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Music, Reviewed Henry Kaiser, Damon Smith, Weasel Walter

Henry Kaiser, Damon Smith, Weasel Walter

This strange and compelling debut recording by a trio of veteran Bay Area improvisers springboards off an old music-industry concept. Record labels would apparently prepare in advance "beautifully repackaged" records aimed to squeeze the last big bucks from top-selling artists…
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Music, Spaz of All Trades

Spaz of All Trades

It wouldn't be a stretch to describe Weasel Walter as a one-man scene. The local composer/multi-instrumentalist and leader of no-wave jazz-metal combo the Flying Luttenbachers boasts a musical resume that includes dozens of bands and projects over the past 15-plus…
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Music, Reviewed Yo Miles!

Yo Miles!

This third double-disc homage to Miles Davis' electric fusion period sounds a lot like its inexplicably acclaimed predecessors. But how could it be otherwise? After all, Yo Miles! is a fine but pretty limited concept. I picture veteran avant-gardists Henry…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Rovaté III with Gerry HemingwayGerry Hemingway first came to the attention of creative improv fans as a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet on his 1985 tour, and he's played off and on with Braxton ever since. His sparse, crisp…
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Music, Thinkin' One Thing and Doin' Another

Thinkin' One Thing and Doin' Another

A couple of years ago, Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith set out to revive a body of music many would have liked to see remain dead. Critics have called the work "a sellout," "precious ... dissipated," likened it to…
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Night Crawler

A Shenandoah warrior stands outside Oakland's Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center smoking a Marlboro Light. The downy feathers that accent his headdress ruffle slightly as a breeze crosses the vast, concrete parking lot. He squints into the sun, takes one…
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