Rob Clearfield & Quin Kirchner “Concentric Orbits”

Anyone who has heard Quin Kirchner’s magnum opus The Shadows and the Light knows that he’s a percussive force. The double-LP set literally dances with vibrant rhythms. Additionally, Rob Clearfield’s organ and piano work on that record is incredibly engaging, shining through or blending in whenever the mood suits it.  Concentric Orbits arose from those moments during the Shadows sessions where Clearfield and Kirchner were the only ones in the room. … Continue reading Rob Clearfield & Quin Kirchner “Concentric Orbits”

Tapani Rinne & Juha Mäki-Patola “Open”

Open exists at the intersection of jazz and ambient music, a precarious territory to occupy. Recent records from musicians and composers as diverse as Carlos Niño, Nala Sinephro, and of course Floating Points (with Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra) are proof that the fertile soil of ambient jazz can yield delicious fruit. Yet if one plants their seeds in the wrong patch of earth, … Continue reading Tapani Rinne & Juha Mäki-Patola “Open”

Violet Salon III s/t

Late summer last year, a mysterious cassette was dropped in our laps by the Chicago-based Radical Documents imprint. Entitled The Running of the Bulls, it was a cluster bomb of free jazz and featured five unheralded players from Philadelphia, New York, and the San Francisco Bay area. A maelstrom of saxophone, bass, and drums, there was so much energy imprinted on that spool of magnetic tape, … Continue reading Violet Salon III s/t