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Downloadable jazz from Tim Daisy and Dave Rempis for your weekend


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Last fall I wrote a blog post about Relay Records, the sharp little vanity imprint operated by drummer Tim Daisy. While he's used the label to make live recordings by some of his projects available to the general public, much of what he's issued has actually been top-notch studio outings, including excellent duet albums with trombonist Jeb Bishop and cellist Daniel Levin. Yesterday Relay issued its latest effort, and it might be the best one yet. Sadly, it's available only as a digital download.

Streets in Time was recorded in a New Jersey studio in January 2012 with a superb New York-area band: trombonist Steve Swell, trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum, and bassist John Hébert. The drummer composed all six of the attractive themes, ranging from the hard-swinging postbop of "Loud Noon," where shifting schemes of propulsion never let up through numerous melodic episodes, to the garrulously creeping "Inside a Room," which builds from a mixture of sour, blubbery unpitched trumpet smears and clattery, frenetic percussion into a slowly unfolding theme before Hébert unleashes a patient, deeply woody, texture-rich solo. Daisy has devoted increasing time and energy to writing music and it shows, but there's no question that the pieces he composed for this group function primarily as vehicles for rigorous improvisation—a smart conceit given the mettle of his collaborators here. You can check out "Loud Noon" below.

Speaking of digital-only free jazz: When the fine Milwaukee label Utech first started, most of its releases were CDRs of free jazz and noise, made in ridiculously limited batches. These days the label focuses mostly on that strange nexus between heavy metal, ambient, and experimental music, with most releases pressed only on vinyl. Those old free-jazz titles are long gone. But label owner Keith Utech has announced he'll be sharing free downloads of some early recordings, which include great work by the likes of Matana Roberts, Mary Halvorson, and Fred Lonberg-Holm. He recently uploaded a link for Circular Logic, the 2005 debut by the Rempis Percussion Quartet. The download will work until the link expires, so don't waste time if you're interested: you can score it here. Future shares will be announced via Utech's Facebook page.

Today's playlist:

Mr. Rencore & Tim Berne, Intollerant (Auand)
Kermit Driscoll, Reveille (19/8)
Theresa Wong, The Unlearning (Tzadik)
Felix Kubin & Ensemble Intégrales, Echohaus (Dekorder)
Free Fall, Gray Scale (Smalltown Superjazz)

Peter Margasak writes about jazz every Friday.