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A few quick notes.

I tried to upgrade AMN to the latest version of the blog software. It failed and I’m fairly convinced that it is due to a bug in said software because I followed the procedure properly and have upgraded several other blogs successfully. So I had to restore the site this morning. Let me know if you see any problems.

I switched over to a new theme last month. I’m not 100% thrilled with it, but I’ll stick to it for the time being.

I’m still weeding through a backlog of music submissions. If you’ve sent over links to your music or CDs, please bear with me. I’ll have some time in January to work through it all.

Thanks.

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AAJ Reviews


From AAJ:

31-Dec-07 Steve Lehman Quintet
On Meaning (Pi Recordings)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

31-Dec-07 Emre Kartari Quartet
Origin (Rec Jazz)
Reviewed by John Kelman

30-Dec-07 Bennie Maupin
The Jewel In The Lotus (ECM Records)
Reviewed by Budd Kopman

U Totem and MTG on the Web and DVD


Rotary Totem has released DVDs of two of my favorite groups of the 80s/90s, U Totem and Motor Totemist Guild. Videos on Youtube as well.

Rotary Totem now has a channel on YouTube – Vintage concert footage of U Totem from 1990 and Motor Totemist Guild from 1988, plus some new compositions and video collages. We’re also offering complete DVD editions of these concerts on the CATALOG page.

AMN Best of 2007


We don’t take “best of” lists all that seriously, but they do serve as a great way of providing a long list of albums that are worth checking out. Without further ado, here is our best of…with a few disappointments of 2007 at the end.

The very best:

Battles – Mirrored
Blackshaw, James – The Cloud of Unknowing
Far Corner – Endangered
Reuter, Markus / Robert Rich – Eleven Questions

The quite good:

3Sacchetti – Bora! Bora! Mr. Motto
Albert, Jeff – ACGKS
Andersson, Peter – Music for Film and Exhibition
Bad Plus, The – Prog
Braxton, Anthony – 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006
Bynum, Taylor Ho / Sextet – The Middle Picture
Cartwright, George – A Tenacious Slew
Cline, Nels / Singers – Draw Breath
Fantastic Merlins – Look Around
Fields Ensemble, Scott – Beckett
Houston Drone Concern, The – Variations for Bob Ostertag (EP)
Koverhult, Tommy – Trane to Taube
Lehman, Steve – On Meaning
Ochs, Larry / Sax and Drumming Core – Up from Under
Parker, William / Hamid Drake – Summer Snow
Radio Massacre International – Rain Falls in Grey
Rongey, Kurt – With Form It Threatens Silence
Soft Machine Legacy, The – Steam
Trio M (Myra Melford / Mark Dresser / Matt Wilson) – Big Picture
Weasel Walter Quartet – Revolt Music
Wyatt, Robert – Comicopera
Zorn, John – Six Litanies for Heliogabalus

The notable mentions:

Adams, John Luther – Red Arc / Blue Veil
Alamaailman Vasarat – Maahan
Anderson, Fred / Hamid Drake – From the River to the Ocean
Athletic Automation – A Journey Through Roman’s Empire
Atrium Carceri – Ptahil
Brant, Henry – A Concord Symphony
Brotzmann, Peter / Paal Nilssen-Love /M.Gustafsson – The Fat Is Gone
Car Bomb – Centralia
Cline, Nels – Suite Bittersweet
Deerhoof – Friend Opportunity
Derome, Jean – Le GGRIL
Evans, Peter / Quartet – Peter Evans Quartet
Formentini, Luca – Tacet
Friedlander, Erik -Block Ice and Propane
Ghost in the House – Ghost in the House
Halvorson, Mary / Jessica Pavone – On and Off
Hopper, Hugh – Numero D’Vol
Ito, Teiji – Tenno
Lee, Eugene – Srivbanacore
Moe!kestra, Moe! Staiano’s – Two Rooms of Uranium Inside 83 Markers
Motian, Paul / Bill Frisell / Joe Lovano – Time and Time Again
Norton, Steve / Norton Plsek / Gino Robair – Firehouse Futurities
Original Silence – The First Original Silence
Parker, William – Corn Meal Dance
Pasqua, Alan – The Antisocial Club
Powerhouse Sound – Oslo / Chicago: Break
Rational Diet – Rational Diet
Redhooker – The Future According to Yesterday
Roach, Steve – Fever Dreams III
Sarno, Devin and G.E. Stinson – Heart Cell Memory
Shipp, Matthew – Piano Vortex
Shurdut, Jeffrey Hayden – This Is the Music of Life – Live at Tonic
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – In Glorious Times
Social Interiors – Spatial Circumference
Sungsang Lebam Telak – Kecuali Mengenang Betismu
Thomas, Oluyemi / Henry Grimes – The Power of Light
Tobin, Amon – Foley Room
Torn, David – Prezens
Two Bands and a Legend – I See You Baby
Two Bands and a Legend – Two Bands and a Legend
Walker, Scott – And Who Shall Go to the Ball, and What Shall Go to the Ball?
Ware, David S. – Renunciation
Wilkerson, Phillip – The Dream Beneath
Witham, David – Spinning the Circle

The Disappointments:

Aerotrio – Aerotrio
Banhart, Devendra – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Circle – Panic
Drkula, Petr – Metrospective
Free Zen Society, The – The Free Zen Society
Fromuz – Audio Diplomacy
Kyron – Dark Goddess
Murray, David – Sacred Ground
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Werchowska / Werchowski / Boubaker – Trio BWW
Gorowski – Simulators

Umbrella Music Through January 23rd


From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 30 December 2007
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Frazier/Wallace Duo
Colter Frazier – reeds
Rob Wallace – drums
11:00PM | Slow Cycle
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Josh Berman – cornet
Nate McBride – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

Thursday, 3 January 2008
Elastic
10:00PM | Colter Frazier/Rob Wallace Duo
Colter Frazier – tenor saxophone
Rob Wallace – drums
11:00PM | Herculaneum
Patrick Newberry – trumpet
Nick Broste – trombone
Dave McDonnell – alto saxophone
Greg Danek – bass
Dylan Ryan – drums

Thursday, 10 January 2008
Elastic
10:00PM | Charles Rumback Group
Tyler Beach – guitar
Bill MacKay – guitar
Charles Rumback – drums
11:00PM | Blink
Greg Ward – alto saxophone
Dave Miller – guitar
Jeff Greene – bass
Quin Kirchner – drums

Wednesday, 16 January 2008
The Hideout
10:00PM | Mats Gustafsson Solo
Mats Gustafsson – baritone & slide saxophones
11:00PM | Gustafsson/Rempis/HÃ¥ker Flaten/McBride/Nilssen-Love/Daisy
Mats Gustafsson – saxophones
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Ingebrigt HÃ¥ker Flaten – bass
Nate McBride – bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums
Tim Daisy – drums
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets
Mitch Cocanig Brews Up Another Batch of Funky Soul Stew – With Accents of Ethiopia and South America

Thursday, 17 January 2008
Elastic
10:00PM | Bishop/Rempis/Kessler/Zerang
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Kent Kessler – bass
Michael Zerang – drums

Wednesday, 23 January 2008
The Hideout
10:00PM | Ken Vandermark Solo
Ken Vandermark – reeds
11:00PM | Joanne Powers Trio
Joanne Powers – saxophones
Jennifer Pendur – bass
Paul Baker – drums
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Vandermark Soundclash
Southern Hospitality – Music from South America

DMG Newsletter December 28th 2007


From DMG:

2007 comes to a close with some fine discs from: Leo Records: Anthony Braxton Ninetet at Yoshi’s Vol 4, Achim Kaufmann/Frank Gratkowski/Wilbert de Joode, Sainko Namchylak & Jarrod Cagwin, Szilard Mezei Quintet and Tim Trevor-Briscoe & Nicola Guazzoca, William Parker Bass Qt w/ Charles Gayle

Henry Kaiser & Kiku Day, Cuong Vu’s VuTet w/ Chris Speed, Stomu Takeishi & Ted Poor, Paul Dunmall/Paul Rogers/Mark Sanders on FMR, 3 discs from Buckethead, Four Rare discs from Karl Berger

Six Discs from Andrea Centazzo’s Ictus label featuring Eugene Chadbourne, 3 w/ Lol Coxhill, Guido Mazzon Sextet w/ Paul Rutherford, Franz Koglmann, Giancarlo Schaffini & Gianluigi Trovesi, a stack of Cd’s from Tiziano Tononi & Daniele Cavallanti plus a Live in France Jazz CD sale!