Jessica Ackerley — Morning / mourning
(out May 28th, 2021 on Cacophonous Revival Recordings)

Genre(s): Solo Guitar, Improvised Music, Free Jazz, Experimental
RIYL: Ashley Paul, Derek Bailey, Tashi Dorji, Loren Connors, Lenny Breau

Press Release

Jessica Ackerley : Website | Bandcamp
Cacophonous Revival : Bandcamp

ABOUT: This richly textured solo guitar offering serves as an intense and intimate portrait of Jessica Ackerley’s sonic personality. The Canadian-American guitarist and composer became a fixture of the New York scene, performing alongside the likes of Tyshawn Sorey, Daniel Carter, Marc Edwards, Luke Stewart, Ryan Sawyer, Gabby Fluke-Mogul, Nick Fraser, Elisa Thorn at venues including the The Stone, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Blue Note. She was recently featured on Adult Swim’s compilation New Jazz Century alongside heavyweights such as Matana Roberts, Anna Webber, Makaya McCraven, and Jaimie Branch.

Recorded during a period of self-isolation, the music on Morning / mourning confronts grief and questions of identity, while paying homage to two of her primary mentors Vic Juris and Bobby Cairns—both of whom passed away recently. The result is a nuanced and idiosyncratic collection of work that embraces lyricism and sonic exploration in equal measure, its poignant and personal performances only amplified by the way in which they were captured.

Review — Daniel Spicer, The Wire, Jazz/ Improv column
Review — Chris Ingalls, Popmatters
Album-Of-The-Week – Steve Smith, Night After Night
Interview — Robert Ham, Voice of Energy
Review — Tom Haugen, Take Effect Reviews
Review — Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector
Review — Akira Saito, Jazz Tokyo
Review — Mat Muntz, JazzRightNow
Review — Andrea Aguzzi, Neuguitars
Review — Stuart Broomer, The Whole Note
Review — Ron Schepper, Textura
Review — Stephen Godsall,
Review — Ken Cheetham, Jazzviews
Review — Geert Ryssen, Full Circle Music Blog
Review — George Harris, Jazz Weekly
Review — Paul Acquaro, Free Jazz Blog
Review — Eyal Hareuveni, salt peanuts*
Review — Ben Taffijn, Nieuwe Noten
Review — Jan Granlie, salt peanuts* (in Norwegian)
Review — Bill Meyer, Dusted
List — Tim Mah’s Recommended Canadian Jazz Albums of 2021, Four To The Floor
List — Avant Music News’ Best of 2021 So-Far (Honourable)
Roundup — Endaural Anticipation List
Roundup — Guitar Moderne, Guitar Moderne Record Picks XXV
Roundup — Release Day Roundup, Heavy Is Heavy
List — Avant Music News: AMN Picks of the Week, April 11 2021
List — Tone Glow— Bandcamp Day Recommendations, May 7th, 2021, BuyMusicClub
News — Republic of Jazz
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Playlist/ Compilation — Below The Radar #37, The Wire
Radio — Jazz Today, CJSW (Mar. 17th, 2022)
Radio — Freeform Freakout, FFFoxy Podcast #183
Radio — Freeness, BBC Radio 3
Radio — Strength Through Failure, WFMU
Radio — JA In The AM with John Allen, WFMU
Radio — Ira, WFMU
Radio — Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton, WFMU
Radio — Noise, CJSW (spotlight on Riparian Media new releases)
Radio — Noise, CJSW (July 8, 2021)
Radio — Double Bummer, XRayFM
Radio — Breaking The Tethers, CJSW
Radio — Breaking The Tethers, CJSW
Radio — Folkcetera, CJSW
Radio — Jazz Today, CJSW
Radio — Jazz Today, CJSW
Radio — JazzAMuck, CKUT
Radio — JazzAMuck, CKUT
Radio — JazzAMuck, CKUT

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