Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pure Norwegian Free Jazz // Yo King

Friday's Håkon Kornstad and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten duo show was a serious trip, as I attempted to relate here.

The pair's recent record, Elise (all info plus a full stream here) is a winner. Telepathic meditative poignancy, first-rate free soul, etc. Scandinavian jazz is no joke whatsoever. It is really the frontier as far as I'm concerned.

Speaking of which...

One-item playlist (besides the aforementioned Elise):

Futterman-Jordan Quintet - Nickelsdorf Konfrontation (Silkheart, 1995)
This strange and wonderful disc teams Mats Gustafsson, the reigning sax titan of the aforementioned musical community, with (get ready for this) Barry Guy, "Kidd" Jordan, Alvin Fielder and Joel Futterman. The latter three have often performed as a powerful trio, but the addition of the Euro free masters makes this a real find.

Still listening to the hell out of Supporting Caste too.


And in STATS news, I'm proud to say that "Yo King," the first track from our brand-new demo/EP, Marooned, is now streaming over on MySpace. It would behoove you to play this loud. If anyone is interested in getting ahold of the full three-song recording, please drop a line to (Bonus points if you can figure out where the song title came from.)

Also, really fun show the other night (flyer above, though I don't know why I didn't think to upload it *before* the gig) with Scurvy and Zevious. Heavily high-tech prog-jazz from both ensembles. Thanks to Johnny for setting that up.

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