Weekly Picks and Misc. for May 11
We must talk about bassist Brandon López, who is having an awesome year, so far.
vilevilevilevilevilevilevile out last Friday from TAO Forms, the AUM Fidelity sibling label launched by Whit Dickey in 2020. TAO has become one of the low-key most reliable labels in terms of beautiful, mindblowingly excellent music; it’s almost ridiculous what they’ve unlocked in terms of artists’ freedom and reach.
Matanzas came out in February on Relative Pitch, who have been a reliable supporter and released a number of López’s albums in the past few years. This trio, with Gerald Cleaver and Steve Baczkowski, has released a couple of albums. Somehow, Matanzas tops the previous one, Live At Roulette, which was really special.
In the Wilderness with Cleaver and Hprizm, from March—oh my just please if you do not have this in your library, buy it now. Cleaver has been breaking a dozen molds with his recent solo albums. His first album, Signs, got an excellent remix album from Hprizm, who also produced this one. López, Cleaver and Hprizm smash down walls and head straight for deep space. (Inter-) Stellar.
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