Friday, 15 March 2019

A new Spotify playlist for you to enjoy: Jazz on Off!


Cover art by Al.


Here it is for you to enjoy this week-end and all the moments you will feel like it!
Some of the best Jazz tunes from the Off catalogue! 28 titles for a bit more than 2 hours of music!
Just click on the player and enjoy!


Friday, 8 March 2019

ODG100 : Ghost Cities / Joyhunter


Cover art by Regina Zhelezniakova


ODG100 : Ghost Cities / Joyhunter


Debut album of Mykola Lebed for his solo-project Ghost Cities. 

Mykola is a part of the no-jazz trio H.Soror (see the exciting ODG064), performs with the Ukrainian Improvisers Orchestra and collaborates with a wide range of bands, making him a well known figure in the local Ukrainian scene.

His debut live album "Joyhunter" is a musical journey through layers of personality, through disorders and polarity of mind. 
Always using his powerful sax playing but this time adding a lot of effects and electronics. This gives us a mix of jazz, noise, drones, kraut and ambient.

"Taking the full improvisation as a language, and public performance as one-way ticket to the depth of myself - I've got this piece of sound that truly represents me. However, it was recorded at the very start of my "delirium" and it took more than a year to understand all the things I was trying to tell through music at that moment."
All music was recorded during a live performance at the Mezzanine Club in Kyiv and was spontaneous improvisations.


Mykola in action!

Mykola Lebed - sax, electronics 
Ing Var - live mixing and effects
Sasha Galianov - mastering 
Dmitriy Kachan - editing

Art by Regina Zhelezniakova

Digital release on the 8th of March 2019.

Track listing:

1: Eyes Open
2: Deeper, Deeper
3: Taming the Beast
4: Shoot the Sun
5: Concrete Heartbeat

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Radian Imprints is back in stock!!!

Finally reprinted but only a few copies left already, so you know what to do!!!



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OCD038 Radian Imprints album #8 in best Jazz albums in The New-York Times and #11 in the best Jazz albums 2018 in Rolling Stones Magazine!



Best jazz albums of 2018:

Friday, 1 March 2019

ODG096 : Ben Sluijs Quartet / Seasounds




ODG096 : Ben Sluijs Quartet / Seasounds

Another reissue from the Ben Sluijs Quartet ( see also OCD039ODG086 and ODG095) originally released in 2001 on the W.E.R.F. label, Seasounds was recorded live at the famous little Brussels jazz club 'Le Travers' days before it closed.  

Except for one standard composition 'My Foolish Heart' from Chet Baker, the five remaining songs are from Ben Sluijs, typically composed in his 'bop' style of that time. A pure pleasure!


‘Dit kwartet is intussen heel hecht geworden met vloeiende stokwisselingen en een bijzonder zwierig samenspel. ....Dit kwartet mag dan wel veel idiomen tegelijk omarmen, het doet dat altijd met inzicht, overgave en stillistische verfijning.’ (D.Wijnants)

Originally released as W.E.R.F. 024.

Digital release on the 1st of March 2019.

Track listing:

1: Zin-Zen
2: My Foolish Heart
3: Tikidanke
4:Sleep
5: Seasounds
6: Daydreaming

Friday, 22 February 2019

OCD043 : The Wrong Object / Into the Herd


Cover art by Marc Atkins


OCD043 : The Wrong Object / Into the Herd

Zachary Nathanson: "Listening to their new album, I almost get the feeling that Michel Delville, who launched the band back in 2002, hasn’t forgotten his roots. The Wrong Object are still going strong and they’re showing no sign of stopping... From the moment you listen to the opening title-track and Mango Juice, you can tell that Michel channels the styles of Brian Godding (Blossom Toes, Magma). From Pierre’s wah-wah bass introduction, you can tell that the band are going straight back into the Egyptian’s tombs of Emehntehtt-Re to see where the missing clues are hidden. The snarling tones that Delville brings into the opening composition is almost a revelation on what secrets the Egyptian king has hidden from every historian buff ..."

Pete Pardo: "Easily an early contender for jazz-rock album of 2019, _Into the Herd_ is a musical joy from a supremely talented band at the height of their powers"

Duncan Heining, Jazzwise: "Suppose you've a friend, who thinks jazz-rock an aberration and fusion noodling its inevitable nadir. Here's what you do. Strap them to a chair, put The Wrong Object on at full volume and leave them a few hours. If by then they still don't get it, find another friend."

Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player: "Belgium’s The Wrong Object is brimming with artful compositions and quirky guitar work. Originally a Zappa tribute band, guitarist Michel Delville and his colorful cohorts have pushed the quintet’s music far beyond homage status, into an oeuvre combining structural complexity with emotional authenticity, much as their mentor’s music did."



Since its creation in 2002, The Wrong Object has been hailed as one of the most original and powerful bands on the progressive jazz-rock scene.  

Into the Herd is the band’s seventh official release (their first one was a collaboration with Soft Machine’s Elton Dean which appeared in 2005).
Merging jazz, rock and classical sensibilities with samples and electronica, influenced as much by Stravinsky and Bartok as by Gong and Zappa, the Belgian sextet continues to expand its vision of intriguing rock and jazz expressed in exuberant shifting accents, superb melodies, contrapuntal complexities and colorful arrangements.
The result is a new opus of thundering monumentality, whose artistry and sound remain unmistakably their own and create a diverse and vibrant listening experience, one which has become well-known in jazz-rock and progressive rock circles and which All About Jazz describes as a mixture of “spunky world-music interludes, outside jazz treatments and scorching movements amid majestic, prog-like escapism”.

With a line-up comprising members of seminal acts such as Univers Zero, Machine Mass and FlatEarth Society, Into the Herd is one of the Wrong Object's most accomplished releases and arguably their strongest offering thus far.

--LINE UP--

Marti MELIA: tenor sax, clarinet, backing vocals
François LOURTIE: tenor & soprano saxes, vocals
Michel DELVILLE: guitar, Roland GR09, vocals
Antoine GUENET: keyboards, vocals
Pierre MOTTET: bass
Laurent DELCHAMBRE: drums, percussions, objects, samples

All tracks recorded by Maxime Wathieu, mixed by Etienne Plumer and mastered by Mark Wingfield.

Marc Atkins beautiful art website: marcatkins.com

Physical and digital release on the 22nd of February 2019.


Track listing:

1. Into the Herd (Delville) 4:11
2. A Mercy (Delville) 4:55
3. Rumble Buzz (Delchambre) 7:10
4. Another Thing (Delville) 6:52
5. Filmic (Delville) 5:34
6. Mango Juice (Delchambre) 8:58
7. Many Lives (Guenet) 6:09
8. Ship of Fools (Delville) 6:39
9. Psithurism (Delchambre) 3:42




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Friday, 15 February 2019

ODG097 : The Paul Swest / Eyeshadow Falls



Covert art by Jimmy Fountain



ODG097 : The Paul Swest / Eyeshadow Falls


Charles Chace is an artist and musician from Massachusetts who has exhibited in galleries in New York City, Miami and North Carolina.
His recent works consist of a multimedia installation that included paper collage, video, and
manipulatable noise machines.
Other recent work includes a series of portrait paintings that musician Dave Bazan (Pedro The Lion) used for a series of record covers.
His avant-garde free jazz musical project is called “The Paul Swest”. Using multi-track recording he plays an array of instruments: upright bass, drums, guitar, wooden flute, bells etc. Through this process he’s able to create works that sound like group improvisation. They range from composed motifs to free form splatter, from Cecil Taylor’s Unit Structures to Derek Bailey.


Charles Chace

Interview for All About Jazz:

Q - Teachers and/or influences?
CC - Except for a brief study with guitarist Fred Fried, I'm primarily a self-taught guitarist who has played for over twenty years. My main influences are Robert Johnson and Cecil Taylor—I appreciate the former for his unstoppable tone and the latter for the incredible force of his creative power. With Taylor, you always need a second listen to get what he's doing as an artist.
Q -Your sound and approach to music?
CC - I’ve worked hard to develop my sound by listening carefully to other players and studying a lot of different techniques. At first, I only wanted to match that thick fat crispy tone that Charlie Christian captured. But listening to guys like Eugene Chadbourne and Derek Bailey caused me to expand my tones. So nowadays I just try to play the noise that fits the music. The results are, I think, much more interesting because now I explore all the sounds that I can get out of my instrument. But no pedals. That sound just doesn't work for me.

Charles Chace - Guitars, Prepared Guitars, Drums, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Wood
Flute, Glockenspiel, Melodica, Bells, Shakers

Recorded and Mixed at BeepWave Studio
Mastered by Chris Colbert

Digital release on the 15th of February 2019.

Track listing:

1. Eyeshadow Falls
2. A Special Talk
3. Diamond Shopping
4. Dave’s A Richard



And in Bandcamp:

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Pierre Vervloesem : Fet video

Pierre Vervloesem new video for his forthcoming album 'Artiste Belge'!
Out digitally (with 5 bonus tracks) and physically on the 28th of March 2019!

Friday, 8 February 2019

OJP035 / OUC017 : Atsuko Hatano / Bleeding Heart


Covert art by Saskia Griepink : 'Bloedend hart'  



OJP035 / OUC017 : Atsuko Hatano / Bleeding Heart

After releasing the beautiful EP 'Endless Birthday / Yellow Boys' (see OJP031 / OUC015), Atsuko Hatano returns with her new amazing mini album 'Bleeding Heart'.

Atsuko Hatano is a Japanese Viola player using her instrument with a lot of electronics to add textures and layers to her sound. In this case she recorded playing with a  5 strings viola with leslie speaker. Definitely contemporary classical but with a very electronic approach. 
All music by Atsuko Hatano, recorded at Hoshi To Niji studio.

She has been playing and recording in solo or in collaboration with various artists : site.

Atsuko San

Digital release on the 8th of February 2019.

Track listing:

1: Twisted Compass
2: Down in the Dirt
3: The Heart Is a Muscle
4: Sinkhole
5: Funhouse Mirror
6: Bleeding Heart
7: Blind Alley

Friday, 1 February 2019

ODG094 : Out of Tune Wolf / Cognizant


Cover art by Nathan Tersteeg


ODG094 : Out of Tune Wolf / Cognizant


Cognizant is a conceptual sonic experience much like a lucid dream connecting similar and
unrelated elements in a linear motion. Arise from an ambient surface, grasping on to familiar
sounds to echolocate yourself, only to find you are lost in an unfamiliar territory. 
The audience is meant to travel along with each track, metaphorically or physically finding their place inside of the journey. By the end of the album hopefully cognizance is discovered in beautiful melodies and jaring textural chaos.

"The album is a collection of musical and soundscape compositions utilising instrumentation, lo-fi and high quality samples. I focus on the imperfections of recordings as much as the crafted rhythms and melodies. Samples are collected from various methods using equipment not always practical or purposeful. I think of sound as a material to be manipulated painstakingly and appreciated in its rudimentary recorded form."

Out of Tune Wolf is Josh Rodenberg, who is a sound artist living in Richmond Virginia in the
United States. He spends his most of his days dreaming while juggling his time being a spouse, a father, a studio artist, a skateboarder and his career at the university. He does the best he can.


Josh

 Performing live


Digital release on the 1st of February 2019.

Track Listing:

1: Built a City
2: JK
3: Craft a Bath
4: Waiting
5: A Drift Has Come
6: Confusedd
7: Piano and the Pond
8: Drone
9: Passing Through
10: Top on Top
11: Connection
12: Destroy
13: Structure
14: More Questions
15: July But June





Friday, 25 January 2019

OCD041 : The Gödel Codex / Oak


Cover art, pic by Etienne Plummer



OCD041 : The Gödel Codex / Oak

Etienne PLUMER (Rêve d’Elephant, Animus Anima), Michel DELVILLE (The Wrong Object, Machine Mass, Comicoperando, website) and Antoine GUENET (Univers Zero, The Wrong Object, Beautiful Badness) join forces with Christophe BAILLEAU, a sound artist with an interest in the function of noise as a musical code in music.

Born out of an attempt to combine and weave together jazz, post-rock and electroacoustic models, their music draws inspiration as much from Jim O'Rourke's minimalism as from the techno-romantic landscapes of Christian Fennesz and David Sylvian. 
Some astute listeners have also noticed similarities with avant-pop mavericks Robert Wyatt, Thom Yorke and Damon Albarn.

Be that as it may, most of the members of The Gödel Codex have a background in jazz and believe improvisation is a vital part of pop song structure. Warming to Ornette Coleman’s contention that “composing is a way not repeating”, The Gödel Codex also subscribes to Derek Bailey’s famous statement that “improvisation is not knowing what is it until you do it” and that “composition is not doing it until you know what it is”.

Combining live performances with video projections, live versions of Oak continue to explore the gray areas between composition and improvisation, using both approaches in tandem across a broad spectrum of musical idioms.

Michel DELVILLE : guitar, Roland GR09, loops, electronics, glockenspiel, lead vocals on 2, 3, 4, 7 
Antoine GUENET : keyboards, synth, acoustic piano, electronics, backing vocals, lead vocals on 6, 8
Etienne PLUMER : drums, e-percussion, trumpet, glockespiel, electronics, samples
Christophe BAILLEAU : electronics on 1, 3, 5 and 10
All tracks recorded by Etienne Plumer @ Sascha Production except for tracks 5 and 9 recorded live at CC Amay. Mixed and mastered by Etienne Plumer. 

Great review in The Progressive aspect.net here!


Physical and digital release on the 25th of January 2019.
Track listing:
1. Oak - overture (Plumer) 1:43
2. The Needle’s Eye (Delville) 2:32
3. Granules (Bailleau/Delville/Guenet/Plumer) 6:56
4. One Last Sound (Delville) 4:58
5. Matisse (Bailleau/Delville/Guenet/Plumer) 4:02
6. Stand or Fall (Delville) 3:54
7. Bells (Delville) 3:48
8. Can It Be (Guenet) 5:30
9. Oak - live reprise (Plumer) 4:18
10. Lux 4 (Bailleau/Franck) 5:52



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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

OUC016 : Manel Gaiato / Traces


Cover art by Carlos Meinedo (site)



OUC016 : Manel Gaiato / Traces


"Traces reflects several lines of thought. An inner reaction to an external stimulus.
It is an unpretentious exploration of Sound towards the discovery of a musical language."


"Manel Gaiato" is Bruno Ferreira (site), a Portuguese multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer, born in Porto, Portugal who grew up surrounded by sound and music.

He composes for various musical projects, audio installations, ballets, string quartets  and films, such as the documentary "3 Hours to Love," directed by Patricia Nogueira and winner 1st Prize "PrimeirOlhar Ibertelco 2013”.

He was one of the nominees for the “SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International”, at Gent Film Festival (2018).

Manel

Digital release on the 23th of January 2019.

Track listing:

1: Intro
2: Androgyny
3: Dual
4: Devil's Mountain
5: Narcissus
6: I See You In Slow Motion
7: Trigger
8: Interferences
9: Improvisation




And in Bandcamp:

Thursday, 10 January 2019

OJP034 : Ai Kisaragi - Tetsuroh Konishi / Atmosphere



Cover art by Ai Kisaragi




OJP034 : Ai Kisaragi - Tetsuroh Konishi / Atmosphere


Second album from Ai Kisaragi and Tetsuroh Konishi (see OJP021), this time less rhythmic and more introspectif! 
The theremin of Ai takes more room and give the atmosphere which gives the title of the album! 
To listen peacefully in the early delight or late at night!


 Ai

 Tetsuroh




Ai Kisaragi : Theremin Aeolian Harp Alto Recorder
Tetsuroh Konishi : Trumpet  E.Guitar  Alto Recorder

Recording and Mix Mastering at Nakiri Kisaragi House
Artwork by Ai Kisaragi  Special Thanks to Ni·Ho·Hi

Digital release on the 11th of January 2019.

Track listing:

1. Aberrations
2. Tri
3. Atmosphere 1
4. Atmosphere 2
5. Atmosphere 3
6. Dualism
7. Interference




And on Bandcamp:

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Pierre Vervloesem / Olé Hop!

Olé Hop! is a track from the forthcoming new solo album 'Artiste Belge' by Pierre Vervloesem.
The album will feature 13 new masterpieces while the digital version will have 5 more bonuses.
Both versions will be released end of March.

Meanwhile, enjoy this video, directed and edited by Pierre himself!

Friday, 4 January 2019

ODG095 : Ben Sluijs - Erik Vermeulen / Stones


Cover pic by Jacky Lepage



ODG095 : Ben Sluijs - Erik Vermeulen / Stones

Originally released in 2001, this album Stones, which is a short story by writer, Emile Clemens, artfully set to music by alto saxophonist, Ben Sluijs (site) and pianist, Erik Vermeulen (bio).

Perhaps lesser known on our American shores, these musicians' sport relatively impressive resumes, performing with a variety of Euro-Jazz and multinational artists. Otherwise, Sluijs composed the majority of these pieces as the duo embarks upon an audibly scenic journey consisting of quaintly organized fabrics. Essentially, the artists' display a prodigious flair for melody throughout these ten works, as they project an atmospheric program brimming with lush phraseology, memorable themes and softly stated lyricism.


Erik and Ben

Sluijs' breezy lines rekindles notions of the late Paul Desmond's 'dry martini' sound, whereas Vermeulen possesses a delicate touch as the duo's refined elegance comes to the forefront. However, the men also turn the proceedings up a notch or two during some heated exchanges, although intriguingly melodic pieces such as, 'Still' and others sum up what this very attractive outing is all about.

All compositions by Ben Sluijs except Dialogue and Behind the Poet, the intro and the final, are improvisations by Ben Sluijs and Erik Vermeulen. Gargoyles by Erik Vermeulen.
Recorded at Erik's place and mixed by Dré Pallemaerts in 2001.

Originally released on Jazz'Halo as TS010, then re released on W.E.R.F. records as 081.



Press:  English: CadenceAll about Jazz
             Dutch: De MorgenJazzmozaïekKnack
             French: Jazzman

Digital release (courtesy W.E.R.F.) on the 4th of January 2019.

Track listing:

1: Dialogue
2: Mother of Pearl
3: Still
4: Sea Prisoners
5: Wall
6: Stones
7: Gargoyles
8: Minor Problems
9: Glow
10: Behind the Poet