Steve Reynolds

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Wayne, NJ
  • Interests music of all sorts that gets my heart pumping, live improvisational music, Car auctions on TV, Red Sox & Patriots

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  1. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Listened again this A.M. I was stunned at what happens after the 20 minute mark. The whole thing is wonderous but the stuff with the electronics/synth and the two great saxophonists - just wow music to these ears. Like nothing I’ve ever heard before. I’m so excited about some of these new releases I’ve ordered another 9 or 10 CD’s for a present to myself. I’ve already ordered about 8 newer recordings from the Not Two catalog that I was missing so this time I mined the No Business catalog so I’ve got some interesting looking newish music coming plus the 2 CD set from Peter Kuhn from the late 70’s that I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve never heard him but I figured it’s got a very enticing combination of William Parker & Denis Charles plus early Kondo so I finally pulled the proverbial trigger!! Plus I ordered the 2 CD set duo & trio of Kidd Jordan with Peter Kowald & Alvin Fielder - another one I’ve been ruminating on for a couple of years.
  2. Jacob Sacks - Fishes (Clean Feed)

    I think it might be psi all small letters
  3. Perry Robinson (1938-2018)

    But you are still tall!!!
  4. Jacob Sacks - Fishes (Clean Feed)

    This is the aspect that confuses me. I see the recording studios listed which seem to be well respected and many of the discs I have sound good (Joe McPhee with Jamie Saft, Joe Morris & Charles Downs - Ticonderoga, John Butcher with the Red Trio - Summer Skyshift, Tony Malaby’s Scorpion Eater or his last Tamarindo recording - Somoa Agua & one of the Martin Kuchen Angles CD’s come to mind as examples). These performances are good to great (Ticonderoga & Summer Skyshift are great performances to my ears). However compared to 95% of the releases on the labels I mentioned earlier, the sound is simply not an accurate representation of the music. The one that stands out are the Malaby recordings as I’ve seen these bands and they are explosive in person. Labels like Not Two & Nessa especially capture this depth and power of sound on their releases pretty much on every release. In the old days (90’s through maybe early 2000’s) it was Hat Art and some of the Black Saint & Soul Note releases that were beyond the standard fare as well as Eremite, AUM which also still release fantastically produced great sounding recordings. A few years back I bought 2 Trio CD’s from Avram Fefer at a show at The Stone. This was probably at least 5-6 years ago before I even familiar with Not Two Records. One of the releases was on Not Two (Eliyahu which must have been released shortly before the show as it was released in 2011) and the other was on Clean Feed. I remember listening to both of them shortly after the show and being astounded at the difference in the depth of sound and especially the sound of the drums & bass. So with SO many better sounding newly released CD’s available I only buy Clean Feed CD’s
  5. Jacob Sacks - Fishes (Clean Feed)

    I’m kinda irritated I missed the show last year. I would have loved to have seen the band and most importantly it would have been very cool to meet you. as many here know, I’m not the biggest fan of the Clean Feed label as the sound quality is variable at best for some unknown reason compared to the higher end labels such as Not Two, No Business, Firehouse 12, PSI or Nessa
  6. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Thanks for posting that. I’ve read that before - that might have prompted me to buy “Before the Silence”
  7. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Only recording I have of Cirera
  8. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Another great one: ”Before the Silence” Albert Cirera: tenor & soprano sax Hernani Faustino: bass Gabriel Ferrandini: drums Agusti Fernandez: piano on No Business Records recorded live on May 9th, 2015 at Jazz Cava de Vic during the Voll Damm Festival
  9. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Another fairly recent amazing release on Relative Pitch Records: Last Dream of the Morning John Butcher on tenor & soprano saxophones John Edwards on double bass Mark Sanders on drums recorded November 17th, 2016 @ The Fish Factory, Willesden, UK
  10. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    On the list but Clean Feed recordings take a back seat to most other modern labels to me. Sound quality and production values leave a bit to be desired.
  11. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    I think maybe the most exciting recent issues might be the two recent Not Two recordings that feature Joe McPhee. “Journey to Parazzar” is what initially appears to be a somewhat standard sax-bass-drums trio gig (noting that as mostly always McPhee plays a decent amount of his pocket trumpet along with his alto saxophone for this concert recording). Klaus Kugel is a fairly standard yet excellent drummer for this sort of thing but the inclusion of John Edwards gives it a shot to be special. First track of 28-29 minutes is great but the real treat is the next 20 minute piece then the two short pieces that ended the show. Not worth me trying to explain why but this is very special music and McPhee is playing in a manner that separates him from his peers. He takes lack of cliche to an extreme but doesn’t play with some of the extreme extended techniques that we hear from some of the younger players. the other is the previously discussed Sweet Oranges on which McPhee plays tenor saxophone & slide trombone Another stunning recent recording is the trio recording with Liudas Mockunas with Rafal Mazur & the *great* Raymond Strid - Live at Divadlo 29 - also on Not Two Records - under 40 minutes but worth it to the extreme Also I just ordered a holiday package that includes a bunch of unheard by me releases from Not Two: Joelle Leandre: A Woman’s Work - an 8 CD box that is mostly duets with 1 disc that is a quartet with Joelle, Evan Parker, Agusti Fernandez & Zlatko Kaucic (reminding me to remind you and everyone here of the great 5 CD Zlatko Kaucic box) Dreamstruck - Trio with Harvey Sorgen, Joe Fonda & Marilyn Crispell Threefold - Trio with Rafal Mazur, Percy Pursglove & Ramon Lopez Agrakal - Trio with Marco Colonna, Agusti Fernandez & Zlatko Kaucic plus some more traditional free jazz trios with Brotzmann & Hans Peter Hiby plus the brand new seemingly more traditional Quintet release called The Diagonal with Jeff Parker, Jeb Bishop, Pandelis Karayorgis, Nate McBride & Luther Gray) plus I dug up decent priced copies of Rumble Seat which is a trio with the GREAT Herb Robertson & the Nu Band’s Cosmological Constant which features the wonderous front line of Thomas Heberer & Mark Whitecage.
  12. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Another listen to the latter this morning. First 2 tracks (album is 5 tracks ranging from 10 to 12 minutes each) with Fernandez obsessed with the inside of the piano take some time to build some momentum. By the end of the second track, things are getting very exciting. Tracks 3 & 4 are high water marks for this sort of music. Evans & Gustafsson show so much restraint that when we get any sort of release the power & energy of this drummerless trio is really beyond any other group I’ve ever heard of this sort of configuration. Grand Masters of the highest order.
  13. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Agree with this - I’ve only played Pillars II so far and it is very interesting music. Last few minutes is stunning. It inspired me to go back to the last Tyshawn double CD and disc 2 of that disc is now exploding in my brain. Waited ~ 20 to 25 minutes for the drum kit but that’s Tyshawn. Forcing or inspiring me to listen and to have patience - Forcing or inspiring me to listen to the music as a whole and not necessarily the individual playing or improvising. Similar in those respects to small form electronic/acoustic improvisation.
  14. What music did you buy today?

    Ben LaMar Gay: Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun Milford Graves Trio with Arthur Doyle: Babi plus BIG Holiday order being prepared🤗🤗
  15. The demographic at the shows this Summer/Fall with Malaby et al was on the young side. Lots of young people there to see Nasheet Waits & Ben Monder. I’m sure Tim Dahl is exciting to people interested in alternate hard core, rock, progressive, etc. None looking for old school easy listening jazz. Last night for Mars et all had the old free jazz regulars and then lots of people younger than I am. I don’t think anyone left dissapointed.