Monthly Archives: October 2015

04GUIDE3-superJumbo crop

Discography here.

Yes, there was another update a few weeks ago…but suddenly there’s a new album: Glenn Kotche & John Luther Adams – Ilimaq (Cantaloupe Music).

“Grammy-winning composer John Luther Adams always speaks with reverence about capturing “the tone within the noise,” and if any of his recent work can be said to take that mission directly to heart, it’s Ilimaq. A true electro-acoustic recording that channels the energy, passion and precision of Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, Ilimaq (which loosely translates from the native Alaskan Inupiaq language as “spirit journeys”) maps a vivid, phantasmagorical progression through liquid cascades of percussion, otherworldly ambient soundscapes, harmonic dissonance, melodic convergence and almost everything that’s musically—and sonically—possible in between.

Of course, as the old adage goes, the “map” is not necessarily the territory—but in the right hands, it can come pretty close. Although they both live and work in different, almost diametrically opposed worlds of music, Adams and Kotche didn’t just choose to collaborate on a whim. Back in 2008, while Wilco was on tour in Alaska, Kotche personally emailed Adams and asked to meet. It soon came to light that he had been following Adams’ work for years; by the same token, Adams’ own background as a rock drummer gave him a uniquely informed glimpse of what Kotche had in mind. (As Adams says in the liner notes to Ilimaq, “…in Glenn Kotche, I’ve found the drummer I always imagined I could be.”)

In a review of Kotche’s Carnegie Hall performance of Ilimaq for the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival, the New York-based blog Baeble Music described the experience as “…48 minutes of an almost violent but passionate performance. The one-man percussion orchestra was sonically heightened by the digital delays that blasted through the speakers. Though we were underground, Ilimaq seemed to seep into the New York City streets.”

edit: WQXR album of the week.

edit: John Luther Adams and Glenn Kotche Go On Spirit Journeys With ILIMAQ


tumblr_neamo7ngYT1tsu7lto1_500Somethings I’ve been listening to: some new, some old…

Herbie Mann – Our Mann Flute
Peter Bernstein – Earth Tones
Sam Yahel – Trio
Wes Montgomery – Boss Guitar
Melvin Rhyne Qt – Boss Organ
Grant Green – Gooden’s Corner
Grant Green – Grant’s First Stand
Grant Green – Grantstand
John Surman – Brewster’s Rooster
Jeff Palmer – Island Universe
John Abercrombie and Don Thompson – Witchcraft
Pharoah Sanders – In The Beginning 1963-1964
Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruption
William Basinski – Nocturnes
Cliff Martinez – Solaris
Max Richter – Memoryhouse
Max Richter – The Blue Notebooks

In the car:

John Abercrombie – 39 Steps
John Abercrombie – Within a Song
John Abercrombie – Structures
Ralph Towner – Anthem
Oregon – Music of Another Present Era
Glenn Gould, Arnold Schoenberg – Piano Works

20150910_123158John Zorn – News for Lulu
Gary Peacock – Insight
Gary Peacock – Shift in the Wind
Gary Peacock – Gaumba
Sam Rivers – Paragon
Marc Copland – Haunted Heart and Other Ballads
Marc Copland – Some More Love Songs
Marc Copland – Paradiso
Marc Copland – Time Within Time
Tigran Hamasyan – Aratta Rebirth
Gary Burton’s Bootleg Series – 1975 Wien
Larry Young – Testifying
Larry Young – Of Love and Peace
Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire
Masabumi Kikuchi – Kochi-Wishes
Grant Green – His Majesty King Funk
WKCR Thelonious Monk Birthday Broadcast
Joanna Newsom – Walnut Whales
Joanna Newsom – – Yarn and Glue
Joanna Newsom – – the Milk Eyed Mender
Joanna Newsom – – Have One On Me
Tortoise – Tortoise
Tortoise – Gamera
Vintage Ambient Jazz – ECM and Illbient Mix – De Benedictis

Harvey Valdes plays Nutty by Thelonious Monk

gavin-bryarsThanks to The Orchard Enterprises and others, there’s a couple of complete albums on YoTube these days:

Gavin Bryars – Hommages
Gavin Bryars – I Have Heard it Said That a Spirit Enters
Gavin Bryars – Biped – Music for the Dance by Merce Cunningham
Gavin Bryars – New York
Gavin Bryars – A Man In A Room, Gambling
Gavin Bryars – Three Viennese Dancers
Gavin Bryars – The Sinking of the Titanic
Gavin Bryars – The Last Days

11873517_1138246332855974_4190879425180479553_nRGT – From a Dream
RGT – Travel Guide
Ralph Towner and Marc Copland – Songs Without End
Bill Evans – Trio 64
Paul Bley With Gary Peacock (ECM)
Paul Bley – Ballads
Paul Bley – Solo in Mondsee
Chick Corea and Gary Burton – the New Crystal Silence
John Scofield – That’s What I Say
Trio Beyond: John Scofield, Larry Goldings, Jack DeJohnette – Jazz à Vienne 2006
WKCR Phil Woods Memorial
Charles Earland – Boss Organ
Charles Earland – Soul Crib
Charles Earland – Black Talk!
Pascal Roge, Francis Poulenc – Sonataes, Elegie, Bagatelle
Schoenberg – Complete String Quartets
Brij Bhushan Kabra – Lure of the Desert
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Ronu Majumdar – Jugalbandi – A Spontaneous Instrumental Duet

Kupinski Guitar Duo, George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue


thoughts about music by David Beardsley

The Music Aficionado

Quality articles about the golden age of music

Microtonal Projects' BLOG

we promote, research, perform and educate

Musica Kaleidoskopea

a kaleidoscopic view of music

The Canterbury scene(zine) continued....

Random ramblings nearly 30 years further on from a Canterbury scene veteran

The Hum Blog

a blog for

J.C. Combs

acoustic and electronic arts

Ted Greene Archive

Immortalizing Beauty Through Music

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

New Music Buff

Random perspectives from an informed new music fan.

The Night After Night Archives

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

New Videos

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

Field Stations and Outposts of Anaphoria Island

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

Make Your Own Taste

Eclectic reviews of ambient, psychedelic, post-rock, folk and progressive rock ... etc.!

Articulate Silences

Tacet / Tacet / Tacet

David Rothenberg

musician, composer, author and philosopher-naturalist


Scott Healy's Jazz Composition Blog: Writing, Arranging and Listening

Avant Music News

A source for news on music that is challenging, interesting, different, progressive, introspective, or just plain weird

Do The Math

thoughts about music by David Beardsley


Just another site

Music : NPR

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

destination: OUT

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

Renewable Music

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

Miniatures Blog

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

Mixed Meters

thoughts about music by David Beardsley


thoughts about music by David Beardsley

Bob Gluck's Blog

Just another site

Today Is The Question: Ted Panken on Music, Politics and the Arts

My thoughts and writings on jazz and the world around it.


a sinister resonance


Kyle Gann on music after the fact