López Trio “Live at Roulette”

When an album opens with “March Motherfucker” and “Dance Motherfucker,” it’s going to be one hell of a ride. Brandon Lopez joins up with saxophonist Steve Baczkowski and first-call drummer Gerald Cleaver (along with Cecilia Lopez on synthesizer for one piece) to crank out a first-rate slab of free jazz experimentation. Veering between straight on freewheeling groan and skronk and noise-infused exploration, Live at Roulette rides a … Continue reading López Trio “Live at Roulette”

Cecilia Lopez “Red (DB)”

Few things get my blood flowing like seeing and/or hearing a mind-bending concept not just come to life, but surpass all reasonable expectations. Cecilia Lopez’s incredible piece, Red (DB), looks and sounds incredible on paper, but watching the video of the performance and listening to these sonic tapestries, it becomes one of the most captivating pieces of music I’ve heard in the past year and … Continue reading Cecilia Lopez “Red (DB)”

gabby fluke-mogul “threshold”

I’ve been sitting with this album for a while now, trying to come up with something cohesive to write about and continually falling short. Truth is, gabby fluke-mogul’s threshold is one of the most intense and captivating releases of 2021 so far. These six pieces mostly for violin bristle and connect on a physical level. It’s as if mogul is performing an exorcism on this haunted instrument, … Continue reading gabby fluke-mogul “threshold”

Susan Alcorn, Leila Bordreuil, Ingrid Laubrock “Bird Meets Wire”

I am constantly bowled over by the depth and breadth of Susan Alcorn’s work. Working with cellist Leila Bordreuil and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock on Bird Meets Wire, interesting and exciting new avenues are unlocked and explored. The trio’s music is, at times, discordant like a shock to the system. These often revelatory tonal combinations grow into distinct worlds where anything seems possible, yet everything is slightly … Continue reading Susan Alcorn, Leila Bordreuil, Ingrid Laubrock “Bird Meets Wire”

Samara Lubelski “Partial Infinite Sequence”

This one snuck out last fall and I totally missed it until now, but longtime-fave Samara Lubelski firing off two side-long solo violin improvisations (with a beautiful cover by Bill Nace as a bonus) is essential listening. Lubelski has written and released so much incredible music in the last 20+ years, always exploring new avenues and surprising with her shapeshifting abilities. When it comes to … Continue reading Samara Lubelski “Partial Infinite Sequence”