Tashi Dorji / Ian McColm / Frank Meadows – The Power of Water

Uncompromising, raw and beyond otherworldly, The Power of Water is without a doubt one of the most essential free improv records of 2021. Tashi Dorji (of Kuzu), Ian McColm (of Heart of The Ghost) and Frank Meadows (of The Library of Babel), are each veterans of the DIY avant-garde and free jazz worlds, but thisContinue reading “Tashi Dorji / Ian McColm / Frank Meadows – The Power of Water”

Michael Wimberly – Afrofuturism

Michael Wimberly, a renowned and highly accomplished jazz percussionist and composer, paints a sonic display of his musical DNA across the 13 tracks that make up Afrofuturism. Released in three different parts (with the final piece coming out this Friday), this album finds Wimberly with a veritable army of talented collaborators (including Joss Stone andContinue reading “Michael Wimberly – Afrofuturism”

Stay in Shape! Vol. 1

With the ability to safely host concerts still far down the road, Brad Farberman, of Middle Blue and Big Feet, took the initiative to try to save some of our beloved stages with his new series of benefit albums, Stay in Shape! Each entry in this collection will drop monthly, on every Bandcamp Friday, whenContinue reading “Stay in Shape! Vol. 1”

Exclusive Live Video: Brad Farberman – “I Have a Little Dreidel”

Happy Hanukkah, folks! To celebrate the holiday, Brad Farberman, the versatile guitarist of experimental funk jazz groups Middle Blue and Big Feet, performed his rendition of “I Have a Little Dreidel” exclusively for Record Crates United. Check out the clip below, which he filmed himself in his own NYC backyard: Huge thanks to Farberman forContinue reading “Exclusive Live Video: Brad Farberman – “I Have a Little Dreidel””

Ghost Funk Orchestra – An Ode to Escapism

Following up Ghost Funk Orchestra’s excellent and moving debut LP, 2019’s A Song for Paul, wasn’t going to be an easy task. Yet, Seth Applebaum and his sonic family of bandmates and collaborators drastically upped the ante and really delivered on An Ode to Escapism. Perhaps the first major change between records that a keenContinue reading “Ghost Funk Orchestra – An Ode to Escapism”

Barry Walker Jr – Shoulda Zenith

2020 has seen quite a few records that could be described as “cosmic country,” but Barry Walker Jr’s Shoulda Zenith might just be the spaciest and wildest of the bunch. A Tennessee native that is currently based out of Portland, Walker takes free jazz, ambient and interstellar rock, and then translates them through pedal steelContinue reading “Barry Walker Jr – Shoulda Zenith”

John Jeffrey – Passage

John Jeffrey, the drummer of Moon Duo, let the spirit of improvisation move him from one sonic extreme to the next on his new solo record, Passage. From minimalist cosmic jazz to synth-centered motorik beat meditations, Jeffrey explores a vast spectrum of styles and sounds that interest him and shows just how versatile of aContinue reading “John Jeffrey – Passage”

Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Soundkeeper

With four LP sides of finely sculpted guitar and percussion soundscapes, Soundkeeper is the fourth and possibly best record in the already superb Gunn-Truscinski Duo discography. Guitarist Steve Gunn and drummer John Truscinski have been playing together for ten years now, so they would of course know each other’s playing styles and strengths as ifContinue reading “Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Soundkeeper”

Chip Wickham – Blue to Red

Chip Wickham’s Blue to Red levitates you into the heart of a heavenly nebula of spiritual jazz that’ll leave you floating for the rest of the day. Wickham, a Brightonian saxophonist and flautist who’s currently based in Madrid, was inspired to use the hope and liveliness in his music to help listeners appreciate and care forContinue reading “Chip Wickham – Blue to Red”

Aaron Dooley – Dooley Noted

Aaron Dooley’s solo debut record, Dooley Noted, is further proof that some of the headiest, gnarliest psychedelic music being made today is coming out of Colorado. Dooley, who you may remember from his work with Osmium House, opens the door to his world, his inner psyche, with each and every track here. The recordings feel personallyContinue reading “Aaron Dooley – Dooley Noted”