In this week’s paper I wrote a Critic’s Choice for the Nomo concert tonight at Schubas, and in it I mentioned that bandleader Elliott Bergman makes and sells his own line of electric thumb pianos. His partner in the venture is Warn Defever, known best as the brains behind His Name Is Alive. A couple weeks ago they announced a new run of kalimbas of various sizes and materials; judging from their online catalog almost all have been sold, but the photographs of these lovely instruments are still worth a look.

Also in this week’s paper is my review of Mosaic’s excellent new box set of Anthony Braxton’s complete Arista recordings. In the weeks following its release last month a bunch of bloggers went crazy with Braxtonia; the excellent Destination: Out posted repeatedly and at length about the Chicago native’s work.

Today’s playlist:

Sons & Daughters, This Gift (Domino)
Lou Donaldson, Here ‘Tis (Blue Note)
Bennie Maupin Quartet, Early Reflections (Cryptogramophone)
Tomasz Gwincinski & NonLinear Ensamble, The Moon Music (Kilogram)
Breeders, Mountain Battles (4AD)