brian morton reviews slight freedom in the february issue of the wire. "a terrific record from a guy who plays the enigmatic backstop even when out on his own." read the complete review & order the vinyl here 


needless to say, things have been a bit askew in 2016, in & beyond the eremite realm, but the music never stops. here are 30 recordings (incldg a couple music-related books) --listed alphabetically by imprint!-- that provided merciful distraction from grim events, & remind me why we all slog forward on the road of music & song. props to all the musicians & labels for pressing on. brighter moments to all, somehow, in 2017.

hartmut geerken & chris trent  omniverse sun ra  (art yard)

jackson c. frank  the complete recordings  (badabing)

william parker / lisa sokolov / cooper-moore  stan’s hat flapping in the wind  (centering)

jim o’rourke  simple songs  (drag city)

bunny wailer  solomonic singles 1: tread along 1969-1976  (dub store)

bunny wailer  solomonic singles 2: rise & shine 1977-1986  (dub store)

sons of negus churchical host  a psalm of praises to the most high 1967-1972  (dub store)

oren ambarchi  hubris  (editions mego)

sacred flute music from new guinea madang / windim mambu  (editions mego)

ras michael & the sons & daughters of negus  promised land sounds rockin live ruff n tuff  (honest jons/dugout)

dawn of the double  (in the red)

rob mazurek & emmett kelly  alien flower sutra  (international anthem)

jeff parker  the new breed  (international anthem)

a new life: private independent & youth jazz in great britan 1966-1990  (jazzman)

james tatum  contemporary jazz mass  (jazzman)

mor thiam  dino safarrar drums of fire  (jazzman)

battle trance  blade of love  (new amsterdam)

the music of peter kuhn: no coming, no going  (no business)

express rising  fixed rope  (no label)

chris forsyth  the rarity of experience  (no quarter)

doug paisley  strong feelings  (no quarter)

world’s experience orchestra  the beginning of a new birth  (now again reserve)

neil young  & bluenote cafe  (nyaps)

larry young  in paris: the ortf recordings  (resonance)

grateful dead  shrine exposition hall LA 11/10/67  (rhino)

rob mazurek & jeff parker  some jellyfish live forever  (rogue art)

glenn philips  lost at sea  (shagrat / feeding tube / snowstar)

van morrison  it’s too late to stop now volumes II III IV  (sony legacy)

brøtzmann  graphic works 1959-2016  (wolke)


a pleasure to reconnect with the great drummer chris corsano. in another lifetime chris & i set up & broke down folding chairs together at amherst unitarian meetinghouse concerts. magic days. thanks to abby drake for the photo.