NCM40138 — September 23, 2014
Combining the sounds of improvisation-filled chamber jazz with the lucidity of contemporary classical composition – infused with distortion-laden twists that reveal the band’s embrace of rock influences -- Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast bring new ideas to small-group jazz. Settle, the band’s second album (released…
NCM 40137 — April 1st, 2014
THIS TRUTH, a collaborative album between Tania Alexandra and Collective Acoustics, fluently blends the ancient lyrics of Sanskrit with tranquil and ambient harmonies to construct an intentionally modern, but seemingly timeless spiritual tone. Just as the practice of Yoga continues to evolve, these artists…
NCM 40136 — April 1st, 2013
Moran’s first album as an ensemble leader, Tusk strongly echoes the creative exploration that has become his signature. A regular with The Four Bags, avante metal trio Bassoon, renowned electronic composer Michael Schumacher’s rock group diNMachine, The Soundbats (with Briggan Krauss and John Mettam),…
NCM 40135 — July 2013
The theme of collaboration weaves a tidy thread through “Open Letter,” the newest release from Brooklyn-based trombonist Brian Drye and his baritone saxophonist father Howard Drye. The enormous ampersand that dominates the album cover gives way, when opened, to a sparse line drawing of…
NCM 40133 — June 2012
This collective trio — Jonathan Goldberger on acoustic guitar, Jonti Siman on bass and Rohin Khemani on tabla and percussion — has a new, self-titled album on NCM East, a showcase for its worldly but halcyon brand of acoustic fusion.
NCM 40132 — October 2011
With their new album “Forth” The Four Bags continue a decade-long adventure. Their signature sound, a combination of disparate instruments, is skillfully deployed over ten tracks, alternating intricate originals with a diverse collection of arrangements. The Four Bags tackle death metal, Persian classical, Brazilian…
NCM 40131 — 2011
With one ear bent towards dixieland, one towards modern classical and a third ear dedicated to free jazz and classical counterpoint, Knuffke and Drye could fit into almost any category. Although they perform in each other's respective working groups (Bizingas and The Kirk Knuffke…
NCM 40130 — December 2010
The debut album by trombonist Brian Drye exposes a fierce imagination, blurring the line between composition and improvisation. Trust, freedom and reckless abandon affirm the strength and energy of this combustible and virulent combination of seasoned improvisors.
NCM 40128 — November 2009
“Tania Alexandra proves once again why she is one of Philadelphia's most fiercely original voices . . . we should all be so fortunate to so eloquently transform our quirks and foibles, our flounderings and self-diagnosed failures into something that inspires, illuminates and, in…
NCM 40127 — November 2006
Their third release is a captivating blend of Schoenberg, 30's Brazil, The Beastie Boys, and truly unique originals. This recording captures them on their home turf (Brooklyn) making genuinely live music sound easy.
NCM 40126 — November 2005
While blending an electronic palate with arco bass, pump organs, theremin, tape loops, guitar, and a collage of other sounds, "Fløyel Files" resists meandering and maintains the strength of song structure - a rare and successful hybrid of the acoustic and the digital.
NCM 40125 — 2005
This concept drawn out by these instruments with this execution is not on the books yet. This said with no mention of the grace and passion that fills Drew Field 45, from compositions of blazing energy to ear-twisting brain prod.
NCM 40124 — September 2005
Etched out in Brooklyn, New York, 24,200 miles is a chest of songs about insects, Incas, angels, farmers, human-powered planes, Satan, snowmobiles, and let's not forget women. Jano Rix and Matt Glassmeyer poke their heads out of a mound of different sounds to interpret…
NCM 40123 — June 2005
Three years after an informal meeting to improvise over loose themes, the debut of Philadelphia's Justice on a Budget appears. With acoustic and electronic sounds, the group explores genres and themes that are linked by simple structures, resulting in expressions from standard jazz to…
NCM 40122 — January 2004
Combining the improv and personality of modern jazz and American popular music with the rigor and sophistication of the chamber music tradition, the second release of this quartet (clarinet, accordian, electric guitar, trombone) mixes dense compositions and covers as diverse as XTC and Chopin.
NCM 40119 — May 2005
With the highly anticipated and highly curious "[For Background Use Only]", New York City’s THE MORPHOLINOS are on a mission to prove that back- ground music does not have to make us cringe. The trio of keyboards, electric bass and a bastardized classical guitar-turned-drumset…
NCM 40106 — March 2001
The debut release from this NYC ensemble. The unique instrumentation features accordion, trombone, saxophone and guitar. The four bags entrance the listener with film-noir vignettes ("K-Lounge"), Beach Boys covers ("Good Vibrations" & "Here Today") and sonic experimentation ("Distance").