass! (2018, Outside Music): [r]: B+(**)
  • Peter Nelson: Ash, Dust, and the Chalkboard Cinema (2018, Outside In Music): [r]: B+(**)
  • Chris Pitsiokos CP Unit: Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years (2017 [2018], Clean Feed): [r]: B+(**)
  • Dave Rempis/Matt Piet/Tim Daisy: Throw Tomatoes (2017 [2018], Astral Spirits): [bc]: A-
  • Schnell [Pierre Borel/Antonio Borghini/Christian Lillinger]: Live at Sowieso (2017 [2018], Clean Feed): [r]: A-
  • Tom Z: Sem Voc No A (2017, Circus): [r]: B+(***)

Recent reissues, compilations, and vault discoveries rated this week:

  • Kaoru Abe/Sabu Toyozumi: Mannyoka (1976 [2018], NoBusiness): [cd]: B+(***)
  • Choi Sun Bae Quartet: Arirang Fantasy (1995 [2018], NoBusiness): [cd]: B+(***)
  • Alexander Von Schlippenbah/Aki Takase: Live at Caf Amores (1995 [2018], NoBusiness): [cd]: A-

Old music rated this week:

  • Cachao Y Su Combo: Descargas Cubanas (1957 [1994], Planart): [r]: A-
  • Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe (2013, Domino): [r]: B+(***)
  • Roland Kirk: Introducing Roland Kirk (1960, Argo): [r]: B+(*)
  • Roland Kirk: Domino (1962, Mercury): [r]: B+(*)
  • Roland Kirk: Reeds & Deeds (1963, Mercury): [r]: B+(**)
  • Roland Kirk: Kirk in Copenhagen (1963 [1964], Mercury): [r]: A-
  • Roland Kirk: I Talk With the Spirits (1964 [1965], Limelight): [r]: B+(*)
  • Roland Kirk: Left & Right (1968, Atlantic): [r]: B+(*)
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk & the Vibration Society: Rahsaan Rahsaan (1970, Atlantic): [r]: B+(***)
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata (1971, Atlantic): [r]: B+(**)
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Blacknuss (1972, Atlantic): [r]: B+(***)
  • Zoot Sims: Hawthorne Nights (1977 [1994], Pablo/OJC): [r]: B+(*)
  • Zoot Sims: Suddenly It's Spring (1983 [1992], Pablo/OJC): [r]: B+(**)
  • Randy Weston: Solo, Duo, Trio (1954-56 [2900], Milestone): [r]: B+(*)
  • Randy Weston: Get Happy With the Randy Weston Trio (1955 [1995], Riverside/OJC): [r]: B+(**)
  • Randy Weston Trio + Cecil Payne: With These Hands . . . (19565 [1996], Riverside/OJC): [r]: B+(***)
  • Randy Weston Trio/Cecil Payne: Jazz A La Bohemia (1956 [1990], Riverside/OJC): [r]: B+(**)
  • Randy Weston: Little Niles (1958 [1959], United Artists): [r]: B+(***)
  • Randy Weston Trio + 4 Trombones: Destry Rides Again (1959, United Artists): [r]: B+(***)
  • Randy Weston: Destry Rides Again/Little Niles (1958-59 [2012], Fresh Sound): [r]: B+(***)
  • Randy Weston: African Cookbook (1964 [1972], Atlantic): [r]: B+(***)


Unpacking: Found in the mail last week:

  • Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist: Together (Summit)
  • Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: Flyin' Through florida (Summit)
  • Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintet: Undertones (Chronograph)
  • Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble: From Maxville to Vanport (PJCE)
  • Scott Routenberg Trio: Supermoon (Summit)
  • Andrs Vial: Andrs Vial Plays Thelonious Monk: Sphereology Volume One (Chromatic Audio): September 28
  • Jay T. Vonada: United (Summit)