Category Archives: Improv

DARK STAR SAFARI BY JAN BANG, ERIK HONORE, EIVIND AARSET, SAMUEL ROHRER.

Dark Star Safari by Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Eivind Aarset, Samuel Rohrer. Label: Arjunamusic Records. Jan Bang, Erik Honoré and Eivind Aarset are among the leading lights of Norway’s vibrant music scene, and are know for creating ambitious, innovative and progressive music that pushes musical boundaries to its limits. So is forty-two year old Swiss …

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OSC MEETS BMC-FREAK OUT IN THE FJORD

OSC Meets BMC-Freak Out In The Fjord. Label: Space Rock Productions. Some seven years ago, brothers Øyvin and Vemund Engan founded the psychedelic space rock band Black Moon Circle, and since then, this talented band from Trondheim, in Norway, have released six albums. Six became seven when Black Moon Circle and Øresund Space Collective released their first collaboration …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOGWAI.

The Life and Times Of Mogwai. The Mogwai story which began in 1991, when Stuart Braithwaite and Dominic Aitchison met in Scotland’s musical capital, Glasgow. Four years later, they met drummer Martin Bulloch and formed Mogwai, which film buffs will remember, is a character from the movie Gremlins. Mogwai was always meant as a temporary name, …

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ØYWIND TORVUND-THE EXOTICA ALBUM.

Øyvind Torvund-The Exotica Album. Label: Hubro Music. With some albums, nothing is as at seems as a myriad of disparate sounds assail the listener leaving them wondering what was that I heard? It was, wasn’t it? Surely not? It was. This argument rages on as they contemplate the music that they’ve just heard. That is …

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MOTORPSYCHO-THE CRUCIBLE.

Motorpsycho-The Crucible. Label: Rune Grammofon and Stickman Records. Nowadays, not many bands stay together thirty years, but Motorpsycho who are one of Norway’s top bands have. They’re proof that longevity isn’t a thing of the past in the music business. Nor is releasing an album a year. That was common in the sixties and seventies, which for many people was …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CAN.

The Life and Times Of Can. Having released eleven albums in eleven years, Can called time on their career in 1979. By then, Can were rightly regarded by critics as one of the most important, influential and innovative bands of the Krautrock era. However, like many of the Krautrock bands, Can hadn’t enjoyed the commercial …

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MOGWAI-THE STORY SO FAR.

Mogwai-The Story So Far. The Mogwai story which began in 1991, when Stuart Braithwaite and Dominic Aitchison met in Scotland’s musical capital, Glasgow. Four years later, they met drummer Martin Bulloch and formed Mogwai, which film buffs will remember, is a character from the movie Gremlins. Mogwai was always meant as a temporary name, until they …

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HOLGER CZUKAY, JAH WOBBLE, JAKI LIEBEZEIT-FULL CIRCLE-VINYL.  

Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit-Full Circle-Vinyl. Label: Gronland Records. Having released eleven albums in eleven years, Can called time on their career in 1979. By then, Can were rightly regarded by critics as one of the most important, influential and innovative bands of the Krautrock era. However, like many of the Krautrock bands, Can …

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IDRIS ACKAMOOR AND THE PYRAMIDS- AN ANGEL FELL-VINYL.

Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids-An Angel Fell-Vinyl. Label: Strut. Bruce Baker in was born in 1951, and grew up in Chicago, before moving to Ohio, where he studied at Antioch College, which was where he first encountered jazz pianist Cecil Taylor and became part of his Black Music Ensemble. Cecil Taylor also mentored Idris Ackamoor, …

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KIM MYHR-PRESSING CLOUDS PASSING CROWDS.

Kim Myhr-Pressing Clouds Passing Crowds.  Label: Hubro Music. Release Date: ‘23rd November 2018. Thirty-seven year old Kim Myhr is one of the leading lights of Norway’s vibrant and thriving experimental music scene and has been for the past two decades. During that period, he has spent much of the time touring, writing and recording, including …

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HOLGER CZUKAY, JAH WOBBLE, JAKI LIEBEZEIT-FULL CIRCLE-VINYL.

Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit-Full Circle-Vinyl. Label: Gronland Records. Having released eleven albums in eleven years, Can called time on their career in 1979. By then, Can were rightly regarded by critics as one of the most important, influential and innovative bands of the Krautrock era. However, like many of the Krautrock bands, Can …

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ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO-LES STANCES A SOPHIE.

Art Ensemble of Chicago-Les Stances A Sophie. Label: Soul Jazz Records. There aren’t many groups that are still going strong after fifty years, but that is the case with the avant-garde jazz group the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Their roots can be traced to the Advancement of Creative Musicians which was , founded in Chicago …

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HOLGER CZUKAY, JAH WOBBLE, JAKI LIEBEZEIT-FULL CIRCLE.  

Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit-Full Circle. Label: Gronland Records. Having released eleven albums in eleven years, Can called time on their career in 1979. By then, Can were rightly regarded by critics as one of the most important, influential and innovative bands of the Krautrock era. However, like many of the Krautrock bands, Can …

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MOSTER!-STATES OF MIND.

Moster!-States Of Mind.  Label: Hubro Music. In March 2015, Norwegian supergroup Moster! released their third album third album When You Cut Into The Present to widespread critical  acclaim and hailed as a career defining release. Now three years later and Moster! return with their much-anticipated fourth album States Of Mind which has just been released on Hubro …

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JOHN COLTRANE-BOTH DIRECTIONS AT ONCE: THE LOST ALBUM-VINYL. 

John Coltrane-Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album-Vinyl. Label: Impulse! As John Coltrane and his classic quartet arrived at the Van Gelder studios in Englewood Cliffs, on the ‘6th’ of March 1963, the band were in good spirits having played a barnstorming set at Birdland the night before. It was one of the best sets …

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ARVE HENRIKSEN-THE HEIGHT OF THE REEDS.

Arve Henriksen-The Height Of The Reeds. Label: Rune Grammofon. Originally, The Height Of The Reeds’ project was commissioned by the city of Hull, to celebrate the city being chosen as Britain´s cultural capital in 2017. This was only port of the story behind The Height Of The Reeds. It’s  a culturally important commission that celebrates …

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MOSKUS-MIRAKLER.

Moskus-Mirakler. Label|: Hubro Music. The Moskus story began at the prestigious Trondheim Conservatory of Music, in Norway, in 2011. That was when bassist Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson first met drummer Hans Hulbækmo and pianist Anja Lauvdal and decided to form a new  group which they called Moskus.  Little did they realise at that first meeting, that Moskus would become the …

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SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET.

Sun Ra and His Arkestra-The Other Side Of The Street. Label: Sweet Earth Nowadays, music journalists are guilty of using the words innovator and pioneer for too freely, but that is the perfect description of the inimitable Sun Ra. He’s   now regarded as one of the true pioneers of free jazz and a truly …

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MIGUEL FLORES-PRIMITIVO (1983) SOUNDS ESSENTIAL COLLECTION VOLUME 2-VINYL.

Miguel Flores-Primitivo (1983) Sounds Essentials Collection Volume 2-Vinyl. Label: Buh Records. Many words have been used to describe avant-garde musician Miguel Flores is his native Peru. This includes brave and determined, after learning to walk again after an accident just as he was making a breakthrough with the rock group Pax. Miguel Flores has been described …

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TOHRU AIZAWA QUARTET-TACHIBANA.

Tohru Aizawa Quartet-Tachibana.  Label: BBE Records. Release Date: ‘27th’ of July 2018. For many connoisseurs of jazz, especially seventies J-Jazz, one little known private pressing is their holy grail, and everywhere they go is the album they search for. There’s always the hope that in a backstreet record shop, antique centre or thrift store in …

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