The Akashic Record
Jazz / Free Jazz / Improvised Music / best of 2018
The creator has a masterplan, but today’s guest, Wire contributor Stewart Smith, does not. A live semi-improvised mix featuring some of 2018’s finest jazz and improvised music, this 90 minute set spans Peter Brotzman & Heather Leigh’s nocturnal sax and pedal steel balladry, Sandy Ewan and Weasel Walter’s frenzied guitar and drum scrabble, and Akira Sakata and Nicolas Field’s fiery interpretations of Japanese folk song. As Nate Chinen argues in Playing Changes: Jazz In The 21st Century, the music is “as generative and volatile now as at any time since its beginnings, � with musicians exploring “a network of possibilities� . We hear that boundless potential in William Parker, Nicole Mitchell, Sara Serpa and Mary Halvorson’s gorgeous and surprising explorations of song, Tyshawn Sorey’s monumental composition Pillars, and Henry Threadgill’s ingenious Dirt… And More Dirt. And it’s there too in the remarkable duo music of Ivo Perlman and Matthew Shipp, and Don Byron and Aruan Ortiz. Marvel at the elegant piano experiments of Myra Melford and Sylvie Courvoisier, go deep with Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler and Chris Corsano, and lose yourself in the righteous grooves of Sons of Kemet.
Stewart Smith writes for The Wire and The Quietus. Follow him here @Stewfsmith12:00 - 13:35