A. W. Kindness

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Loguerhythms - Songs From The Establishment / Red &hellip ~ Annie Ross & Christopher Logue
This was an album that was categorized for so long in the "hen's teeth" degree of rarity, that it would be an understatement to say that this re-issue on CD is welcome. Logue's lyrics are anything but bland; some timid souls might even find them mildly offensive, but they never fail to stimulate. The musical setting lives up to this level of sophistication, and has a fluency and suppleness that never descends into the well-worn or obvious. Plus all this, Annie Ross gives it all she's got.
As one of several bonuses (which the CD description could have made clearer) is the EP (another "hen's teeth item) which Logue made reading his poetry in conjunction with the jazz of Tony… Read more
The Blue Moment: Miles Davis's Kind of Blue and th&hellip by Richard Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars WORTH READING, 3 Aug 2014
Articulate and readable, never boring, but do we really need another book about this almost exhaustively well-documented album, which is of course as musically fascinating as ever? He does combine the necessary minimum of musical knowledge with the ability to make it comprehensible to the reasonably intelligent layman, which is something.
Can Miles Davis, moreover, be held responsible for the works of Brian Eno, the ECM label, let alone Charlatan Palestine? I'm not sure that I'm convinced by his case here.
I've read so may books about music that are full of factual errors, misattributions, inaccurate dates, mis-spellings of names etc. Yet I only located one here:- he talks about… Read more
50th Birthday Celebration ~ eYe (Yamataka Eye)
50th Birthday Celebration ~ eYe (Yamataka Eye)
If you've heard these two before, either separately or together, you may know what to expect, and this is a compelling blend of overblown multiphonics and harmonics, growls, squeals and gurgles on saxophone with in-your-face electronics, with some resemblance to Merzbow timbrally, but not so relentless, arguably with more light and shade, which is necessary both to blend with Zorn's saxophone outpourings and to leave some room for, or blend with Eye's own vocal interjections, which help to give the album quite a convulsive flavour.
Proceedings take on another dimension on the one piece where Fred Frith on guitar sits in. This sounds so seamless and well constructed it's hard to believe… Read more