The Vagueness of Suffering
Teetering on full-fledged grindcore, Panama City’s BULK is a ferocious musical attack. They approach their debut EP with a certain anti-finesse—the idea that angry music should have rough edges, aiming to be unabashedly authentic. And it works splendidly for the band. It’s an impressive first outing for BULK, and I sincerely hope it won’t be the last.
– Nikki Hedrick
Fay Claassen & WDR Big Band
Dutch jazz singer Fay Claassen reportedly had never recorded in her native language before. WDR Big Band persuaded her to perform a live gig in Cologne, and the result is a mix of Dutch and English-language songs, rendered with spot-on rhythm and flair by a dynamic, intelligent vocalist. Singer and band mesh like old comrades, half sly cabaret and half swing-flavored party. It’s easy to forget, with all the over-engineered, ego-drenched divas inhabiting American pop, that there are still grownup singers in the world. Now playing across the Atlantic.
– Bruce Collier
Gone With the Flesh
Gone With The Flesh
Local old-school metalheads! Do you prefer chugging rhythms, guitar solos, and clean vocals over the death metal approach to the genre? Then you need to add Gone With the Flesh to your rotation. Dynamic vocals lead the mix, while aggressive, memorable riffs help achieve a powder keg of boisterousness that is best listened to loud enough that your neighbors can hear it, too.
– Nikki Hedrick
Ask for Chaos
Hexophonic Music / Motema
Israeli jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman pondered the idea of “inviting chaos to make progress,” then put it into musical action by engaging two different and disparate backup bands on Ask for Chaos. The 10 tracks move along on the rails of sometimes traditional and sometimes avant garde music. Hekselman glides above it all, whether racing ahead (“Tokyo Cookie”) or pausing to reflect (“It Will Get Better”). Hekselman is yet another example of the really exciting jazz musicians coming out of the Middle East; sadly, they should know from Chaos. The album is also the first release on his Hexophonic label.
– Bruce Collier
Slow Low Crow
Cat Family Records
Tallahassee’s Slow Low Crow focuses on songwriting while drawing from southern, country and roots influences. The EP consists of four songs, each one originating from a different member of the group—an exploration that further showcases their talent and individual styles within the whole of the band. If you long for icons who helped shaped songwriting in the ‘70s, like Tom Petty or Neil Young, you’ll feel right at home in the tracks of Skylark Motel.
– Nikki Hedrick
Franck Tortiller & Quatuor Debussy
Debussy…et le Jazz, Preludes for a Quartet
Vibraphonist and composer Franck Tortiller joins with Jacky Terrasson (piano), Vincent Peirani (accordion) and Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven (piano) to make Quatuor Debussy, which honors the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death with Debussy…et le Jazz. Debussy declined the label “impressionist,” but it’s stuck, and the play list here reflects that. There are samples of familiar and less familiar Debussy works. Few composers’ music lends itself so readily to jazz. Debussy picked and chose among all kinds of musical subjects. He also said he felt free because he’d been “through the [musical] mill.” Spoken like a jazz man. Obey Claude, just listen.
– Bruce Collier
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