15 gennaio 2021


Tra i buoni propositi per l'anno nuovo Martin Archer ha espresso quello di rendere disponibili per la prima volta via Bandcamp i primi trentacinque titoli della sua Discus Music, prodotti tra il 1993 e il 2008. E con In Stereo Gravity inizia col botto: "During 2021 I’m making available for the first time the first 35 Discus Music releases (covering the years 1993-2008) on CD/DL via Bandcamp.  Most of these are releases either by myself or by Mick Beck. During this period I’d largely abandoned the jazz element of my music, and was working mainly with pre software era electronics to make music in which collage and chance procedure were the dominant forces, often combining electronic abstraction with live in the studio playing from the various musicians. The first release in this series is my 2008 double CD release In Stereo Gravity (Discus 33CD), which features great contributions from both Chris Cutler and Julie Tippetts amongst others. It was a summary of everything I’d learned to do in music up to that point, and very much set the scene for what I did in the following decade."


14 gennaio 2021


Pete Whyman e il suo clarinetto sono tra gli assoluti protagonisti della strepitosa versione di Lu me sceccu riportata in scena - a trentatré anni da The Ass - dalla Uncommon Orchestra di Mike Westbrook nei concerti siciliani del 2018: quella ripresa in video a Palermo il 16 novembre fa ora parte della serie WestbrookJazz Moving Picture Show, che con il nuovo anno ha ripreso le pubblicazioni settimanali.

Scrve Mike: "We have waited more than thirty years for the opportunity to take the song back to its source. The short tour of November 2018 was our chance. I pulled out all the stops for what I hoped would be a symphonic ‘town band’ arrangement. In the ranks of the Uncommon Orchestra are three members of the original street band, Kate (this time without friscalettu) leading the ‘choir’ and introducing the piece in Italian, me (sans tuba) attempting to conduct, and Pete, dazzling and endlessly inventive on clarinet. Of course we wondered if it might seem presumptuous, tactless or plain embarrassing, for a jazz band to come and play to Sicilians their own folk music. We needn’t have worried. When it came to the braying, the whole house erupted."


13 gennaio 2021


Il concerto integrale del Delta Saxophone Quartet a Caltagirone (CT) del 10 giugno 2019 è su YTChristian Forshaw, Pete Whyman, Tim Holmes e Chris Caldwell.