Posted 6 months ago

Sunna Gunnlaugs work space, looking out onto the backyard of her Kopavogur, Iceland home.

Posted 6 months ago

Your song personnel:  Sunna Gunnlaugs (piano), Þorgrimur Jonsson (bass), and Scott McLemore (drums).

"Things You Should Know," from the Sunna Gunnlaugs 2013 release Distilled.  The particular serenity of a Gunnlaugs recording accentuates both the peaceful ambiance of the first light of morning and the liveliness and heat of the rising sun that makes the whole thing happen in the first place.

Read an album review on the main Bird is the Worm site.

Listen & Purchase at Gunnlaugs’ Bandcamp site.

Posted 7 months ago

Two views of the Jon Crowley work space in his Lefferts Garden, Brooklyn home.

The coffee mug in the foreground of the second photo reminds me of the album cover of the Jakob Bro recording Time, which is more indicative of the level to which jazz fans geek out on album covers than it is of Crowley’s choice in kitchenware.

Posted 7 months ago

Album track “Sadness, Suffering, Hope, Triumph,” from John Crowley’s 2011 release At the Edge.  An album of songs that swim in the melodies.  Read more about the album on the main Bird is the Worm site.

Your album personnel: Jon Crowley (trumpet, Fender Rhodes one track), Jeremy Udden (alto sax), Julian Pollack (piano, Fender Rhodes), Julian Smith (bass), and Ziv Ravitz (drums).

Listen & Purchase at Crowley’s Bandcamp page.

Posted 7 months ago

Patrick Breiner work space in his Ditmas Park home. Not pictured, a noisy radiator, of which Breiner “likes to think of as a Jamie Aebersold for free improvisation.”

Posted 7 months ago

"Pills/Side Effects/Remedy/Pills" from the new Patrick Breiner release Robinwood, a solo saxophone recording performed live, while on tour, at the Robinwood Concert House. Listen & Purchase at the artist’s Bandcamp page.

Posted 10 months ago

Han-earl Park work space in his Kensington, Brooklyn apartment.  According to Park, it is also where Gisel the cat performs her role as music critic.

Posted 10 months ago

Your album personnel:  Catherine Sikora (saxophone), Ian Smith (trumpet), and Han-earl Park (guitar).

From the album Massimo’s Imagined Juxtapositions. Improvised music, straight from the heart. Listen to the album and purchase on the artist’s Bandcamp page, where it’s set at Name Your Price. Review/Thoughts here.

Posted 1 year ago

Chris Schlarb work space in his Long Beach, California home.  According to Chris, it’s “also the room in between the kitchen and the living room, so there’s a lot of foot/food traffic.”

Posted 1 year ago

A rendition of the Brian Wilson song “‘Til I Die,” from the new Chris Schlarb release Psychic Temple 2. Listen & Purchase on Schlarb’s Bandcamp page. Review forthcoming on the main Bird is the Worm site.  Schlarb’s music transcends genre by incorporating elements from so many types of music, then transforming it into something of a unique, mesmerizing identity.  Music of vision.

Your song personnel:  Chris Schlarb (acoustic guitar, vibes), Tabor Allen (acoustic drums), Logan Coale (double bass), Ikey Owens (Hammond organ), Andrew Pompey (acoustic drums), Raymond Raposa (vocals), Aaron Roche (acoustic guitar, pump organ), Anthony Shadduck (double bass), Sufjan Stevens (vocals), Nedelle Torrisi (vocals), and Nicholas Zork (violin).