instrumental Archive

Album Review: Sun Ra – At the Showcase: Live in Chicago 1977-1978

Zev Feldman has applied his “jazz detective” approach to a dizzying array of artists, unearthing previously unheard recordings by landmark artists ranging from Bill Evans to Mel Lewis to Les […]

Polyrhythmics: All for One and One for All

The band’s name suggests a sound that draws from the complex and intricate rhythms of the African musical tradition. But while Seattle-based Polyrhythmics began with Afrobeat as a musical starting […]

Album Review: Tony Monaco Trio – Over and Over

If we’re honest with ourselves, we must acknowledge that when it comes to jazz, we’re dealing with a remarkably slim sliver of the listening public. As great as it is, […]

Los Straitjackets: Who Are Those Masked Men?

Surf music is often associated with a specific time and place. The rock subgenre featuring instrumental tunes built around sonorous electric lead guitar enjoyed its heyday in the late 1950s […]

30 Days Out, April 2024 #2: Pylon Reenactment Society, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Primus, Destroy Boys

A whole lot is happening in Asheville during these next 30 days. This time around, I’m featuring four touring groups, all of which I’ve interviewed at one time or another […]

Album Review: Mushroom – Messages from the Spliff Bunker

A kind of indie-underground supergroup, Mushroom is at its core the brainchild of Pat Thomas. Combining avant-garde, free jazz and krautrock influences and textures might – to the causal listener, […]

Quick Reviews, March 2024: Archival Jazz Releases

One of the many rewarding consequences of being a music journalist/critic is that I’m often among the first to hear about archival releases. Artists who have already created an extensive […]

Album Review: Frank Clare – Admiratio Magna

One man’s new age music is another’s neoclassical. On his debut release, pianist and composer Frank Clare aims for the latter. The crystalline and unadorned piano textures that grace this […]

30 Days Out, Jan. 2024 #1: Listeso String Quartet, Jackson Stokes, PAKT, Jiji

Happy New Year! The NYE holiday notwithstanding, we’re happily entering the relatively quiet period in Asheville when fewer tourists come ‘round. Happily, touring musical acts are back on the road […]

Album Review: After Ours – Music for Cats

One of the inescapable realities of being a music critic is that one only has the opportunity to cover that which one hears. And so – despite the most valiant […]