Mats/Morgan – The Music or the Money?

There’s a level of genius to how Mats/Morgan combine excellent jazz fusion, classical arrangements, off the wall antics, and extremely weird ideas on The Music or the Money?. However, an album must also be listenable and enjoyable, and that’s where this new reissue of the band’s seminal second album falters. For every moment that makes you … [Read more...]

Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown – Varmint

Without being far too cliché, there is a strong significance in jazz music and its roots. For many, it’s a forgotten genre that seems to get muddled behind classical or blues, or whatever other genre you’ve recently ignored. And yet, it’s at the cornerstone of every heartbeat, simply because of its sprawling nature. The solos, the melodies, the … [Read more...]

Fast ‘N’ Bulbous – Waxed Oop

Don Van Vliet (AKA Captain Beefheart) had a way with writing intricately woven rhythms and fusing them with unusual sounding chords. His style of deception, in the way everything mirrored some sort of colorfully arranged kaleidoscope, will always be remembered. But most of all, whether you liked his music or not, one cannot deny the absolute … [Read more...]

Miriodor – Avanti!

When discussing a band that’s made music for well over thirty years, a certain caution is directed. Musically, Miriodor have followed the path of never straying from their bread and butter: a culmination of the avant-progressive and rock/jazz fusion. Surrounding themselves around ideas that encompass their artistic vision, there is little denying … [Read more...]

Cheer-Accident – Fear Draws Misfortune

For as long as its been an outfit that constantly stretches the boundaries of funk, jazz and post-rock, Cheer-Accident is still considered part of Chicago’s underground scene. But when you’ve comfortably made a name for creating slow-building, cryptic-structured music that hasn’t changed from inception, then it’s feasible. Fear Draws Misfortune … [Read more...]

Led Bib – Sensible Shoes

Sun Ra was one of the most controversial and influential jazz musicians of all time. During his life, the bandleader, poet and piano player ended up making over one hundred albums and thus, ranked him as one of the most prolific recording artists of the 20th century. You can take any of his albums, any of them, and study, analyze and critique it … [Read more...]