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Drummer Tony Allen & Trumpeter Hugh Masekela Set to Release New Album

Jazz FM had an exclusive first play of 'We've Landed', the lead single taken from the upcoming release of a new project from legendary drummer Tony Allen. The album is called ‘Rejoice’ and was recorded with his friend, the late great trumpeter Hugh Masekela.

Speaking to us ahead of the play, he said the first track is dedicated to the young people of today. Tony explained, “the lyric addresses people at seventeen, eighteen, nineteen years old, who are slowly becoming more mature, finding out who they are and realising that it’s their generation’s turn to wake up!”

Having first met in the 70s thanks to their respective close associations with Fela Kuti, Allen, the Nigerian master drummer widely hailed as the co-founder of Afrobeat (and long-time member of alt-rock supergroup The Good The Bad & The Queen), and Masekela, South Africa’s legendary trumpet player, talked for decades about making an album together.

When, in 2010, their touring schedules coincided in the UK, the moment presented itself and producer Nick Gold took the opportunity to record their encounter. The unfinished sessions, consisting of all original compositions by the pair, lay in an archive until after Hugh passed away in 2018.

With renewed resolution, Tony Allen and Nick Gold, with the blessing and participation of Hugh’s estate, unearthed the original tapes and finished recording the album in summer 2019 at the same London studio where the original sessions had taken place. Allen and Masekela are accompanied on the record by a new generation of well-respected jazz musicians including Tom Herbert (Acoustic Ladyland / The Invisible), Joe Armon-Jones (Ezra Collective), Mutale Chashi (Kokoroko) and Steve Williamson.

Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela will release their very special collaborative new album ‘Rejoice’ through World Circuit on 20th March.

Tony Allen will perform songs from ‘Rejoice’ with a specially assembled band at two intimate shows at London’s Church of Sound on 12th and 13th March, with tickets now available.


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Nick Finzer, “The Guru”



Serpentine, oriental influences and somewhat sinister tones adorn “The Guru,” a new track from trombonist/composer Nick Finzer’s upcoming album, Cast of Characters. The album draws inspiration from the formative figures we meet throughout our lives and how their impact changes over time, and this track reveals a darker side of this concept. “Never meet your heroes, some say. This piece is an exploration of that very idea,” Finzer explains via a statement. Cast of Characters is due out February 27 via his Outside In Music imprint.

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Your Face” feat. Cécile McLorin Salvant


Musician/producer Rafiq Bhatia implements dreamlike and sometimes volatile electronic techniques to transform cornerstone works by such greats as Duke Ellington and Ornette Coleman on his immersive upcoming 4-song EP, Standards Vol. 1. One of the tracks, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” features Cécile McLorin Salvant, one of the major jazz vocalists of this generation. This passionate song was written in 1957 by British political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who later became his wife, and was a major international hit for Roberta Flack in 1972. Standards Vol. 1 is due out on January 31.

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Thundercat, “Black Qualls” feat. Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington



Musician/singer/songwriter/producer Thundercat announced the release of his new album, It Is What It Is, and shared its lead single “Black Qualls,” featuring Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington. This new, funky song references what it means to be a black American with a young mindset and it emerged from the writing sessions with Lacy, whom Thundercat describes as “the physical incarnate of the Ohio Players in one person.” It Is What It Is is executive produced by Thundercat himself and Brainfeeder label-head Flying Lotus, and it is due out on April 3.

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Jeff Parker and the New Breed, “Go Away”






Jeff Parker has shared a new single from his upcoming album, Suite for Max Brown, which is dedicated to his mother. “Go Away” is a lively track and one of nine originals from the upcoming LP, due out January 24 via Anthem/Nonesuch. While Parker recorded most of the instruments on the album, Suite for Max is credited to Jeff Parker and the New Breed, which consists of Paul Bryan, Josh Johnson, Rob Mazurek, Katinka Klejn, Nate Walcott, Jamire Williams, Makaya McCraven and Jay Bellrose.. Parker’s daughter Ruby adds her vocals to the tracks “Build a Nest.”

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Joey Alexander, “Warna”


Piano prodigy Joey Alexander released his debut LP five years ago, at the age of 11, shortly after moving to the United States from his native Indonesia. Since then, his sound has been constantly maturing, and his upcoming album Warna – which means “color” in Bahasa – marks his debut for the legendary Verve label. On the record, he returns with his all-star trio including bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Kendrick Scott. The title track, which mixes Southeast Asian and African rhythms, is augmented by the talents of Venezuelan percussionist Luisito Quintero.

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Charlie Parker ‘The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection’ Set For Release Via Craft Records

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In February 2020, Craft Records will release Charlie Parker The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection, a four-LP box set that highlights the jazz legend’s career from 1944-1948.
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The new collection features restored and remastered audio from the original 10-inch albums along with a booklet containing vintage photos, rare ephemera, and new liner notes journalist and author Neil Tesser. A number of jazz greats appear on the recordings with Parker including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Lewis, Bud Powell, and Max Roach.

The 1940s saw Parker and his contemporaries introduce the world to a new sounds, Bebop, a new style of jazz that would influence music for generations. The 28 tracks that make up The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection are some of the earliest bebop recordings. Notable tracks on the release include cuts from a November 1945 session that has been referred to as “The Greatest Jazz Session Ever.” The session featured Miles Davis, Max Roach, and Curley Russell appearing as “Charlie Parker’s Reboppers.”

The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection is scheduled for release on February 28, 2020, and is currently available for preorder on vinyl and digital formats.

Charlie Parker: The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection Track List:
New Sounds In Modern Music, Volume 1
Side A
1. Now’s The Time
2. Donna Lee
3. Chasin’ The Bird
4. Red Cross

Side B
1. Ko-Ko
2. Warmin’ Up A Riff
3. Half Nelson
4. Sipping At Bells

New Sounds In Modern Music, Volume 2
Side A
1. Billie’s Bounce
2. Cheryl
3. Milestones
4. Another Hair-Do

Side B
1. Thriving From A Riff
2. Buzzy
3. Little Willie Leaps
4. Klaunstance

New Sounds In Modern Music, Volume 3
Side A
1. Bluebird
2. Bird Gets The Worm
3. Parker’s Mood

Side B
1. Steeplechase
2. Perhaps
3. Tiny’s Tempo

New Sounds In Modern Music, Volume 4
Side A
1. Constellation
2. Merry Go Round
3. Confirmation

Side B
1. Barbados
2. Ah-Leu-Cha
3. Marmaduke

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Zakir Hussain, “Kabir”









“Kabir” is a song from an upcoming six-years-in-the-making album by guitar legend John McLaughlin. Is That So?, due out January 9, finds him revisiting the Indian music tradition in a freer vein than his famed ’70s Shakti project. To do so, he rekindles one of his deepest collaborations – that with tabla master Zakir Hussain – and finds inspiration in the vocal talents of Shankar Mahadevan. As “Kabir” shows, the album overflows with a sense of spiritual exploration and documents the encounter between three creative souls keen on exploring uncharted musical territories.

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Makaya McCraven Reimagines Gil Scott-Heron’s Final Studio Album: Multi-instrumentalist/producer Makaya McCraven is releasing We’re New Again, a reimagining of I’m New Here, the final studio album of legendary singer/songwriter Gil Scott-Heron. I’m New Here was originally released in 2010, a year prior to his death. It was produced by Richard Russell of XL Recordings, the same label that will release We’re New Again on February 7. We’re New Again was recorded and produced by McCraven in his Chicago home studio and draws on his electronic, sample-based approach to production, fusing it with improvised live musicianship.

 
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WHAT'S NEXT ON ROGUEART

MID OF JANUARY 2020

FRED FRITH
NICOLAS HUMBERT - MARC PARISOTTO

CUT UP THE BORDER
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ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT:
JANUARY 17th 2020
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CLAUDIA SOLAL - BENOÎT DELBECQ
CLAUDIA SOLAL - BENOÎT DELBECQ
HOPETOWN
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ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT:
JANUARY 18th 2020
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Pat Metheny back with epic new album From This Place - Track Preview


The guitar guru returns next year with his ambitious orchestrally-enhanced new album 

Multi-Grammy-winning guitarist and composer Pat Metheny is set to return in February 2020 with a new Nonesuch album, From This Place, which will be followed by a world tour throughout the year. The guitarist’s first new solo studio album since 2011’s What’s It All About, and his first band recording since his 2014 Unity Group’s KIN (←→)), the record comprises original tunes by Metheny (who also produced the album), and features his touring band of the last few years of pianist Gwilym Simcock, bassist Linda May Han Oh and longtime drummer Antonio Sanchez, alongside guest appearances from vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello, harmonica player Gregoire Maret and percussionist Luis Conte, with The Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joel McNeely. See the February 2020 issue of Jazzwise for an exclusive interview with Metheny

For more info visit www.nonesuch.com/artists/pat-metheny

And listen to the track 'American Unedified' below:

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Necks Bloom With New Album

Acclaimed Antipodean improvisers announce details of latest long-player 

Australian maestros of the crepuscular unfurl, The Necks, release their latest album, Three, on 27 March via Fish of Milk, through the auspices of Rocket, ReR Megacorp and Northern Spy.

According to the trio’s double-bassist, Lloyd Swanton: “The album will have three tracks – ‘Bloom’, ‘Lovelock’ and ‘Further’ – all 20-22 minutes long. ‘Bloom’ is dense and busy, ‘Lovelock’ atmospheric and abstract, ‘Further’ is a jazz groove in 5/4.”

The Necks play London’s Kings Place on 18 June

For more info visit www.thenecks.com

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Soweto Kinch unveils politically-charged album 'The Black Peril'

 

UK saxophonist, poet and MC Soweto Kinch has unveiled details of his new album. It’s called ‘The Black Peril’ and takes a deep look at episodes of civil unrest that followed the end of World War One, examining race riots that took place in the UK, the US and the Caribbean in 1919. Soweto says he’s inspired by the sounds of ragtime, proto-jazz, West Indian folk music and the classical works of black composers of the period, revisiting a time of momentous social change. The album features a number of guest musicians including British stars Jay Phelps, Giacomo Smith, Xhosa Cole and Nathanial Cross - plus US jazz players Eric Lewis and Gregory Hutchinson. It launches with a concert at the EFG London Jazz Festival on November 22nd, with Tomorrow’s Warriors on stage alongside members of the London Symphony Orchestra and Jazz FM Award winning drummer Makaya McCraven.

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Roberto Fonseca to Release New Album on October 18th, 2019

Roberto Fonseca Presents Yesun

GRAMMY®-nominated Cuban pianist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader Roberto Fonseca is set for the release of his new album, Yesun, October 18 via Mack Avenue Records.

Combining jazz sensibility and deep roots in the Afro-Cuban tradition, Yesun is the Havana-born artist’s ninth solo album. The record delves into the music of Fonseca’s homeland of Cuba while keeping its sights set firmly on the future, weaving in electronic beats, spoken word, retro-modern keyboards, Fonseca’s vocals and more.

Yesun is the album I’ve always wanted to make,” says Fonseca of a record that combines everything from jazz and classical music to rap, funk, reggaeton and electronic music. “All my influences are here. All the sounds and vibes that make me who I am.”

“This tune felt very natural to write,” says Fonseca of “Aggua,” on which he plays grand piano, analog keyboards and percussion, as well as contributing bossa-nova style vocals. “I wanted to represent my Cuban roots with a tumbao”-the core rhythm that nourishes salsa, mambo and Latin jazz-“and I wanted to shake up some stuff.”

Fonseca will tour the U.S. this coming spring in support of the album, with upcoming shows set for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, DC, Seattle and Portland.

Yesun is a trio album whose 13 original tracks are bolstered by Fonseca’s regular bandmates, drummer Raúl Herrera and longtime double bassist Yandy Martínez Rodriguez. Guests include Grammy-winning American saxophonist Joe Lovano, lauded French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, Grammy-nominated Cuban rapper/singer Danay Suárez, famed Cuban bolero diva Mercedes Cortés and capella group Gema 4.

Yesun follows 2016’s ABUC, praised for its “incandescent Cuban contrasts” by The Guardian. That same year, Fonseca served as Artistic Director of the inaugural Jazz Plaza Festival in Santiago de Cuba. Most recently, he received the prestigious Ordre des Arts Letters (Order of Arts and Letters) from the French Ministry of Culture.

Roberto Fonseca – Yesun

1. La Llamada (feat. Gema 4)
2. Kachucha (feat. Ibrahim Maalouf)
3. Cadenas (feat. Danay Suárez)
4. Por Ti
5. Aggua
6. Motown
7. Stone of Hope
8. Vivo (feat. Joe Lovano)
9. OO
10. Mambo pa la Niña (feat. Gema 4)
11. Ocha
12. No Soy de Esos
13. Clave


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New Box Set Celebrates Fred Hersch Trio’s 10th Anniversary: A new box set celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Fred Hersch Trio – led by pianist Fred Hersch and featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson – is due out October 18 via Palmetto Records. The box set is simply titled The Fred Hersch Trio 10 Years / 6 Discs and includes five critically acclaimed Palmetto Records releases: Whirl (2010), the double-LP Alive at the Vanguard (2012), Floating (2014), Sunday Night at the Vanguard (2016) and Live in Europe (2018). It also includes new liner notes by Hersch and music historian Ted Gioia.

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London-based US saxophonist Jean Toussaint releases his new album, Live at the Jazz Café, on Lyte Records on 11 October to coincide with the 100th birthday of iconic hard bop drummer Art Blakey. 

As a former member of Blakey’s long-running Jazz Messengers group, touring and recording with the band from 1982-1986, Toussaint drew on the music and mentorship he received during his tenure as the inspiration for his 2018 studio album, Brother Raymond. The new live recording of the music was captured at the end of a UK tour with the saxophonist’s band of trumpeter Byron Wallen, trombonist Dennis Rollins, pianist Andrew McCormack, double-bassist Daniel Casimir and drummer Shane Forbes all featured.

The album gets its official launch at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square on 23 November as part of the 2019 EFG London Jazz Festival.

For more info visit www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/jean-toussaint

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JALC Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to Release New Festive Album: The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is releasing Big Band Holidays II. This is a collection of the Orchestra’s elective performances of festive hits, and it is a follow-up to their beloved Big Band Holidays release from 2015. Among its tracks is a never-before-released version of “O Tannenbaum” featuring the legendary Aretha Franklin. Big Band Holidays II will be available on all digital platforms on October 25, 2019, in stores as a CD on November 8, 2019, and available on 2xLP audiophile vinyl later in the holiday season.


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Scott Kinsey releases fiery tribute to Joe Zawinul – exclusive track preview

US keyboardist recaptures the spirit and energy of the revered Austrian keys king and his band Weather Report on a striking new album 

Renowned Tribal Tech keyboardist Scott Kinsey pays passionate tribute to the music of legendary Weather Report founder Joe Zawinul, on his new album, We Speak Luniwaz, which is released on 25 October on Whirlwind Recordings.

Mixing originals inspired by the iconic keyboardist’s unique soundworld, alongside much-loved WR classics, such as ‘Black Market’, ‘Fast City’ and ‘Port Of Entry’, the band features virtuosic French bass guitarist Hadrien Feraud, fiery Hungarian drummer Gergo Borlai and top LA-based flautist/saxophonist Katisse Buckingham. The album also includes guest appearances by some stellar international names such as Jimmy Haslip (on two tracks), Bobby Thomas Jr., Arto Tunçboyaciyan and Steve Tavaglione among others.

Speaking about the album, Kinsey commented: "Zawinul's music has been near and dear to me ever since the moment I first heard it. My objective was to try to do justice to this material, more than anything as a little thank-you note to someone who certainly changed my life. And someone who gave us all so much through his uncompromising and impossibly high musical standards. What Joe did was create his own personal language that was always in the moment and totally fresh! So with time, I also learned to speak Luniwaz, perhaps using my own personal dialect... I'm pretty sure he would have loved this record." 

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Listen to an exclusive preview of ‘Cucumber Slumber/World Citizen’ below


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RareNoiseRecords Presents 'It's Morning' by LED BIB
(Published: September 07, 2019)

From the Homeric invocation of ethereal opener "Atom Story," it becomes stunningly clear that It's Morning, the latest album from the uncategorizable UK ensemble Led Bib, is meant to take the listener on a journey. The wide-ranging and evocative set is also a testament to the distance the band has travelled on its own evolutionary path. If not the endpoint, it at least sits at a far-flung guidepost along a transformative odyssey undertaken by the eclectic ensemble.

Led Bib has long been renowned for its skronky, livewire fusion of exploratory jazz improvisation with the brute force of heavy rock and the labyrinthine architecture of prog. It's Morning retains an identifiable sense of adventure and virtuosity while marking a vast departure from previous recordings, veering into the realm of elusive, poetic narrative and lysergic beauty.

"Led Bib has developed an identifiable improvisation language over the last 15 years," explains drummer and bandleader Mark Holub. "After all that time we started to wonder what it might be like to take that language into a whole new area."

The most immediately apparent change from past Led Bib outings is the addition of vocals, folding the band's boundary-stretching vocabulary into gorgeous if complex song forms. The band's core line-up - Holub, bassist Liran Donin, saxophonists Chris Williams and Pete Grogan, and new keyboardist Elliot Galvin - are joined by a pair of gifted vocalists: Sharron Fortnam, a co-founder of the North Sea Radio Orchestra whose intoxicating mezzo soprano has also graced recordings by the noted British prog-punk band Cardiacs; and Jack Hues, best known as frontman for the 80s new wave band Wang Chung.

Bookended by a pair of atmospheric miniatures that frame the album as an imaginative Odyssey, It's Morning embarks on an immersive quest over psychedelic seas. That sense will only be amplified in live performances, when the music will be supplemented by a concert length film created by filmmaker Dylan Pecora. Pecora has made a film which explores and expands upon the album and in live performances it will be manipulated by VJ Oli Chilton. "I want our shows to feel like [author Ken Kesey's] Acid Tests," Holub declares. "I'm hoping people are transported somewhere else. The experience of just sitting down and being quiet and engrossed in something for an hour is a meaningful thing."

In a very real sense, It's Morning is a reaction to the turbulence of the modern day, from the cautious optimism of its title to the otherworldly sensation of its music. Holub tentatively refers to the set as "protest music" - not that there's a single lyric that directly addresses the politics of the day, but in the sense, which has always characterized Led Bib's output, that the band is swimming against the currents of the mainstream.

In retrospect, Holub finds the roots of It's Morning in his formative listening to bands like Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead. The influence isn't literal; there's nothing on the album that directly echoes the work of Jerry Garcia or Syd Barrett. What Holub learned from those bands is a sense of what he reluctantly terms authenticity, the idea of following one's own instincts however far afield they may lead.

As unified and flowing as the end results may sound, It's Morning was created with as much spontaneity and in-the-moment invention as any of Led Bib's music. While they were intent on a new direction, the sound of the new album arose organically in the studio from the raw materials that had been shared between the bulk of the band in England and Holub in his adopted home of Vienna. Add to that the addition of Galvin, who stepped in when regular Led Bib pianist Toby McLaren was forced to withdraw from the sessions.

The mystical "Atom Story" leads into the distorted urban groove of "Stratford East," with Hues' lyric conjuring past civilizations paved over by concrete slabs, wistfully recalled as the violin of Irene Kepl leads the band into a combination of Afrobeat funk and quirky angular melodies reminiscent of Deerhoof and its ilk. Modern life intrudes in the brief interlude of the title track, with Fortnam's lament over the ubiquitous digital screen accompanied by the moaning bass clarinet of Susanna Gartmayer.

By far the album's most sprawling piece, the 11-minute "Fold" implores listeners to "Change the storyline" following a cosmic group improvisation redolent with the interstellar questing of the Floyd's most outré excursions. The pulsating minimalism of "Cutting Room Floor" accompanies Hues' instructions to "Let the film run backwards," giving perspective a 180-degree twist. Sense itself becomes lost as the two vocalists mutter simultaneously in stereo, a device recalling the Velvet Underground's brain-splitting classic "The Murder Mystery."

The intimacy of a cloud-shrouded cityscape is summoned in Fortnam's introspective lyric for "To Dry in the Rain," which builds from hushed contemplation to explosive intensity before fading back into Galvin's elegiac solo, which segues into the vox humana throb of "O." The abstract clamour of "Flood Warning" finally gives way to the closing moments of "Set Sail," which casts its gaze to future wanderings on the far horizon.

While a definite departure for the band, It's Morning is more the exception than the rule in being an unexpected turn for the always unpredictable Led Bib. The band was originally formed by the New Jersey-born Holub in 2003 for a masters project at Middlesex University. The five-piece played its first gig in front of ten people in the backroom of a North London pub; five years later they were performing on primetime TV to millions, having been nominated for a Mercury Prize.

In 2011 the group released Bring Your Own, followed by two releases to celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2014: the studio album The People in Your Neighbourhood and the limited-edition live vinyl The Good Egg, both hailed as modern classics and their best yet. In 2017 the band made its debut on genre-defying London label RareNoiseRecords with Umbrella Weather, followed by a digital only live recording

TRACKS
1. Atom Story, 2:47
2. Stratford East, 5:32 *
3. It's Morning, 0:39 *
4. Fold, 11:08
5. Cutting Room Floor, 3:54 **
6. To Dry In The Rain, 6:43
7. O, 4:40
8. Flood Warning, 3:30
9. Set Sail, 1:28 *

Sharron Fortnam - vocals
Chris Williams - alto saxophone
Pete Grogan - alto and tenor saxophone
Elliot Galvin - keyboards and piano
Liran Donin - bass, backing vocals on track 2
Mark Holub - drums

Also featuring:
Jack Hues - vocals
Susanna Gartmayer - bass clarinet
Irene Kepl - violin
Noid - cello


VIDEO TEASER (FOR THE FILM BY DYLAN PECORA)
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All music by Led Bib.
All lyrics by Sharron Fortnam except * by Jack Hues and ** by Jack Hues and Sharron Fortnam.
Recorded by Giles Barrett at Soup Studios, London on 10th - 12th July 2018.
Additional recording by - Jim Barr at J & J Studio, Bristol on 9th August, 2018.
Mixed by Chris Janka at Janka Industries Studios, Vienna on 8th - 12th December 2018.
Mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering on February 11th 2019.
Executive Producer for RareNoiseRecords: Giacomo Bruzzo.
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Merzbow Joins Forces With Haino and Pandi on Blisteringly Intense Improv 'Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer' on RareNoiseRecords
(Published: September 07, 2019)

A certain magic floods the room when free improvisers of the highest order get together to make music. And when said improvisers are also kindred spirits who know and can anticipate each other's moves, a kind of wonderful telepathy takes over. Such was the case when enigmatic Japanese noise legend Merzbow (Masami Akita) got together in the studio with fellow countryman Keiji Haino and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi for Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer. For their second encounter for RareNoiseRecords, following 2016's An Untroublesome Defencelessnes, the three intrepid improvisers explore a threshold of sound so blisteringly intense, that it passes into a zone of divine cacophony.

Comprised of four lengthy, uninterrupted suites, each containing dense, sometimes harsh sonic onslaughts, Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer is fueled by Merzbow's cathartic sheets of electronic sound and guitar, Haino's slashing guitar, bass and vocal work and Pandi's pummeling intensity on the kit. And as Pandi explains, "It was 100% improvised, nothing added in post-production, just like every time we record together. No limitations, no concepts, nothing. Just listening, and playing."

Merzbow has found a true kindred spirit in Pandi, who has also become a kind of ‘house drummer' for RareNoise. "The chemistry between us was there right from the very beginning," says Pandi, who began collaborating with Merzbow in 2009. "My way of playing fits his music perfectly, as I play both improvised music that is changing shape all the time and heavy amplified music. We don't have things anchored, we just have a continuously expanding vocabulary and we pay attention to each other and find immediate hooks in each other's playing."

The third member of this formidable triumvirate, singer-songwriter-guitarist Keiji Haino, had previously worked with Merzbow under the moniker Kikuri. "Keiji is like an infinite well of ideas," says Pandi. "It's incredible how he can push music and sounds into new directions. Sounds coming from him have way more qualities than the ones coming from most musicians, as he uses every possible way to alternate sounds and give them extra qualities that people just don't know about."

For Pandi, this latest is also the fifth recently RareNoise release involving both him and Merzbow, following 2013's Cuts (a trio with Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson), 2015's Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (a quartet with Gustafson and skronk guitar hero and Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore), 2018's live Cuts Up, Cuts Out (a quartet again with Gustafsson, and Moore) and 2016's An Untroublesome Defencelessnes (as aforementioned, with Haino). And for the powerhouse drummer, the thrill is definitely not gone. "It's been almost 10 years since I first played together with Masami as a duo," he says. "That was a string of four shows, and even on that tour there was a difference between the first and the last gig. So its obvious that we continue to do different things, and our relationship on a human and an artistic level also strengthened throughout the years. For obvious reasons we can't play too many shows. In a busy year, we have about a handful of shows, but it's always exciting to play and we always discover new things within our music. Masami never uses the same setup twice, and I always do my best to have something new to drop on him every time we play together."

As far as the particularly intense nature of this latest invocation in the studio with Merzbow and Haino, the drummer says, "All we do is listen and play. Wherever we go with the music, the moment takes us there. Even if we make a plan, we just go with whatever we feel like doing. Haino-san decided on the spot to use the bass guitar, an instrument he never played on previously on recordings, if ever. Also Masami plugged in a guitar he found in the studio, so for a part of this recording we were a rock trio. The only thing we talked about the night before was to do five to seven-minute takes, but then the first take we actually did was over one hour."

While Masami and Haino strike such a seamless blend with their electronic onslaughts, Pandi fuels the proceedings with his signature skills, drawing on the power of grindcore and death metal while also listening intently and reacting in the moment. "I just play whatever feels good to play," he says. "It's funny that even though I try to not play in tempo anymore and approach drumming more as coloring to give the music another texture, this one turned out more like a classic rock record. And at some parts I am even playing a backbeat kind of thing. So it's definitely more straight-forward drumming than what I usually play these days."

"I basically grew up with playing and being surrounded by all kinds of music.", continues Pandi, "Back then it was Morricone scores, Verdi, Bill Haley & The Comets. One day I would play Dead Kennedy songs with my high school punk band, the next morning I would play "Slavonic Dance No. 8" by Dvorak on tympani. And still today, I have varied music tastes. So whether I'm playing with Merzbow, Obake or Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, it's all music to me."

Like the music itself, the titles of Pandi's latest outing with Merzbow and Haino - "Become the discovered, not the discoverer" and "I want to learn how to feel everything in each single breath" - are intriguing. "The titles came from Haino-san and are inspired by the music," the drummer explains. "The titles, just like the music doesn't need to be understood, or doesn't need a strict interpretation."

from www.jazzcorner.com
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