May 24, 2013
If free jazz power trio The Thing signed to the German techno label Kompakt, they’d probably sound something like Kriget. The Swedish band’s new album, Dystopico, is a trance-inducing effort that was created entirely with sax, bass and drums, but which somehow sounds like synth-driven electronic music.
Here’s the video for their latest single, “Sleeping With Buddha”:
Dystopico will be out in July.
May 13, 2013
Burning Ambulance issue 6 is available now. This issue features a cover story on trumpeter Arve Henriksen, analyzing his solo career and his work with Supersilent; interviews with sound artist Reto Mäder (RM74, Ural Umbo, Sum of R), Bloody Panda frontwoman turned solo artist Yoshiko Ohara, Dutch grindcore/jazz sax-drums duo Dead Neanderthals, Robert Hampson (of the recently reunited Loop, Main, and sometimes Godflesh) and French black metal duo Spektr; a profile of Brazilian saxophonist and painter Ivo Perelman; an in-depth essay on the life and work of Plugz, Cruzados and Tito & Tarantula leader Tito Larriva; and a history of 1970s blaxploitation horror films. Contributing writers include Clifford Allen, MacDara Conroy, Phil Dyess-Nugent, Leonard Nevarez, and Leonard Pierce.
As always, it’s available in multiple formats:
Print edition – $10
Ebook edition – $5
Kindle edition – $3
If you’ve missed any of the previous five issues, you can get them all from our Buy Burning Ambulance page. Thank you for your support!
May 8, 2013
Other Dimensions in Music is one of the greatest groups in New York jazz. For decades, this fully improvising ensemble—Roy Campbell on trumpet, Daniel Carter on saxophones, William Parker on bass and Charles Downs (formerly Rashid Bakr) on drums—have been playing an exploratory, humanist form of free jazz that eschews fire and fury in favor of an introspective joy that’s unique not only on the New York scene, but in the larger world of music. Their discography’s pretty slim, considering the talent concentrated among the four members—a 1990 self-titled debut album; 1998′s Now! and 2002′s Time is of the Essence/The Essence is Beyond Time (with Matthew Shipp guesting); 2011′s Kaiso Stories, with vocalist Fay Victor; and a 2007 double CD, Live at the Sunset, on which Downs was temporarily replaced by Hamid Drake. Everything they’ve done is worth hearing, and Now! is, frankly, criminally overlooked—it’s one of the best jazz records of the 1990s, a life-changer.
Anyway, that’s all an introduction to set you up for this kick-ass video of the group playing at Clemente Soto Velez in NYC on April 5. Enjoy 20 minutes of pure awesomeness.