Tuesday, November 4, 2014

For Your Consideration for the 2014 Grammy Awards: Cuneiform Artists / Releases / Tunes

– 57th GRAMMY Awards Season –
Cuneiform Records
presents
Artists / Releases / Tunes
For Your Consideration
for the 2014

Grammy Awards

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The Ed Palermo Big Band
Oh No! Not Jazz!!



"Why Is the Doctor Barking?"
@SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube
Oh No! Not Jazz!! consists of two discs by the Ed Palermo Big Band, one of the most masterful and entertaining large jazz ensembles. The first disc features Ed Palermo's distinctive, big band interpretations of the music of Frank Zappa and includes one of Zappa's most loved works, "Inca Roads," with vocals by guest Napoleon Murphy Brock. Disc 2 features Palermo's own compositions, including "The Dog Breath Variations".

"In arranging Zappa's tunes for big band, Ed Palermo has thrown new light on his legacy while retaining the composer's original melodic and harmonic designs."
- The Washington Post

For Your Consideration:
- Large Jazz Ensemble Album -
The Ed Palermo Big Band
Oh No! Not Jazz!!

- Instrumental Composition -
"Why Is the Doctor Barking?"

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Arrangement, Instrumental -
"The Dog Breath Variations"

- Arrangement, Instruments & Vocals -
"Inca Roads"

- Recording Package -
The Ed Palermo Big Band
Oh No! Not Jazz!!
Like Zappa, and Duke Ellington before, Palermo’s main instrument is his band. And with him at the helm is manages to capture perfectly the spirit of Zappa’s music while stamping its own authority on the adventurous arrangements with its exuberant, joyous ensemble playing and in the quality of the solos. Ed Palermo, with impeccable olfactory taste, has done both big band jazz and Zappa’s music a huge service. If you didn’t like big band jazz before, then the riotous, swinging celebration...may well be the record that converts you. If you didn’t get Frank Zappa’s music, then this...may make you consider his vast musical legacy in a whole new light.”
-
All About Jazz

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The Microscopic Septet
Manhattan Moonrise



"Let's Coolerate One"
@SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

"...these fellas still sound inspired. Joyously performed by seasoned veterans, Manhattan Moonrise fits seamlessly into the Micros' oeuvre, an effort as singularly engaging as the Septet's earliest recordings."
-Point of Departure
Led Bib
The People in Your Neighbourhood



"New Teles"
@SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

"One of the UK's most adventurous groups"
-Jazzwise

"You'll be hard pressed to keep the lid on this explosive tour de force of ensemble intelligence"
-The Independent[UK]
For Your Consideration:
- Jazz Instrumental Album -
The Microscopic Septet
Manhattan Moonrise

- Instrumental Composition
[for "Star Turn" composed by Joel Forrester]
For Your Consideration:
- Jazz Instrumental Album
Led Bib
The People in Your Neighbourhood

- Engineer, Non-Classical -
[for Richard Woodcraft, engineer;
Mandy Parnell, mastering engineer]


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Thumbscrew:
Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek & Tomas Fujiwara
Thumbscrew



"Cheap Knock Off"
@SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

"...Thumbscrew is also a clever metaphor for this particular power trio's personal playbook. ...the three players explore open, undulating grooves through a frequent tightening and loosening of their interplay along serpentine lines. ...a team mindset pervades throughout the album.
...Halvorson's discography continues to grouw...her trio sessions...feature her best by combining space for fertile communications with comparatively lean contexts fior detailed soloing. Thumbscrew fits that favorable bill in both respects, boasting an excellent studio sound in the bargain." -Dusted
Ideal Bread
Beating the Teens:
Songs of Steve Lacy




"Crops"
@SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @Youtube

"This is an ambitious and impressive recording. Two CD's dedicated to the compositions of Steve Lacy...The results are beautiful and brilliant. Even if you aren't familiar with the work of Steve Lacy you'll be entranced by the music encapsulated over the course of these CD's. The music breathes, is given ample space and continuously tittilates. ...Mr. Lacy would be extremely proud." -Free Jazz Blog
For Your Consideration:
- Jazz Instrumental Album -
Thumbscrew

- Improvised Jazz Solo -
[by Mary Halvorson on "Still...Doesn't Swing"]
For Your Consideration:
- Arrangement, Instrumental -
[for "Crops"]

- Improvised Jazz Solo -
[by Kirk Nuffe on "Paris Rip-off"]

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Robert Wyatt
'68



"Rivmic Melodies" [excerpt]
@SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

The long-lost tapes made by Robert Wyatt while staying in 1968 at the Jimi Hendrix Experience house, following the Soft Machine/ Hendrix Experience tour!

"The missing links in my life's work, no less!"
-Robert Wyatt

"By far one of the year's best releases...the album captures Wyatt laying down trackjs that would later make up much of Soft Machine's classic 2nd & 3rd albums, all in high fidelity, all marvelously creative, adventurous, humor-filled and, all things considered, stunningly ahead of their time."
-Rolling Stone
Present
Le Poison Qui Rend Fou



"Ersatz"
@SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

Le Poison Qui Rend Fou is a remastered, expanded reissue of the second release by the Belgian band Present, one of the leading lights of the Rock In Opposition (R.I.O.) / avant-progressive / Chamber Rock movement. Featuring some of the most significant, boundary-defying compositions of late 20th century rock and classical music, Le Poison Qui Rend Fou is an essential historical document that reveals this music to be the precursor of 21st century genre defying musics, post-classical or post-rock.

"...a great place to hear nearly all the material from Present's early years in one package, with all the tracks digitally restored and remastered by Udi Koomran, and a CD booklet including vintage photographs and historical liner notes written by Aymeric Leroy and Renato de Moraes."
-All Music
For Your Consideration:
- Album Notes -
Robert Wyatt, '68

- Historical Album -
Robert Wyatt, '68
For Your Consideration:
- Album Notes -
Present, Le Poison Qui Rend Fou

- Historical Album -
Present, Le Poison Qui Rend Fou

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Chrome Hoof
Chrome Black Gold



"When The Lightning Strikes"
@SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

"Chrome Hoof has been together for a decade not, and they're unclassifiable: an 11-piece, robe-wearing, virtuoso experimental rock orchestra qwho turn ona sixpence from prog rock to stomping disco-funk, or from synth-pop to Sabbath-style proto-metal."
-Time Out London
Richard Pinhas & Oren Ambarchi
Tikkun



"Washington, D.C. - T4V1" [excerpt]
@SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

"On Tikkun, Ambarchi complements Pinhas' cosmic delay trails with both his own searing guitar performance...When Ambarchi gets behind the kit, the session blasts open into a molten rock rhythm, anchored by steady ride cymbal splashes and tom patternsm over which Pinhas ascends higher and higher into intersteller space." -TinyMixTapes
For Your Consideration:
- Alternative Music Album
Chrome Hoof
Chrome Black Gold
For Your Consideration:
- Alternative Music Album -
Richard Pinhas & Oren Ambarchi
Tikkun

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Pixel
We Are All Small Pixels



"Space"
@SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

"...this band has something new to say musically and produces tunes that are toe-tappingly, wantonly catchy. Ellen Andrea Wang's voice is a new colour on European jazz's vocal palette and, based on this album, is deserving of display on a bigger canvas."
-London Jazz News

"This accessible young band, true to jazz but with a fresh approach, renews my conviction that new artists exist who, with a little exposure, could help jazz reach a wider audience."
The Absolute Sound
Joel Harrison
Mother Stump



"John The Revelator"
@SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

"'It's a lot of history that I'm trying to make new again.'
That's Joel Harrison's stated approach to the wide-ranging covers that grace most of his new album. ...Mother Stump is...one of those covers records that reveals to the audience the broad array of influences who shaped Harrison, but it doesn't demand to be regarded as such, either. That's because Harrison had so successfully worked these songs into his own image, it's easy to forget that he didn't write 'em."
-Something Else!
For Your Consideration:
- Best New Artist -
Pixel
We Are All Small Pixels

- Jazz Vocal Album -
Pixel
We Are All Small Pixels

- Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals -
["Be Mine" arranged by Ellen Andrea Wang]
For Your Consideration:
- American Album -
Joel Harrison, Mother Stump

- American Roots Performance -
["I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know"]

- Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella -
Joel Harrison "Suzanne" Mother Stump



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