Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Monday, November 30, 2009
Joachim Gies & Sound/body/cells – Shimmering (Leo Records, 2009)
Sainkhò Namtchylak & Dickson Dee – Tea Opera (Leo Records, 2009)
Katja Krusche & Martin Krusche – I Am One (Leo Records, 2009)
Stefano Luigi – Painting On Wood (Leo Records, 2009)
Viviane Houle – Treize (Drip Audio, 2009)

Sunday, November 29, 2009
Li Tie Qiao – Wind Of Lunacy

Friday, November 27, 2009
Lotte Anker, Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver – Floating Islands (Ilk, 2009) *****

Thursday, November 26, 2009
Jesse Stacken & Kirk Knuffke – Mockingbird (Steeplechase, 2009) ****

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Mary Halvorson In December

From Improvised Communications:

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson’s busy December begins tomorrow tonight with an early gig with Curtis Hasselbring’s Decoupage and a late gig with Ches Smith & These Arches.

The next two weeks will feature two dates and a recording session with her new quintet and a European tour with her acclaimed trio.

Mary Halvorson Trio
12/07 :: Cafe Wilhelmina (Eindhoven, NL)
12/08 :: Stadtgarden (Cologne, Germany)
12/09 :: Schl8hof (Wels, Austria)
12/11 :: Jazz Dock (Prague, Czech Republic)
12/12 :: Venue TBA (Ueberlingen, Germany)
12/14 :: Vortex (London, UK)
12/16 :: Rote Fabrik (Zurich, Switzerland)

Mary Halvorson Quintet
12/02 :: Barbès (Brooklyn, NY)
12/04 :: Firehouse 12 (New Haven, CT)

Curtis Hasselbring’s Decoupage
12/01 :: The Stone (New York, NY)

Ches Smith & These Arches
12/01 :: Korzo (Brooklyn, NY)

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DMG Newsletter November 27th, 2009

From DMG:

Sun Ra: Antique Blacks! Marty Ehrlich Qt! The Necks! Tony Malaby Qt! Ethnic Heritage Ensemble DVD! Famoudou Don Moye! Philip Cohran with Pete Cosey! Fred Anderson!

Phill Niblock ltd DVD! Kath Bloom/Loren Mazzacane Connors Archive #2! LPs from Edwards/Corsano and Fine/Metzger

Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

This Sunday, November 29th at 6pm – DOUBLEHEADER!:
Wonderful New Sax & Guitar Duo!
Swedish Alto Sax Great Meets Downtown Trombone Giant!

Sunday, December 6th at 6pm:
ERGO! Cuneiform Recording Artists Featuring:
Celebrating the Release of their Fabulous New CD!

Sunday, December 13th at 6pm:
Superb Reeds / Acoustic Bass / Drums Trio!

Tuesday, December 15th at 6pm:
New Cello / Contrabass / drums Trio! Rare DMG Tuesday Gig!

Sunday, December 20th at 6pm:
Amazing New Viola & Trombone Duo!

Sundays, December 27th & January 3rd – nothing scheduled

Sunday, January 10th at 6pm:
Extraordinary New Clarinet / Cello / Percussion Trio!

Sunday, January 17th at 6pm:
Two Magical/Mystical Musicians Return to DMG for a Rare Duo Set!

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Huddersfield festival’s electronic avenue

The Times Online reviews this recent UK fest.

The 32nd festival, however, seems to have reverted abruptly to its former self, and even found an improved, financially more stable version thereof. Recession notwithstanding, McKenzie has built up the venture’s financial strength and brought many leading international ensembles to the unassuming Yorkshire town — cosy, inclement and Novembery as ever — to perform works by highly reputable names. More than 90 premieres by the end of today, after musikFabrik, from Cologne, gives the last of the 32 concerts, devoted to a joint composition, Tiere sitzen nicht, by Enno Poppe and Wolfgang Heiniger.

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All About Jazz Reviews

Yitzhak Yedid
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From All About Jazz:

Wadada Leo Smith
Spiritual Dimensions (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Eberhard Weber
Eberhard Weber: Colours (ECM Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Fred Frith
Nowhere / Sideshow / Thin Air (ReR Megacorp)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble: In C Remixed (Innovative Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Of The Body Prone (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Manifeste DeNsity (Moonjune Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Joelle Leandre / Maguelone Vidal / Raymond Boni
trace (Red Toucan Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

Kuroi Kawa – Black River (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

Yitzhak Yedid
Since My Soul Loved (Between the Lines)
Reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Peter Brotzmann
Lost & Found (FMP Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

Tord Gustavsen Ensemble
Restored, Returned (ECM Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Herculaneum III (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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Umbrella Music Through December 23

Kent Kessler
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

The Hideout
10:00PM | Jason Stein Solo
Jason Stein – bass clarinet

Release for “In Exchange For A Process” on Leo Records
11:00PM | Locksmith Isidore
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jason Roebke – bass
Mike Pride – drums

Release for “Three Less Than Between” on Clean Feed

$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Cocanig vs Jablonski
The Second Annual Classic Rock-Off

Thursday, 3 December 2009

10:00PM | Nick Broste Trio
Nick Broste – trombone
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Anton Hatwich – bass
11:00PM | Paul Giallorenzo’s GitGO
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Mars Williams – saxophones
Paul Giallorenzo – piano
Anton Hatwich – bass
Marc Riordan – drums

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

The Hideout
10:00PM | Lonberg-Holm/Lepine
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate Lepine – tenor saxophone
11:00PM | Adasiewicz/Zerang
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Michael Zerang – percussion

$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Kent Kessler spins Brazil

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

The Hideout
10:00PM | Fred Anderson Trio
Fred Anderson – tenor saxophone
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

two sets
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Dave Rempis spins Easy Living

Thursday, 17 December 2009

10:00PM | Double Quartet Round Three
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Mars Williams – saxophones
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Jim Baker – piano/electronics
Kent Kessler – bass
Brian Sandstrom – bass
Michael Zerang – drums
Steve Hunt – drums

two sets

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

The Hideout
10:00PM | Drake/Bishop/Parker/Abrams
Hamid Drake – drums
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jeff Parker – guitar
Joshua Abrams – bass

two sets
$10 cover

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Orkestra Futura will debut soon with Pauline Oliveros, Lisle Ellis, and John Oswald at the baton. Here info is here.

Frank Zappa‘s Philly ’76 will be out soon.

Violinist Jennifer Koh is interviewed.

Benjamin Horrendous has released an album covering the songs on Captain Beefheart‘s Spotlight Kid.

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January at the Stone

Selected shows coming to NY’s Stone:

January 2010 at the Stone curated by Matana Roberts

1/2 Saturday
8 pm
Nicole Mitchell’s Truth or Dare
Nicole Mitchell (flute) Renee Baker (violin) Shirazette Tinnin ( drums)

MARC RIBOT: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Marc Ribot (but were afraid to ask)
8PM to 10PM—TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS: Open to all. May bring instrument, MUST bring question!
An intimate solo performance followed by a Q&A/ discussion period.

1/5 Tuesday (CB)
8 pm
Jessica Pavone’s Army of Strangers
Jessica Pavone (violin, viola) with Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Jonti Siman (bass guitar) Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
Wordless songs inspired by life’s cast of characters.

1/7 Thursday
8 pm
Bad Touch
Loren Stillman (alto saxophone) Nate Radley (guitar) Gary Versace (organ) Ted Poor (drums)

10 pm
Katt Hernandez and Joe Morris Duo
Katt Hernandez (violin) Joe Morris (guitar)

1/8 Friday
8 pm
Shoko Nagai
Shoko Nagai (piano, prepared piano, effect) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion, electronics)
Premiere of a new project, combining composition and improvisation work by experimental musicians.

10 pm
Tyshawn Sorey—3-0
Tyshawn Sorey (trombone, drums) Ben Gerstein (trombone) Terrence McManus (guitar)

1/9 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Josh Abrams Group
Joshua Abrams (guimbri, mpc) Emmett Kelly (guitar) Tomeka Reid (cello) Chad Taylor (drums)
Fifteen dollars.

10 pm
Tomeka Reid Group
Tomeka Reid (cello) Josh Abrams (bass) Shirazette Tinnin (drums)

1/10 Sunday
8 pm
Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer (piano)

10 pm
Miya Masaoka
Miya Masaoka (koto, electronics) Audrey Chen (cello, electronics) Hans Grusel (electronics) Kenta Nagai (shamisen)
Audio landscapes of wild, banshee dionysian personas, counterpointed with the austere and mechanical.?


1/12 Tuesday (JM)
8 pm
Amanda Monaco’s Deathblow
Amanda Monaco (guitar, compositions) Michaël Attias (alto/baritone saxophones) Sean Conly (bass) Satoshi Takeishi (drums)
Deathblow is a jazz and improvisational music quartet that combines free-bop sensibilities with through-composed pieces equal parts textural, adventurous, and whimsical.

10 pm
Scrap Relation
Emma Alabaster (bass, voice) Alex Carter (tenor saxophone) Zach Dunham (drums) Jonathan Nocera (guitar)

1/15 Friday (KR)
8 pm
Tomas Fujiwara and The Hook Up
Tomas Fujiwara (drums, compositions) Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Brian Settles (tenor saxophone) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Danton Boller (bass)

10 pm
Wake Up
Demian Richardson (trumpet) David Moss (acoustic and electric bass) Federico Ughi (drums) Daniel Carter (alto, tenor and soprano, saxophones)

CYRO BAPTISTA—Rhythm Awareness Workshop
7PM to 9PM—THIRTY DOLLARS: Open to all musicians
Not just for percussionists but open to all musicians, Cyro will work with the participants using their hands, feet and voice, clapping, stomping and singing with the objective of acquiring polyrhythmic awareness. Starting with basic rhythms and getting into more complex patterns, the students will develop their perception and musical intuition both individually and as an ensemble. For more info:

1/21 Thursday (KR)
8 pm
Myra Melford’s Be Bread Sextet
Myra Melford (piano, harmonium) Cuong Vu (trumpet) Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Brandon Ross (guitar) Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar) Matt Wilson (drums)
Celebration of the groups new release. “The Whole Tree Gone on Firehouse 12?”. Fifteen dollars.

10 pm
Marty Erhlich
Marty Ehrlich, Michael Attias, Andy Laster, Ned Rothenberg (alto saxes)

1/22 Friday
8 pm
Con Vivo New Jersey—The Strangetet + String music for a New World
Benjamin Grow (trumpet) Andrew Roitstein (bass) Nicholas Gallas (clarinet) Amelia Hollander (viola) Ames (viola) Mazz Swift (violin) Dana Lyn (violin) Paula Cho (viola) Marika Hughes (cello)
Music of Mexico, Lior Novak, Simon Fink and Ben Greenstein, presented by Con Vivo New Jersey.

10 pm
Greg Ward’s Fitted Shards
Greg Ward (alto sax, compositions) Rob Clearfield (boards) Jeff Green (upright/electric bass) Quin Kirchner (drums, percussion)

1/24 Sunday (JM)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn Improv Night—A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) Matana Roberts (sax) and many special guests
Come on out and support The Stone in our monthly rent party! TWENTY DOLLARS

DUCK BAKER—Approaches and strategies for modern composition, arranging, and improvisation, for fingerstyle guitar.
7PM to 11PM—FIFTY DOLLARS for personalized instruction, restricted to 15 students with their guitars—TWENTY DOLLARS to simply sit and observe.
A lecture/demonstration in which Duck Baker will share some of his arranging ideas, especially regarding the music of Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk. Ways in which these arranging tools can be used for other jazz tunes, traditional tunes, and original composition will be discussed, as will how one can expand on arrangements by improvising, both with and without independent bass lines. Free jazz and free improvisation will be touched upon as well, and students are encouraged to bring any and all questions about musical problems encountered working in these areas. A few arrangements will be illustrated in detail, and students should expect a very hands-on teaching approach.

1/26 Tuesday

10 pm
Seth Meicht and the Big Sound Ensemble
Matt Bauder (alto saxophone) Seth Meicht (tenor saxophone, compositions) Charles Evans (baritone saxophone) Aaron Meicht (trumpet, compositions) Herb Robertson (trumpet) Steve Swell (trumpet) Adam Lane (bass) Mike Pride (drums)

1/30 Saturday
8 pm
Daydream full Lifestyles
Rob Mazurek (cornet) Tony Malaby (sax) Chad Taylor (drums) Jason Ajemian (bass)
Preview show for the group’s upcoming release, Protest Heaven on 482 Music.

10 pm
Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush
Radwan Moumneh (saz, vocals tapes) Ariel Engle (vocals, harmonium) ?Sam Shalabi (guitar, oud, tapes)
Sam Shalabi, one of Canada’s most unique and prolific players over the past twenty years. The Egyptian Canadian Shalabi performs constantly on electric guitar and oud, with regular appearances in numerous jazz and free improv ensembles, membership in a kaleidoscope of avant rock bands, and at the compositional helm of various musical assemblages large and small. Shalabi has seen a dozen full-length album recordings released in the last eight years. Land of Kush is a sprawling, gorgeous conceptual and compositional framework modeled on classical orchestras from late Nasser-era Egypt era.

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Konnex Records Profiled

From All About Jazz:

One night in the early ’70s, saxophonist Trevor Watts and drummer John Stevens were playing a concert in West Berlin. After the show, a tall, elegant, German man by the name of Manfred Schiek asked if he could buy one of their records. But they didn’t have one. “There was an oil crisis at the time and vinyl was expensive,” Schiek explained during an interview at his home in Berlin. “In England the story was, if you brought an old record, then you could get a new one. They used the old material for new pressings. But most of the records were used to make rock music and not jazz.”

So Schiek started a record label. He called it Vinyl but later changed it to View because of copyright issues. He traveled often to London where he rented a studio and began recording British free jazz musicians like Keith Tippett, guitarist Allan Holdsworth and, of course, Watts and Stevens. “During this time it was very cheap to fly to London,” he said. “Only [today's] 100 euros including a hotel for four days.”

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