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”

Jimetta Rose & The Voices of Creation – How Good It Is

Do you need some soul-to-soul resuscitation? Then you HAVE to hear the jazz-funk gospel of Jimetta Rose and The Voices of Creation’s How Good It Is. Available today through London’s Night Dreamer Records, this album is as cathartic as it gets. Rose, a former collaborator with the likes of Angel Bat Dawid and Georgia AnneContinue reading “Jimetta Rose & The Voices of Creation – How Good It Is”

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”

Aaron Dooley – Ütiwaah

Aaron Dooley becomes the very definition of cosmic music on his latest release, Ütiwaah. For the last few years, the Colorado-dwelling Dooley has been forging deeply astral sounds under his own name and while in the band Osmium House. On this track, he reaches entirely new interstellar horizons with the help of a large crewContinue reading “Aaron Dooley – Ütiwaah”

TRAVIS DUO: Jarvis Earnshaw & Trevor Dunn – HYPNAGOGIA

Jarvis Earnshaw and Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn mutate jazz into a wholly new and abstract beast on the wonderfully warped Hypnagogia. On this wild record, Trevor Dunn, who has also played with the likes of Fantômas and John Zorn, utilizes a contrabass to create a solid backdrop of springy notes and groaning drones for JarvisContinue reading “TRAVIS DUO: Jarvis Earnshaw & Trevor Dunn – HYPNAGOGIA”

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”

January 2021 Roundup (Part 2)

The sheer amount of great music pouring in from the end of 2020 into the start of 2021 was so immense (and I was so busy during the last two weeks), that a second volume of January’s roundup post was absolutely necessary. Here’s what else we’ve been listening to and digging lately: Matt LaJoie –Continue reading “January 2021 Roundup (Part 2)”

December 2020 Roundup

This horrible year can’t end soon enough, but there’s still so much great music to cover! To make matters worse, I had to take most of last week off to tend to some urgent matters, so the stack of music in my inbox just keeps growing and growing. So here’s a final roundup for 2020!Continue reading “December 2020 Roundup”

Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – s/t

What Alice Coltrane is to the jazz world, Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble is to folk music. The Chicagoan group, which features McLaughlin on 12 and 6 string guitars, harmonium and electronics, Joel Styzens on hammered dulcimer, and Jason Toth on upright bass, blend elements of American primitivism with free jazz and modern classical music together into somethingContinue reading “Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – s/t”

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”