Tag Archives: Free Jazz

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jazz amuck’s 20 not-to-miss albums of 2016

Jazz lovers, take note – the one & only John B, host of CKUT’s famed Jazz Amuck, has put together a real doozy of a list recapping the heaviest hitters of 2016. Whether your tastes veer towards the freest of sounds or you dig more traditional styles, we’ve got you covered. Check out the full list below and tune into Jazz Amuck every Friday from 9-11am on CKUT.

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ingrid laubrock – serpentines – intakt
henry threadgill & ensemble double up – old locks and irregular verbs – pi
tyshawn sorey – the inner spectrum of variables – pi
mary halvorson octet – away with you – firehouse 12
anna webber’s simple trio – binary – skirl CC
wadada leo smith golden quintet – america’s national parks – cuneiform
michael formanek ensemble kolossus – the distance – ecm
bobby kapp & matthew shipp – cactus – northern spy
taylor ho bynum – plustet – firehouse 12
mark dresser seven – sedimental you – clean feed
nick fraser quartet – starer -self-released CC
steve lehman & sélébéyone – sélébéyone – pi
sao paulo underground – cantos invisiveis – cuneiform
ingrid laubrock + tom rainey – buoyancy – relative pitch
dan weiss – sixteen: drumers suite – pi recordings
nicolas caloia – les bonnes histoires – ambiances magnétiques CC
vijay iyer / wadada leo smith – a cosmic rhythm with each stroke – ecm
greg ward – touch my beloved’s thought – greenleaf
quinsin nachoff – flux – mythology CC
atlantis jazz ensemble – oceanic suite – marlow CC

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November: If You Got Ears with Small Scale Music

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For the month of November, we’ve got Small Scale Music repping If You Got Ears here at CKUT. Small Scale Music is the exciting record label that packs a big sound. Based right here in Montreal, their releases lie in the realm experimental music such as free jazz, free improvisation, and noise. Their extensive range of sounds combined with their policy of openness to new musicians and styles is what makes them such a valuable part of the MTL music scene, so we’re stoked to have them on board!

Tune in today and every Wednesday from 12-2pm to hear your host Raphael Foisy on the mic, and enjoy the show~~

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Album Review: Satoko Fujii Tobira – Yamiyo Ni Karasu

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I inserted the CD in the CD-player, pressed “play”, and waited for the music to begin. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I did not expect what penetrated my ears. Something similar to a screech ensued, making all the hair on my skin stand right up. I almost pressed “next” because I could not take it anymore! But my curiosity drove me to continue listening. Continue reading

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Album Review: Ingrid Laubrock’s Antihouse – Roulette of the Cradle

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Sometimes the best music is built entirely on instinct. Music that doesn’t get caught up trying to fit into typical conventions of time and scale but instead only commits itself to pure human instinct and expression.  Free Jazz is a fantastic form of expression due to its spur of the moment nature.  When a member of the ensemble is feeling a certain way they immediately release this feeling using their instrument.  The other musicians in the ensemble can understand each other and utter their response to the music just released. It is conversational.  Despite having well thought out compositions played by expert musicians, the music of Ingrid Laubrock’s new release Roulette of the Cradle has achieved a level of conversational execution and instinctual expression typically found only in the live free jazz setting. Continue reading