Cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm lived in Chicago for 22 years. During that time, he was ubiquitous on the city’s improvisational music scene, playing in bands and ad hoc groupings with so many essential players that any list that could fit in this preview would be ridiculously incomplete. He was also a tireless touring musician who represented […]
Catalytic Sound launches a streaming service to support improvising musicians, rapper-producer Rashid Hadee collaborates with the Primeridian, and more
Many musicians and labels will donate the day’s Bandcamp money to support the fight for Black lives.
When you want to put together an improvising ensemble whose interactions will be unpredictable as well as satisfying, it helps to recruit someone who has your back and someone else who isn’t afraid to push the music somewhere you didn’t think it would go. For one night in December 2018, Chicago alto, tenor, and baritone […]
This year’s free-jazz holiday tour includes two shows at the Hungry Brain with his band Witches & Devils and special guests.
Current musical obsessions of Neckbeard Deathcamp front man Kriegmeister Hatestorm, Haggathorn guitarist Nathan Scripter, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
It’s no small feat that Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love has maintained his sprawling, heavily improvised big band—the dubiously named Large Unit—for half a decade in an era where economic realities are at odds with keeping an actively recording and touring group of international players together. But he’s done just that with a largely unchanging cast […]
It’s never been a secret that Chicago free-jazz reedist Ken Vandermark is inspired by punk rock; it’s obvious in the the raw directness of his performance and the pile-driver energy of his playing. For years he’s worked with inventive self-taught guitarists Terrie Hessels and Andy Moor of Amsterdam postpunk juggernaut the Ex—a group that came […]
Norway’s Thomas Johansson, who just released his first album as a leader, plays Sunday at the Hungry Brain with the quartet Cortex.
The quartet plays Constellation on Wednesday.
The group finds an original sound on its second album Mestertyven.
And together they create visceral, cut-punching improvisations.
The veteran LA jazzman sounds great on a new record with Norwegian reedist Frode Gjerstad.
Ten Reader writers review 16 records, including Angel Olsen’s otherworldly folk, and more.
Fiery sounds from the Swedish reedist dating back to 2000, with an accent on his deep Chicago connections