In Zimbabwe, where artists and activists say that ordinary aspects of daily life have been eclipsed by divisive politics, Max Wild's collaboration with Sam Mtukudzi may come across as a bold statement.
Jack Smith, Les Evening Gowns Damnées and Silent Shadows on Cinemaroc Island (Table of the Elements, 1997)By David Shirley
Its the summer of 1962. Jack Smith is sprawled languidly among the thread-worn pillows in his low-rent apartment at 56 Ludlow Street in Manhattan, entertaining his friends Tony Conrad and Mario Montez.
More experimental than traditional, a number of recent releases have little in common except the wide-open spaces and haunted universes conveyed within.
Any musician slogging through endless months of touring knows that even if theyre playing exactly the music they want, what theyre doing is a job.
Many years ago I asked a famous New York Times critic and a well-known jazz musician for advice on what I should do if I decided to write what passed for criticism.
Its freezing and windy outside once again, but tonight Ninjasonik is playing a local show before going on a nationwide tour, so despite the cold its reason enough to leave the house.