AMN Reviews: Mary Halvorson – Reverse Blue (2014; Relative Pitch Records)

coverWhile Mary Halvorson has been active in the creative jazz scene for over a decade, she has truly come into her own in the last three or so years. It is not just that she has appeared on eleven recordings in 2013 alone. Her recent releases Imaginary Sea (AMN review here) and Thumbscrew (AMN review here), for example, both exhibit a new level of compositional maturity for the guitarist. Reverse Blue, officially releasing in October, continues that trend.

Her group on this quartet recording includes Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. Halvorson’s deliberate, prickly guitar-wielding is on display, with characteristic bent notes and unexpected directions. For instance, her heavy riffing and soloing on the opening track, Torturer’s Reverse Delight, is offset by a more introspective and jazzy approach on Hako, as well ominous falling tones on Rebel’s Revue.  All four musicians contribute equally to these efforts, often collaborating in contrapunctal lines and dissonance.  Another keeper from Ms. Halvorson.

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5049 Records Podcast: Uri Caine

Uri Caine

Cover of Uri Caine

From 5049 Records:

Uri Caine is a pianist and composer of the highest order. He is a native son of Philly who has been living in New York since the mid 80s and has worked with everyone from John Zorn to Philly Joe Jones, Dave Douglas to Hank Mobley. Uri is an absolute master and it is an honor to welcome him onto the show.



August 25, 2014
Samara Lubelski Solo, Baby’s All Right
Samara Lubelski

August 26, 2014
Sarah Bernstein & Pascal Niggenkemper, Freddy’s Bar and Backroom
Sarah Bernstein Pascal Niggenkemper

August 26, 2014
Michael Evans DJ Set, Freddy’s Bar and Backroom
Michael Evans

August 25, 2014
James Hoff Solo, Baby’s All Right
James Hoff

August 25, 2014
Oso Blanco, Baby’s All Right
Ryan Sawyer Colin Stetson Nate Wooley C. Spencer Yeh

August 26, 2014
Chris Pitsiokos, Ron Anderson, Brian Chase, Freddy’s Bar and Backroom
Ron Anderson Brian Chase Chris Pitsiokos

Extended Techniques NYC Calendar: September 2014

Evan Parker

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From Extended Techniques:

Tuesday, September 2nd
9 PM Ingrid Laubrock, saxophone + compositions; Ben Gerstein, trombone; Dan Peck, tuba; Tom Rainey, drums
VENUE: Korzo

Tuesday, September 2nd
8:30 PM Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier – Malphas
VENUE: Village Vanguard

Thursday, September 4th
10:30 PM Zion 80 Plays Masada
Jon Madof-g, Shanir Blumenkranz-b, Matt Darriau-asax, Yoshie Fruchter-g, Frank London-tpt, Yuval Lion-d, Jessica Lurie-bsax & flt, Brian Marsella-kbd, Zach Mayer-bsax, Marlon Sobol-per, Greg Wall-tsax
VENUE: Village Vanguard

Friday, September 5th
8:30 PM & 10:30 PM
Masada Quartet: John Zorn-sax, Dave Douglas-tpt, Greg Cohen-b, Joey Baron-d
VENUE: Village Vanguard

Monday, September 8th
8:00 PM
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress

VENUE: Roulette

Tuesday, September 9th – Thursday, September 11th
The Philip Glass Ensemble & Steve Reich and Musicians


Tuesday, September 9th
8:30 PM, 10PM $15
Fred Van Hove – Piano, Lou Grassi – Drums
VENUE: ibeam

Wednesday, September 10th
8:00 PM
Fred van Hove (piano) Peter Evans (trumpet) Evan Parker (tenor and soprano saxophones) Charles Evans (saxophone)
VENUE: Stone

10:00 PM
Fred van Hove (piano) Peter Evans (trumpet) Evan Parker (tenor and soprano saxophones) John Hebert (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
VENUE: Stone

Thursday, September 11th
8:00 PM Matthew Shipp (piano) Evan Parker (tenor and soprano saxophones)
VENUE: Stone

Thursday, September 11th
7:00 PM Matana Roberts solo coin coin

VENUE: Snugs

Sunday, September 14th
8:00 PM Evan Parker (tenor and soprano saxophones) duos Ikue Mori (live electronics) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Mark Feldman (violin)
VENUE: Stone

10:00 PM
Ikue Mori (live electronics) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Mark Feldman (violin) Evan Parker (tenor and soprano saxophones)
VENUE: Stone

Tuesday, September 16th
7:00 PM Evan Parker + Joe Morris + Nate Wooley
VENUE: Snugs

Wednesday, September 17th
7:00 PM Evan Parker & Joe Morris

VENUE: Greenwich House Music School

Tuesday, September 23rd – Wednesday, September 24th
8:00 PM luciana achugar: OTRO TEATRO (carnal church dance)


Tuesday, September 23rd
8 PM Carla Bozulich
VENUE: Le Poisson Rouge

Thursday, September 25th
8:00 pm Evan Parker Solo

VENUE: Roulette

Wednesday, September 24th
1:00 PM Un jour ou deux, by Merce Cunningham
David Vaughan will introduce and screen a 2012 revival of Cunningham’s Un jour ou deux, which he originally choreographed for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1974, with music by John Cage, and design by Jasper Johns. 13:00:00
VENUE:The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Third Floor Screening Room

Friday, September 26th
8:00 PM Peter Evans duo with Evan Parker; Peter Evans Quintet with Evan Parker
ADMISSION $10/$15 for 2 sets
VENUE: Jacks

Sunday, September 28th
8 PM Matthew Shipp solo

VENUE: Greenwich House Music School

Tuesday, September 30th
8PM and 10 PM We All Break–a meeting of Haitian Drums and Creative Music
Matt Mitchell (piano) Daniel Brevil (traditional Haitian percussion) Markus Schwartz (traditional Haitian percussion) Ches Smith (drums, percussion)

Musique Machine Reviews

English: Francisco López

English: Francisco López (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Musique Machine:

Francisco López and Luca Sigurtà – Erm
The Dead End Street Band – After The Funeral…
Myrkur – Myrkur
Hybryds – Mythical Music From The 21st Century
Arne Deforce & Mika Vainio – Hephaestus
John Kannemberg – A Sound Map Art Institute of Chicago
Scant – Only In Dreams Do I Know Im Dead
Tavshed – Ramt
Thirdorgan/Cacophonic Joy – Untitled
Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestite

AMN Reviews and Interviews: August 2014

Jim Matheos

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Last month we published the following reviews and interviews:

Steve Lehman Octet – Mise en Abime
Dead Neanderthals – Prime
Ashley Paul – White Night
Secluded Bronte – Secluded in Jersey City
Emiliano Romanelli – 333 Loops (Volume 1)
IKB Ensemble – Anthropométrie sans titre
Ian VineFrieze/Static Form/Division
Tim Olive & Jason Kahn – Two Sunrise
Tim Olive & Anne-F Jacques – Dominion Mills
Jim MatheosHalo Effect
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans – The Freedom Principle
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans – Live in Lisbon
Rodrigo Amado – Wire Quartet
Dub Mentor featuring Stephen MallinderObsession
Richard Crandell & Masumi Timson – Pacific Bridge

Rodrigo Amado