Steven Karl who?
So I'm not sure why I'd never heard it before but Mary Lou Williams' album Mary Lou Williams Presents Black Christ of the Andes is knocking me out. Shifting from gospel choral to cool-bop to weird avant takes, this is a beautiful mess of a record. If she was a man would this record be on every hotlist? I don't know. It's pretty damn fine, though.
Here's one of the more straight recordings on the album.
Speaking of music blowing me away, I was a little late to the Nico Muhly party, but the Mothertongue section of his latest album, Mothertongue, is probably the best new composition I've heard all year.
Some other goodies of late:
Keith Fullerton Whitman: Antithesis
Cardboard Village: Sea Change
Eddie Gale: Ghetto Music
the live stuff on Steve Earle's Copperhead Road deluxe reissue
Aethenor: Betimes Black Cloudmasses
Terkaft: Akh issudar
TV on the Radio: Dear Science
Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette
Gang Gang Dance: Saint Dymphna
Como Now: The Voices of Panola County, MS