Aaron Dooley – Trapped in Purgatory

All kosmische and jazz fusion fans need to check out Aaron Dooley’s first official album on Island House Recordings, Trapped in Purgatory. Dooley, of whom RCU regulars may also know from being a member of Osmium House, gathered together a crack team of ace improvisers, armed with a disparate collection of instruments. Then he allowedContinue reading “Aaron Dooley – Trapped in Purgatory”

Seventh Shadow of the Sun – s/t

Every free jazz head out there should get to know the stellar new self-titled album by Seventh Shadow of the Sun. Seventh Shadow of the Sun is a western Maryland-based astral jazz project that defies categorization at every turn. On this record, they combine the mystical presence of spiritual jazz with the cosmic freedom ofContinue reading “Seventh Shadow of the Sun – s/t”

W.BI – III

For a jazz record that is as shadowy as it is mystical, you must seek out III by W.BI. Available now through the wondrous Ramble Records, III is Riccardo Canta (tenor saxophone), Daniele Veronese (drums and percussion) and Alessandro Denti (12 string guitar) blending the ethereal qualities of spiritual jazz with the murky and moreContinue reading “W.BI – III”

Heikki Ruokangas and Simo Laihonen – Joulupuu on rakennettu: Finnish Christmas Songs

For those who want to feel festive, but are tired of hearing the same old Christmas songs that jam the air waves every December, may I suggest the ethereal folk-jazz stylings of Heikki Ruokangas and Sio Laihonen’s Joulupuu on rakennettu: Finnish Christmas Songs. While there are no vocals on this EP, guitarist Ruokangasand percussionist LaihonenContinue reading “Heikki Ruokangas and Simo Laihonen – Joulupuu on rakennettu: Finnish Christmas Songs”

Wendy Eisenberg – Bent Ring

Unquestionably, one of the most most ingenious and bold records of 2021 is Wendy Eisenberg’s peerless Bent Ring. Over the last decade, Eisenberg proved themselves to be one of today’s most innovative guitarists, so it’s endlessly fascinating to hear them take up the challenge to compose an entire album on a completely different instrument—a tenorContinue reading “Wendy Eisenberg – Bent Ring”

Luke Stewart & Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet – s/t

If you like your jazz to be mystical, highly atmospheric and transportive, then Luke Stewart and Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet’s self-titled record on No Quarter is the album for you. Recorded in the winter of this year, this record features dense landscapes of unpredictable sounds. The quartet plays as vibrantly and free as possible, utilizing everyContinue reading “Luke Stewart & Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet – s/t”

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”

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””

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”

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”