VARIOUS ARTISTS: 25 – Celebrating 25 Years Of Sonic Explorations (Accretions Records)

themilkman on Apr 1st 2011 12:40 am

Various Artists: 25

25 – Celebrating 25 Years Of Sonic Explorations
Accretions Records 2011
12 Tracks. 58mins39secs

Amazon UK: DLD US: DLD

Summing up twenty five years in twelve tracks is totally inconceivable, and is in no way the aim of this compilation. What 25 does however is offer a fascinating overview of what the focus of California-based imprint Accretions continues to be, from contemporary jazz to outwardly exploratory work.

Launched in 1985 as an arts and culture magazine, and again a year later as a record label, Accretions has since found itself at the forefront of contemporary experimental music, with a particular affinity for jazz and improv. The label is home to a variety of artists and formations from the likes of musician and filmmaker Hans Fjellestad, percussionist and composer Nathan Hubbard, guitarist Bill Horist or multi-instrumentist Eric Glick Rieman to bands such as Burning Bridges, Donkey, the Trummerflora collective or, more recently Dawn Of Midi or Axis Trio. Continue Reading »

Filed in Albums | Comments Off

JASON ROBINSON: Cerberus Reigning (Accretions Records)

themilkman on Feb 11th 2011 01:30 am

Jason Robinson: Cerberus Reigning

Cerberus Reigning
Accretions Records 2010
16 Tracks. 61mins13secs

Amazon UK: DLD US: DLD iTunes: DLD

Californian-born jazz saxophonist Jason Robinson may have over the years played with a wide range of formations, both as a member and leader, but he has in recent years started to look beyond the realms of jazz to experiment with electro-acoustic performance, using his instrument both in its primary capacity and as a source of sounds which he processes live on computer.

Released a year and a half after Cerberus Rising (Circumvention Music), Cerberus Reigning sees Robinson step away from the bare improvised minimal forms of its predecessor to broaden his scope quite considerably. Here, although the tenor sax is still very much at the core of the record, Robinson adds a soprano sax and an alto flute, and processes his sources much more heavily throughout. Continue Reading »

Filed in Albums | Comments Off