Sunday 23 June 2024

Gary Thomas • The Kold Kage



The struggle is apparent on saxophonist and composer Gary Thomas' 1991 album, The Kold Cage, reissued in 2004 as part of label auteur Stefan Winter's remastering of his JMT label titles. Thomas is a consummate tenor man and flutist. His frustration with what had become standard jazz discourse in light of the new, influential (very narrow-minded) traditionalism ushered in a decade earlier by Wynton Marsalis and cultural conservative Stanley Crouch is obvious here. Thomas employs everything from turntables to electric guitars, synthesizers, and even rap to combat the stasis, while remaining a jazz player. From his knotty forceful compositions "Threshold" and "Gate of Faces," which open the album, Thomas engages extrapolated notions of jazz harmonics and contrapuntal considerations while relying heavily on electronic keyboard textures, and electric guitars (courtesy of Kevin Eubanks and Paul Bollenback) to stretch the margin of that engagement. But on "Intellect," the tension cracks and splinters. Here Thomas' flute and saxophone are shored up by pianist Mulgrew Miller's funky modal statements while rapper Joe Wesson pops along the synth basslines and indicts everything around him in old-school Sugarhill style -- likewise on "Infernal Machine," where Michael Caine's synths paint an off-kilter basis for baseline rhythms to underscore and jump off of. Wesson's tough street rap about faltering neighborhoods, dope, and the strength of the "black mind" introduces a chillingly futuristic series of overdubbed horn lines in the gaps. And on it goes for the rest of the hour, feinting and darting before active confrontation with the myth and magic of jazz in an attempt to make it speak outside of its historical truth and into the current cultural one. It's an exhausting but compelling and rewarding listen. It messes with those classicists in a big way by sitting on their shoes while, at the same time, pulling the tradition into the current vernacular for its validation and assertion as popular music. Far from academic, this is fire-breathing music, one that forces not only confrontation but, from any open-minded music listener, a reexamination of the jazz terrain as a once, present, and future music.
Thom Jurek

1. Threshold
2. Gate Of Faces
3. Intellect
4. Infernal Machine
5. The Divide
6. Peace Of The Korridor
7. First Strike
8. Beyond The Fall Of Night
9. The Kold Kage
10. Kulture Bandits (To Be Continued)

Gary "GTX" Thomas
tenor saxophone, flute, synthesizers, and rap vocals (7,9,10)
Joe "BMW" Wesson • rap vocals (3,4,7)
Kevin Eubanks • guitar (1,3,6)
Paul Bollenback • guitar, guitar synthesizers (2,5)
Mulgrew Miller • piano (2,7)
Tim Murphy • piano, synthesizers (3,4,5,9)
Anthony Perkins • synthesizers (8,10)
Michael Caine • piano, synthesizers (1,6)
Anthony Cox • acoustic bass
Dennis Chambers • drums
Steve Moss • percussion

Produced Stefen F. Winter

Label: 1991 JMT/Polygram 849 151-2
Format: 320
Country: US
Released: 1991
Genre: Jazz
Style: Jazz Fusion

Saturday 22 June 2024

Akure Wall ‎• Afromorph Text


 Born in Nigeria to a Nigerian mother and an British father, vocalist and poet Akure Wall structure was raised in London and gained recognition performing being a spoken word artist on the poetry circuit. Her work highlighted cultural injustice and acts as politics commentary. In 1996, Wall contributed “THE ONLY PATH Is Down” towards the Audium Capsule, Vol. 1 compilation. 3 years afterwards, she released the record Afromorph Text message through the Freakstreet imprint, support her phrases with loops, examples, and live globe music instrumentation. She has a successful modelling career. 


1. The Only Way Is Down

2. Defying The Linear

Oye Mealor • Vocals
Margaret Wall • Vocals
Michael Kwesi Graves • Vocals
Richard Olatunde Baker • Talking Drum

3. Come See

4. Someone

Julia Palmer • Cello

5. Oyindamola

Richard Olatunde Baker • Talking Drum

6. Travelling Throug

7. Lullaby Ganesh

8. Superniggasoulsista

9. Merman

10. Cold Storage

Keziah Jones • Guitar

11. Sticky

12. Umbrella


Produced by
Akure Wall, Michael Kwesi Graves, Richard Olatunde Baker,
Femi Sanyaolu, Danny Gee

Label: Freakstreet ‎– FSCD0007
Format: 320
Country: Europe
Release: 1997
Genre: Funk / Soul, Non-Music
Style: Poetry, Downtempo

Friday 21 June 2024

James Chance RIP


James Chance
                                                              1953 • 2024            




Wednesday 15 May 2024

David Sanborn


David Sanborn
1945 - 2024


Thursday 4 April 2024

Jah Wobble presents PJ Higgins • I Did Bad (Bill Laswell Remix)


Thursday 29 February 2024

Bill Laswell : Mixtape N°7 - The Return of Celluloid




01. Time Zone • World Destruction

02. The Last Poets • When The Revolution Comes

03. The Golden Palominos • Boy (Go)

04. Touré Kunda • Natalia (Natalia)

05. Deadline • Makossa Rock

06. Massacre • Legs

07. Mandingo • Herima

08. Grand Mixer D.ST. / Crazy Cuts (Crazy Cuts)

09. Manu Dibango / Electric Africa (Electric Africa)

10. Ginger Baker • Interlock

11. The Golden Palominos • Clean Plate 

12. Beside • Change The Beat

13. Bill Laswell • Work Song

14. Shango • Shango Messag

15. Lightnin’ Rod • Sport

16. John McLaughlin • Marbles

17. Material feat. Whitney Huston • Memories

18. Lightnin' Rod, Jimi Hendrix • Doriella Du Fontaine (Doriella Du Fontaine)

19. Material / I’m The One (One Down)

20. Daniel Ponce • Invocación De 80

The Voice Of Cassandre

Monday 12 February 2024

Friday 9 February 2024


 The Ableton Learning Team consisting of Chris Peck, Dennis DeSantis and Jack Schaedler walk us through the project Interactive Music Learning on the Web. They showcase their developments (including using Max), inspirations and process, along with their two most recent releases;


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