The artist formerly known as Prince releases a free CD via a Sunday paper, and retailers and his music label go ballistic. So…shall we conclude that one should not give music away if one wants to?
Jazz in New York this weekend.
â˜… THE BAD PLUS (Tomorrow) With its fifth studio album, â€œProgâ€ (Do the Math), this trio ventures further along a distinctive and adventurous path; the bassist Reid Anderson, the pianist Ethan Iverson and the drummer David King sound as committed as ever, and their alchemy of masscult allusions and highbrow inventions still has the power to overwhelm. At 8 p.m. (doors open at 6), Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea, (212) 414-5994, highlineballroom.com; $22 in advance, $25 at the door. (Chinen)
BROOKLYN QAWWALI PARTY (Tonight) The Sufi devotional music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan provides a mandate for this ensemble, which pursues a boisterous polyphony of percussion, reeds and brass, harmonium, bass and guitar. At 9 and 10:30, Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 789-2762, tealoungeny.com; suggested donation, $5. (Chinen)
â˜… ANAT COHEN (Monday through Thursday) Ms. Cohen plays the tenor saxophone with perspicacity and the clarinet with authority, and her Village Vanguard debut should further her reputation as a bandleader of vision. On Monday she presents her big band, the Anzic Orchestra; for the rest of the week she leads a quartet with Edward Simon on piano, Omer Avital on bass and Daniel Freeman on drums. (Through July 8.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)
CURHA-CHESTRA/CUT UP QUINTET (Tomorrow) Curha-chestra involves Curtis Hasselbring on trombone and guitar, Shane Endsley on trumpet, Andrew Dâ€™Angelo on reeds and Ches Smith on drums; Cut Up Quintet presents a potent showcase for Guillermo E. Brown on drums, electronics and vocals. At 9 p.m., Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, (718) 395-3214, jalopy.biz; $15. (Chinen)
HARRIS EISENSTADT/ MIKE MCGINNIS (Sunday) Mr. Eisenstadt, a drummer with experimental tendencies, explores his own compositions with the trumpeter Nate Wooley, the saxophonist Matt Bauder, the vibraphonist Chris Dingman and the bassist Keith Witty. The preceding set will feature a quartet led by Mr. McGinnis, a clarinetist. At 7 and 9 p.m., BAR4, 444 Seventh Avenue, at 15th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 832-9800, myspace.com/konceptionsatbar4; cover, $5, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)
FREESTYLE JAZZ (Sunday) This edition of the ruggedly experimental series features Outside Sources, a combo led by the bassist Michael Bates; and then the Amanda Monaco Quartet, led by Ms. Monaco, a guitarist. At 7 and 9 p.m., Jimmyâ€™s Restaurant, 43 East Seventh Street, East Village, (212) 982-3006, freestylejazz.com; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)
GRAHAM HAYNES (Tomorrow) Mr. Haynes, a ceaselessly forward-thinking cornetist, marks the release of â€œFull Circleâ€ (RKM), an album that furthers his investigation of an electronics-girded improvisational music. At 10 p.m., Nublu, 62 Avenue C, near Fifth Street, East Village, nublu.net; cover, $10. (Chinen)
NOAH HOWARD (Tonight) Mr. Howard, an alto saxophonist with heavy free jazz credentials and a deep New Orleans pedigree, surfaces here with the bassist Brian Smith and the drummer Warren Smith. Joining the fray are Eve Packer, a poet, and Stephanie Stone, a pianist and beloved fixture on the local new-music scene. At 8, Seaport District Cultural Association Performance Space, Front Street, at Beekman Street, Lower Manhattan, (212) 393-9191, southstreetseaport.com; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)
THE MACRO-QUARKTET (Tomorrow) This experimental outfit comprises two intensely inventive trumpeters (Herb Robertson and Dave Ballou) and a flexible rhythm team (the drummer Tom Rainey and the bassist Drew Gress). At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)
NED ROTHENBERG AND GLEN VELEZ (Tonight) World music and experimental improvisation cross paths in this duo of Mr. Rothenberg, a multireedist, and Mr. Velez, a master of the handheld frame drum. At 7 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Flatiron district, (212) 620-5000, rmanyc.org; $20. Part of the JVC Jazz Festival. (Chinen)
TODD SICKAFOOSEâ€™S BLOOD ORANGE (Tonight) Todd Sickafoose is a bassist equally fond of rough edges and rounded forms, as he demonstrates on an evocative recent album, â€œBlood Orangeâ€ (Secret Hatch). He performs here with some regular colleagues: the violinist Jenny Scheinman; the trumpeter Shane Endsley; the guitarists Mike Gamble and Jonathan Goldberger; the trombonist Alan Ferber; and the drummer Simon Lott. At 10, 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, near Seventh Avenue South, West Village, (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)
TROMBONOPHILIA (Tonight) For those who have missed this monthlong trombone celebration at the Stone, tonight offers an opportunity to make good. First thereâ€™s a set by Slamminâ€™ the Infinite, led by the commanding trombonist Steve Swell and featuring the saxophonist Sabir Mateen; then, a freewheeling performance by the festivalâ€™s organizer Christopher McIntyre and an untold number of his fellow slide-savvy improvisers. At 8 and 10, the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10. (Chinen)
Tomorrow’s Baltimore performance of Louis Moholo-Moholo and Marilyn Crispell is previewed.
Marilyn Crispell and Louis Moholo-Moholo perform at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $20 ($18 for seniors and students). For more information, call 410-385-2638 or go to andiemusiklive.com.
Ornette Coleman and the late Andrew Hill were the two big winners of the 2007 Awards of the Jazz Journalists’ Association (JJA), an organization comprising 400 journalists, editors, broadcasters, and photographers working internationally. JJA President Howard Mandel presided over the afternoon awards ceremony which took place on June 28 at the Jazz Standard in New York City.
THREE DISCS from PSI: EVAN PARKER QT, EVAN PARKER/RUTHERFORD /SCHLIPPENBACH, FORCH (w/ BUTCHER, LOVENS & MINTON), ‘SLAVA’ GANELIN & VLADIMIR VOLKOV, TRIO OF DOOM [JOHN McLAUGHLIN/JACO PASTORIUS/TONY WILLIAMS], MUSHROOM w/ EDDIE GALE,
JOEL HARRISON [w/ NGUYEN LE & DAVID BINNEY], DONNY McCASLIN, ALDO CLEMENTI, THE LOW-COST ENGINE LABEL w/ WARREN SMITH, ANDREW LAMB, MALACHI THOMPSON & PAUL STEINBECK, MERZBOW, 2 from FOVEA HEX, 2 from SONDE, A HAWK AND A HACKSAW,
ARCHIVAL RECORDINGS from MUSICA ELECTRONICA VIVA, MILES DAVIS QUINTET w/ JOHN COLTRANE, ERIC DOLPHY QUINTET w/ HERBIE HANCOCK, CHARLES MINGUS QUINTET w/ CAT ANDERSON, BILL EVAN TRIO, STAN GETZ QT, LP’S from JOHN COLTRANE QT, THELONIUS MONK QT/OCTET & THE MICHAEL GARRICK TRIO ! CAETANO VELOSO, THE LITTER & EVEN MORE RARE PSYCH!
From Musique Machine:
Ov – Noctilucent Valleys
Noctilucent Valleys submerges the listener in heady and psychedelic world made up of synth drone craft, lo-grade electro beatscapes, free form folk/ improvised rock traces , with the odd touches of dreamy & hazed of male & female vocals here and there.
Jazkamer – Balls the Size of Texas,Liver the Size of Brazil
This really revels in screwing with your perception of it, firstly the title suggest head-ripping noise or staged and cocky rock, This is neither. Secondly with the Jazhamer name attached to it one would expect a real noisy afair, though there are noise elements here that certainly is not the predominate sound strain .
Nagl, Bernstein, AkchotÃ©, Jones – Big Four Live – 28 Jun 07
MIMEO – Sight – 28 Jun 07
This week’s ICP show is reviewed.
29-Jun-07 Lydian Sound Orchestra
Back to Da Capo (Alma Music (Italy))
29-Jun-07 Andy milne
Andy Milne: M-Base & Dapp Theory Radical Unplugged
29-Jun-07 The Nels Cline Singers
Draw Breath (Cryptogramophone)
29-Jun-07 Underground Jazz Trio
Radio Free Europa (Leo Records)
Patahan (Moonjune Records)
27-Jun-07 Adam Lane
Adam Lane & Ken Vandermark: 4 Corners and New Magical Kingdom (Clean Feed Records)
27-Jun-07 Jason Smith
Tipping Point (Moonjune Records)
27-Jun-07 Alessandro Bosetti
Her Name (Crouton Music)
This upcoming show is previewed:
Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy â€” USC School of Music Recital Hall: Tuesday, July 3
In a sense, jazz music has been dumbed down by being academically intellectualized â€” the emphasis (or over-emphasis, perhaps) on theory has stagnated creation and innovation, yielding compositions that are either painfully intellectual academic headaches or abhorrently insipid elevator-music butt-jazz. What you essentially have is innovation for innovationâ€™s sake co-existing with tradition for traditionâ€™s sake â€” and either is equally boring. Make no mistake â€” thereâ€™s plenty of theory involved in avant-garde jazz, especially improvisational avant-garde jazz â€” but avant-garde jazz, and free jazz especially, is the punk rock of jazz music: loud, aggressive, dissonant and full of sound and fury. And while some avant-gardeâ€™s musicians get lost trying to reinterpret jazz in a â€œpost-modern context,â€ the geniuses remember that the most excitement and greatest joy isnâ€™t in the destination; the reward comes from the adventure â€” the thrill of the hunt, if you will.