Nicole Mitchell Carries on AACM Tradition

Jazz flautist Nicole Mitchell has traveled the world and played with many people, but is based in Chicago, home of the AACM and is currently leading her own group as well as performing with others.

Blurb: “Nicole Mitchell has performed with great musicians and composers including Ed Wilkerson, Leroy Jenkins, James Newton, Harrison Bankhead, Vincent Davis, Roscoe Mitchell, David Boykin, Ernest Dawkins, Malachi Favors, Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, Fred Longberg-Holm, Josh Abrams, Douglas Ewart, Ari Brown, Joseph Jarman, Maggie Brown, Chad Taylor, Phil Nibloc, Michael Zerang and others.

Check out her site for a discography and audio samples.

Bob Drake News

From Bob’s site:

I’m mixing the new Science Group album. The violinist, Pedja Milosavljevic, had to cancel his session because he’s perpetually too busy for the forseeable future…c’est la vie. So I played a few of the parts originally intended for violin on guitar and Stevan will play some on synth or organ something. I’ll be finished with the mix and mastering in a few weeks and hopefully it will be released later this year.

BD – bass and a little bit of guitar.
Stevan Tickmayer – keyboards and electronics.
Chris Cutler – drums.
Mike Johnson – guitar.

I think Stevan’s Cold Peace Counterpoints, on which I played some guitar, bass, and drums, will also be released later this year finally at the same time as the new Science Group…I’ll keep you posted. Towering Inferno arrive here in mid-June for a recording session which will consist of David Kerman and Chris Cutler playing drums and percussion, something for the upcoming new TI album.

The Muffins Live in Philly, June 21st

The Muffins will be putting on their only live show of the year this Saturday in Philadelphia.

Blurb: “This Saturday, June 21, legendary 70s jazz rock legends The Muffins will perform at the Sedgwick Cultural Center in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. Local avant noisemakers The Red Masque will open.

The Muffin’s roots are as an experimentally forward band operating in the thriving Washington, DC music scene of the late 70s. While the scene spawned punk off-shoots like Minor Threat, Henry Rollins, and Fugazi, it also nurtured the Muffins, the group Fred Frith called “the finest progressive band America produced.” In recent years the Muffins have resurfaced at a couple of international progressive music festivals, and they have just come out with their first studio album since 1980, and are in the studio once again this summer. Their music is a heady mix of thick jazzy saxophones, energetic drumming and odd, haunting guitar licks.

This will the band band’s ONLY performance this year as they are currently recording in the studio.