In addition to my previous post, there’s a good handful of new CDs coming out next Tuesday:
- A Sun Ra box set
- The recording of Rhys Chatham’s Crimson Grail, from last year’s Damrosch Park performance (a little pricey considering)
- A new CD from Theo Bleckmann (more about it here)
- The latest from The Bad Plus
- A generous collection from the immensely great William Parker and his Curtis Mayfield project (Parker has an organ quartet CD coming out in October, very excited about that)
- Steve Reich’s Double Sextet , one of his finest works in many years
Also, Knitting Factory is rereleasing/distributing current Fela titles at slightly cheaper prices, at least over the short term, incuding Shuffering and Shmiling/No Agreement and Zombie, which are essential titles.
All this offered with little critical insight; I’m carving out my own space here and am still scrounging for promo and review copies. Many labels don’t respond, and the bigger they are, the less likely they are to care about what I have to think. I was at the Crimson Grail performance and the New York City debut of Double Sextet, and I’m a personal fan of Sunny, Bleckmann, Parker and Fela. I’m curious about The Bad Plus, mainly because I wonder if they are staying with their formula while the rest of world is starting to pass them by, so caveat emptor.
UPDATED: Added missing link