Mary Halvorson’s “Illusionary Sea (No. 33)” turns a waltz into a cubist barroom from dance measure to measure, with an odd and charming romanticism to the whole thing. The guitarist has really turned into quite the composer on her new septet record and I’m honored to have written the “exclusive liner notes” for the double LP version that spins at 45 RPM.
I web-produced this thing from the comfort of my desk (and a package of Twizzlers) in Washington, D.C. You’d do well to download the Darcy James Argue set — the BrooklynBabylon suite reminded me of everything from “Where the Streets Have No Name” to Mingus to “All My Friends” to a brief minute of Sabbath-ian doom.
Few bands have as much Bane-like brawn and brutality as Ehnahre, and much like the heady Knightfall villain (oh, he was in some recent movie, too?), Ehnahre makes some hellishly heady metal. Old Earth, the band’s third album, is somehow even more damaged and evil, equal parts Obscura-era Gorguts and Peter Broztmann’s obliterating Machine Gun slowed to a death crawl.
In under five hours at the Newport Jazz Festival, Eric Harland was the drummer for three different world-class bands. We asked him to play a rusty piece of scrap metal with trumpeter Avishai Cohen in an abandoned fort. Watch a duo improvisation from a rather unorthodox venue.